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Vallejo Game Colour
Reaper Pro Paints
Something Else Entirely
Sorry to bring this subject up again, but basicaly, I really don't know which to buy (and use).
Please keep this for which you think I should use depending on my circumstances, not which is best in general.
Firstly, I'll set the scene. I'm not great at painting, and haven't done much before.
I'm going to collect the new Eldar army, when they're released. I'm not sure what colour I'm going to paint my Eldar, maybe Ulthwe colour, but it'll be fairly bright, I can say that much.
I can buy VGC paints for £1.15 and GW paints for £1.80, so not really that much difference.
I've recently read this webpage here about the subject. I can't get the others easily, so its VGC or Citadel.
So what do you think? Please vote, and comment on why.
Last edited by PaRaSiTe_X92; August 27th, 2006 at 21:45.
The pro's outway the cons in my opinion with the vallejo game colors. You get virtually the same colors as GW (not quite but very darn close!), I like the dropper bottles because it is much easier to come up with formula painting, and the big bonus in this case is they are a little bit cheaper. Enough so that you would be getting a few more bottles than GW for the same price.
The dropper bottles can clog but that is fairly easy to rememdy. Just clean it out with a paperclip...
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I like the Vallejo game color more then GW because of the bottle. The coin is that the color looks slightly different when it is wet compared to when its dry. GW also looks different but not as much as the VGC IMO. Still I donâ€™t think this is a big problem, and its no problem at al if you are speed painting. But when you are mixing wet layers or use wet blending this can be a problem.
Iâ€™m always paint with wet layers and Iâ€™m using VGC so it is not imposable or something like that (I donâ€™t see me as a bad painter but Iâ€™m no expert...)
As I have periods (moths) when Iâ€™m not paint at all my GW paint tend to dry in the bottle. Hop this help...
Ok, well, I voted before I read your post. I voted Citadel, but now that I read, I would go with VGC. The reason I voted Citadel, is because for me, to get VGC I have to pay double the price of what I would for Citadel paints, and nobody around here sells them, so I would have to ship them, so it would be a lot more money for me. I was assuming you might have a similar situation. But, if you have easy access to VGC, and they are cheaper than citadel!?! By all means go VGC. They are smoother, have more of a variety, and are easier to use.
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Well vote wise it is even so far.
Thanks you two, very helpful. My worries is that VGC arethin (well, I'm too bad a painter to use them properly), and VGC don't have as vibrant colours (I think).
I can definitely see the advantage of the dripper bottles though.
As I said, I'm going to be collecting the new Eldar, and am going to make them very brightly coloured. Would VGC still work well for these?
On the website I said about, the author said 3 of GWs greens look very good together, so should I get them and the rest VGC? Has anyone had much experience with VGCs greens, as the author says VGCs Dark Green aint all that good
Last edited by PaRaSiTe_X92; August 27th, 2006 at 22:57.
First leson in painting:Originally Posted by PaRaSiTe_X92
Use thin paint
Yes vallejo is thin but it covers well, and if you use GW and dont thinn it with alots of water (I thin my vallejo paint as well) you will have a terrible result. Thick paint stick together and cover ditails and that in not a good thing.
A model with thin paint and no hihlights looks alot better then a model with thick paint and a lots of highlight.
As slorak always saying the color you paint with shod be like cream.
Hehe, covering up the details; I remember my SM when I was 8. Not good
And I'm not great at thinning, so should I just keep the VGC paints non-thinned (any more than they come standard)?
Also, what is this I've heard about stay-wet palettes?
As for thinning, if you are using VGC I think you can just dip your brush in water, dry some of then dip the tip in paint. Dry of some of the paint so you donâ€™t get to much paint on the miniature at once. The golden rule is many thin layers is better then one thick. Also donâ€™t try to paint over black undercoat with a bright color. For example red, yellow, white.Originally Posted by PaRaSiTe_X92
As for "stay-wet palettes" I have newer heard about it...
Stupid Golden Rules, they always make life much harder lolOriginally Posted by AndEng
And painting on black is another thing I learnt the hard way; bright yellow on black anyone?
First of all... What Slorak said.
Another reason is quality and durability within the bottle. VGC is, simply, a better brand of paint.
I am using VGC right now that I bought more than THREE YEARS ago! I have never had GW paint last a full year, much less THREE.
To the person who chose GW over VGC due to price... I understand. I've been there.
If you are an AVID painter who REGULARLY finishes paint jars, then you are fine. If you are like MOST people and have limited paint time, VGC is still a better buy. In the time I've had this set of paints (that cost me about 150% of what a complete set of GW paints would have cost), I'd have had to replace my GW set three more times. Than means I would have bought 4 sets to last this long... As for quantity... You get more with GW, too... but if it is just going to dry up, who cares how much is there?
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