Welcome to my tutorial on painting faces. Faces are one of the most important aspects of a miniature as it is often the focal point and the component that tends to add the most character to a model. Faces can be tricky to paint but once you get down a few basic steps and get the hang of using glazes to add warmth and depth to the skin it becomes much easier to get good looking faces for your miniatures.
I begin with a black base coat and paint following these steps-
|Start with a coat of Bugman's Glow. Water the paint down a touch to ensure it flows nicely and doesn't clog the fine details. It may take multiple coats but that is much more preferable than one thick coat.|
|Next up is Cadian Flesh Tone. You're aiming to cover all of the previous coat, making sure to get into all the crevices such as under the brow and nose. Again, this may take two coats.|
|Using some slightly thinned Screaming Skull, carefully paint thin lines on the eye brow ridge, the nose, the lips and the ears.|
|First thing is to base the entire area with Dryad Bark, being careful to avoid spilling onto any of the skin.|
|Next you want to applying Gorthor Brown over most of the area, leaving the darker colour to show through in the recesses of the texture of the hair and braids, and also at the line where the hair/beard meets the skin.|
|The first highlight step is with Baneblade Brown and these highlights want to be focused on the ridges where the detail is raised such as the braids on this models and also the mustache.|
|The final highlight is with Karak Stone and is once again applied to the raised areas, focussing mainly on the ends of his braids and the mustache.|
|The very last thing to do is to block out the metal rings holding his braids together with Leadbelcher.|
And with that the face of the model is finished.