Friday, 7 February 2014

Dwarf Skin Tutorial

Hi all, I recently got hold of one of Forge Worlds Dwarf Lords and decided to paint him up. First of all I have to say that this miniature is incredibly detailed! Its very fine and full of character, Edgar from Forge World did a great job sculpting this guy.
The stage by stage for the skin was done over 14 stages, each stage was painted with thinned paint and using a citadel masters detail brush. Most of the paints used where the older citade paint range but colour matching shouldn't be to difficult.

Here is the stage by stage pic-

1. Base coat bronzed flesh and dark flesh mix
2. Highlight bronzed flesh
3. Wash thinned dark flesh into the recesses
4. Wash brown ink into the recesses around nose eyes etc
Stages 5 to 8 Highlight bronzed flesh and elf flesh mix, keep adding more elf flesh to the mix as each stage is completed.
9. Highlight bleached bone
10. glaze around the eyes and nose with thinned Baal red
11. Glaze again with leviathan purple focusing around the recesses
12. Glaze around the eyes with turquoise glaze
13. Highlight with bleached bone and white mix, also I added liver spots with thinned vermin brown and then scorched brown.
14. Finally I highlighted with skull white.

There you go! Let me know what you think, hopefully the miniature will be finished soon so I'll post a PIC when its done! 

Cheers! Darren.


  1. Great tutorial and lots of great detailed pics - thanks for sharing!



  2. Thanks for sharing this. I love seeing other painters' processes.

  3. Lovely tutorial and walkthtough, thanks, nice to see other people's methods..

  4. Awesome as always! Would love to see more tutorials. =)

  5. How long did it take to paint the face?

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Hi, the tutorial took a couple of hours to do, it is a lot quicker when you don't have to take a picture between each stage! :)

  6. Awesome tutorial. Thanks Darren.

  7. Hey Darren, tremendous execution of Dwarven skin! Though I have a question; have you avoided undercoating the whole miniature for the purposes of showing of the face in this tutorial? Or do you prefer priming the miniature "part by part" with the relevant foundation color? Hope to hear from you soon and keep up the amazing work! :)

    1. Hi Chris, thanks for the rely, I pretty much always prime my miniatures in black but this one was such a good cast and with very fine detail I decided to paint straight over the washed resin, the grey undercoat is good to work with also.
      Thanks again, Darren.

    2. Thanks for getting back to me Darren :)

  8. Hi Darren !
    I didn't know you had a blog ! That's really nice :)
    This tutorial is very interesting, thank's for sharing.

    Just one question, when you are using Baal Red for exemple (a shade, isn't it ?), do you dilute the paint with water, or you just apply the paint, directly ?

    And what's about the white, do you dilute it a lot ? Because when I dilute the white, it loses... I don't know how to say it... maybe it loses some "punch", some strength. However, if I don't, the white is a quite "pasty".
    Any advice ?

    Thank you and sorry for my English, I hope you'll understand me :)



    1. Hi David, thanks for your post, the Baal red was wash thinned a little with the new lhamian medium to help the flow. The final white highlight was thinned a lot with water, if you find that your white is grainy then adding some medium to it as you highlight should help, I hope this helps! Thanks, Darren

  9. Thanks for this great tutorial! :)

  10. Brilliant stuff and a great help, thanks for this Darren

  11. Excellent tutorial Darren

    Following you technique is a big help, and certainly better than most I've read or watched. Even though I use the Vallejo skintones, with GW shades, its still easy... thanks

  12. Impressive result !
    But to be honest, I would have loved to know on each step what color you used (you put some, but not all, I'm a rookie but for example I don't know "Dark flesh")