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Flesh Set
Flesh Paint
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction
Flesh Paint by LifeColor is a new set of 6 paints for figure modelers. It is set CS13. They dry to a matte finish. Airbrushes.com kindly provided this set and states about Lifecolor paints:
    Water soluble acrylic colours for modelling and hobby. LifeColor is excellent for paint brushing or airbrushing on plastic, resin, metal, vinyl, wood, cloth and ceramic.
This set should be very popular. I have been enjoyably using LifeColor paints for almost a decade and look forward to this set.

Flesh Pots
This set of six 3/4 fl oz (22 ml) screw top bottles is packed in a good-looking flip-top box. There are no instructions other than as printed (in multiple languages) on the back of the box, plus six printed color chips. LifeColor reminds us that these can be mixed with Tensocrom Medium to create washes and glazes. The bottle caps are molded with an internal rim which both provides a small palette cup as well as inhibits paint fouling the bottle and cap threads.

These paints have pigments that very finely ground and have no noticeable odor. Generally, I find LifeColor to be thinner than other brands I am used to, almost like a heavy wash. Flesh Paint are thicker and formulated for brushing.

This set includes:
    UA707 Flesh 2 Light
    UA708 Flesh 1 Light
    UA709 Flesh 1 Base
    UA710 Flesh 2 Base
    UA711 Flesh 1 Shadow
    UA712 Flesh 2 Shadow

I have found LifeColor to be enjoyable to tint and shade for highlighting and shadowing effects. They blend well and can be mixed easily, even with other brands.

Application
Each styrene chip was unprepared and airbrushed through a medium-duty tip at 12-15psi. These colors covered as well by airbrushing as brushing. Coverage was high.

Once dry, the colors have a matte finish.

Demonstration
I used all of the six colors on various figures. Applied by brush, the paint covered well. Once dry, the colors closely match the colors on the box.

The paint dried very fast leaving little working time for blending. I used some flat and gloss clear, and some artist drying retarder to slow the drying time. Both worked as intended.

More than 24 hours after applying a sample of each to my hand, the paints had not washed or flaked off. Great adhesion.

Instructions
These are printed on the back of the box in English and Italian. The text is very fine and challenging to read.

Conclusion
LifeColor's Flesh Paint set should be popular with figure modelers. The six colors provide a good basic spectrum of two basic skin tones, with two each highlights and shadows.

These paints sprayed well through my airbrush, and have excellent brushing performance. It covers well. Adhesion is excellent. My only complaint is the fast drying time.

This set provides a good set of colors for modelers to begin and develop their flesh painting ability. I am pleased with this set and recommend it.

Please remember to mention to vendors and retailers that you saw these paints here - on Armorama.
SUMMARY
Highs: These paints sprayed well through my airbrush, and have excellent brushing performance. It covers well. Adhesion is excellent.
Lows: My only complaint is the fast drying time.
Verdict: This set should be popular with figure modelers. It provides a good set of colors for modelers to begin and develop their flesh painting ability.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: CS13
  Related Link: Flesh paint CS13
  PUBLISHED: Mar 04, 2019
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.44%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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Comments

Took me a while to wrap my head around this issue as well. Acrylic retarder would help with this issue. A wet palette might also help you out with the blending.
MAR 04, 2019 - 02:05 PM
Men, I do not know if this is a reissue but I will ask. Their new Caunter Camouflage set appears to be a reissue with the change of one color. Since these paints are to dry matte, and the set you mention advertises satin, I will guess that it is a reformatting. FWIW, the paint samples I brushed onto my thumb, they haven't washed off in 4 days!
MAR 05, 2019 - 10:46 AM
Hi, Fred! 4 DAYS!!! To quote the song, "And that's POWERFUL STUFF!!!"
MAR 06, 2019 - 01:14 AM
Dennis, et.al, This set is a re-release. A previous review of CS13 was published at Historicus Forma on Jul 08, 2008. The reviewer did not mention satin but otherwise it does appear to be the same colors. I believe that the 'new' is formulating for a matte finish.
MAR 08, 2019 - 04:33 AM
Wouldn't flow improver work to extend working time, just as well as any other method? I ask, because I have a lifetime supply of the stuff.
MAR 08, 2019 - 05:43 AM
Thanks, Fred! I thought as much...
MAR 12, 2019 - 06:35 PM
Hi, Matt! I like your quote at the bottom left of your page. I'm thinking of adding something at the bottom of my page along the lines: "It's the POLITICIANS who decide on going to war, not the military..."
MAR 12, 2019 - 06:38 PM
Hi, Matt! I like your quote at the bottom left of your page. I'm thinking of adding something at the bottom of my page along the lines: "It's the POLITICIANS who decide on going to war, not the military..."[/quote] Thank you. "War is the continuation of politics by other means."
MAR 12, 2019 - 11:29 PM
Nothing happens in a vacuum.
MAR 12, 2019 - 11:35 PM
   

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