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hi! im new to warhammer and i need some help! im starting a beasts army and i want to ask if i can spray with an oil-based paint spray instead of the games-workshop one? It's cheaper. thx!
hey man i would suggest just bitting the bullet at the price of the GW paint for a few reasons. One, you always know you are getting the exact colour. Two, you know its going to work properly with the other paints. Three, if you aren't using GW paint you may have a hard time ever finding that colour again. Four, im pretty sure you can't use oil based paint on them anyways because you are going to be putting water based paints on them. So in conclusion get GW spraypaint its way worht it.
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oil based primers will be fine, heck, even the gw spray cans are oil based if i remember correctly. painting acrylic over oil is fine, it's mixing the two types that won't work. if oil primer is cheaper, you may as well use it.
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However, oil-based paint is incredably hard to strip off. I had to strip come Chaos Terminators based in oil-based primer, and I couldn't get it all off, no matter how long they spent in the bucket of Castrol Super Clean. And, if you're priming plastic minis with it, you will never, ever get it off.
I still think that the GW stuff is the way to go, or some no-name acrylic primer if you want to save some money. You'll be able to find non-GW brands at a local hardware store for less, probably. However, the colour isn't quite as good, but I'm guessing that you're not going for, like, Golden Demon-quality models here, so it should be fine.
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As far as I can tell, Design Master brand is the same content as the GW cans. In any case, they are good quality acrylic sprays. You can find Design Master at most craft shops. I've found them at various places for about $4.00 per can.
Blueberry Blue is the same as Ultramarines Blue, for example. Their Ivory is a good base for Deathwing models, though not an exact match to GW's bone.
If you start messing around with random spraypaints, you're likely to lose money from botched attempts.
Good luck with your project!
You could use an oil based spray but why? One big thing to consider when using oil paints - They take a long time to thoroughly dry. Meaning days. As others have stated if you don't want to shell out the roughly $10 a can for the GW stuff there are other terrific brands of acrylic spray to use. Krylon is also another cheaper spray that works well. I think it is like $2.49 a can at Wallmart.
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While I agree with everyone so far, might I add that some oil based paints and primers also have etching compounds contained within the mix, making them very harsh on plastic minis. Just be careful which paints you use. Since I don't know much about how paints are actually made I can't really tell you what chemicals to look for, but I've seen some of the results. The mini's usually end up looking like someone textured them with a fine grit sandpaper. Echoing my earlier words and several statements before mine, just be careful and never forget the "test paint". Try spraying the paint you'd like to use over some of the plastic sprue if you base your mini's off the sprue, after they've been assembled, if you base them on the sprue, try pulling out a leftover vehicle piece from your bitz box and testing the paint on that one. That way, everything is safe and sound and the only thing you've lost, if things go badly, is a leftover piece of a model that didn't get used and probably won't anyway.