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Yettie06 Jan 2004 1:25 a.m. PST

I have seen/read a lot of posts and guides on painting horses (all VERY VERY helpfull BTW) but I want to paint up a few camels and I could use some tips

Bill AKA yettie

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2004 4:32 a.m. PST

Step 1: Prime with any commercial Flat White paint. (Not primer.)

Step 2: Paint all over (including cloths, etc) with Ceramcote Golden Brown.

Step 3: Stain with Games Workshop Flesh Wash, Chestnut Wash, Brown Ink, etc. Dab ink out into a blister. Continually dip brush into another blister with about 5% acrylic flow extender. Stain and slop gemerously.

Step 4: Drybrush with Ceramcote Old Parchment, and/or any cheap sand, concrete, light tan, etc. Drybrush enough to take away the gloss from the dried inks and wash.

Camels come in many colors; vary the base coat, stain, and drybrush until you find the combination you like. This procedure really highlights the furry parts, straps, etc. I have done very nice Ral Partha, Castaway Arts and Hinchliffe camels this way.

Do NOT use pure sand on the base. I use Renaissance Ink Flocking Gel mmixed with Golden Brown. Paint the base, and up to the camel's feet. Drybrush when dry with a sand color paint. Then paint randomly with white glue and pour small natural aquarium gravel/model railroad ballast mix over the glue. Add random sisal string bushes and burnt grass, not much.

Devil Dice06 Jan 2004 5:05 a.m. PST

Top sides in RFC green , undersides natural canvas .Struts and undercarriage are natural wood .

Hope this helps :0)

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2004 6:13 a.m. PST

Don't forget the roundels.

THE GOD06 Jan 2004 8:18 a.m. PST

Getting National Geographic or similar magazine in your local library would help. Bactrian camels are very furry and Arabic camels are different. They all come in different colors. I usually undercoat my black and apply several highlights until I like the result. It could be something like dark brown, medium brown, light brown, sandy brown.

BTW, ignore the jokers who advise you on WW1 camels in Medieval boards

Condottiere06 Jan 2004 8:50 a.m. PST

Spelling/grammar fascist slips:

"Stain and slop *gemerously.*"

Gel *mmixed* with Golden Brown.



Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2004 12:03 p.m. PST

Those are typos, my good man. This is like jazz improvization. You must know the rules before you can break them, Give me time, I'll come up with some more excuses.

Oh, and BTW, it is "Grammer (sic) and/or Speling (sic) Fascist".

Condottiere06 Jan 2004 1:01 p.m. PST

Typos, as *speling* mistakes, always were marked with red ink when I was in *grammer* school. Both should be given the same weight here.



No Name 306 Jan 2004 1:45 p.m. PST

I would be careful painting camels. They spit at you and lash out with their feet.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2004 5:13 p.m. PST

Not bad. Nine replies, and two serious responses.

Condottiere06 Jan 2004 5:47 p.m. PST

Actually, I forgot to thank you John Carroll. I have a Berber army to paint and was wondering how I should paint the camels. You answered my question without having to post it. Thanks again.


Yettie06 Jan 2004 9:40 p.m. PST

John Carroll*THE GOD*

Thanks for the tips guys...One question, why not ordinary sand on the flocking? (I was considering it)

To the rest of you knuckleheads...GEAUX TIGERS, #1 BABY!!

Bill AKA yettie

Yettie06 Jan 2004 9:41 p.m. PST


Just got that "struts" I gotta stop drinking

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2004 6:01 p.m. PST

Ordinary sand is one color, and gets washed out and becomes monochromatic at the proper viewing distance, which is on the table. My method breaks up the terrain, and gives it a realistic desert look. If you want to confine your camels to sand dunes, by all means, use plain fine white sand.

Yettie07 Jan 2004 10:59 p.m. PST

John Carroll*[gets washed out and becomes monochromatic at the proper viewing distance]

So you think that sand dosn't give a dramtic enough effect?

[ If you want to confine your camels to sand dunes,]
Ahh while I'm re-reading as I type you are also saying that a desert is not _just_ sand dunes...I see, maybe I was thinking in the box a little too much

Bill AKA yettie

Kakes1fs03 Sep 2020 12:52 a.m. PST

Glad I found this. Just received my French camels from Fighting 15s! Look forward to getting them on the table.

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