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Ok, so I really like the starter brushes made by GW because they can make a very fine point and remains really stiff so I bought an AOBR paint set thinking, might as well get a nice combat squad and some more much needed black and white paint and additional colors... right?
The 6 paint in the 2 ml attached containers ARE NOT the paints GW sells in their pots! Has anyone else purchased the paint sets and noticed this? Or did they get the decent paints that come in the pots?
Here's what I found for each:
Black - This is not one that covers well like the dull black we're used to, but instead is one that is very plastic like and creates and shiny rubbery black which also feels like rubber. I used this on a tank I had painted black and tried some of this to touch up, and this AOBR black shows up as shiny patches
White - Again rubber like and smelled awful. I dumped this into my pot of white and seems to mix fine now.
Mechrite Red - I have yet to use this as it looks like a viscous pink-red with globs of pink milky substance in it. It's not even really a red but more of a dark pastel pink. Awful color, especially to come in a starter set. It is also very heavy and needs tons of water to make it pliable. It smells very very bad as well, which seems like another indicator that it is not the standard GW paint as those dont have a smell.
Gunmetal - Color as advertised, but again smells very bad and came almost solid. i stuck a toothpick in to stir it and it snapped. I had to use a paperclip and lots of water to get it going.
Iyanden Yellow - This one is the by far the biggest joke. I thought it was an orangy-yellow but it also came very hard and needed a lot of water and stirred with a paperclip. However, when I stirred it, guess what? It turned into a metallic - very close to the burnished gold color. No yellow in this set. Also smelled very bad like nail polish. Did anyone actually get yellow?
Mordian Blue - Worst smelling one of the bunch, and the top has a glossy sheen over it. about 2/3 of the pot was this glossy liquid like when you open a can of interior paint and theres that clear stuff on top, thats what this was. The rest was the blue and caked to the bottom. After stirring the color shows, but why was this composed of liquids like that I put on my wall?
The marines that come in the box also ARE NOT the same as those from AOBR. They have the Ultramarine omega symbol molded to the other shoulder without the troops arrow sign, which was another insult as my marines are based off of the Black Templars. It's not a huge deal to carve the Ultra symbol off, but if they're trying to add detail why not just throw in a combat squad sprue since theyre cutting quality & costs by buthering the paints anyways? So basically, out of the $40 box all I really paid for was a paintbrush plus garbage.
So please do not support this trash and save your money on buying real paints if you are considering purchasing starter kits, especially for kids since the paints may be hazardous (they smell sooooo bad!!) and are not usable out of the box.
I bought one of those sets recently as well to try out painting again.
While I'm not realy qualified to comment to much on the paints, as I'm not that experienced yet, mine where not as bad as you described. I used a few of them right out of the pot, not to good results, but I blame that more on myself then the paints themselves.
Neither did I try all of them as I got a Foundation Paint Set to go with it, so used a few of those on the marines instead. But the blue, gold, metal and red seemed ok to me. Can't say anything on names as mine where not marked in any way.
Only thing I thought was a tad fishy about the set was the little white sticker they had put over "Made in China" on the end of the box.
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You mean this really old set that you have never heard of paints from?
Also, I learned my lesson when I was 5 years old working on my first model cars that you do not let people buy you (or you yourself) those silly snap top paint sets. Come to think of it that's how when I was 8 I ruined a perfectly good Xeno (Aliens) model, those paint sets are terrible, always buy things in the pots/bottles. Be it Testors, Citadel, or Vallejo.
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GW introduced foundation paints as their paints in the starter kits back when Warhammer 7th ed was released. The idea is that you can paint with them straight onto plastic, no basecoat needed. They are infact, terrible. Basecoat or not, their finish is awful, as you have discovered. Go into GW and talk to the staff, maybe theyll be happy to refund you (they damn well should be...) Assuming you havent used much of the paint or made up the models yet, then take the box back in. They should take it off your hands (to be used as a store box or something) and then give you the equivalent value in store credit. Good luck!
Come to think about it, it was more 70-30 normal paint/foundation. Still, it's good to get that first coat of pigment down.
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Yeah I had the same problem when I bought the Skull pass set when it still came with paints. Mine turned pretty much unusable after about 3 days, certainly not the quality I expect with Games Workshop
I only use a few of the foundation paints-they're good for a base to work from on a couple colors (Tallarn Flesh, actually) an Chardon Granite is great for weathering a vehicle.....
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