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So I'm working on my Guard army and I've just realised that I've never painted human skin before. Firstly, my previous armies include Orks, Necrons and Space Marines so I've never really had to. Secondly, I'm not that great a painter so I like to keep things simple, making heavy use of foundation paints, washes and extreme highlights to 'fake it'.
Bearing in mind I have over 60 infantry alone to paint, it needs to be a quick and simple method. Preferably in the region of Foundation > Paint > Wash > Highlight. But hey, beggars can't be choosers.
Anyone know of any good tutorials, or have any step by step advice (with pictures) in general?
a tip that Sknight gave me was white base follwed by a couple wash of organ flesh till you get the desired tone simple and easy
My ToP - raven gaurd <- cliky
Raven Guard W/13 D/7 L/5
Paint bronzed flesh, shade with an ogryn flesh or snakebite leather wash, highlight with bronzed flesh + bleanched bone, and the jobs a good 'un
I use a base of Dwarf Flesh, wash with Ogrynn Flesh, and highlight with really thin Elf Flesh - quick and easy. If I'm really rushed I'll use a base of some brown Foundation paint before doing the Dwarf Flesh to cut down on some layers.
My method is to paint Tallarn Flesh, Ogryn Flesh wash, go back over everything but the shadows in Tallarn Flesh, and then highlight by adding in Vallejo Pale Flesh. Tallarn Flesh is a very nice, muted skin tone (unlike Dwarf Flesh and Elf Flesh), and Pale Flesh is a fleshy off-white that is good for highlighting without becoming too pale. I think you can take shortcuts with flesh as long as you get the colors right.
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this might sound a bit weird but i always like to start with a basecoat of scorched brown and then dry brush tallarn flesh pretty thickly over it. then i like to lightly drybrush tallarn flesh with a bit of white in in to 'highlight' it. i like to do this because it gives them a rugged, dirty look
Thats not weird, I use a similar approach with layering rather than drybrushing, up through various deep felshtones all the way up to elf flesh, starting with scorched brown basecoat - check out Ragnar blackman in the paiting section - thats exactly how his face started out..
My method found here ([Tale of Painters] Æ's infinite legion of guardness, or "fodder to the front!") uses tallarn flesh with elf flesh highlights then an ogryn wash. A final elf flesh highlight on noses and fingers normally finishes it off.
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The Ragnar and Space Wolves squad album has the face painting technique as follows:
Snakebite + bronzed flesh
Scorched brown wash
bronzed flesh + elf flesh
elf flesh final highlights
You could replicate quickly using the following formula:
Bronzed flesh + snakebite leather
Scorched brown wash
Elf flesh final highlight
The Dark Elf bloodbowl team followed a different approach, using a slightly paler effect - I also used teh same approach on my high Elf cavalry
Start at snakebite leather on a black undercoat
Wash with very thin scorched brown
Next highlight add elf flesh and continue adding elf flesh to snakebite. For these elves I continued further up to white.
Paint the lip in a very slightly tinted version of a midrange highlight colour - add a drop of blood red or purple depending on the effect you want to get for open lips (if you want to paint it as such). For grimaces or closed mouths, a thin line of dark brown ink or paint will do the job.
There is also teh "ultimate" quick method:
bronzed base coat
Wash dwarf flesh
re-touch-up bronzed flesh
highlight elf flesh