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You guys may know me from my ongoing thread here. That is where I have been posting my ongoing Undead/Resurrectionist models that are finished and painted to play. I figured I would just drop in a tutorial on how I paint undead flesh. This is something that has no real rules on how to do it, since nobody really knows how the undead would look, should they exist. I went for a kind of nasty looking approach with a more foul tint to the usual color of the living. This is going to be a step by step 'tutorial' on how I paint undead flesh. My little test subject is going to be this fellow below. I hope you enjoy! Step 1: Base Coat I like to start off with a white primed model (mostly because I use bright colors for my models and it is a pain in the arse to paint bright colors on a dark under coat). You can still do this with a darker prime though, so no worries! I just paint every portion of skin the model contains with the base coat color of my choice (in this case it is Game Color's Dead Flesh). Step 2: First Wash What makes undead different from the living is that they are, well half dead. Meaning half cold and half warm. This step I use to wash with my 'cold' wash, which also adds a lot of darkness in the models recesses. The wash I used here is Secret Weapon Wash's Black Green. Remember to be generous with these first washes! Step 3: Second Wash As mentioned before, the undead are a middle thing between the living and the dead. The middle thing between warm and cold. To add a little 'warmth' to the model, I wash it again with a brown flesh wash to give the model a little bit of spunk. The wash I use here is also a Secret Weapon's wash: Flesh Wash Step 4: Drybrush + First Highlights The fun thing about the undead is that the skin doesn't have to look perfect. They're generally wounded, mutilated or even messed up beyond all recognition. So there is no need to really be 'perfect' with painting the skin and its details. Plus with all the many different its and bits on these models, it would take quite a long time to paint it super detailed, like you do with other parts of the model. What I did here was just dry brush the model's skin parts with the same base coat color I used in step one. Then add in a little water to the paint and go after the larger parts of the body and flesh, such as the belly or the muscles on his arms, in this case. Highlight a few other spaces to make it look just right.
As I've mentioned in other posts, I just picked up my Lilith box set. I'm really excited to start painting her but I thought I would ask you guys for some tips. For her skin I'm aiming for the GW blueish/purple skin like the daemonette skin. Her hair I want to have bright orange. The tots skin I'm thinking the same thin as Lilith, but pink rather than blue. I've never done skin like this before and I've never painted hair. So any tips or links would be most appreciated.
Ana posted a tutorial with one suggestion how to paint chaos creatures - especially skin of sinister looking steeds of Chaos. Surely not the only way, but hopefully an interesting one. If you're interested, here it is: How to paint Chaos steeds - tutorial (or click the picture).