With the lava base complete, it was time to get down to some flesh tones! For this experiment, I wanted to try out a variation of the usual Dark Elf lightflesh/black hair combo.
The flesh is not as bright as you usually see in GW publications. I wanted this to be a little darker, so that I could reflect a bit more of the lava glow in it.
These Vestals will be the subject of numerous painting DVD's in our Kickstarter program.
I used a blue/black mix to establish the darks of the hair and the armor...
The armor was a mix of snakebite leather and that blue/black.
I started to 'flesh out' the flesh tone by using a watered down Reare Ashen Brown. This would help me establish where the darks would be. The hair had a lightening color of blue/black and bright sky blue. That same color is also applied to parts of the weapons.
I mixed a little bit of Vallejo brown rose with the ashen brown, which made my warmest color. I also mixed a bit of lavender in with this. I used flow improver to keep the colors in a better state for mixing on the figure.
I took my panzer aces highlight green and mixed that with the more rosy flesh tone. That cooled down the surfaces facing away from the lava, which would be very important! This would become my highlight tone as well. So, I kept mixing more of the highlight green into that shade.
I mixed a space wolves grey into that color to further lighten it. You can see that I did some more work on the armor as well. These flesh colors were mixed in with the snakebite leather to make it lighter.
I get more definition on the armor by mixing a little yellow in that mix. It is surprisingly cool by comparison, which is good. I am also working on the darker shades of the weapons. I put some glowing eyes on her for fun, and to tie in with the lava effect!
Final highlights are picked out on the weapons, the armor and the hair. I went back in with some dark purple in the shadow sections of the hair for a little contrast. That same color was thinned down and used for the darkest shades of the swords as well.
Tomorrow I will post the finished images!!