Skin sucks, namely because the highest colours are always the really bright ones that dont cover in one. Dwarf flesh is the worst in my opinion. Thats why i like chaos as the flesh can be any damn colour you want it to be. I also never use inks as in my experience its hit or miss whether you get the finish your looking for. But anyway human flesh.
I use dark flesh as the base due to its pretty good cover over black and its colour somewhere between red/brown. I use a light watery coat of dwarf flesh next, then a thicker 2nd coat over the higher levels leaving the recesses untouched. Then I highlight with elf flesh right on the peaks of the high points. For women ala my sororitas i use more elf flesh to give a paler complexion. On faces this method gives good results while being minimilistic enough to be used en-masse like on guard for instance. On open areas like arms/legs... depends on the sort of consistency your dwarf flesh is. Can be good or can be very bad.
I don't have a digital camera these days, but skin has always been one of my specialities. I use Reaper Master Series paints, but I think I can give a rough approximation with Citadel equivalents. I also thin my paints to almost ink-like consistency, so the highlights blend quite smoothly.
For skin, I use...
-Scorched brown base
-Dwarf Flesh highlight 1
-Elf Flesh highlight 2
-Skull White on the brows, bridge of the nose, and the cheeks.
I really like the way space marines without helmets look, but I always botch the paint job. Is there any paint that needs a coat or two, and a quick highlight? GW or not, doesn't matter to me as long as it is found in most hobby shops.
There's never going to be a way to do it quickly and have it look good. When I paint, I usually do five or six layers. I use three different Reaper triads on skin-- I start with the mid-tone dark flesh, and end with the fair highlight, and I thin everything to nearly ink-like conistency so I have a lot of control over the highlights and I can blend easily.
As in my pic - I undercoated White, then 1 layer dwarf flesh, the drybrushed with elf flesh - great results and quick and easy painting. I then just painted the eyes - in my pic the commander's right eye has been hurt so used blace for eye and red gore ( it is difficult to take macro pics that close on my camera)
Step one: Base the flesh you want to paint with Dark Flesh.
Step Two: Paint Dwarf Flesh onto the same part
Step three: 2 ways to do this part, 1st way, Flesh wash the part you just put dwarf flesh on, or Water down dark flesh until its a very small puddle of water.
Step four: Highlight using Elf Flesh
Step five: Extreme highlight with an Elf Flesh mix with skull white 1:1.
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