Well, faces arent as difficult as you think. Here's my approach:
1. Paint the whole face Bronzed Flesh and leave to dry.
2. Enhance the detail by filling in the cracks and 'deep parts' with Flesh Ink/Wash (these 'deep parts' are under the nose, the eyes, under the lower lip, the part where face and hair meet and the inside the ears. There are also other places depending on the miniature). Leave to dry and BE SURE it's dry before moving to the next step!!
3. Highlight the 'high parts' with Elf Flesh or even Bleached Bone (these 'high parts' are the bridge of the nose, the cheek bones, the chin, the eyebrows, the lips, the forehead and the outside of the ears. Again, this varies depending on the mini). This should dry quickly.
4. Paint the eye areas black (Also the insde of the mouth if it is open) and leave to dry. Now paint small dots of white in the eyes (and paint teeth white if these are showing). When the white is dry paint tiny dots of black in the white of the eyes (This is the most difficult part but with a little practice you should get there).
Bobahat has provided a great tutorial. Additionally I would add that you do not have to attempt to paint the eyes in. For 'human' models they actually look surprisingly good without the eyes painted (provided you have given them a sufficiently dark wash).
everytime i try and do it i end up with a foolish looking cross-eyed guy. Also another tip that i have heard for eyes, though i have had little luck myself so experiment and see if it works for you or not:
instead of painting the eyes white, and then painting a center dot for the pupil/iris what not, it was once suggested to me that you paint the entire eye, and then go in and paint the corners of ths eyes white.
I'll admit the logic of painting two small dots instead of just one has always eluded me, but you might give it a try and see if it helps.
personally, i just try and get the eye's white, and forget the pupils so they end up looking blind, thats enough for me most of the time.
1.) base coat the face with the starting color.
2.) chestnut ink it to the complection that you want it in the cracks
3.) go back and highlight with same basecoat
4.) add tiny bits of skull white to the basecoat color to finally highlight it
5.) DONT worry about the eyes. Just take straight black ink and drop it in the eye area to give it a really cool effect. The eyes are to small on some modles to worry about.
6.) Hope it works for you, it has for me for the past year and a half.
This is what i do:
* I basecoat the face (model)
* Depending on what im painting (orks, chaos, vampires, whatever.) i select suitable colour that is darker than the colour i intend the face to be (it usually ends up being chaos black, but its better to use darker versions of the same colour)
* Then i paint the raised areas of the face(cheeks, forehead, lips, chin, ears)
This usually works for me. Although sometimes i need to do it again in case some of the paint slips into the lines, but like always: Practice makes perfect!
The flesh colour of my chaos guys (Night Lords) is usually Pallid flesh mixed with skull white, or just pallid flesh. This is because their Primarch (Konrad) had pale skin.
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