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I'm relatively new to painting minatures and have recently started collecting a WoC army. I see a lot of chatter about different brands of paint being prefered or used over other paints (i.e. Citadel, Vallejo Game, Reaper Master etc), so I was just wondering is there actually any fundamental differences between them?
I haven't experimented outside of Citadel paints to much. Not because I prefer them over any other brand, its just whats local, also I sometimes forget to close my paint pots fully and when I wake up they are mostly dry. So having water based paints makes it so I can just thin out my paints out my tap.
I have a friend that swears by Vallejo's paints though and will use nothing else. I know he uses a wet pallet mostly, not sure if that has anything to do with it.
What I believe is its mostly subjective to what colors you want your army to have. Every paint company has colors that look similar but have different hues and tones when compared side by side, also of course each batch is a little off as well as mixtures have to be precise.
I am in the process of making the change from GWs to Vallejo's paint range myself.The paint quality is better but not so noticeable for an amateur like me at least.
They take to water more easily and thus thinning.Also they come into drop bottles meaning you have actual control of how much you drop in the pallet and you dont waste paint needlessly.Also the fact that they are in a drop bottle protects from what Speknoz describes above.And last but not least they are half gws price.One thing i wont change though are the gws washes.
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Thanks for the info.
I mainly use the vallejo game and model color paints, though I don't have anything against GW paints. Like what has already been said the vallejo is great mainly for the dropper bottles. GW paints way back in the day have a nice pop top where you could get paint out easily then they went to a screw on top which in my opinion caused the paint to dry out very quick, however I was just in a GW store last week and noticed that they appear to be going back to the pop top. Better but still not a dropper bottle.
I will also second that their ink line is great.
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Personally, I have used all three of the big dogs. (GW, Vallejo, and Reaper.) The general consensus seems to barely edge Vallejo in as the winner. I have to say, I am inclined to agree. I have done painting all over the place; I take commissions regularly. Vallejo is seemingly better for thinning and even coverage, as it spreads exceptionally well; even without being thinned.
It's also easy to layer effectively, and, as everyone says, the dropper bottles are enough to buy it by themselves. As you get better and more experienced, and want to try some more advanced things like OSL and wet blending, and mixing colors to create and scale your own, the Vallejo ranges will scale with you. I recommend them overall because you use them for everything from slapping some color on some big areas to finite shading and OSL fading. Naturally, you can do this with any range, but Vallejo will serve your purposes best.
Now, I have to say, I am a complete sucker for GW washes. I would drink the little guys like shots I'm so in love with them. I've had good experiences with creating my own washes from Vallejo stuff, but I still can't over the good ole' Devlan Miracle.
Just my two cents. Let me know if I can help as you start the glorious journey that ends in divorce because you can't stop painting!
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