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    Pallid Flesh

    So I'm about to get elbow deep into my horde of Chaos Marauders, and considering my process.

    What I really don't like with a lot of the models out there is the "pink skin" look. To my mind, these guys are borderline inhuman... living in a sunless hellhole choked with snow and ice. To that end I think they need to look really pale and unhealthy. Now that's not to say I want to go for a completely inhuman look (not quite "Kratos" but close)... just something that seems like these guys haven't seen sunlight before marching south for slaughter.

    My first inclination was a light gray base, built up to white highlights. But I'm afraid that won't read as natural. Then I was thinking a wash to finish might just do the trick... maybe a watered down brown, maybe even with a pinch of a warmer color to give the hint of human flesh. or would I be better served with a warmer color in the base, and build up to the pale tone I have in mind.

    For consideration, the leather will be all black. The hair will be black. any details in a weathered brass.

    I'm okay with a monochromatic look - i just don't want it to look unrealistic!


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    You might try mixing say... a light flesh tone with light grey (maybe a X:Y mix of Elf Flesh and Fortress Grey for example). You might also try to find out how Dark Eldar players paint the more pallid skin on their minis that I tend to see.

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    I used a Grey base for this skin tone. It was Codex Grey with Codex&Elf Flesh for highlights and then up to white. Adding more Elf to the mix will give you a paler, rather than dead, complexion. Otherwise, Tallarn Flesh with Fortress Grey mixed and then White in to highlight it would work as well.

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    You could try painting the flesh a normalish colour, but very pale since no sun, then wash (or glaze) over it with a blue. This should make it appear very cold and get across the feeling you want without making the skin look too alien, although alien may be what you are looking for. I would apply this same theory to most variations of skintone you may want, green wash or glaze for Nugleish cast to the flesh purple or red for a more human warm apearance.
    Cheers Allonairre

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