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I have taken a 5 year break from collecting and have just purchased a 1000pt high elves army, I have decided on my colour scheme and went to the GW site to order my paints and it comes to over £90 at £2.25 a pot (they only used to be 1.50!) which is more than I have paid for the models.
I have come across the Vallejo paint range which is only £1.30 a pot, does anyone have any experience of the Vallejo paint range? are they comparable?
Or anywhere where I can get the citadel paints for a reasonable price?
Thanks in advance
Im in a similar situation, last time i was painting minis where 2004 =)
Alot of my old paints where actually in good shape i think i had to throw away about 20% or so. I did not have any paints of the screw lid era though.. those things where horrible. That’s when I started collecting Vallejo and another brand named nitro (who basically was the old gw paints)
I like vallejo alot and i think i have a 50/50 mix of GW and Vallejo. you can find colors that are very similar to the gw ones both in tone and how they behave.
I must say though that i love the GW foundation paints. Back in 2004 i had a huge problem with applying bright colors in a good way to black. The new foundation colors works very well. You must give them a try.
so i would suggest a mix, try vallejo but be prepared to get the GW colors that work better for you and the foundations is a must
Thanks for such a comprehensive reply, how do the foundation paints work? Do you use them as a base much the same way as the old spray cans of chaos black or do they layer over that as they only seem to do a dark grey "Charadon Granite" and no solid black.
I also use a mix of Vallejo and GW paints, with foundation and washes from GW being an essential part of my painting "tools". Although I must say that I recently buy more Vallejo than GW - price and bottle style being a factor here. GW paints I think cover better in general, Vallejo seems a bit thinner, but having foundation paints takes care of that problem.
If you feel comfortable with using your own judgment and picking colors without help of GW's step-by-step tutorials for their official color schemes, I say start mixing paints from both, and you will see what you like more.
I like the GW foundation paints and metallics. The washes are nice, but all they really do, I think, is save you the effort of making your own. If you're fine watering down black or brown, go for it. As for "regular" paints, the Vallejo model range has the most colors I've ever seen in a paint range.
You might try the P3 paints by Privateer Press. I've got a couple of them, and they use a liquid pigment (most paints have a powder pigment), and they go on a lot smoother. A noticeable difference. Pick up a pot and try them out.
Vallejo or Reaper Master Series if you're a serious painter.
Vallejo has two ranges. Game Color is more like Citadel paints. A limited range and not as high end. Model Color is like Reaper Master Series as it's an expanded range with finer base and better pigments.
I use Citadel washes but have my beefs with them, too. Otherwise, I'm 95% RMS and then VMC.
I sometimes buy vallejo paints, not much difference really (apart from the price.) but I far prefer the GW metallic paints and as many other people have said, the foundation paints are really good