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The Last Conformist27 Oct 2021 12:09 a.m. PST

Thinking of speed-painting some Somalis, so I'm wondering if there's a Contrast paint that works for their skin? Preferably straight from the pot without mixing or diluting.

Needn't be perfect, looks right at three feet is what I'd be aiming for.

McWong7327 Oct 2021 1:53 a.m. PST

Others may disagree, but there isn't a colour in that range that could do that skin tone "out of the bottle". Maybe mix cygor brown with gor grunta fur?

Check this page, great reference site

Norrins27 Oct 2021 2:41 a.m. PST

I tend to use a mix of Cygor Brown and Wyldwood.

HMS Exeter27 Oct 2021 8:05 a.m. PST
The Last Conformist27 Oct 2021 9:52 p.m. PST

Thanks for the replies (though that video does not seem to address the question asked). Slightly disappointing there's no "out of the bottle" solution – where's the PC brigade when you actually need them? – but mixing two paints isn't too onerous.

bong6728 Oct 2021 5:46 a.m. PST

50/50 Fireslayer and wildwood gives a decent brown skin tone.
all the best,

Squash at home28 Oct 2021 6:29 a.m. PST

Cygor Brown should work by itself for Somalis.

While mixing with one of the lighter browns, like wyldwood, gor grunta or fireslayer may suit some dark skin tones, people are forgetting just how dark Somali skin is.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2021 10:48 a.m. PST

Cygor Brown is the best bet but it's also really, really dark.

Here's all the posts that mention Cygor on my blog: link

I do have a mess o' 15mm Essex Zulus who I intend to use Cygor on but it will be a while.

The Last Conformist30 Oct 2021 4:38 a.m. PST

I guess I'll try just using Cygor and see what I think of it (when and if this project actually gets off the ground). Thanks again.

rampantlion30 Oct 2021 5:33 a.m. PST

Try playing around with a darker primer over the flesh area. I have found that this changes the result of the contrast paints quite a bit. I have not done darker flesh but have used it on other colors with some success.

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