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Dire Wolves Diorama Revisited (2) – painting skin

Vault – The walls

A short tutorial on how to paint skin/faces. The photos are a bit ad-hoc.

These were the paints used:

For the shading wash – mix purple, brown, black and red in equal parts:

First, paint the skin with Cadian fleshtone; then use the shading wash:

Layer with Bugman’s glow; then highlight with pure Cadian fleshtone:

Add further highlights, using a mix of Cadian fleshtone + ushabti bone + a small amount of the green-grey:


Edge highlight with pure ushabti bone, and use pure white on select areas of the face – such as around the eyes, and the side of the mouth – to add expression:


The paint the eyes themselves, use light grey; then dot with black.

For the teeth – use zamesi desert, then highlight with ushabti bone.

For the lower lip – Bugman’s glow; then highlight by adding ushabti bone.

The boil was painted red, then Bugman’s glow, then dotted with rotting flesh.

To finish, glaze the skin areas with brown.


I tried to add texture to the cloth, to make it look like a kind of rough-hewn peasant garb. It’s basically just an admixture of stippling, and drybrushing – but using slower, deliberate strokes of the brush:

When the diorama is finished, the positioning should look something like this:



Dire Wolves Diorama Revisited (1)

The Replacements ‘I will dare’ 

I wasn’t overly happy when I finished this diorama the first time around:

It was one of the last pieces that I uploaded to the CoolMiniOrNot site – and it evidently left people underwhelmed.

I think the criticism posted on the comment thread was right, though – that it needed more of a narrative, and a focal point. So, that’s what I’m going to rework.

I wasn’t entirely sure what would fit the theme – but I read Judith Flanders’ book ‘The Victorian City’ recently; and it mentions the practice of grave-robbing – or body-snatching, if you will.

This seems like a good subject for a Mordheim-based model.

I have made a start on re-modelling the base as a disturbed grave:

The Peasant from the giant kit looks suitably thematic, too:

I’m not quite sure what kind of background to make – I had initially thought about something resembling the Minster here in Hull; but a derelict abbey, like the one in Whitby, is probably the best option.

We’ll see.



Space Hulk Diorama Revisited (4) – finished

Boards of Canada ‘Seven Forty Seven’ 

I’ve finished the Space Hulk diorama revamp, now:


I’m going to revisit the Dire Wolves diorama, which I made back in January 2016, and make some changes to it; but I’ll go through these in more detail, in the next post.