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I'm looking to move away from the GW range of paints (might keep sneaking a few foundation paints though), can anyone offer up some good alternatives? Also where to get them from, as I live in Alnwick, Northumberland. A tiny town in the middle of nowhere up in the north of England!
EDIT - also some good brushes, mine don't seem to last too long?
Last edited by Librarian Zahariel; January 19th, 2009 at 22:27. Reason: Oops, forgot something!
While I mostly use Citadel colors, I've had very good experiences with the Vallejo paints I've used as well as the P3 range. I've had very little experience with the Reaper or Foundry paint lines.
I have been using mostly vallejo and reaper paints for my models. They are very good in quality and come in the dropper bottles. They have a wider range of colors then the citadel colors. Since I'm located in the US i'm not so sure where you can get them in England, but i order mine from TheWarStore.com or directly from reaper Reaper's Asylum Online Store - Home.
What do you mean by "your brushes don't last too long"?
There could be numerous reasons for this, like if you mistreat them, or take improper care of them.
I have the Vallejo game color line, along with the GW washes and foundations and some other random stuff that I use. They're all pretty good. I definitely recommend Vallejo Game Color over standard GW.
But was just wanting to find out what other painters use to see if it will make a difference you know?
Re point your brushes after every use and buy yourself some brush cleaner from an art shop. Ive had tank brushes and large flat brushes that are completely caked in paint and have got them back to near new with the stuff.
If you want your brushes to last a long time, don't use cheap ones. And stay away from Citadel ones.
IMO Kolinsky sable brushes (such as Windsor & Newton Series 7) are the best brushes you can use. They are not cheap, but if you take good care of them they will last for years while a cheap brush can be useless after a few uses (even if you treat them well).
If it's real Kolinsky sable, brand is not all that important... for example, I have found in an art shop a batch of Kolinsky brushes from an Italian brand which works wonders to me.
To make your brushes last longer, here are some random tips:
- use diluited paint (never straight from the pot)
- never let paint go to the ferrule (metal bit)
- rinse your brushes often (never let the paint dry on the brush)
- use old and/or cheap brushes for metallics and drybrushing, not your best ones
- use a brush cleaner for acrylics
Hope this helps!
W&N Series 7 are cheap if you know where to look. Certain online dealers offer them for huge discounts. I plan to pick some up quite soon.
As to paints, I started out with Citadel paints. Right now, I use some of their foundation colors, the Citadel washes (Devlan Mud FTW!) and Citadel metallics. Every other Citadel paint I have is slowly being phased out of my collection and replaced with the Vallejo Game Color equivalent. Their dropper bottles make it MUCH easier to dole out the paint, and while it's not chemistry-lab accurate, it's easier to measure out paint for mixing with them than Citadel. That said, I find the Vallejo paints have the same chance of being too thick or too thin depending on what kind of batch you wind up with. It's mostly the delivery system (dropper bottle) that impresses me, but it's more than enough for me to switch.
I used Reaper paints waaaaaaaaaaay back with the first models I painted ever. Granted, that was a "learn to paint" set, so I don't know how good they were, but they seemed all right. Nothing special, as I recall. What I didn't like was the paint pots had screw-on lids, which made me feel like I was using poster paints in high school art class years ago. I wasn't impressed.
I haven't tried the P3 range, but they get rave reviews, so I have no idea. I'd love to find a good alternative to Citadel metallics, but I hear Vallejo's are not up to par.