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Today I was working on the models for a 2nd unit of skellies for my Army of Sylvania and I gave the SB a banner that I want to paint like flesh. It looks stiched together so I want to make it appear that the vampires made the banner from the flesh of people they've eaten. How should I go about painting this because I've never really done this before and I want it to look good. Keep in mind this is for a core unit so I want something relatively quick and absolutely easy. If you can give suggestions for the Vallejo paints all the better since that's what I have.
I would suggest doing a base of pale flesh and then applying a variety of watered down ink washes to tint the flesh and give it an interesting look. I would start with a mix of flesh and purple ink to give it a bruised/spoiled look. You could also add a very watered down green ink wash to it. Maybe even a blue. This should be quick and easy. You can always highlight it up a bit by taking a flesh color and working back up to pale flesh.
Thanks Mike for the reply. I just realized that perhaps it'd matter who's flesh I want to portray. I'm not sure if it does but maybe. So, it'd be human flesh for people from the Empire mostly.Originally Posted by slorak
As to using watered down ink, what sort of ratio are we talking about? I'm not very good at inking so if you could give me some tips on that here or redirect me to a suitable existing thread that already discusses this all the better.
I'm sort of surprised by the use of purple ink and of the base of pale flesh. Won't that make it lighter in color and how does the purple ink help? I always thought old flesh became like a tanned hide or maybe I'm mistaken. I've never painted something to evoke this sort of imagery before.
As for watering it down I don't have a set formula. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind. The more you water it down the less tint it will apply. This is good as far as not over doing something or mixing a few different separate tints. The downside is you may need to apply several coats to get your desired effect taking up time.
As for the 2nd part of your question - I would say just mess around and try different things until you find something you like. If you have some scrap flat pieces you might want to prime and paint them to see what different effects will look like. Also remember that this isn't real life so staying true to what may or may not happen isn't that important. Purple when thinned quite a bit will indeed give you a paler look than other colors. The thought here is that it is dead/drained flesh - not tanned leather. the purple and flesh gives it a bruised/rotting look. You could even do tints of red around the seams to show swollen irritated skin (again illustrating that a banner was made from flesh right off of a victim and not tanned).
Again these are just suggestions - take your time and experiment and go with what you like.