Hey everyone! Lecoqadoodledo here with a little showcase of some faces I worked on a month ago. I painted these for a seminar I ran recently on painting faces, and I needed a few examples of what a hobbyist can achieve with the techniques I was demonstrating. I followed previous White Dwarf ‘Eavy Metal Masterclasses for all but the blue Orruk, which was a tutorial from Citadel Miniature Designer Darren Latham’s personal blog.
Faces are by far my favourite thing to paint, as they’re the focal point of a model, and really give life and character to the miniatures we all work on, and as such deserve a lot of attention. The blue Orruk ended up being the most enjoyable to paint, and I’ll probably end up painting the Ironjaw Shadespire warband as blue boyz!
There are several more faces I wish to paint up examples for, specifically the various Daemons, as well as Gor, Ogres and Seraphon. I hope you’ve enjoyed this initial batch of faces though, and if you have any questions about the recipes or techniques for them, feel free to ask in the comments!
Cadian Fleshtone (basecoat)
Reikland Fleshshade (shade)
Doombull Brown (recess shade)
Abaddon Black (focused recess shade)
Cadian Fleshtone (layer)
3:1 Cadian Fleshtone/Ushabti bone (highlight)
2:1 Cadian Fleshtone/Ushabti bone (highlight)
1:1 Cadian Fleshtone/Ushabti bone (highlight)
2:2:1 Cadian Fleshtone/Ushabti Bone/White Scar (Last Stage Highlight)
Carroburg Crimson (lip, scar glaze)
Repeat Last Stage Highlight
Last Stage Highlight (mixed with a touch of Fenrisian Grey and Abaddon Black for stubble)
Repeat Last Stage Highlight
Pallid Wych Flesh (eyes, teeth), Rhinox Hide (pupils)
That's the Caucasian one, it's a blend of the old generation 'Eavy Metal scheme and the latest one from the January White Dwarf. All the other recipes can be found by googling 'Eavy Metal Masterclasses. The PDFs are everywhere. They're far more useful than me typing out the recipe, as you get photos along with them which will help you immensely with where you place definition.
I do plan on doing several more faces when I have time, just need to source the individual heads from some friends! 🙂
- Ciaran Dillon
Cheers man! Have tried googling the old wavy metal masterclasses before but it's hit and miss on what you find. Well give the skin tone above a shot though!
Awesome! Is this for your 'Eavy Metal application? 😉
Still a ways to go before I'm at that skill level 😛
I think he's caught on mate hahahahaha !
Hi, how do you pin the heads? Do you glue a piece of sprue to the bottom of the head with plastic glue?
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Those look great! Can you the various recipes? Human faces especially but all of them would be useful.
Will you do more faces as a follow up?