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I drove 2 hrs one way to pick up some Army Painter red dragon primer to start painting my blood angels. So after driving for 4 hours, I was pretty excited to get started. Unfortunately, all the miniatures are coming out as if they are covered in moss. Like a powdery texture. What could be going wrong? Thanks.
You need to shake for 3 minutes minimum. However despite trying all sorts I've found this happens anyway with their 'pure red' before and I must say its a bit rubbish I wouldn't reccomend it (quickshade and other stuff yes - but not the sprays) There's also not a lot in the can. GW primer is better.
Another thing that can cause this is the distance that you hold the spray can from the models, you may need to get a little closer. I think the term is 'overspray' which is stray paint particles drift and settle onto areas that you don't really want them to go.
Before you potentially ruin any more expensive models, practice on bits of sprue. I have used the same paint and have not had these probelms, but have had other similar problems with other paints (including Army Painter blue) before - normally its cos I didn't shake enough or sprayed to many models at once, so some got hit with overspray from the models I was focussing on.
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In my experience and that of friends who've used the products, army painter spray primers are very poor, they arn't a good company. I heard bad things from friends but when I was the hobby shop they were out of humbrol sprays and army painter was slightly cheaper than GW, I took it back a couple of days after, the hobby shop guys tested it and said they better not get in anymore stock.
I pretty much only use Testors Model Master spray paints. That being said, I did recently purchase Army Painter Navy Blue spray for some Marines.
I was actually very impressed with it. It helped that I watched the 'how to use' video on Army Painter's site, as they recommend holding the spray can closer than most and using a more constant spray rather than bursts.
For me it laid on even and smooth and dried within minutes. It took a little more time to cover the minis as the paint was rather thin.
Overall I had a great experience with it (could just be the specific color). I followed this up with Dark Tone shader, and again was very pleased with the result.
I do feel that $15USD is very expensive for a spray can, regardless of how 'tall' it seems. Even the GW sprays are too much $$ imho. But to get that nice blue right out of the can...
I asked a GW rep what makes their primer so special when I could try and find something cheaper at a Target or Walmart. The rep said that their primer is a very fine particle primer to help get into the small nooks and won't leave a glaze/shine on plastic models where as something like auto primer tends to have a sheen. I wish GW's primer came in other colors besides white and black and since I haven't had the time personally to look around and compare; I'll play it safe and stick with GW primer for now.
Now keep in mind I'm not a huge painter (I've got maybe 1k eldar and 500 points of DElves painted out of 5000pts each), but I've found that Tamia primer gets fantastic coverage, doesn't 'gunk up', and the grey is exceptionally easy to paint over. Which is important, as I'm terrible lol.