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Good day to you all, PP fans.
Like many of you, I have been painting my WM/Hordes models with Citadel and Vallejo paints. Now, both the Citadel and Vallejo paints are great. They have vibrant colors and wonderful flow. However, the specific needs of WM/Hordes players (especially WM, with its large, featureless armor plates) has exposed me to some of the flaws of these two lines of paint: their opacity is not where it could be.
Enter: Privateer Press' Formula P3 paint. It comes in paint sets that are split up by faction. You get six of their primary colors. This is nice if you like to emulate the color schemes in the books. (which I do; and it was driving me batty trying to get the color of my Trolls' skin to match that in the books.)
In my case, I got the Trollblood colors. The combination of Trollblood Base and Trollblood Highlight give me pretty much everything I need to get a good baseline.
The paints themselves are a lot thicker than what I'm used to, and painting with them straight is basically impossible, but they water down very nicely, exceptionally even. I don't know the specifics, but they must have a similar pigment density to the new GW Foundation Paints, because I heavily watered down my Trollblood base and, even over black primer, it covered it quite nicely and with fewer coats than I would have expected.
The paints blend well and easily, which is probably a function of their slower drying time. Citadel paints seem to dry instantly, where as the Formula P3 paints take a little while longer. (Patience is a virtue, I tell myself. Then I tell myself to paint assembly-line style, and not one model at a time.) Also, if you're going to be drybrushing anything, don't use the P3 Paints. Their thickness means they don't do drybrushing as well.
The downside, of course, is that the range is pretty limited right now and you can't buy an individual pot of paint, just the boxes. I will go ape-poopie when I run out of one color and am forced to buy a whole new box just for one color.
So, on a whole, I would recommend these paints to any WM/Hordes player. They're a fine value, and a high quality product. 8Y
WHFB: Dwarfs || WH40k: Imperial Fists, Necrons || WM/H: Trollbloods || BFG: Necrons