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I would rather save $ and not buy the GW paints, what type of paint is typically used for painting armies? wife is the artistic type, so shes gonna paint my army and wanted to know what types of paints she would need to get.
actually slig, I'd recommend the GW foundation paints which are much better than their regualr line of paints. And for highlights, I'd recommend 1$ bottle of dermacoat acrylic paint because it's water based and blends nicer. The only downside to the foundation paints is that thief a bit dull of the color. If anything, i'd do a basecoat of the foundation paint and then another coat of the regular GW paint that somewhat matches the base. But if u wanna save money, I guess u can use Vallejo paints whci are cheaper in price and better in quality. The only downside is less paint.
There are also techniques like dipping that can do the shading for you. That will help you save on how many paints you need to buy. The paints you are most likely to spend alot of money on are black and white. Those two are needed for most paintjobs in some way.
thanks for the tips
Personally I would love to drop money for some really nice GW inks and paints, but due to shipping costs and the horrible truth that something color online might not nessicarily (sp) end up how it dries. I usually end up using Applebarrel paints and other really high pigment acrylic paints that are fairly cheap ($.89- to $1.00 for a good sized container)
I'll give you a brief run down of what is available and what is commonly used.
Miniature formula paints:
Gameswork Shop: They make everything you need including inks, foundations, and normal. They also make spray paints in some of the more popular colors which makes base coating easy. Their paints are high quality but their packaging can be problematic.
Reaper: They offer over 200 paint colors. They make every type of paint you would need from inks, liners, bases, etc. Their pant is high quality and gives a more realistic finish than most. The best part about Reaper is they offer their paints in triads which include highlight, base, and shadow. This makes selecting the right paints very easy. Also they package their paints in dropper bottles for easy allocation during mixing.
P3: Personally I have not used many of the P3 series paints, but from what I have used they have been wonderful. The cover insanely well and offer bright, bold colors. Their red colors are the brightest I have ever seen. Their packaging suffers the same way GWs does as they do not offer a dropper style container.
Vallejo: Most painters use Vallejo paints as they offer a wide selection, in dropper bottles, and their paints are available at most gaming shops. They are on the same quality level as GW paints but cost slightly less.
Craft quality paints: These can be found at any Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or comparable hobby shore. They are mainly used for terrain and vehicles as they come in large quantities and are dirt cheap. Basic paint for gamers on a budget.
Cermacoat: Comes in every color imaginable and can be found at any craft store. Like is usually around a buck a bottle. Highest quality of the craft paints IMO. Blends with water easy and offers decent paint jobs. Great for making washes or inks. Not quite as good as the miniature formulated paints as the pigments tend to be larger and can show up on the model as blotchy areas.
FolkArt, American, etc: Same as Cermacoat but cheaper and sometimes of lower quality. 50-75 cents a bottle.
With that said if you are just starting out and are not going to go gungho in the hobby just get craft paints and have fun. If you are serious about making your models the best they can be and take real pride in the work and want only the best, then go with the miniature paints. If money is not object then go with the miniature paints as well. Get ready to spend 80+ dollars setting yourself up with the basics needed on a miniature paint level, or only 20-30 dollars in craft quality paints.
I prefer Reaper paints..
Cheaper cost, more paint, better quality.
I can't speak to the foundation paints by GW, but it may still behoove you to at least use those then work up with Reaper paints.
The advantage that reaper paints has over GW, is a much larger selection of colors, including the gradients to allow for shadows, base, and highlights. No mixing required to shade up to a brighter color.
just remember to check the thickness of the paints, and add a little water to thin it to the right consistency.
Another advantage to reaper paints over GW, is that the bottles the paint comes in, has a little eye-dropper end so you can squeeze out only the paint you wish to use at that time, where GW paints uses the flip lid with the dip scoop to allow you to dip your brush in... This is good as a built in pallet, but exposes all the paint to the air, decreasing the life of the paint.
so much information lol
this helped me more than i could have imagined. I never knew there was so much that went into just the painting.
Sure the GW paints may cost ~50 cents more, but they are much easier to come by. The closest hobby shop that stocks vallejo and p3 is like a 2 hour drive away, frankly im willing to spend the half a dollar more and save some gas. Quality wise, I would say you can't really go wrong with either p3, reaper, vallejo or citadel (GW), all have small pigments, all get fine coverage, and all of them need to be watered down.
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
I suck at staying on task.