Had something of a breakthrough yesterday, implementing a takeaway from one of the Massive Voodoo seminars at NOVA.  Specifically Painting Faces.

Short version is that, when painting (male) faces, glaze the top third yellow, the middle red, and the bottom third blue.  This was my practice model from the class:

Painting Faces Practice Model

I finally took a swing at it on my own minis today, while painting some partisans. I’m less than thrilled with the overall paintjobs (and one’s still WiP), so don’t worry the total package here.  Focus on the faces:

Glazed Faces

The one on the right is from an earlier batch; my usual Anglo skin technique. The one on the left is the exact, same technique… but with a single, very thin glaze of GW Pink Horror (a rose) on the nose and cheeks and one of GW Dark Reaper (a grey-blue) on the cheeks and chin.

That’s it. The result is an incredibly more vibrant and interesting face with next to no additional effort.  And it’s really driven home for me to see it on one of my models, next to another without it.