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I have a couple $$$ budget. I need to reboost my painting area and hobby supplies.
My questions are:
What paints should i use?
I currently use GW, but is vallejo a better choice? P3 paints? If price did not matter, what would you have?
I use GW. Vallejo seems like a tantalizing buy, as there are a TON of people here who swear by them. They are a little thinner (I'm told), cheaper and their dropper bottles would make mixing paints a breeze. Guy at my local shop said they don't cover quite as well as GW, though, and his advice was if I was using GW, to keep using it.
Just my thoughts. Other more experienced painters here will probably have better advice.
My experience is that if you're buying new, go for Vallejo, they are cheaper, and will force you to use techniques that will advance your painting skills (layering up, washing down etc) to get a decent result, precicely because they don't cover so well.
They are (at least in the UK) significantly cheaper than GW, though harder to find.
I believe you can get some decent pricves for GW paints online, especially from eBay, so if you're determined to stick with GW, try there.
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I'm curious: How "badly" does Vallejo cover? I'm still contemplating switching. I'm also told that GW's inks and metallics are better than Vallejo. True?
Sorry, last post on this. Don't wanna turn it into yet another Vallejo vs. GW thread.
Vallejo. EVERYONE on the forum says to water down the paint anyway, so why being "thinner" is a problem? IMHO the bottle design used by Vallejo is a good enough excuse (on its own) to use them over GW. Also, they seem to have more color choices?
I am surprised to hear the bad comments about the reaper pro series paints. I have heard good things about them...
At any rate - I use vallejo pretty much exclusively. I have been contemplating trying the new foundation paints in conjunction with the vallejo but haven't gotten around to it yet.
The number 1 reason why I use vallejo is the dropper bottles. I HATE taking paint out of the pot with a brush. It is not accurate at all and makes it very difficult to get a good formula going...
At any rate - vallejo has 2 ranges. The model color and the game color. The model color consists of around 250+ paints with a much bigger shade range. The hues are much more natural and I think were initially aimed at historical figures. The model color paints are thicker than the game color paints and need to be thinned. Also they aren't quite as resillient especially when thinned so varnishing is a must. I would even recommend varnishing between layers for additional sturdyness.
The game color range I believe was put out to compete with GW paints. The names are very similar, colors practically identical and the coverage very similar. They aren't a perfect match to GW but very very close. They also recently introduced a Game color ink range and so far the inks I have used have been very good. For the most part they dry pretty flat. Something I cannot say about GW inks.
I have not had an issue with the vallejo metallics. I use them all the time with good results. It has been a while since I have used a GW metallic paint so i really don't have anything to compare it to. I think they look decent enough.
Overall color was good, but I also found GW were easier to get a hold of. I'm seriously considering going Vallejo at some point, but I keep putting it off. Maybe when I finish my current project
From what I understand the new reaper pro paints are dropper bottles as well.