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Just curious, is there anyone out there using "Artist" acrylics as opposed to the Citadel/Valeijo/P3/etc brands out there??
Advantages/disadvantages? How do they compare cost-wise? Or are they even usable for what we do?
I have used Americana and Cream Coat they are all right and certainly cheaper than the specialist miniature paints. You can get a bottle which is about 3 times the size of a GW paint pot for half as much.
I find the paint to be quite thick though so definitely needs to watered down, even then it does not go on quite as smooth as the better paints. For tanks and stuff though I don't mind it and I did a whole army using them primarily and it looks fine in my opinion.
Golden fluid acrylic comes very near the hobby paint.
I do use them for various things - as mixers, coating bases, etc. I do find it makes a great deal of difference of what kind of surface you are painting on. If the primer/base coat has a good 'tooth' then the cheaper paints go on very well. But, they do not have the ultra-fine pigment saturation that the other acrylics have. Therefore, it is best to test - afterall, you can buy these big containers for around $1, so you don't lose much.
Just don't expect results as fine or blended as the better paints...
Damn i've seen matte wall emulsion used on these things, I'd definately not reccommend it but citadel have definately tried hard to make people believe their models will melt if they use anything but their paint. As said above you pretty much get what you pay for, I've used reeves fine arts acryllic before for base coating as it gives really good coverage and when you water it done enough it does'nt obscure detail.
Keep some sprue handy to fek around with and see what results you get, people use car primer and oil paints and various other things to get unusual effects.
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