I really like how you've done the skin tones and brought out the muscles on these thugs. Do you do a wash or just do an undercoat of brown and them paint the highlighted parts lighter?
Thanks!I guess the answer is 'it depends'. I've been experimenting with different techniques since I've been painting most of these individually. I always start with a black undercoat and block in dark tones of each color. Depending on the color, I may or may not do a wash next... sometimes this is controlled and placed only in the recesses or sometimes I just paint the whole area and let the wash settle on its own. Then comes the middle tone which is pretty much the target color that I want an area to appear to be. I might blend this toward the edges for large open areas, but mostly this is just flat, leaving the initial stages showing in the deepest areas. Finally I use sharp edge highlights to define the shapes and may blend small highlights on the highest part of open areas. Some sections (like the thug's skin at the top) may get additional thin glazes. I used undiluted GW Carroburg Crimson on the thug's lower lip and thin washes of the same in the deepest shadows of the muscles. Depending on the effect I want, I may use purples, blues, or greens as well.Talking about painting is like dancing about masonry... I'll try to incorporate some step by step stuff in future blog posts.
Oh he turned out good.
Very nice work. I can't help but love his expression!
Your thugs look grand! The new one's shield is very interesting... where does it come from? It's interesting without being too baroque or over sized. Anyway, great work.
Thanks. The shields are all from the current plastic GW Marauders (awful kit, great shields).
that's a great looking start to a unit of Thugs.