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Could you guys help me with this? I need to paint leather details on some Space Marines I am doing. I cannot get a good tutorial on how to paint leather.
How do you paint leather?
I wish the leather to look in prime condition, not too worn (I think my Space Marines replace worn bits, after combat, especially leather should not be hard to replace for the Space Marines :-)
Found a source saying that he did it the following way:
I actually prefer basing with scorched brown, wash with brown ink, then highlight up using bestial brown to a final extreme highlight with vermin brown. Looks sweet.
My question to this is, what to use instead of a "brown ink"? Inks are as I am aware of not available anymore - but there are only "washes" nowdays...
Last edited by sixhoj; October 28th, 2010 at 08:36. Reason: Added pseudo answer...
Of course there are inks still available my friend, vallejo game colour do a full range of inks including the be all and end all of inks....SMOKE!! Although smoke isn't in this set I am about to link you but I am sure you can google it
em4miniatures Vallejo Inks
Failing that you can paint up to beastial brown and wash the leather with ogryn skin, gives a very realistic tanned animal hide feel to it although doubt it would work on Space Marine pouches like it does on say the reverse of an fur cloak as there is no texture to space marine pouches they are rather flat
Thanks for your reply. Ill look into the Vallejo inks range, although I prefer the GW range (Hail the Emperor! ahem...)
So basically a paint up with bestail brown and them wash with ogryn skin... Although the results would be somewhat not so good for Space Marine pouches....
Any other suggestions?
Each to their own I guess, mixing paints to exact receipies is nearly impossible with GW paints very "guessimate" give me paint in a specifically designed dropper anyday.
Alternate ways of painting the leather.
Basecoat scorched earth, layer up with thin layers of bestial brown adding progressively more bubonic brown till you are at about 50/50-bestial brown/bubonic brown then some extreme highlights on the areas that would catch the light most with bubonic brown, perhaps even a 50/50 mix of bubonic brown/bleached bone.
To be fair though I wouldnt send too long on the pouches don't want people starting at them thinking how wonderful they are and missing the actual marine.
Thanks a lot for your help!
Ill use the colours you dscribed. And nope, I wont spend too much time on the pouches I promise :-)
Personally, I use Gryphonne Sepia wash for leather pants (then Devlan Mud, but... orks, heh.) I generally only go up to Bestial Brown except for the highlights, and then use a lighter color for the straps and belts; since your marines don't have the pants to worry about, you can use the darker color for your pouches and belts. The little bit of gloss that you get out of the wash looks pretty good for this application.
Thanks a lot for your input!
If you want a quick and easy leather, try Vallejo Game Color Cobra Leather (same as GW's Snakebite Leather), wash with Devlan Mud, drybrush with the leather again, and possibly lightening it with bleached bone for the final highlight, or you could finish it off with Vallejo Bronze Fleshtone instead. Works for me.
Super. Ill just buy the snakebite leather, and try it out!.Many thanks!