Next I painted the eyes. I thought I would do this before painting the face as this would enable me to clean-up mistakes easier(I made several, those eyes are fiddly). I painted the eye sockets with a thinned coat of Smokey Ink(VGC). Eye shapes were painted inside these brown areas with a thinned coat of Off White(VGC). I aimed to get these shapes to match in size/shape and several time had to use the previous colour to clean-up or simply re-start. Next the pupils were dotted in with black, then a final white dot is added to the centre of the pupil. The overall result is an determined stir(see the sixth pic below).
With the eyes completed, I could basecoat the face and the rest of the non-blue areas. I used the following colours:
Face/skin - Cork Brown(VMC), Light Brown cloth - US Field Drab(VMC), dark brown cloth - Chocolate Brown(VMC), Grey cloth - Dark Grey(VMC), black areas - Black(VMC), green OSL - Heavy Black Green(VGC), red OSL - Black Red(VGC)
Another coat of gloss varnish prior to the next wash, this one with thinned lamp black water colour. I basically washed the mini, avoiding areas were i wanted to keep the previous blue was and any large flat surfaces. I quick blast with the hair drier then in with a damp cotton bud. This method is so easy, like wiping dust of the mini, with the lighter shade revealed beneath.