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Atm the sheer bulk of vehicles me and my dad are painting to finish off our armies has caused us to eat through cans of primer at great expense. We are wondering if a) people could reccommend a brand of spray primer that is as good as if not better than what GW provide as well as find one that costs less or comes in greater quantities.
Secondly the citadel spraygun is awefully inconsistant because of changing weather conditions, we'd happily buy a better quality airbrush but we don't want to go from crap to crap because of a stingy budget. As a temporary fix does anyone know of a spray paint that is similar to GW Iyanden Darksun foundation paint?
I have used basic car primer from the local car repair shop
I got 4 cans of primer for the same price as gw primer 2 white 2 black.they do the job just read the can before purchase as some don't do plastics
I recommend flat enamels for priming instead of acrylics. Yes, you will have a little bit of the fumes, but just don't do it in an enclosed area. Also, I would stay well away from lacquer-based paints, which is mostly used for autos - these are highly toxis with really high VOCs and not good for soft plastic.
I use the large bottles of Testors flat enamels, which are about $3 for a jar twice the size of the GW acrylics. Then with 15% - 20% thinner added to make it flow better, you stretch it out a little more. And, thinner-based paints clean up MUCH easier than water-based acrylics.
I have tried several.. so far my favorite is Krylon flat black (also comes in white, grey or brick red) indoor/outdoor primer.
It has a nifty spray nozzle, refuses to clog and atomizes the spray better than anything else I've tried.
It dries VERY fast... even in cold weather I can handle them in about 15 minutes, paint over them in less than an hour.
Plus it goes on incredibly thin. Probably due to the nozzle... but I have to make several passes to get full coverage. Takes an extra minute, but it makes for a fantastic base coat.
And it is cheap... around $4 per can
Thanks for the advice, would you happen to know if their desert yellow is similar to iyanden darksun? it does'nt have to be exactly right, after weathering and detailing it'll probably fit in nice enough on a tank.
BTW I used your guide to paint the newer models of my necron army with some slight modifications to make it more personal, I was working from a print out my friend gave me so it's nice to finally know who wrote it so I can say thanks . it made for a dramatic improvement over sparying them black and drybrushing them silver. I'm going to try it out on a pariah at some point and hopefully some classic necron models that i'm going to use as immortals, i'll share the results with you when i get round to it.
Judge for yourself, click the little binoculars on the product page to view an example of use.
Try the "Montana Gold" range. They have 180 colours or so and you can spray them indoors as they don't stink the place out. I use a large cardboard box on the kitchen table with a little newspaper spread out.
You can buy them online from Wayland games for example or art suppliers.
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okay so i've bought some montana gold Shock yellow, my dad believes it looks similar but i think it's going to be far too vibrant.