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PostSubject: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 6:37

I'm working on my next Rotten Belle for Malifaux, and I've decided I want her to have Blonde hair. I'm used to painting demons and other things that don't even HAVE hair... so I'm curious as to how to go about painting blonde hair on a model.

I was going to use a yellow and drybrush some lighter yellow or white on it, but I'm not sure that's the best way to go about it. Blonde hair is weird because it's not exactly yellow...
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 7:12

Try a search on the forum, I think we already had a thread like this a while ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 7:14

Forum search for "blonde" only brings up this post. Sad

Search for "hair" only turns up this post and one about red hair.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 7:40

Note the colors I use are Americana, I'm not sure what if any G.W. paints would match up. I start with a base of Marigold; wash with Burnt Sienna; dry brush with the Marigold; AND a final light dry brush with Golden Straw.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 9:47

I start with a basecoat of Snakebite Leather followed by a mix of snakebite and sunburst yellow
then a highlight of sunburst yellow followed by a highlight of a mix of dheneb stone (or bleached bone) and sunburst yellow.

on a centre piece model I suggest you add more layers in between for a smoother transition. You might want to add a litlle Snakebite to all the mixes to keep the colours natural
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 13:36

i use bronzed flesh and skull white it sorta makes a platnium blonde
(darken with graveyard earth)
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Mon 19 Jul 2010 - 16:29

I drybrush from bubonic brown to bleached bone on a snakebite leather basecoat. Works nicely.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Thu 22 Jul 2010 - 15:20

I'll second that Snakebite Leather is a good starting point, and working your way up through bubonic brown to sunburst yellow (perhaps with a bit of bleached bone for a final highlight) is a good way to go. It gives a much more "natural" blonde than just using straight yellows would.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Thu 22 Jul 2010 - 15:22

Thanks guys. Smile I've got a full base coat on this model, and I used snakebite leather for the hair as a base. I'll be drybrushing various shades of lighter/yellower colors until I reach a good look. Pictures will be up soon hopefully.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Fri 23 Jul 2010 - 5:01

That's a good question, and I've been wondering it myself. Glad I picked up Snakebite Leather the other day. I'll be giving this a try as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Sat 24 Jul 2010 - 6:36

I ended up going with a Snakebite leather
base coat, and drybrushing lighter and lighter mixes of Snakebite
Leather and Sunburst Yellow (I think that's what the yellow was called,
anyway).

It turned out pretty well, I think. It's a darker, dirty blonde, but I
like it. I'll post up pics as soon as I finish the model. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Tue 27 Jul 2010 - 15:32

I avoid yellow paints - yellow hair is not exactly blonde hair.

So I use:
bubonic brown (citadel) + tan-earth (vallejo, but you can use graveyard earth from citadel)
wash with charred brown (vallejo, but you can use scorched brown)
bubonic brown + tan-earth
bubonic brown + tan-earth + bonewhite (vallejo... something like bleached bone)
bonewhite
bonewhite + white


It looks like here:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vf7Z1StGtrU/TDdLzwJQ7aI/AAAAAAAAA3o/HvKo42vtf3Y/s1600/6.jpg
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Tue 17 Aug 2010 - 14:49

anyone remember the old GW leprous brown ?
base coat
very thin wash with brown ink
leprous again
working up by adding white (not too much)
leprous brown wash (with or without a bit of darker brown)

be sure to keep the washes very very thin !
better 5 thin washes than 1 too thick

think my avatar had a simplified version of this (was done 15 years ago )
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PostSubject: Re: Painting Blonde Hair?   Wed 18 Aug 2010 - 6:30

Yeah you start with a light brown and then add lighter and more Yellow dry brushing until you get the desired color.
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