Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tutorial - orc skin done my way

Hey there. A couple of updates ago I told you I arrived at a formula of orc skin that really suits me, Here is how you go about doing it.

Before we begin - this is suited for tabletop, not showcase. You won't win any contests, but you won't be ashamed either.

You will need the following paints:

  • GW Knarloc Green
  • GW Goblin Green
  • GW Thraka Green wash
  • GW Devlan Mud wash
  • VMC Flat Green
  • GW Waywatcher Green glaze
  • optionally, a matte medium of your choice
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  1. Basecoat the skin with Knarloc Green. Take your time, do a couple of thin coats.
  2. Wash the entire skin area with 2:1 mix of Thraka Green and Devlan Mud. After this dries, take your mix again and apply it to the deepest recesses only. Allow to dry.
  3. Re-establish your base color with Knarloc Green on anything that isn't a really deep recess. I strongly advise you to mix in some matte medium here.
  4. Begin highlighting the skin with a mix of 1:1:1 Knarloc Green, Flat Green and matte medium. Naturally, go a bit higher than the previous step. Orcs tend to have a very well-defined musculature, so this step should go really smoothly.
  5. Even higher! Now apply pure Flat Green. Concentrate on the muscle lines, tendons and so on. 
  6. Apply a final highlight of 1:1 Flat Green and Goblin Green. Head for things like muscle lines, knuckles, lips, noses and the like - the highest points.
  7. Finish it off with a glaze of Waywatcher Green. This is one of the best paints GW has produced - it ties the colors together like a dream, dries quickly and doesn't pool.

And that's the long and short of it. Simple and easy. See you next time!

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