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I've always used Games Workshop paints exclusively. However from my time reading Librarium and other hobby related sites I noticed that people use a whole host of paint ranges so I am looking to expand. I've been looking at the Vallejo paints, as well as the reaper range, but have some questions;
1.) Vallejo look like the have an incredible scope with regards to how many shades they offer, but they also have different ranges, game colour, model colour and so forth. What are the differences between the ranges and are they interchangeable?
2.) How do different paint ranges differ from the regular GW range? Do people prefer them purely because they (seem to be) a bit easier on the pocket or is there something else?
3.) I have a few mates over in Richmond who have offered to send over some of the Reaper paints for me as I haven't found a UK distributer. Is it worth the effort? I have seen some of their reds/oranges in action on this very board and I did like them.
I know you cant really polish a... well you know what, but I thought it might be cool to expand my horizons.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
From everything I have gathered, Vallejo has a much better quality paint. Something to do with the pigments used.
I prefer Reaper Paints over GW for the same reason people like Vallejo. Better pigment cheaper, and has an eyedropper type bottle that allows you to put how much paint you want onto a pallet to mix with water. Then you recap it and keep the paint from drying out.
GW paints have the cool flip lid that allows you to draw paint from the little scoop the lid has. But all the while, your paint is drying out. Trying to get this paint onto a pallet usually results in wasting paint. And at the price you pay for the little amount you get, wasting paint isn't an option.
My only downside to Reaper paints is the flow design for the eyedropper. It has a tendency to trap a small amount of paint in the flow channel, which dries and is hard to remove to allow flow.
Thanks for the feedback Marxus, here, have a little rep for your troubles
Its a great point you make regarding the GW pots, I've never actually considered that. Cheers for the advice mate
Take a look into the P3 range. It is honestly hard to go back to Citadel after using some of those.
They were designed by Mike McVey (who was behind the Citadel range way back when) but they have some very marked improvements. One of the biggest things you'll notice is that the paints coat much better than Citadel paints (even after you've thinned them). The grain is very thin, and the amount of pigment is very high, so thinning the paints down works quite well. A lof of us have speculated that that is what spurred GW to release their Foundation paints.
Also, the P3 range of inks are all very pigment heavy, so a little dab mixed with some water will go a very long way (unlike Citadel's new range of washes that are meant to be used without any thinning).