Ghools’ Painting Tips – How to Paint a Colour: Brown

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One of the easiest colours to paint, and master in miniature painting – brown. One of my favourite colours which is also one of the most-used colours. A wide-ranging colour that doesn’t get the credit it deserves!
I discuss methods and colours for painting brown of various shades and tints and which browns work well together.

All colours used in this video were Formula P3 by Privateer Press unless otherwise stated. When a number appears in brackets after a shade/highlight, that is the number of shade/highlight layers applied, with each subsequent layer having more highlight/shade added to the base colour.

Brown 1:
Base – Bootstrap Leather
Shade (2) – Battlefield Brown
Highlight 1 – Beast Hide
Highlight 2 – Hammerfall Khaki

Brown 2:
Base – Gun Corps Brown
Shade (2) – Battlefield Brown
Highlight 1 – Rucksack Tan
Highlight 2 – ‘Jack Bone

In order to create a darker brown, start with a deeper base, and paint the highlights smaller. Experiment with tints and shades, as brown is the most versatile colour you can use. You can also create your own browns by mixing colours opposite each other on the colour wheel if you have a limited palette (blue + orange, green+red, purple+yellow).


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