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DanLewisTN08 Jul 2010 4:19 p.m. PST

Anyone know who makes these? I tried them out on 6mm with brush painting and they are really nice. Smooth, covers well, really impressed. Reminded me of Polly-S. Haven't tried air brushing with them yet. The desert colors are really great too.

HobbyGuy08 Jul 2010 5:19 p.m. PST

I've always wondered that myself.

Schoie8809 Jul 2010 2:27 a.m. PST

Wild guess here – they would be made in bulk in China then potted up in a small factory in the States? Then distributed by;


cheers David

DanLewisTN09 Jul 2010 4:34 p.m. PST

Anything is possible, but if it's make in China, even in bulk law required contry of origin markging. No marking means it's made in the USA. I give them the benefit of the doubt. They do put it in the same size jar as Howard Hues, but isn't like the Howard Hues I used to buy. HH was kind of thick.

GHQOnline Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jul 2010 12:31 p.m. PST

Our paints are made by Howard Hues in the USA in colors that we custom mixed, and they are sold exclusively to GHQ. The custom colors are pasteled down for small scale models to represent the water vapor and dust that the sun reflects off of when seeing a vehicle at a long distance. When you are looking at a 1/285th scale model from 3 feet away, it is the equivalent to seeing the actual vehicle through 855 feet of atmosphere. Thus the name of our paints, Atmospherics. About 4-5 years ago Games Quarterly magazine did an article comparing about 10 brands of paints, and concluded that the Howard Hues paints were the best value and quality. The Howard Hues of today are totally different paints from those years ago. The current paints are great for drybrushing, and thin out really well for airbrushing.

BrianH28 Jan 2021 4:17 p.m. PST

I have used the GHQ paints and really like the colors and the "lighter" versions of standard colors that allow you to see detail on micro armor from a distance. For example if you used actual Panzer Grey the vehicle would be so dark in 1/285 scale it would be hard to see and detail. Yes you could add light grey or white to regular Vallejo or another make of Panzer Grey and probably get a similar effect, but it may not be consistent. I have also used them in my airbursh they worked well but I found I needed to add a generous amount of thinner and some flow improve or extender to avoid clogs. My only complaint is a short self life of the GHQ paints before drying up, possibly due the containers with the wide openings. Once they are fully dried up they are likely garbage, but when gooey I have been able to revive them with distilled water and a drop of dish washing liquid. Has anyone found any other methods to revive the GHQ paints that are starting to dry out?

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