Painting Venice: Strigoi Skin

How to get vampiric skin looking its best.

Hello Venetians, we’ve seen a whole bunch of people ask how we get our vampire’s skin looking so sickly pale, so we’re going to show you how you too can get your Strigoi looking dead fresh. After pestering Fin for his closely held secrets of painting we’re able to share with you the secrets of how he painted up both a Strigoi Priest, and Miriam, one of the Brides of Dracula.

Fin uses the same paints for all of the grey-toned Strigoi skin and uses an airbrush for the skin. While this method is geared towards using an airbrush, you can totally use a brush to achieve the same effect, you’ll just need to increase the amount of mixes used for a good blend.

Starting from a base coat of Vallejo Model Colour Intermediate Blue, mix a 4:1 ratio of Basic Skin and Intermediate Blue. Apply this from a 45 degree angle from the top of the model, making sure to leave some of the Intermediate Blue showing in areas of deep shadow.

The Priest can be left at this stage, but Miriam still needs a couple of highlight layers. Still using an airbrush, a highlight of Basic Skin was applied, keeping the airbrush at 45 degrees from the top of the model. A second highlight of Basic Skin was applied with a brush, on the areas that would receive the most light, with a final highlight of Vallejo Flesh to finish the skin.

So there you have it, our in house recipe for Strigoi skin. Most of the vampires in the range were painted with some variation on this, usually only a change in mid-tone or a wash separates one vampires skin from another.

You can get your copy of Dracula’s Host, which contains Dracula, Ceres, Cibelle, Miriam, and a Priest here!

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