Doin' Faces... a short tutorial

In response the question "how do you paint faces?", here is a very brief run through how I do it. CLICK ON THE IMAGES AND THEY SHOULD SHOW LARGER.
 1.Figure prepped and undercoated.

2. The whole face is given a coat of the darkest tone (in this case Foundry Expert Flesh A). The lower lip is given a quick flick of a deep pinkish colour. Eyes are simple: a very narrow light grey line in the eye region with two simple black dots for pupils. I like my figures to be looking slightly left or right as this lessens the chance of painting figures with a squint! I've also painted a very narrow white line beneath the moustache... a hint of teeth!

 3. The nose, chin and cheeks are painted with the next tone (Foundry Expert Flesh B). I only paint the front of the face to the top of the cheekbones. This leaves the eyes surrounded by a darker shade. As this figure is wearing headgear pulled down over the ridge of the eyebrows I don't paint them in. If you can clearly see the ridge of the eyebrows, give each one a flick of paint starting nearest the nose and moving outwards. The edges of the ears also get a flick of this shade.
4. Now the next shade (Foundry Expert Flesh C). The front of the nose gets a flick of this and a spot on the side of each nostril. The top of each ear and earlobe likewise. The chin, the jawline and the very front of the face picking out the highlight on the top of the cheekbones especially.

5. Cheekbones, the front of the nose and nostrils, end of the chin, and top of ears and earlobes get a touch of of the next shade up (Foundry Expert Flesh D) and then this is repeated with a little of the lightest tone on this face (Foundry Expert Flesh E). There is one more lighter shade in the Foundry Expert Flesh set, but I find that miniatures this size look a bit ill if it is used! Finally, moustache and hair are painted and highlighted.

The key is not to go overboard with the lighter shades. Allow the darker shades to show close to the nose, under the chin and jawline, and in the recesses of the eye and ears. As with anything, it takes time and repeated practise to get right... especially the eyes! Eyebrow ridges on figures are great because they can give a face real character.

Painting faces is part of the process that, for me, is continually changing. My paint palette contains over twenty shades of flesh tone, not including those for African and Asian faces! I enjoy painting faces... it is the face that gives a miniature life!