Flesh

Flesh

Flesh tone (incarnation, carnation), the spectrum of human skin colour mixed from red and white, ochre or sienna (phaeomelanin), and brown tones (eumelanin); is complemented in the fantasy and science fiction hobby by green, blue, red, yellow and multi-coloured flesh tones of alien civilizations.

Skin tone is much more than a monochrome paintjob, it varies noticeably on certain parts of the body depending on the pigmentation present there. Palms and soles with little melanin are lighter, nipples and genitals are darker, fingertips, knuckles, ears and nose are reddish because blood vessels shimmer through the epidermis, lips and mucous membranes are red or, in the case of strong pigmentation, darker than the adjacent facial skin. “Flesh tone”, individually pigmented with brown tones, is a good underpainting for subsequent glazes and highlights.

Single Pigment Colours

A small overview of flesh tone single pigment colours suitable for miniatures, models, and dioramas.

  • Naples Yellow deep, PRIMAcryl 13.673

Mixed Pigment Colours

  • Flesh, Airfix Enamel M7
  • Elven Flesh, Army Painter WP-1421
  • Elf Flesh, Citadel 83331
  • Elven Flesh, Coat d’Armes 123
  • Eldar Flesh, Citadel
  • Dwarf Flesh, Citadel 83333
  • Dwarven Flesh, Coat d’Armes 124
  • Flesh Wash, Citadel 83336
  • Ink Wash – Flesh, Coat d’Armes 133
  • Orc Flesh Wash, Citadel 83337
  • Ink Wash – Green, Coat d’Armes 134
  • Rotting Flesh, Citadel 83343
  • Putrid Green, Coat d’Armes 5
  • Bronzed Flesh, Citadel 83321
  • Tanned Flesh, Coat d’Armes 115
  • Ork Flesh (Contrast), Citadel 194-0393
  • Ogryn Flesh Wash, Citadel
  • Pallid Wych Flesh, Citadel
  • Ungor Flesh, Citadel
  • Goblin Flesh, Fantasy & Games SFG.24
  • Flesh, Howard Hues 5
  • Ruddy Flesh, Howard Hues 27
  • Oriental Flesh, Howard Hues 40
  • Native American, Howard Hues 61
  • Fair Maiden, Howard Hues 62
  • Nubian, Howard Hues 63
  • Suntan, Howard Hues 71
  • Mid-East Flesh, Howard Hues 72
  • Flesh, Humbrol MC15
  • Flesh, Humbrol HM15
  • Flesh, Humbrol 61
  • Dark Flesh, Humbrol 234
  • Flesh, Plaka 20a
  • Skin Tone (PW 6, PY 119, opaque), PRIMAcryl 13.787
  • Flesh, Tamiya XF-15
  • Flesh Base, Vallejo 70.341
  • Medium Flesh, Vallejo 70.860
  • Dark Flesh, Vallejo 70.927
  • Light Flesh, Vallejo 70.928
  • Flat Flesh, Vallejo 70.955
  • Barbarian Flesh, Vallejo 72.771

Source: Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon, 6. Auflage 1905–1909

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