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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jul 2021 10:13 p.m. PST

What is their skin color? Palid white, devilish red, dark Drow?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jul 2021 1:31 a.m. PST

Fantasy – Regular Elf Coloyr; (pale) caucasian with blonde hair
SciFi – True white skin with metallic blue hair

A bad lot, either genre. However, nothing I have can even vaguely compare with the ultimate in creepy evil …


USAFpilot11 Jul 2021 7:14 a.m. PST

The Drow have black skin.

JMcCarroll11 Jul 2021 8:36 a.m. PST

For GW Dark Elves, I paint them Dove grey highlighted by off white.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2021 8:52 a.m. PST

Pale just like my other elves. The main difference is in the costumes.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine11 Jul 2021 9:03 a.m. PST

I always liked the AD&D Drow for me they are the quintessential Dark Elf. So black skin, red eyes and white hair was my go to when I owned some dark elves.

Huscarle11 Jul 2021 10:27 a.m. PST

My Dökkálfar ("Dark Elves") are identical to my Ljósálfar ("Light Elves") in appearance, apart from clothing style. However, my drow are the original D&D bad-arse ones with black skin, white hair and a mean attitude.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

Dark blue skin, white hair.

von Schwartz ver 211 Jul 2021 4:20 p.m. PST

Umm, Dark, as opposed to light elves being lighter.

I'm trying for the Liv Tyler look!!!

Leadjunky11 Jul 2021 4:41 p.m. PST

Dark elves painted like a punk version of high elves are just confused and misunderstood. So dark, like the night and their corrupted dark souls.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2021 12:00 p.m. PST

I am painting my Drow Elves with gray skin, as black is too dark, on the table. I will follow that up with Tudor Minwax, which will make them a fairly dark gray. Black skin washes out 99% of the details in the face and limbs, based on some 25-28mm figures I already have, with black/very dark brown skin. Black is truer to the source material (Gygax's 1e AD&D books). I will try doing a white wash, to bring out the details on a test figure, to see how it looks -- if it works well enough, I'll go that route. Cheers!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jul 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

Dark grey with light grey drybrush then black wash usually works for me to get the effect you are describing.

I also usually custom mix skin colours. No two people have the same skin solour. No one person has one skin colour.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2021 10:15 p.m. PST

I don't know if it would be possible to pull off, but I suspect a cool look would be to give drow black skin that had deep purple/violet highlights— the intent would be that their skin isn't actually black, but rather very, very dark purple. I think the effect would look alien (as in non-human) without appearing unnatural.
Maybe deep purple base, medium purple/violet highlights, and a black wash? Never tried anything like that, so I don't know if it would work.

Der Krieg Geist13 Mar 2022 6:41 a.m. PST

Bright lemon yellow skin, glossy black pupilless eyes, with pumpkin orange, chartreuse or grape cool-aid colored hair.

Albus Malum27 Mar 2022 7:01 p.m. PST

Mine are all a shiny metal color!

Haven't painted any of mine yet!

Probably go a Dark blue, because that what black is Right? and likely a greyish white hair, if I ever get to painting drow.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2022 1:19 p.m. PST

One of my tribes is a very dark (almost black) green. I would like to paint more in this colour but make do with not quite so dark green for other tribes as the original is no longer made and I can't seem to match it when mixing.


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