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What are the differences between different paints. I am just wondering what is so special about the GW acrylic paint besides the special names. Wal-mart has giant bottles of acrylic paint really cheap. Is that not good enough to use?
The big difference between the larger bottles of craft acrylic paint found in places like wall-mart and the specialized hobby acrylics such as GW and Vallejo is the size of the pigmintation in the paint. In the craft paint you have larger chunks of pigmentation (often suplimented with chalk) which tends to leave the paint thick and chunky and not really approprait for such a tiny surface (30mm average on miniatures).
The hobby paints such as GW have a much finer pigmentation and usually more of it for richer colors.
Some say they get good results from the craft paints but I would recommend sticking with either GW, vallejo, or even reaper paints. If you are going to use the craft paints I would reserve them for larger things such as terrain.
I was not planning to use them, I was just curious what the difference was. Thank you!
Adding to this post: Kid that I know who's cheap, a loser, and a excessive pot/alcohol user uses the cheap paints and guess what... bad models. Sorry about the labels, lol...
Hmm, Undeadair told me about someone he knows who is a Golden Daemon winner, and yet uses those Apple Barrel paints. I don't really believe it, but oh well.
Craft paints are also much thicker and have more filler added to them. That means that when you water them down (and you pretty much have too) there is a lot less color (or pigmentation stuff) than there would be in gw/vallejo/etc. They're pretty useful for terrain though, and I know a few people who use them for banners (they had some lying around from some fabric project).
I can read now!
That is quite possible. I have heard better things about Apple Barrel than other craft paints. Also do we know if he used them exclusively to other paints? In general though you get better results with the hobby paints!Originally Posted by gundamfan
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At best I'd say that the GW paints are medium quality acryllics. Go to that website and get any of the medium-to-cheaper stuff and it will be better than applebarrel, probably the same as what GW offers. Make sure you get opaque paint and not transparant, unless you plan on using it to tint instead of cover.
I've used Applebarrel in my airbrush. The key is to strain the cheaper paints to remove the "chunks" A fine metal mesh like a metal coffee filter would work I think. I'm not sure because I have to thin the paints down for th airbrush.
Last edited by NonstickRon; December 14th, 2005 at 14:48.
the address of above with the **** is really d with -ick, just so you know. They also have expoxy puddy too I believe.