|Ron of From the Warp|
This week we look at skin and hair, so naturally I have chosen a dwarven trollslayer. Head on over to From the Warp and take a look at Ron's mini for this week. He doesn't have a lot of skin, but he's done an incredible job of showing more cloth and leather painting using a simple pattern of layering washes to really bring out the detail.
Another reason not to base with black is that skin tones should be more blended rather than stark contrasts. Letting a wash flow around all the skin areas, muscles, crevices, etc will create a range of shades.
I use a darker Kommando Khaki for his skin and Blazing Orange for his hair.
Things to note is to not lay the flesh colour down too thick, because with all the open area, it'll streak. Painting his hair is like painting chain mail - there's a lot of cracks and crevices, making it easy to end up with the paint making bubbles, leaving white areas beneath - Thin the paint down with some water so it flows better and paint in the same direction his hair flows.
For the hair, focus on areas that wouldn't be in shadow, adding more layers for the places most in the open.
For his skin, dry-brush everything but the recesses. This will give a good overall tone and blend into the wash's darker areas.
I then use Necron Abyss as pupils and a mix of Warlock Purple and White to highlight his tongue. I finish by spreading some Ogryn Flesh wash around his eyes and teeth to soften the strong white.
Watch when you paint his pupils that they're both pointing in the same direction.
If you're worried about getting paint on his hands while painting the axe handle, paint it first.
The rest of the leather and cloth is covered in Devlan Mud.
Then I decide to have some fun - to make his hair pop, I add contrast by throwing Devlan Mud into the shadows of his hair.
His axe's dragon emblem is washed with Badab Black to make it lighter and stand out.
Boltgun Metal on the axe, Mithril Silver on the dragon and bracelets, Shining Gold on his jewelry.
I use a dentist pick to carefully place gold flecks on all the raised areas of his jewelry and silver bands. His base then gets indiscriminately covered in lava.
The gold flecks dried looking really nice - very gold "treasure" like. Lava gel, layered thick, ends up looking sludgy and similar to tar.
And that brings Back to Basics to a close, with an angry axe swinging dwarf. Just look at the insane look on his face! Nothing really new introduced here:
- Add an extra layer of colour to make flesh look more natural.
- Use line/edge and area highlights to paint muscles, just concentrate on raised areas instead.
- Paint hair along the grain and thin the paint to make it flow better.
- Highlight hair with a dry-brush and wash to add optional contrast.
- Wash your skin-tone around the eyes and teeth so whites don't stand out so strong.
Don't forget to come back on Friday for a special announcement!