Stahly’s Paint Picks returns for another round! In this ongoing series, I highlight my top paint choices for different colour schemes. Today, we’re delving into a range of skin tones, featuring one palette with a rosy and blush hue, and another boasting golden and olive undertones.

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Here on Tale of Painters and on my YouTube channel, I’m constantly testing out the latest paint ranges. However, only the finest colours from each range earn a spot in my rotation. I like to keep my options open and explore a variety of brands, cherry-picking the best paints and colours from each range.

My best picks for rosy and golden skin

The Citadel Colour range can be a bit limiting when it comes to reproducing a wide spectrum of different skin tones. So let’s think outside the box and see what other paint ranges have to offer.

For olive or golden flesh, I recommend these four paints:

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My second quartet features a palette of four fair and rosy skin tones from light to dark:

If you want to add these colours to your collection, a click on the links will take you to one of our partner shops.

Comparing colours with my digital swatches

The colour squares shown above are taken from my hand-painted colour swatches, which I have created for many paint ranges such as Citadel, Vallejo Game Color, Warpaints Fanatic, and Two Thin Coats. All of them are professional reproductions, hand-painted on plasticard and photographed under consistent, neutral lighting conditions, making them much more accurate and true to life than the manufacturers’ colour charts.

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Additionally, my swatches are compatible with each other, allowing you to compare different paint ranges to find the best matches for tutorials from sources like White Dwarf or the Warhammer YouTube channel, or to convert your old colour schemes to paints from other manufacturers. You can find my swatches on my Patreon, either for a small donation in my shop or by becoming an Autarch tier member.

My paint range top list

And if you want to know what my current favourite paint ranges are, I’ve summarized my current recommendations for you in this post:

I hope my paint picks might be an inspiration for your next Warhammer or scale modelling project. Feel free to react and let me know in the comments about your staples for painting skin, or which colour groups you’d like me to put together next. Until next time, and happy hobbying!