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In the middle of making over my Necrons (PIP thread to come on this), I'm working on the free* model I got from Privateer Press of Eiryss -- my first PP model project -- ever! Basically I tried out my new W&N Series 7 brushes on her and have fallen in love.** Now I want to try to finish that one up, along WITH my Necrons.
So I'm trying to figure out how best to do her face and belly. It's been a while since I painted skin, and I want this to look good. I know there are face-painting tutorials out there, but I'm not sure the look they produce is what I want (no offense -- they're great tutorials!), and she's supposed to be elfin in some way, so I'm guessing I want that pale-but-not-sickly Elf skin look.
At the moment, I have GW Dwarf Flesh and Elf flesh paints, plus Vallejo's Bronzed Flesh. I also have the complete set of GW washes, plus some "earth tones" colors from GW, including Scorched Brown, Bleached Bone and another medium brown (I forget which). I also have the good old-fashioned straight white, plus Vallejo's version of Snakebite Leather.
So if someone gave you that stuff to work with, how would YOU paint her skin?
*Had to buy three issues of No Quarter magazine and pay $5US shipping and handling, so I guess it's NOT free, but meh.
**With the brushes, that is. I'm not in love with a pewter model. That would be sick.
I would probably use the Elf Flesh as my midtone and then pick colors for highlights and shades based on that. The highlights would probably be fine with a mix of Bleached Bone or white and Elf Flesh (but not too much because elf flesh is pretty pale as it is) and maybe a mix of Dwarf Flesh and Elf Flesh for the base.
I like to use Ogryn Flesh as a wash when I do faces but I don't think it would be appropriate for elves because it has a reddish tint to it. I'd also probably stay away from Gryphonne Sepia. In painting a few PP models I've noticed that their facial sculpts (at least for Khador) have less contours than GW models which makes using washes harder because there are less places for them to settle.
I do my Eldar faces with a base of elf flesh, then I wash it a few times with terracotta* (don't know if you'll be able to find it anywhere) then reapply the elf flesh then highlight with mix of elf flesh and bleached bone. If I want to take my time on a character or sargent, I use a mix of elf flesh and terracotta to shade the places that look too dark (that sounded weird but you'll get it if you do it.
Thats my method
*If you can't find terracotta just add a tiny bit of red to brown and it gives the model more of a pinky (I'm not sure if that's the right word) warm look to the model instead of just tones of brown.
This is how i do faces.
Base of Bestial Brown, then build up (quickly) to Dwarf flesh, then build up to Elf flesh with a dash of skull white, with a Bestial brown wash half-way through.
With faces, I tend to do more lighter and brighter layers and have less darkness on the edges.
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Elf/eldar faces or female faces i tend to do the same
Bronzed flesh to start, and mix in elf flesh til you're abut 50/50. Then add in some skull white to do your highlights. Keep your paints thin So the skin is smooooooth.
If you want an example i've just done a Bretonian Damsel model painted the same way. It's posted it in the 'painting' bit somewhere.