Recently on Brian's blog ( if you like D&D, Blood Bowl and Sci-Fi check out his blog doubledowndice ) he asked if I'd show how I would teach someone to paint, now as many of you know I'm always happy to answer questions, now when I teach I always try and tailor it to the individual, so for this instance I'm going with someone who can do neat base layers, and knows what a wash is, but would like to know more. This is currently how I approach all my gaming figures.
STEP 1 base layer, I approach all my models as layers, so any skin would be the base layer, as it's the lowest point on a model
A) first I lay down a layer of the darker shade of skin tone I'm going to use, in this instance it was GW Kislev Flesh
B) Next I gave a even coverage of GW Reikland Fleshade as a wash.
C) At this point I do the eyes, why ? as they are recessed and you clip the cheekbones with the paint, it can be rectified in later steps, so first is the white, then dots of black for the eyes.
D) now I go back in with the base flesh colour, leaving areas of the fleshwash showing to give shade.
E) Finally I add a lighter shade of flesh tone, as a highlight, now unlike some tutorials, I don't say highlight all the flesh, only where the light w3ould hit if shinning directly above the model, this will add more shadow to the model, and a sense of realism.
STEP 2 Clothing, is the next level, now on this model I wanted black undersuit, now if I want a pure black look I won't highlight it, as higlighting can often look chalky on black.
STEP 3 Armour is the next layer as it sits on top of the clothing.
A) first I did a layer of GW Mournfang Brown as the base layer to the armour.
B) The next layer I left an edge of the previous layer showing between any ridges and armour plates of GW XV-88, any areas that would be in shadow I left bigger gaps.
C) Finally I highlighted all the armour with GW Ushabti Bone leaving areas of both the previous two layers showing, and larger in areas that would be in shadow.
STEP 4 Details, there are many little details that may be on your model that need to be picked out.
A) The lips, this was just a single colour following the shape of the lips to make them look like they have lipstick on.
B) Pipes, this model has lots of pipes on it delivering the Wych drugs, I used Vallejo Livery Green as a base, then used a green glaze to add some subtle shading.
STEP 5 Weapons, on this model the weapon is easy to get to, and was done last, on other models you may need to do this earlier.
A) over the base layer of black I applied a layer of GW Caliban green, leaving black showing in all the creases, with larger areas on the underside as it would be in shadow.
B) a thick highlighting of Vallejo Scurf Green was then added over the top half, and a thin highlight on the underside.
C) A fine highlight of Vallejo Jade Green was then added to the top half of the weapon only.
Now obviously when approaching a model you need to asses where you need to do these steps, as I mentioned above, sometimes you may need to do the weapon earlier as it could have cloth over it, hope you find this useful.
Until next time stay safe and have fun !