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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:46 am 
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So far all my mini-warfare has been Gamesworkshop paints. However I took a second to reconsider this given that I do use some other brands in my work and am now wanting to get a bit more serious about my painting skill. The reason I've been with GW for soo long is that it was the system that got me into mini-warefare, and while I dislike their system the paints have been decent. With their latest range I don't have to mix paints to get the color I want which does help with consistancy (no struggle to get the EXACT color needed each time).

However I am aware of their price for value can be questionably. Hence why I started to reconsider and start seeking opinions from people who are better skilled and experienced in this field than I.

So the question then - what paint brand do you recommend and why?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:24 am 
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Vallejo - so many colours available in their various ranges, I never buy anything else these days, apart from the odd Army Painter colour.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:48 am 
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I will second Vallejo paints. Love the dropper bottles, can get a decent small measure of paint to work with and less likely to dry out. Colour range is excellent too

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:27 am 
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I use Wargames Foundry Paints. The benefit for me is that each colour has a pre mixed shade and a pre mixed highlight and the pots are either available on there own or as packs of the three colours.

http://wargamesfoundry.com/paint_and_br ... pallettes/

The down side is that they come from the UK. Postage is never normally a problem because if you order any book you get free postage for your entire order (they have some nice books and lots that I still need to get my grubby mitts on)

I also use some Vallejo paints, mostly for historical things because I find there paints dry with a much duller matt looking finish. However I do find that some of the light bone coloured Vallejo paints are good for mixing in to lighten colours from other ranges.

I have a couple of GW paints but not many. I do however use a fair amount of Black and Brown GW washes.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:43 pm 
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Vallejo Air is also a good option, even when applied with brush. Especially the metallic paints form the air range are just great.
I have not tried the game air color range yet, but that's only because I haven't found them in store yet. Tactics has quite a good range, but not every color is always available.
Other good products from Vallejo are their mediums (especially the metallic one!) and also the airbrush thinners and cleaners.
I must say though, that the recent GW paints are pretty good as well. Hardly any paint that dries out and their coverage is always pretty decent. Their technical paints are also pretty good, but I think AK makes quite a good rust and oil wash which I need to try out.

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Is a response after 6 months threadomancy(?)? If so I do apologize and hope this is deleted as appropriate.

I just wanted to say that while I use GW, Army Painter, Humbrol and Vajelo for acrylic brush painting and airbrushing, for the best blending and weathering I prefer Humbrol enamels. The longer drying time and different effects of various thinners mean you can get smooth blends and some other interesting effects that acrylics cannot do. You can also easily do all the washes and filters that other enamel like AV can do.
Drying retarder for acrylics can extend drying time but I haven't had the same success with blending on the model. Enamels can also be resuscitated on the figure even after a long time to blend new highlights. Subtle blending of skin is much easier I have found.
The only down side is the thinners and it pays to look for Humbrol enamel thinners or low of our mediums from Jacksons. Ventilation is vital!
Lastly, Humbrol number 1 enamel primer is to me far better than anything else for a thin durable matte finish.
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