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Can anybody give me any pointers on this kind of stuff?



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Yes, become a painting god first, then you can do this...

Sorry, but there is no "pointers" for this sort of stuff. It takes an unnaturally steady hand.

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Try micron pens, I just picked up a set for doing lettering on my Grey Knight shoulder pads and vehicles. The smallest are .25 mm, perfect for doing fine details like this.
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Yes, become a painting god first, then you can do this...
Rules me out completely then!


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Try micron pens, I just picked up a set for doing lettering on my Grey Knight shoulder pads and vehicles. The smallest are .25 mm, perfect for doing fine details like this.
Hmm, I'll give that a shot on a tester figure at some point


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Or try decals? I'm sure there are ones out there that would fit perfectly (though maybe not as detailed).

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Hadn't thought of decals

The tattoo's don't have to be massively detailed or anything, just enough so you look at their faces and go "oh, ink!".


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The pattern is always going to be tricky.

Once you have put the tattoo I suggest glazing with a flesh tone so they look as if they are below the skin; otherwise they can end up looking like war-paint.
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Whoever did that made it look really good. Don't do straight black. Even a well done tattoo on a person whos skin keeps ink extremely well will fade to be more dark grey-green in colour over time.

Glazing with a flesh tone would certainly help, if you're steady enough doing highlights after the tattoo will help make it look worn in.

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Whoever did that made it look really good. Don't do straight black. Even a well done tattoo on a person whos skin keeps ink extremely well will fade to be more dark grey-green in colour over time.

Glazing with a flesh tone would certainly help, if you're steady enough doing highlights after the tattoo will help make it look worn in.
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Once you have put the tattoo I suggest glazing with a flesh tone so they look as if they are below the skin; otherwise they can end up looking like war-paint.
Great, thanks guys

Funny you should mention the warpaint Dave, as my librarian has his face halved red/yellow


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If I was painting tattoos I would add a touch of blue to the flesh tone you are using, so that the colour isn't too strong. Then paint it on with a very old brush, you know, the one with three hairs that you can't bring yourself to throw away because you think it may be useful someday.
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