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27 September 2011

Rihanna, Anna, Anna, Hair, Hair...

Nick speaking,

Sorry for the title, but well, I can hear the song in my head as I write this! So why Rihanna on a 40k blog?

When I was painting up my Farseer and Warlocks, AKA The IDICBeer council, I just couldn't decide what colour to paint the Farseer's hair and ended up leaving it to last. After a bit of thought and inspiration from Google, I found exactly what I was looking for, courtesy of Rihanna...

So, now I knew the colour I wanted to paint the hair, it was just a case of doing it, but how do you paint red hair with the different tones like in the picture above? Time for me to check out my favourite hobby tips blog From The Warp to see if there was anything it the archives. I found lots of great tips on highlighting various things, but nothing about red hair. I know that Ron over at FTW is a very busy man, but I thought I would give him a quick email to see if he had any suggestions.

Ron kindly replied to my email and was extremely helpful, we ended up with many emails back and forth as Ron explained a few basic colour theories to me, and advised me on how to work out the best colours to highlight the hair with. Ron was amazing in helping me out and luckily for me, he has done a full article on the sort of stuff that we discussed in those emails. I am not going to attempt to explain it all here, but please check out Ron's post to see if you can learn anything from it like I did! So how did I end up painting my red hair? Well first here is a picture of the Farseer with the hair base coated white...


I then painted it a base of Vermin Brown...


I then hit it with a wash of Devlin Mud...


After it was dry, I then washed it with Baal Red...


The first highlight was done with Blood Red...


The final extreme highlight was done with a 50/50 mix of Blood Red and Bubonic Brown...


The pictures don't really do her justice, but overall, I was very pleased with the result, and thanks to Ron, the hair came out as well as I had hoped it would. I learnt a lot during the process as well, which hopefully will put me in good stead for future projects. Here are a few final pictures of my Farseer with her Warlocks, please click on the pictures for better views...



2 comments:

  1. WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!

    Rhianna aside, the models look great, purple is a good look for da shiny eldar.

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  2. Thanks buddy. I went for the satin finish as Eldar are probably one of the very few races that can get away with a bit of a sheen lol.

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