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Author Topic: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin  (Read 206 times)

Offline goon3423

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Hey guys, Iím trying to get this sort of effect on skin but Iím not sure the best way to get the texture. Iíve considered a drybrushing over a flesh basecoat with maybe some fine grit mixed in but I figured Iíd see if anyone had a suggestion before I dive in.
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Offline Dr De'Ath

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Re: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018, 09:03:09 AM »
I'd try adding cornflower to the paint to get the mud consistency and then stipple it on with an old brush that's had its point removed, or you could add cornflower to the basecoat to get the texture then paint the colour on top.
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Offline Plynkes

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Re: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2018, 09:13:27 AM »
Cornflower or cornflour?  ???

I used to mix talcum powder with Humbrol enamel paint to do caked-on mud on vehicles. Worked pretty well. Never tried it with acrylics, though. Might be a little too thick and cakey for a person, but it might be okay. I'd test it on something you don't mind wrecking first.


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Offline ink the troll

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Re: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2018, 12:32:30 PM »
A Milliput wash stippled on might work. Mix some Milliput, find some sort of disposable container (eg a bottle cap), put the Milliput in there and add a few drops of water, take an old battered brush and dissolve the putty a bit and apply the mixture by stippling it on.
Grounded up pastel chalks added to paint might work as well (only ever tried that on scenery though, so not sure if that wouldn't end up a bit too thick/ obscure to many details when used on a mini).

You probably could try textured paint (example https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Texture-Armageddon-Dust-24ML) or pastes/ gels eg pumice gel (as an example: https://www.goldenpaints.com/products/medium-gels-pastes/gel-with-aggregates) but I fear that you'd either have to thin that stuff so much that the effect is partially ruined or that when used undiluted the results might resemble a gathering of mud golems more than people.
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Offline Maledrakh

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Re: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2018, 01:09:05 PM »
stippling with liquid green stuff might do the trick.
(might this at last be a proper use for it?)

Offline ink the troll

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Re: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2018, 03:30:47 PM »
As I'm gonna need something similar for a couple of zombies anyways, here's a quick test.


thick, undiluted paint sponged on with foam inlay from a blister pack
as above but over a Milliput wash (also applied using a piece of foam)
Milliput wash, sponged on
paint mixed with pastel chalk powder


quick wash & drybrush job to bring out the details so they show up better in the close ups:





Hope that helps a bit.

Offline Dr De'Ath

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Re: Looking for some suggestions on painting ash/mud covered skin
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2018, 03:46:11 PM »
Cornflower or cornflour?  ???


Cornflour  :)

But that pastel chalk powder works really well, I'd go with that.