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Ok, so with painting skin on my orcs, its mostly a pattern of snot green, a liberal wash of thraka green, then a "selective" drybrushing of goblin green. I don't really highlight at all because I don't really have enough skills in that area. What should I do? Am I doing it right?
Well, it's not the method I use, but why don't you post some pics and we can tell you what we think. If you're happy with the results though, that's all that really matters---I don't think there is a right way, just methods that can be used to achieve certain looks...it all depends on what you want it to look like.
Sounds like a fine method of painting them, similar to what I do. I paint a base coat of knarloc green, then wash with Ork flesh wash (old colour no longer made but more or less the same as thraka green) then highlight with goblin green and drybrush/highlight with a 50/50 mix of goblin green and rotting flesh (or bleached bone, they're almost the same colour).
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n.b. I don't use pure Ork flesh wash, I use a mix of about 33% ork flesh wash, 33% acrylic matt medium and 33% water. I use this method for thinning or thickening and matting all my inks/washes. If I don't do this the washes have a habit of being too dark and go shiny.
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Honestly, "right" is quite subjective in this hobby. There's the way GW instructs, but that's for people who want their orks to look like the orks in their codex. Which is a great look, don't get me wrong, but it's certainly not the only option.
I settled on a quite different style of Ork, with a bolder, shinier flesh (camo green, then snot green, then dark angels ink). It still looks like a horde of orks when it's on the table, and I like the exaggerated, almost comic-book style it turns out as. I doubt I'll ever win a painting contest (for many reasons ) but at least I like the way my army looks.
If you're liking what you're getting, then you're doinitrite. I don't mean to suggest that asking for tips is a bad idea, just making sure that you know you have a lot of creative license, and the orks are such a wonderful army to explore that with.
Don't worry about it guys, I have kinda started highlighting now (god, I can't make it so the highlight on the knuckles doesn't stand out so much.) and I think it looks pretty good. I like how my Big Mek is looking now with his highlighting.
It could be right, you could be saying what you just said, but actually painting horribly outside the lines.
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Does anyone just use Goblin Green over a basecoat anymore? I mean I'll add Dark Angels and Snot Green to nobs but still. When your painting as many models as we do, it helps to keep things simple. Or is that just me?
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I generally use a Badab wash over a knarlock green base then do some light goblin green drybrusing/highlights. turns out fairly nicely and gives the boyz a fairly dark skin tone. So yeah similar technique to you just some different colours. I tend to end up with some fairly dark looking boyz.
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I like my orks a bit darker than the codex. Here's what I do:
1. Orkhide Shade basecoat (over black primer)
2. Drybrush Knarloc Green
3. Wash Devlan Mud
4. Wash Thraka Green
If I want to add some variety in tones to a squad, I will randomly choose some of the orks and add a light drybrush of rotting flesh between steps 2 and 3. Also, you can do more coats of thraka green wash at the end, to get a deeper green.
my favorite ork skin was darkangels green (basecoat) go over it with flesh wash, and then drybush with goblin green, and highlight it with a 50/50 mix of goblin green and scorpion green, thats the best skin ive ever seen and done, but it just takes waaaay too long so i usually just do it with models that i really like how they look, or special models
for the masses of ork boys i paint it knarlok green, ink it with thraka green (i may have them mixed up) and then ink the with badab black, its also a very detailed skin because all the divverent combinations of inks and colors bring out the detail in the skin