How do you paint rotting flesh? Will a sickly layer topped off with a colourful glaze do the trick? We think not! Rotting flesh is more than skin deep. Here we show you the importance of underpainting and how it shows up in the most subtle ways.
Before you begin, here are the colours you will need for underpainting:
- Purple 5
- Red 5
- Marine 5
- Glaze medium/Water
We start off with a model which has been zenithal primed. Dab on random blotches of Warcolours Marine 5, Red 5 and Purple 5 in diluted proportions.
The aim of the effect is to have both areas of pure colours and overlapping colours. It is best to use a cotton bud to do the dabbing in random areas. Don't bother blending the areas of intersection. Instead, let them show as overlaps. The more layers you do the better. This gives the effect of dead veins and blood vessels under the skin as more layers are added.
Once the underpainting is complete, it is time to paint on the skin which covers the underpainting. To achieve a translucent skin effect, it is important that ALL your colours used for the skin are thinned down. Here are the colours we used to achieve a cold, dead skin effect:
- Highlights: Flesh 2 + Turquoise 1
- Midtones: Flesh 5 + Warm grey 2
- Shadows: Flesh 5 + Marine 5 + Brown 5 + Transparent Black
To paint the skin, work from the highlight colour down to the shadow or shade colour, gradually contouring each area with a smooth, wet blend. The desired effect can be seen in the picture below. Don't worry if the model doesn't have enough contrast yet.
Shading will bring the model to life (yes, the dead must be undead first) by increasing the contrast on the mini. We used an overall shade of Warcolours Chestnut ink and a selective shade of light green ink on areas which are obscured from the light source to achieve the final effect of rotting flesh!