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Offline Diablo Jon

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2021, 10:30:58 AM »
Hehe, I'm so behind the times I don't even know what Contrast paint is.  :)


I'll have to check that out.

 Basically well watered down paint over a white undercoat. I remember the guys, who wrote the Rapid Fire rules, doing tutorials on painting the same way, back in the 90s, in wargames illustrated. In theory i seems like a good way to paint lots of miniatures fast ( like the dip method all in vogue a few years back) but so far I haven't really seen anything done this way I really liked the look of.

Offline Captain Blood

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2021, 12:24:13 PM »
Agreed. Itís basically a souped-up version of the dip / wash method - ink-type paints over a white or light undercoat and relying on gravity to run the shade into recesses and leave Ďnaturalí highlights on the relief. Itís not new. Whatís new is that GW have, as usual, found a way to package, market and monetise an old idea.
It doesnít do it for me, but a lot of people seem to have picked up on it as a quick way of colouring figures with a passable result at tabletop distance.

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2021, 02:45:59 PM »
Ah, I see. There is a guy on the Ancients board doing something similar with some plastic Persians. I think they look good. But I think I am a little set in my ways to start doing it myself. It's not like I'm trying to churn out lots of figures these days, more trying to paint a small number the best I can.


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Offline Diablo Jon

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2021, 03:35:29 PM »
Ah, I see. There is a guy on the Ancients board doing something similar with some plastic Persians. I think they look good. But I think I am a little set in my ways to start doing it myself. It's not like I'm trying to churn out lots of figures these days, more trying to paint a small number the best I can.




That kind of sums it up those of us who are more into the modeling painting side of the hobby probably wouldn't use them. For the guys who are all about the gaming ,who find painting a chore, these sort of painting short cuts are a very viable option.

Offline Harry Faversham

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2021, 04:09:44 PM »
It doesnít do it for me, but a lot of people seem to have picked up on it as a quick way of colouring figures with a passable result at tabletop distance.

And why not?
Painting seventeen layers of skin colour per Zulu's madness...
Fighting Redcoats, they're only on the table for ten minutes!

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Offline SteveBurt

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2021, 02:25:26 PM »
I use a warm red-brown (Coat díArmes Horse Tone brown) followed by a wash with Sepia ink.

Offline Atheling

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2021, 03:09:30 PM »
These were speed painted using a technique that came out particularly well on the Copplestone sculpts- I think I remember they took about four hours in total for about 15 miniatures. The shields were just painted with VMC German Black Grey then dry brushed prior to a little tidying up. The hair the same but with Andrea Black then VMC German Grey. At the time the aim was to sell them to raise funds, thus the rather rushed job.

Details of how they were painted are on my blog here:
http://justaddwater-bedford.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/speed-painted-african-flesh-with-beja.html








« Last Edit: April 07, 2021, 03:12:29 PM by Atheling »

Offline john Hollyoak

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2021, 11:14:02 PM »
Well I tried the mix recommended by WSS magazine on a few Ngoni characters today. It was a roughly 50 50 mix of GW Contrast Cygor Brown and Fyreslayer Flesh. It's not going to win me any prizes and nowhere near as good as some of the many talented painters on this forum but I think it did a good job in one coat. Certainly good enough for the tabletop. Figures aren't completed and I don't have a camera so no pictures.
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Offline Kitsune

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2021, 04:50:02 PM »
I sprayed all mine dark brown. 80% of the model painted to start

Offline Atheling

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Re: Painting Zulu skin colour
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2021, 05:26:51 PM »
I sprayed all mine dark brown. 80% of the model painted to start

What colour/manufacturer did you use perchance?

 

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