I figured there was no point guessing. After a blast of white primer, I chose four different colors and set to work. Each produced a pretty effective result using that basic method:
From left to right:
- Testors Model Master "Wood," Wonder Wash "Dirty Brown"
- Citadel "Rotting Flesh," Wonder Wash "Skin" then a thinned "Dirty Brown"
- Citadel Foundation "Khemri Brown," Wonder Wash "Standard Black" then a second wash of "Dirty Brown". "Khemri Brown" is also my usual color for desert troop bases
- Citadel Foundation "Gretchin Green," wash of Dirty Brown
While the fourth one is probably the most District 9-inspired scheme, it's my least favorite. I personally like the first one best. The third is also good, I think it would look too dark for an entire army. Any other thoughts or suggestions before I knock out a quick platoon of these guys?