Finishing up my batch of “green” figures, I had Raoul, Laurie, & Bear to do. Ironically, two of these figures really don’t have much green on them, but I was scraping the bottom of the barrel to find something similar about the figures to include them in groups of six.
His palette is actually quite plain. Besides his flesh, there’s really just a couple of colors on this guy: the beige for the vest, the green jeans and a smidge of green sleeves and black gun. There really isn’t much to say about this guy either, except that he’s done.
I know, compelling blog post, eh?
This is certainly one of those characters where I actually have something to say, and that is that I’m bad at zombie skin. What I had been doing was to try to mix in an old pot of rotting flesh into the skin tone, but this is a great example of why that doesn’t work.
I should mention that I’ve nothing against rotting flesh, and think it makes a great iconic zombie skin tone, but it doesn’t work for this particular application, and I think you can see why on Laurie. Her zombie skin tone is just too stark: it almost look like she’s waterlogged, which isn’t as subtle as the effect I should be going for. This is a lesson to me in what not to do, but I’m sure to get it right eventually…
That’s where Bear comes in. I did the same sort of effect, but I thinned the rotting flesh down a bit and used it more like a wash on top of the skin. The end result is far more subtle and more natural–if I do say so myself.
I think it did a good job of making him look sickly without being too blatant. What do you think?
Otherwise, he’s a very simple model to paint, but I like the way he came out overall. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I still have about 18 more of these guys to paint…