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I'm new to vampires, so I'm still learning. When it comes to painting the decaying flesh of my zombies and more to the point my vampires, I don't know where to start. My zombies(once I get them) I can mess up a little on and they will be hidden in the mob of the unit. My vampires are going to stand out more and I want them to look good. You know being kind of able to pass as human but with that grim of death over them. I was hoping there would be a helpful bit in the army book(like in past ones) but there wasn't any. At lest not that Isaw unless I've gone blind. Any help you can give would be great,thank you.
Last edited by DJElam; January 19th, 2012 at 15:00.
I haven't painted any zombies, so all I can do is guess at good ways to paint them. An I don't think there's any one way, zombies can be pretty varied.
But for the Vampires I might have an answer. When I've gone with vampire skin I aim for a very pale colour, practically white, and I do it something like this;
I find it helps to go with a Grey base to the skin. Shadow Grey is particularly good for this, as it has a somewhat bluish tinge to it. The, mix a bit of Fortress Grey and Skull White, applying in a thin coat over the Shadow Grey. Keep adding white to the Fortress Grey (or just use Skull White unmixed) and just keep applying it over the skin areas until you're happy with the colour.
Of course, that's just my method. Might not give you the look you're after, but you can experiment a little and see if you can come up with something that does!
a quick way to paint zombies is with the washes. Spray paint white, or off-white. Paint all metal boltgun metal.
You can change up the washes, but I used asurman blue for the skin (my theme is the frozen dead, they have snow bases and this gives them a cold look to them). You could go green or sepia for a more sickly, feverish look, or devlan mud for a more real look. The important thing with the skin is not to go too heavy and keep it sublte.
For the clothes, I used mostly devlan mud and varied it up every now and then with a red, green or yellow garment of clothing.
For the wood and metal use devlan mud, applying heavily. For open wounds, either red, devlan mud or green depending on what look your going for.
Deadstar has it right basically for vampire skin. Just pick a color and highlight enough until pale. I usually base with dwarf flesh, rough highlight with elf flesh, then start building up with rotting flesh/elf flesh/bleached bone.
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I kind of went for a dark pale look with all of the flesh for my army. It was very easy to do and looks pretty good. Just a quick base coat of fortress grey with a badab black wash over top. Pick out any further details you like after that (teeth, eyes...) it looks good especially since on zombies or ghouls they get lost in the mob and with vampires it's just the small areas of flesh while the rest of the model can have more detail. I did this on every area of flesh in my entire army to give it a uniform look.