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#32436
Paint question 5 Years, 10 Months ago  
I've been painting minis, terrain, buildings, vehicles, etc for many moons. Much of the paint I've used has either been Polly brand acrylics or some of the basic Michael's acrylics craft paint. Polly is hard to find, and my local Michael's selection of paint stinks when it comes to varieties of colors. I'm thinking about trying some Vallejo Paint. Does anyone have any success or failure stories they can share? I know there is a bigger price differential going to Vallejo but I'm thinking I'd at least like to try. I'm starting to work on some Pulp figures as well as German WWII troops. It was finding the proper color for the German infantry that started me on this hunt. Thanks!

Geoff
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#32437
Paint question 5 Years, 10 Months ago  
Shutterbug, I use a variety of paints: GW, P3 (Privateer Press's line), Reaper, Vallejo, and craft paints from Michaels.

I use "crafts" type paints for big usage colors like white and black and the primaries (red, yellow, blue). Same thing for gray. It's not cost effective to buy smaller tubs of those paints since I used them so much.

For other hues I like GW paints. I have a couple of Vallejo bottles but I couldn't honestly tell you the benefits of using them vs. GW, P3, or the other types I have. I simply don't use them enough.

P3 colors (especially the primaries) give you good coverage because the paint is thicker. You have to thin it down a bit with a "flow enhancer" or magic wash (50% Future Floor Wax and 50% water) if you don't want a thick buildup.

Most of the GW paints have yet to disappoint me. The only gripe I have about their line is that some of the colors tend to dry up faster than others. Coverage on their yellows and blues is so-so.

The Reaper paints that I use (about a half-dozen bottles) have been excellent. Nice flow and nice coverage.

Go with what you can afford, and don't be afraid to mix your own colors if need be. It's not that difficult--all you need is a good color wheel (which you can find online via google.com).

Always prime your pieces when possible--the paint will have something to grip to better than plain metal. Always seal your minis too! They'll last a lot longer.

Hope that helps.
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#32438
Paint question 5 Years, 10 Months ago  
I really like Howard's Hues...very concentrated and high pigment, beautiful paints in large jars...
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#32439
Paint question 5 Years, 10 Months ago  
Thanks for the replies. I've gotten so use to the paints that I've been using that I haven't ventured out to see what other options were available. My closest true brick and mortar hobby shop seems to change the paints they carry every time I'm in there which always makes me shy away from buying anything from them. This really only leaves Michael's or the Internet. I think I'm going to go ahead and try some Vallejo paint. I've found what GW paints I've used to be very thick and I had a hardtime to thinning them to the right consistency. I suspect they were old. I had forgotten about Howard Hues until Stefan's e-mail. I've heard good things about them as well. I may have to order some of them as well to try a few different things. Thanks again.

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