- Pale Skin
- Light Skin
- Golden Skin
- Basic Flesh
- Pink Flesh
- Arabic Shadow
- Indian Shadow
- African Shadow
|The paint on a palette. Shaken well, but as you can see on some paints, not well enough yet 😉|
|After finishing the skintone of the mini below. As you can see I made mixes between the paints.|
I do think that, in order to get nice blends, you still have to make mixes between the different paints, but that should not be a problem for most of us ;).
On the bottle design: I like dropper bottles, because they just make measuring the paints so much easier, and you don’t need to use an old brush to get the paint out. What I did not like on these particular bottles was that you need to create a hole in the bottle top. Making a hole is not a problem, but paint rushing out by the bunch right after making the hole is a bit of a waste. Maybe the bottles are a bit too full? I guess they must have a reason to make it like this, but it was a very messy business 😉
Step-by-step: painting female skin with Scale 75 Flesh Paint Set
I would like to end this review with a step-by-step painting the skintone of a lovely sculpted female from Hasslefree miniatures. As you can tell from the pictures, my skills with these paints will need to improve a lot still, and by all means don’t take this as a tutorial but just a little tour through my experiences with these paints. I had practiced with the paints a little before I started this mini.
I purposly post huge pictures (click to enlarge) so you can see every little stroke on the mini. In real life the effect is much less harsh of course.
the basecolour I painted all the skin in Basic Flesh, until it is completely opaque. I diluted the paint slightly 1 part water to 2 parts paints (more or less) and it took 3 coats to cover completely. This colour is
quite dark I think, I choose it because my lady is a sort of barbarian
type and she is naked and outside so she could have a slight tan. For
“indoor” females I would probably make a 50:50 mix of basic flesh and
golden flesh (or light skin).
|First step: Painting the basecoat until it is completely opaque.|
For the next step I paint in some rough highlights. For this I mixed a bit of golden skin and light flesh to the base colour. I try to spit-blend the colours a little, but I will smoothen it out a bit more later. I paint a second highlight step using pure golden skin. I also add some colour to the mixtones by painting in some pink flesh.
|Start roughing in some highlights|
Time to start shading*. I started by creating a 1:2 mix between with a mix between Arabic Skintone and Pink Flesh. This mix I mixed with the basecoat for the first shadows. For further highlights I added some Indian Skintone to the mix.
* Some people ask me: “why do you use this order, and not start with shading before highlighting?”, I honestly don’t have a good reason for that, I just prefer it that way. Also in this manner, I can correct some of my highlights with the first shading colour.
I paint the deepest shadows using a mix between Indian shadow and African Shadow. Then only in a few areas I paint another deeper shadow of pure African Shadow. I proceed by painting the highlights. First with a mix of Golden Skin and Light Flesh, then I kept adding Pale Flesh until I reached pure Pale Flesh.
After this, I created some glazes of the basecoat to make smoother transitions.
|Finished skin (for the moment at least)|
This is where I ended. Is the skin done? No! Absolutely not 🙂. I usually stop painting the skin at this point. I will first paint the rest of the mini (clothes, hair, weapons) after going back to the skin. This way I can easily see what more (or maybe less) the skin needs. Finalizing the skin will exist of many glazes to smooth transitions, add depth and add warmt to the skin. I will show updates when I do that.
As you can see on the mini the paint looks a little rough, a little powdered. Hopefully I will be able to correct that with further work on it. I think this is party due to the extremely matt nature of the paint, and my in-experience.
I hoped you liked reading through my experiences with the Scale 75 Flesh Paint Set. Please share your thoughts and suggestions if you have any. And if you have a question, do not fear to ask!
I also want to thank everyone who gave me tips using these paints :).
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ik vindt het hele fijne verf! ik ben zelf pas sinds kort over maar ben gelijk overstag gegaan. ik haal echter wel de tip even van het flesje voordat ik er een gaatje in prik. Dan heb ik a) geen rommel en b) kan ik er gelijk een rvs balletje in gooien voor het schudden 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing! I have a request: can you please let me know what Vallejo Model Colors I can use to make the basic African skintone. I don’t want it too dark. Just dark enough to look ethnically Aftrican
Will you have a chance to read my email requesting areaper triad of color s for American Indian? I set a reference photo. Thanks.