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12-01-2004, 14:03
OK. Here we go. First and foremost: I am NO Boot!! Even though I've been painting for over 25 years, I DO NOT consider myself an expert. Until losing sight in my right eye, I collected and painted Games Workshop WH40K figs.........I have thousands!!! However, My only good eye, happens to be my bad eye, and I couldn't paint minute details anymore. Then along comes 1:6 scale!!!!I found the same thing troubling me in all scales: The Pefect Flesh Color!!!It always came out too pink, or too orange or too white or too dark!!! All the standard flesh colors pretty much suck. So, I tried a zillion different mixes.....never really being satisfied. Until now!!!!!!!
Let me say I've read countless books on face painting, studied the tutorial on sixtydrivers site, Pm'd Boot for tips, read Boot's tips on Sixtydriver's site.....and experimented on my own. I took all these fountains of knowledge and picked this and that for a technique I was comfortable with. THAT is the key. Find a way or a pattern you like and stick to it. With that being said:

Thank you to:
All the authors of figure painting books,
and the Lord for giving me some talent and a ton of patience:

Vegas Bubba sent me 2 BHD resin sculpts to paint.Neddless to say , I wanted to do a good job. I didn't want to start until I got a flesh I really liked. Boot had said he used equal parts Burnt Sienna and Raw with Boot being the best, I started there.
1) First wash the resin figs in warm soapy water and allow to dry.
2) I use Krylon Spray on Primer:

3) now for the base coat of flesh. I took 1 bottle of Testor's acrylic Burnt Sienna and 1 bottle of Testor's Raw sienna and mixed them thoroughly in a separate bottle. Once mixed I poured the contents back into the original cleaned out bottles. I then took an eyedropper and filled it with the mix we just concocted. I PUT 16DROPS of the mix into a 1/2oz bottle of Testor's Acrylic Flat White. Mix it well, and this is the base coat:

4) I used acrylics on the hair lips and eyes(we'll fix those later) and oils on the face. Oils are very forgiving..acrylics dry almost instantly and are not( again KUDOS to BOOT for mastering acrylics). I know the figs look ghostly, clownish and fugly!!! But they will improve!!!:

5) Now, using the same colors only in oils.........I use Winsor-Newton Artist Oil Colors.......mix 1 part Burnt Sienna and 1 part Raw Sienna. Add a very small amount to some Titanium white until the mix looks as close as match as possible to the acrylic flesh base coat. Brush this all over the face.........clean the brush in Turpenoid and go over it removing as much oil paint as possible. Wipe it on a towel. Clean brush and do it again. Do this however many times it takes to just leave a thin oil covering:
He still looks SICK!:

6) Now........take 1 part Burnt Sienna and 1 part yellow ochre and mix them. Brush this mix in all the cracks and crevices and along the hairline and jawline:Jakers! Scared the crap out of me!!!:

7) use a small brush and moisten it with turpenoid and just dab and stipple the areas you just painted will start to blend naturally and you can control it by pushing and pulling or even removing the paint!!!:

8) OK step back and take a look. Now take 1 part Burnt Sienna and 1 part Raw Sienna mix and do the same thing, only not quite as much. Place it in all the nooks and crannies again:

9) Using your moistened brush, gently pull and stipple the borders of the paint you just applied:

10) could stop here or..........add a deeper shade ( I use Madder Brown) applied to the corners of the nose under the chin , a dab under the bottom lip and the tops and side near thw nose around the eyes.Drybrush the hair with acrylics.
11) use your original oil flesh and apply sparingly on the all the high spots..again stipple it along th edges:

add a couple coats of Testor's Dullcote!! All done . The thing with oils is they are so forgiving. you can make a mistake and VERY easily fix it. I found these took about 4 days to dry completely, before applying the dullcote!!Have fun!!

12-01-2004, 15:08
Damn thats good !

Man , I wish I had your BAD EYE!!!

great job! they really look nice?
One question , will they paint scrape off? I. mean , If you put a helmet on .. would the paint chip away? how do you avoid that?

12-01-2004, 18:11
Koool job there Saw...!!!

12-01-2004, 18:24
Thanks Saw

12-01-2004, 19:30
Damn fine job!

12-01-2004, 19:39
Great job!! Thanks for the tips!!!

12-01-2004, 20:18
Nice job! Thanks for the tips!

12-01-2004, 23:25
Thank you for the tutorial, the sculpt looks great!

One day i have to try my hand at painting sculpts.

Do you think an airbrush for the base and some shadowing would give good results?

12-02-2004, 07:23
After priming, I use an airbrush to apply the acrylic flesh mix as a base coat. I put 2 or 3 light coats on.........enough to cover the primer. Let it dry for 24 hours, so the solvent used with oils will not harm the base coat.

12-02-2004, 07:32
That was one scary trip, but well worth taking. A hell of a transformation, Butch.

12-02-2004, 17:32
Gee...........Thanks Mike, I think.

12-02-2004, 19:05
Wow, it all came together beautifully in the end! I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd given up on their ability to paint and is now inspired to give it another go. Thanks for the tutorial, Saw!

12-02-2004, 23:22
Yeah, like Mike said, that was one hell of a scary trip at the start but it turned out fine. Good work there, Saw. Lovely blending.