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Thread: Starting again - which paint brand(s)?

      
   
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    Starting again - which paint brand(s)?

    I painted in the 80's in my teens and later in the 90's again I got the bug to paint. I've had everything stored away since the later 90's. I had all Testor paints way back then - and as those are all long gone, I want to get new.

    Looking at Vallejo (Game or Model) vs. Reaper. I read several old threads here (below) and it seems Vellejo is more for layering and Reaper more for blending. I'm not sure which way to go yet... I need to order a few paints and a couple brushes and try them out. Before I invest too much need to make sure my hands can do this still (ha!).

    Anyone have additional thoughts, new thoughts, reviews, recommendations?

    Thank you very much!

    John

    Thread: New Paints, Paints everywhere, so whats good?

    http://www.wampforum.com/VB4/showthread.php?t=11449

    Thread: A paint is a paint of course of course

    http://www.wampforum.com/VB4/showthread.php?t=9080

    Thread: Reaper Master Paint Set.

    http://www.wampforum.com/VB4/showthread.php?t=5298

    Thread: I need new paints! Help please

    http://www.wampforum.com/VB4/showthread.php?t=3507

    Thread: Reaper Master Series Paints

    http://www.wampforum.com/VB4/showthread.php?t=2905

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    I am personally moving over from GW paints to vallejo. Without pimping too much in the next few days the Wampstore will begin to sell vallejo paints (I have them already just need to upload them to the store)

    (oh and we have some nice brushes too!!)

    I havent used Reaper paints but theres a few on here use them to good effect
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    I use a mix of Vallejo, GW and Rackham paints...with the majority of my paints being Vallejo...
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    It doesn't matter one bit what paints you get. While they all vary in handling, consistency, durabilty, 'quality' etc, any paint that you can load a brush with can be used to paint stunning minis.

    Once you get some more xp under yer belt you'll start to work out what you persoanlly require from a product. Until then I'd honestly recommend grabbing whatever paint you can source locally, and just start painting with it.

    If you have any particular requirements form a paint product then most of us here could point you towards some different brands.


    GW, VGC, Army painter, CDA - typically 'fantasy' colour palette.

    VMC, VMA, Reaper, - More natural, real world tones.

    Foundry, Andrea as well.

    That's the likely ranges you'll come across. Handling in use does vary a heck of a lot between brands, but that's totally personal pref so I can't help there until you get going really.

    What will you be painting btw?

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    Orki is right, different paints suit different people, heck even your water/climate etc can have an effect on the best paint choice. I personally dont like Andrea paints much but others do. I like Vallejos, some don't.
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    I lean towards fantasy and sci-fi, and I love asian characters - which I realize doesn't narrow it down much.

    Orki, you just gave me the same advice I give almost every musician asking me about gear... use what works for you, what feels right, a tool is a tool is a tool, what works for me might not appeal to you, in essence - it doesn't matter what you use - just that you pick something and do it.

    I think I just made fun of myself... ;-)

    For some reason - Vallejo appeals to me so I will start there.

    Heck - I enjoyed painting with Testors paints back in the 80's and 90's... they worked well for the time, but I realize there are better tools out there now.

    I'm an over analysis person... i love to dig in fully and research things to death. It's my personality when I'm starting something "new" (this is old stuff for me - but "new" now since I haven't been doing it for a long, long time). It's also why I love digging into the wiki here - I figure if I'm looking at all these companies - I might as well share the bits that I'm finding with others through there - so the next over analyzing person that comes along will go - "oh cool".
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    Yarp, that's the one. What matters is the time spent doing it and your experimental and observational skills. Absorb all the info/tips you can from the web and other painters, and then just bash out some models while having fun.

    Nothing will kerb-stomp your development like self-induced stress does. As long as you enjoy what you're doing it'll come together eventually.

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    I agree with Orki as well, pick some paints and see what you like. I didn't see any mention of P3 paints, so you may want to look at them as well. Regarding paints, you might want to see if you can pick up a smaller paint set to try out a set of brands. P3 has some nice sets and Reaper and some other brands (I forget which) have triads of paints (basecoat, higlight, and shade) packs that are great too try out too.
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    I bought a VGC set a while back, great for bright colors and cartoony style of painting. I feel the paints are more rubbery or vinyl than I'm used to though.

    I like the RMS, but they tend to get grainy on me, especially the lighter colors and flesh tones. I've found some cool packs on the 50% off table at my LGS with 4-5 pots of these and 1 mini that I've picked up.(learn to paint sets)

    If I make another purchase, I'd go VMC and start doing more realistic PJ's and less cartoony gamie ones.

    But yeah, try em all out and see whatcha like.

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    FYI: Reaper's MSPs were designed by Anne Foerster who primarily uses the layering technique, though they can certainly be used to wet blend if that is your preference.

    For me, the dropper bottles are one of the things that sold me on Reaper's paints. But several other brands have similar bottles, so try out a few as you're getting started. The only thing I dislike about dropper bottles is their tendency to clog the nozzle occasionally, but that's easy to fix most of the time. They keep the paint sealed very well and keep the waste to a minimum.

    I haven't tested others, but MSPs last many years with minimal care, just adding water when needed to keep them moving. They also make it easy to measure out drops if you like to mix paints and recreate the mixes later on. Reaper's MSPs do not separate quickly in the bottle, and don't take a lot of effort to shake up when they do. They are close to base coating consistency out of the bottle.
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