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assuming that like everything else from G W paint is overpriced is it worth it and are there and specific alterntives you might suggest
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I never wanted to pay lots of money paints either. I buy the cheapest craft paint i can find at hobby stores. .87 cents for a two ounce bottle. Sometimes paints like these aren't thick enough and take many layers to get desired results but the end results look just fine. Many will tell you more expensive paints are better and they might be. I've just never tried anything very expensive and have always been happy with my paints. If more expensive paints are thicker though and coat easier then I might be inclined to spend a bit more for paints in the future.
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Thick paint! Oh no, thin your paint please, many coats are better than one thick one.
Citadel paints are fine, expensive but fine.
They are consistent and you know that from batch to batch you are getting the same paint with the same pigment and the same qualities.
But they are relatively expensive.
Other craft paints are less expensive, some are just as good and some are not as good (which doesn't help you at all).
Some people swear by a certain brand - not having used any others, others will swear by a certain brand and actually know what they are talking about.
Some people will just not use Citadel paints because 'GW is the Evil Empire' - be careful of those people, don't ignore them (because they aren't necessarily 100% wrong) but at the same time be aware that their distaste might be based on ideological reasons rather than paint based ones.
I'd say use GW paint if its there, try other paints too, you may find that some GW paints you like and others you don't - whilst there are some paints that are better from other brands for certain purposes. I like Citadel Acrylics generally because I know how they behave and Humbrol enamels for certain small tasks that require great opacity. I have also tried Vallejo paints on several occasions and still ahve some in my paint box but I have nothing but bad things to say about them I'm afraid - never been good for me.
Just try a few different paints and you'll soon decide what you like, but please please thin your pigment - remember it is paint to be painted in however many layers it takes not coloured paste to be crammed into all the details.
That is to say by all means paint however you feel best but in my opinion thin paint in many coats gives a better result than fat paint.
But whatever works best for you of course with apoloogies
GW paint is relatively good acrylic model paint, fitting in around the top 25%. They suffered greatly over the last few years from extremely horrible containers that really turned people off.
Notice I said acrylic model paint?
I am eliminating solvent (turps/enamels) paints from the comparison. I am also eliminating craft paints, like Apple Barrel, Delta, etc. Sorry people, these paints don't compare at all to model paint. That's not to say they aren't good for certain uses, they are. I have a large selection of them, and I even use them on models. But they are not any where near the same quality. Pigment density and fineness of particles, adhesion of the medium, flow, etc. They can be used but require much more experience and work to paint at the top end of the artistic scale. They have their uses, exploiting their propertie for specific effects.
Removing those and comparing the paints I own and use leaves me with Testors, Humbrol, Ral Partha, Reaper Pro, Dragon Scale, Armory, Createx (not the craft lines), Vallejo Model, Vallejo Game, and Vallejo Model Air.
Of all of these I feel that Vallejo Model Air line is the best all around paint. This is followed by the other two Vallejo lines.
Keep in mind this is my opinion and based on the qualities I like in paint. I like very thin paint, that flows easily and covers well. Some people won't like Model Air paints at all because they are so thin. They would be better served by the other two Vallejo lines. I would pick GW paint next except for their poor quality containers. Even the new ones aren't that great. Vallejo's a little cheaper, but not so much it would make a difference to me.
For discount paints I would pick Createx brand paints. They make some very good paints at less than half the price of Vallejo or GW.