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What colours for Egyptian skin?

 
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Brad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: What colours for Egyptian skin? Reply with quote

Title says it all really.
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jared



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this link is for 'Ral Partha' paints. I will be having a look at getting some of them to replace my diminishing stocks. I would recommend the tanned and negro flesh-tones for your Egyptians. anything has to be better than good old 'Dwarf flesh'.

http://www.amazonminiatures.com/catalogue/index.asp?rName=Paint%20-%20Acrylic
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Ian



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I painted some 20mm Egyptians ages ago. Given the small scale I barely highlighted them, just went with simple blocked-in base colours in most cases. Anyway, I used Games Workshop's Snakebite Leather as a base. As with many GW browns it dries a little darker than it looks in the bottle, but not much. As this is a slightly yellow/orange brown colour it helps to balance it with a greener brown. This could be achieved with an ink wash, or (as in my case) a highlight colour. In my case I went for a very broad (80-90% of the skin) single layer highlight of GW's Graveyard Earth for a dusty very pale brown overall skin colour. I think the overall look contrasts well with their darker Nubian and lighter Libyan auxiliaries / opponents.

As there is so much flesh revealed in very-much-BC battles it helps to have fairly uniform colours for each side so you can tell the figures apart at a glance, even if this involves simplifying matters a little in terms of the real mix of phenotypes that would have been present historically.

So my answer might actually be: depends what other armies you've got.
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