Miniature Showcase

More Beard

This is installment two in painting beards on miniatures. I have already shown how to make a really old, mostly white beard but I wanted to do something different for this one. I wanted a different hair color and I wanted a more youthful appearance to the beard. The miniatured has a glorious beard so I knew this would be fun to paint.

I started off with a dark red for the base color of the beard. If you don’t have a very dark red, try mixing in some black until you get the desired darkness. I have a dark red but it’s very transparent when applied so I had to go over it with several coats before I got the desired opacity. The picture below is with about two coats over the hair portion. I also made sure to paint the base coat for the eyebrows as well. This miniature is cool because it’s a complete contrast to the last one where the miniature was bald. This guy has hair everywhere!

Once I got the base coat down I began to add some highlight color in there. I used a lighter red to add these beginning highlights. They help add shadow and contrast to the hair so it looks more realistic. If you add too much or a spot isn’t to your liking, you can always go back over it with the darker color to add some of it back in. I made sure to add some highlight red to the eyebrows to give them the same effect.

After the initial highlights came the fun part, adding in the gray. I went a little overboard with this I think. This might be okay if I was going for an older look like before but I wanted a middle aged guy, not an old guy. The first thing to do is not panic when it doesn’t come out as expected right away. A lot of these things take work and patience to complete. Still, I really liked the effect I created with this step and I used it as a sort of secondary base coat for the final touches.

I began adding some dark and light red back in with a super thin brush. I was very careful so the red didn’t overpower the paint job and left a good amount of grey behind. It wasn’t just like a wanted it the first time. So, I kept working at it. I added more gray in some areas and more reds in others to balance out the colors. It was time consuming but rewarding when I actually looked at the finished result for the beard. Even the eyebrows got a dusting of gray.

I loved the end result. I achieved a pretty good balance of the three colors to really make it look like a man who I about to turn fifty or so soon. Plus I really like the use of red as a hair color and this looks natural without looking like it might have been dyed that way somehow. That’s how you paint hair and beards.

Have any questions or comments? Message below or find me on Twitter @DnDWifeStories and on Instagram @dndwife. I would love to hear from you!


Published by dndwife

My husband and I run a dungeons and dragons table together and I write about our crazy adventures both in and out of the story. My husband DM's and I am the table artist. I paint minis for everyone at the table and provide crafted gifts like dice boxes, bags, and artwork.

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