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A lot of my old paints are starting to dry out, and so I figure it's time to just clean house and start fresh. My question is pretty much what the title says. I've heard amazing things about vallejo, but never actually used them. I've also heard that the new citadel paints are leaps and bounds ahead of their old line. Does anyone have any experience with both and have a preference to one over the other?
Edit: I know that the Reaper paints exist but I can't get them without ordering them, whereas I can get GW and Vallejo paints from stores in the area.
Last edited by Immortal Scrub; April 19th, 2012 at 15:59.
I love the Vallejo paints. So good to use, great coverage and the dropper bottles rule! Although I always preferred the gw metallics but I guess that's that idea screwed now. Don't they think about people who already have a set paint scheme etc? Jeezo.
I haven't tried the new GW range yet but I was not very happy with GW last two/three runs of paint lines. I still have some GW paints which I bought in the early nineties and they are still perfectly useable after almost 20 years and I have other paints of GW, only a year or two old which are already completely useless.
In general I prefer Vallejo's paints. The quality is easily on-par with GW, if not better, and those drop bottles are just sooooo handy that once you use them you curse GW for almost deliberately forcing you to dry out your paint as soon as you open the lid, even if it's just to scoop out a wee drop for your palette.
I still use GW's paints for some of their special paints. Their metalics and inks are second to none (as were their old washes), and I was a huge fan of their Foundation range (perfect for drybrushing with and thinning for airbrush thanks to the high pigment content).
I'm curious to try out their new paints though. But do not hesitate to give Vallejo a try, as they're perfectly compatible and mixable with GW's/
Muse: I havent tried the new metallics BUT the ones I have tried are very simillar to one of the old paints. I feel the new paints are fabulously good. That being said the ONLY reason I didnt get Vallejo was that they would have taken the remaining of my yearly Toy Soldier budget to get to sweden....
I tried the new GW Base paints and I was very impressed by them. They are richer colours than the old foundations which tended do be dull and a little pastel. In contrast the new mephiston red is a true red nice and bright which couldn't be said for mecredite.
The layer paints are very thin and don't cover at all. I have tried about 15 and they are all like this. I won't be buying any of them. The shades are great and I love the new colours. Dry paints seem strange and I think they will just go solid after a few weeks so I won't bother.
The new metalics are disapointing compared to the fantastic boltgun and chainmail. The particles are not so fine as the old colours and the coverage on the layer metalics is worse even than dwarf bronze.
Quorn! - Protein for the Protein God.
Another thing that should be mentioned:
Vallejo: 17ml per bottle
GW: 12ml per bottle
Both roughly the same cost.
Currently I'm in transition from GW to Vallejo. The Washes were the last GW paint items I bought. I admit they're nice but I also do love the effects the old Inks had (plus Inks perform quite nice for mixing with Metallic Medium)
It ain't easy bein' green... :-)
What it sounds like is Vallejo is preferred for most things, but GW washes are worth it. Disappointing to hear that the new metallics aren't as good as the old ones. Hopefully it was just a fluke :/ Thanks for all of your input everyone.
i have only ever used gw so cannot comment on any others but the new range is better than the old, the covering is loads better ie white over black base coat is so much easier than it used to be may only need two coats tops the new shades are pretty cool haven't tried the dry or any others yet but up to now im pleased with them
I really really want to try the new GW system and paints. If I like them I'll end up getting them all for doing commissions with lol.Originally Posted by The Odor