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I have painted at least 600 Zombies for various people. I often painted rotten flesh by first applying a basic flesh tone or purple or a brown-green colour. The purple sounds odd but it will be controlled. Remember use a purple mixed with a little white so it is pale. Basic liche purple is too strong. I then drybrushed it with a lighter flesh tone or bleached bone. I only ever used the purple or green as a base coat.
I then gave it a very light drybrush with white. After this a wash of brown ink was applied. I used a darker and colder shade of brown, warm chestnut inks ruin the effect. After this I painted in the mouth with black or scab red and carefully painted the teeth. The eyes canb be painted in black and then painted purely white, no iris or pupil, if these heads have any eyes left.
The eyes being this colour will make them look dead and lacking the life they once had, basically disturbing. Then there are many options often highlighting the edges around the eye sockets will make the flesh look stretched and unhealthy. These highlights can be very strong as strong changes in the colouration of rotten heads is entirely fine.
You can when starting use several different base colours on several different heads to give the idea they are in differing states of decomposition.
I tried Leech's tactic with some plague marines.
Maybe i got the execution wrong, but i'm really really happy with the results. Try it... you might like it.
LO RulesOriginally Posted by AnonymousOriginally Posted by Cyric