Over the next few days, I will be painting the Tribal Retribution Starter Set so I’ll be recording my progress in a series of blogs.

Today is all about skin. Here’s a very rough and ready painting guide I put together whilst on my lunch break!

You’ll need the following paints:

P3 Paints

  • Idrian flesh

  • Khardic Flesh

  • Ryn Flesh

  • Umbral Umber

GW Paints

  • Reikland Fleshshade

  • Seraphim Sepia

Step 1 - Basecoat

Basecoat your model with Idrian Flesh, then give it a generous wash of Reikland Fleshshade to set the basic skin tone.


Step 2 - Creating Volume

We’re going to add volume to the muscles by highlighting them with Khardic Flesh...

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Step 3 - Adding Definition

Now we're going to add definition by highlighting the uppermost surfaces of the muscles using a 50/50 mix of Khardic Flesh and Ryn Flesh.

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Step 4 - Adding Further Definition

Further definition is added with pure Ryn Flesh - once again, concentrate on the edges and uppermost surfaces of the muscles.

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Step 5 - Creating Contrast

Time to add some contrast now. Water down Umbral Umber 4:1 and use this to shade the recesses and undersides of the muscles.

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Step 6 - Tie our highlights and shades

All flesh areas are given a glaze of Seraphim Sepia to tie our highlights and shades together.

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And that’s it - Job Done!

This will look great on the tabletop but after I’ve finished the whole Posse, I will go back and add subtle nuances to the flesh tones for a more individual look. 

~ Daz