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PostPosted: Sat 20 Aug 2016 04:23 am 
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Hi everyone,

Apologies if this has been covered before, I've scanned a few threads but haven't found anything and my search skills are in their infancy - feel free to direct me to a relevent thread if there's one out there.

Anyway, how do you seasoned professionals paint faces on your figurines? I'm tackling my first 1:48 pilot in 20 years and am not sure how to best raise the detail and paint the eyes. As I recall, in my formative years I used to paint a white line horizontally across the eyes, a dark line vertically through each for the colour, then fill in the flesh around them. Basic but did the job. I doubt that's the most effective method though, what are your tips?

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 Post subject: Re: Painting faces
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That's how I did my R/C figures, as they were large enough to show off facial detail. Since my main modelling field is 1/72 A/c, either flesh colour for European aircrew, and tan for Asian normally suffices.
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 Post subject: Re: Painting faces
PostPosted: Sat 20 Aug 2016 09:27 am 
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The techniques I use are determined by the scale of the figure. Think about how far away the figure(s) will be viewed :idea: In the case of a 1/48 figure, viewing it from a foot away is like looking at someone 48 feet away. Can you really see the whites of their eyes :?: You can often get away with painting a basic flesh colour and then applying a flesh-coloured (darker) wash to pick out the folds in the skin, eyes etc :nod: I often think that figures in smaller scales where the whites are painted look as though they have a :shock: rabbit-in-the-headlights :shock: look :!:
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Larger scale figures require a slightly different approach. Skin tones can be airbrushed and eyes may be painted in a more detailed way, and a hint of eye-lashes will help define the shape of the eye :idea:
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You may also wish to add a gloss varnish to the eyes for that wet look :idea:
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 Post subject: Re: Painting faces
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Sometimes scary 'rabbit in the headlight' eyes is what you want, though it's a challenge in 1/72 scale as per these half-painted figs I'm working on at the moment...! :shock:

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wingnutmike wrote:
flesh colour for European aircrew, and tan for Asian normally suffices
That was going to be my next question - flesh on a Zero pilot wouldn't fit well. Thanks.

The scale of the figure isn't something I'd thought about to be honest, not painting the eyes does make the job consideably easier so that's a welcome bit of advice. I do feel slightly compelled to ask what the figure second from bottom was for? The mind boggles...

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PostPosted: Sun 21 Aug 2016 09:22 am 
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A commission for someone - there's a whole range of figures in this genre :DancingQueen:

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Ratch is correct...painting the eyes can be done but it is a pain and can lead to the fig looking rabbit-in-the-headlights but as David has shown, that sort of effect can be desireable.
Here´s a link on face painting..including the eyes..and he Shows how it´s not necessary to paint the "whites of the eyes" with example of figures ranging from 1/48th to 200mm
http://www.network54.com/Forum/433829/t ... ng+Methods

As for painting Japanese Skintones, try this link
http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/1 ... -skintones

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Another tip I was given was to add a touch of flesh to the white used for the white of the eye as it makes it less stark :wink:

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I've started painting these 1/24 pilots and have done the eye-whites with a touch of pink :arrow:
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Sorry about the lack of focus :oops: I've also painted the iris and pupil :geek: Hopefully a better picture to follow when I've given them a wash :pray:

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