Cam Cream on Faces

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Carl Edward Sambrook, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Carl Edward Sambrook Active Member

    I am thinking about putting Cam Cream onto on of my figures faces, now I've spent a fair few hours painting the face and what I do not want to do is to ruin it by adding Cam Cream for a more realistic look. Can anyone give me a heads up on the procedure and of course what paint to use. Thank you.
  2. Einion Well-Known Member

    With camo I think you should factor in from the beginning that so much of the skin is going to be covered at the end of the day, so you don't paint it as thoroughly as you would otherwise - very hard to stomach covering hours of effort!

    There's always a risk that you will spoil things applying camo, much the same as when doing heavy weathering or blood, but you have to bite the bullet to a degree with this kind of thing. Practising on a small test piece before committing to doing the work on your current figure is advisable if you've never done it before.

    Colour(s) or medium?

    It's pretty much up to you in either case, but if you do the camo in oils it's easier to touch up and tweak because you have such a long working time.

  3. Gellso A Fixture

    It's important never to apply a dark camo straight onto the skin in a wil look to harsh.

    I'd go very subtle to begin with. If using oils blend the camo colour with the base skin colour and apply.

    If you're using acrylics, go light first then progressively darker.

    I'd use light mud for acrylic light shade and then burnt umber or chocolate brown for the darker shade. Just use a light green e.g. green grey and a darker green if you want to use green camo.

    Go very easy with it and build it up till you see it come together.

    Have a look at other peoples work and compare what you like and don't like and go from there.

  4. tonydawe A Fixture

    I'd recommend using pastels to achieve a good face camo effect. If you get it wrong, you can simply wash it off with water and start again.

    Pastels have the added benefit of running with water, which tends to happen with face camo when the skin gets sweaty. Unless re-applied regularly, face camo tends to wipe/ wear off after a couple of hours anyway, so it wouldn't be wrong to show a face that is only partially covered in camo.

    The attached pic of a Royal Marine Commando in the Falklands shows what a bit of pastel can achieve as far as face camo is concerned.

    I would stick with the principal of less is more when it comes to face camo.

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