Mysteries of the flesh...
or 'How to paint skin tones'
is how I paint Caucasian flesh tones on my miniatures
Paints used (GW colours):
- Scorched Brown
- Dwarf Flesh
- Elf Flesh
Note: I have used this technique over both black and white undercoats
to similar effect. Please remember, do not use paint straight from the
pot - use a palette (I use a white kitchen tile) and add water to your
paint before applying it to the model.
When I paint a miniature, I try to paint from the inside out… or in other
words, paint in the order you would dress. Am I confusing you now? Well,
what I mean is I normally paint the skin first and then the clothes in
the layers they would be worn. As this makes it less likely for you to
ruin something you have already painted. ANYWAY, back to painting flesh….
1) Basecoat all of your flesh areas with a 50:50 mix of Scorched Brown
and Dwarf Flesh
2) Mix in progressively more dwarf flesh and blend in the highlights onto
the raised areas of the flesh, taking note of the particularly prominent
areas on the face such as the brow, cheekbones, nose and chin.
Note: do not use dwarf flesh 'as is', it is far to pink for my taste.
Before you reach the pure dwarf flesh stage of highlighting move on to
3) Begin to add Elf Flesh to the mix, a small amount at a time (the colour
is quite strong) and again, blend in the highlights on the raised areas.
4) The final highlight is of pure elf flesh to the very tip of the nose
and chin, along the brow, on knuckles/elbows or other 'sharp' edges.
Et voila, the mysteries of the flesh according to Peter.