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I've created a sizable word bearers army using largely spray paint. I prime the models with rust-colored auto primer, then spray on "design master" brand cranberry paint (it's used to spray preserve fresh flowers, available at Michael's crafts etc), then ink with magenta ink. It gives a very nice deep cranberry/red that contrasts well with the chainmail trim.
The only problem is, I can't match the spray color with GW/vallejo paints. I can get close with a mix of red gore, scorched brown and just a tiny amount of enchanted blue, but there is still a slight difference.
I've heard paint stores can scan a sample paint chip and make a mix that matches it. Should I try this to get an exact match? If so, what kind of "housepaint" should I use (ie. is their acrylic housepaint useable on miniatures?). Any other ideas? thanks for your thoughts.
House paint will be way too thick for a miniature, all the details will be consumed by the paint. The best you can do is go to one of you local game shops and ask someone there if they think they can duplicate your paint color. Maybe they have a different idea of what colors to use and can get it right.
Is there any way to get rid of the propellant in the spray can and just use the paint inside?
Also, could the acryllic housepaint be heavily diluted to make it usable?
Have you tried p3 paints? Heard awesome things about them, and they have a HUGE selection.
As to the acrylic, yeah, I'd avoid if possible, as they will be way too thick for your wants.
An option would be to spra ysome of the can into a bag, or paint "bucket". Voila, no more propellant.
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It might be risky to take apart a can.... I would try to take it to a paint store... they do match very well, i dont know for models per day, but ive used it for walls and touch ups... As for the type of paint, i dont know. Maybe bring in a bottle, and ask them to make it this kind ( i dont know anything about that)
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