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Hello fellow painters.
I've been trying a few different methods of painting Orks, and I'm trying to decide which method I like the best. I would also like to hear what methods you use to paint Ork skin and possibley try new methods that get appealing results.
Below I've posted 2 photos that show the two basic methods I use. Please tell me what you think and if there are any areas I can improve upon. Also, I would like to know which method you think looks better.
The first method I used was the standard GW method
1. Orkhide Shade,
2. Medium drybrush of Knarloc Green (or Snot Green)
3. Highlights of Goblin Green
4. Hightlight of Goblin/Bleached Bone on the most risen areas.
The second method is used was
1. Basecoat with Knarloc Green
2. Apply a mix of 50/50 mix Thraka Green & Badab Black Washes.
3. Apply highlights of Goblin Green or Snot Green (the one closest to to the camera was done with this method)
4. Apply futher highlights of Goblin Breen mixed with Bleach Bone.
These both seem like standard ork color schemes that GW has published. they appear easy to do, and look nice. the most important question is this... do you like'em? if so, run with it. my ork scheme is more dark and muted, I seen others that are deeper greens, lighter greens, or even blue-grey greens... it is all up to you.
I prefer darker ork skin, this recipe I stole from the WD Tale of Four Painters.
wash with Badab Black
highlight (I use knarloc + elf flesh)
Otherwise, another good one is
Catachan green + chaos black
highlight with catachan + bleached bone or kommando khaki to taste.
I do like both methods, but I'm not sure which I like more...and sometimes there are certain things I don't like about either method. But I guess I should stop being so picky and just these Boyz so I can move on to other things!
Anyways, I was hoping to get some second opinions and learn some other methods that people use so I can improve my painting skills. Any criticisms would be greatly appreciated!!
Please, Kolash...if you don't mind..tell me what method you use, and perhaps post some pics as well.
I prefer my orc/ork skin to be representative of their age/size, so I only use darker skin colour for black orcs, bosses, or nobz.
For the average boy I do this...
This is the method I'm using to paint 100 boyz. It's quick and doesn't involve unnecessary layers.
Step 1. Basecoat the model in charred brown. This speeds up painting browns and greens, and leaves softer shadows then harsh black.
Step 2. Paint all of the skin in an even flat layer of sick green.
Step 3. Use gobline green to pick out all the raised muscles, leaving plenty of sick green through in the recesses.
Step 4. Mix Dark green with black and add plenty of water. Then run it over all of the recesses. Don't wash it all over, only pick out the recesses. This is your definition.
Step 5. Mix white and goblin green together and pick out the muscles like in step 3. But be sure to leave some goblin green showing.
Wow, thanks Gareth.
That seems like a really handy way to paint...though I don't know if it will be faster than the method I'm using because I think I've got about the same amount of layers. But I really like the idea of a softer/smoother blend between colors. Sometimes I do have issues with the harsh black shadow areas and it seems like it goes straight from my lighest color (Goblin Green) to my darkest (Orkhide Shade) which seems more like straight Black compared to the lighter greens. I'm wondering if I'm not covering enough surface area with the middle Green (Knarloc) or I'm covering too much with the highlight color.
So, I just need to find the equivalent paints for GW, which should be pretty easy, because the names are very similiar (I.e. Charred = Scroched Brown, Dark Green is Thraka Green, Sick = Snot Green)
skin is orkshade green foundation, badab black wash, vallejo yellow olive, vallejo camo green, and then topped off with a gryphonne (<-sp?) sepia from the citadel wash set. I am now trying to simplify the whole color journal for mass production (60shootas, 40 sluggas... and counting). anywhoo, enjoy.-KK