I have never tried Vallejo paints, and so I am looking for some advice on what flesh colour people recommend. Thanks in advance!
I tend to buy all of the different skin tones available. This means that I can have variations across an army no matter what ethnic type. Here's what I currently use Tamiya Flat flesh, P3 Idrian flesh, Citadel Bronze flesh, Vallejo Dark flesh, Dark fleshtone and Heavy skintone.
Dienekes, remarked with a laugh, 'Good. Then we'll have our battle in the shade.' - Herodotus, The Histories, 7.226
Post by crazycaptain560 on Jun 22, 2016 20:14:42 GMT
I use the sunny skin tone myself but that is because I wash figures with the right colored wash in each area. The brown ink from army painter dulls the skin a bit and fills the features of the face with some shade making it pop.
If I am not making sense... I don't have enough Caffeine
Hi - just got myself on the forum so here goes ....
There is no "perfect paint" as it depends on your painting style, how or whether you do highlights and shadows and how you wash and so on.
For a standalone flesh tone my favourite is the Reaper HD Caucasian flesh
I read tons of online articles bought tons of paint (even bought an artist book) and did lots of experiments, and in the end realized that was a complete waste of time. What really counts for faces is how you place the highlights and shadows, and how the shadows are tinted. So the base colour is not as important as it seems. I have the Vallejo basic flesh and hate it, but if you add a little bit of another colour, it transforms into great flesh tones.
For 15mm I currently do the following
- base coat Vallejo VMC 928 Light Flesh - shade with dilute Reaper HD Suntan flesh (anything similar would work) - heavy wash Vallejo Game 204 Fleshtone shade - carefully wash something darker (cooler) brown (umber) into eye sockets - highlight Light Flesh
The base coat is very light because of the heavy washing
This level of detail in 15mm is clearly a sign of obsession, so take this with a pinch of matte wash
In 28mm I do whatever I feel like, but nowadays I'm more into blending colours than having lots of carefully matched paint combinations. I think the Reaper triads are good flesh colours (particular the rosy flesh) but I find the triads very close together (i.e. don't produce enough contrast) so that I need to blend to get real shadows anyway. I also find that the shadows are a bit too cool
The cool mini article is very good, in particular because it shows examples of faces and how shades and highlights work. I am not convinced that the paint combinations he suggests are that good - if you are going to that level of detail I think it would be better to blend. Incidentally - look at how his contrast range differs from a Reaper triad
Good luck, don't try to overcomplicate it (trust me, I am really good at that)
DecoArt Americana (www.decoart.com) "Flesh Tone" - # DA078 - is about as good a paint for bog-standard 'untanned Caucasian flesh' as one could want. Possibly a bit short on covering power if you're applying it over black primer, otherwise recommended.
OTOH, their "Natural Buff" - # DA311 - is a pinkish-white, poor covering power. Could use it for Celts, with red hair and freckles, but by the end of the battle they'd've turned a bright sunburned red.