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I am stuck on my Dire Wolves. I started working on them this weekend. The exposed muscle is easy enough: dark red undercoat, light red dry brush, ink. The fur is as easy as fur always is. The thing I'm stuck on is the raw and rotting flesh. I really like the way GW has them painted on the box. It makes them look like the flesh has rotted and fallen off leaving behind bone and raw viscera. How do I create this effect? Take a look at the pics here on the GW site.
They effect I'm talking about is most easily seen on the skulls in the picture. To me it looks like a skinned goats head from a horror movie where you can see mostly bone but some flesh is left.
Any tips would be appreciated. I am finding these guys to be very challenging, at least I only need a few.
Dire Wolves are a tough nut to crack, and they take a TON of time per model. Unfortunately for me, I haven't found a way to paint them other than one model at a time. Lucky for you, I just finished up some myself, so how I painted them is fresh in my mind.
My models aren't as good as the GW studio ones, but they do look like they have been recently flayed. After a good basecoat of red I start with red gore for its dark pink color. Using varying techniques based on the size of the flesh pieces I work my way up by adding bleached bone to the red gore all the way up to bleached bone for the lightest areas.
I am going to start out with saying that you can't achieve what those models look like with dry-brushing. Large flat areas tend to not look very good when you use dry-brushing on them. If that is what you want, and you aren't comfortable with other techniques practice on a few other models first and then come back to them.
The large expanses I use my best attempt at wet blending, and for the tighter areas where I need to work up to the lightest color faster I just use layering. It is very time consuming, as I have to go back and forth slowly working up the color.
These ones are next on my list, but the flesh is done.
Last edited by frozencore; November 16th, 2008 at 06:03.
These look OUTSTANDING!!
This is exactly the look I was going for, and I'm glad to hear someone else say they weren't the easiest models to master. I was starting to think about falling back on a simpler method of undercoating bone drying brushing purple and washing them in brown to create a simple zombie flesh. Now, after your tips I think I'll give this a try. I'm a little intimidated as I only just started using simple layering techniques. Wet blending...yikes. I suppose I need to jump in sooner or later. I may hold of on these guys and do my grave guard first, but I will post pics whenever I get around to the attempt.
Thanks so much for you advice.
I am not really sure if some of what I have been doing on them is actually wet-blending or not. I have never actually seen someone wet blend before, so I am not sure if I am using proper technique. What I ended up doing to get a smoother transition is layer almost like what I normally do, but instead go to the next color while the first one is still wet, and then kind of mush them together.
I would practice layering on other models first, until you get more comfortable with it. Then, when you think you have a good handle on it, go back to the dire wolves. I had a lot of practice layering on tons of different "surfaces" like cloth, metal, skin, before I felt I was good enough to even attempt something as complex as the dire wolves.
I'm not trying to discourage you, if that is the way it is coming across. On the contrary, I am just trying to say that anyone can do it given enough patience and practice. Good brushes help too, and don't drink 12 cups of coffee before you start, save that for when you are doing writing on purity seals .