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combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 12:56 p.m. PST

What do you think? Thanks

CORebel14 Nov 2010 1:01 p.m. PST

Love them

Agent 13 Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 1:11 p.m. PST

Didn't someone say the Reapers should not be thinned, unlike other hobby paints? I always thought that if this were true, I would use more Reaper paint than I normally do. Can someone verify or deny this?

fairoaks024 Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 1:44 p.m. PST

Really like them,

the reaper triad sets i got can all be thinned as well as any other acrylic,



vutpakdi Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 1:50 p.m. PST

I really like the Reaper MSP triads, especially the flesh tones and browns. Work very well for my style.

The Reaper paints work well thinned, though some people say that if they are excessively thinned (past 1:5 ratio, paint:water), they go chalky. I've not had that problem.

For base coats, I normally thin the MSPs 3:1 or 4:1. You can use them without thinning, but for my style, I get smoother coats with thinning.

For the Pro Paints, I sometimes use them straight from the bottle and sometimes 5:1 thinning.


Delthos Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 2:42 p.m. PST

It's not that they shouldn't be thinned it's that they don't need as much thinning as other paints, as long as you have a good bottle. Some of my bottles have gotten a little thick and actually do need thinning. Some of them really don't need any thinning and thinning them results in you needing three or four coats just to get a decent coverage, and more to get a good solid coverage.

I almost never find a need to thin them more than 1 to 1. Usually about 3:1, paint to water.

I've only used their Master series as well, never their pro paints.

Agent 13 Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 3:10 p.m. PST

Thanks for that info, fellas. Didn't want to step on your thread CP! Looks like I will be ordering some Reaper paints. :-)

combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 3:17 p.m. PST

I have used them. Got very excited when about 5 years ago they began their triads. But was disappointed a bit by how slow it progressed. This weekend, they were at Milcon and had about 5 tables set-up with paints and primed models. I got a chance to use them and they were outstanding from what I experienced and just wanted to get some confirmation.

abelp0114 Nov 2010 4:23 p.m. PST

Like'em more than the Foundry triads.

combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 4:27 p.m. PST

Like'em more than the Foundry triads.
This is what I am replacing. Coat has disappointed ans many of their colors are very watery and unusable for me. Some colors are exceptional but the unpredictability get me crazy.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2010 5:16 p.m. PST

I don't use triads.
My style is old fashioned stain and drybrush.

Neotacha Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 9:21 p.m. PST

We are slowly collecting the triads; once we started using the master series of paints, we found we really liked them a lot. Obviously, then, we need to finish off the triads that we have one or two colors of and pick up some others.

I really like the blond hair triad.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Nov 2010 10:04 p.m. PST

I use Reaper for about 80% of my paints now. I wasn't aware that they had a triad system though. I don't thin any of the Reaper paints, I use them straight from the bottle.

Delthos Inactive Member14 Nov 2010 11:04 p.m. PST

They sure do, they sell them individually, or in blistered triad packs. Check out the bottom of this page to see their triads, although I don't think all of their triads work well. Their shade, base, and highlight colors are a bit off in some cases. In some cases the triads aren't actually even meant to work together. They are triads in the fact that the paints in them have a similar function, like the liner triad.

Serenity Inactive Member15 Nov 2010 8:38 p.m. PST

Most of the triads and individual paints I've used have been more than satisfactory, so much so they are just about all I buy. In the unlikely event you get one that is subpar (e.g., grainy), Reaper will generally make it right for you on request.

You'll need a long pin of some kind to open up the nozzle of the ones that have been sitting too long, but overall the dropper bottles work well keeping the paint in good condition for many years. Some of my paints have thickened over time and require more thinning than normal.

The paints are designed with the layering and glazing techniques in mind and have flow improver in them, but they can be used for wet blending and dry brushing, too. Some of the paints will not cover in one layer and some are not completely matte either.

Saxondog16 Nov 2010 12:37 a.m. PST

I also use the flesh tones. Love them all. Buy them all. I use them in various combinations and with various water mixes as well. Really fantastic.

mindenbrush05 Sep 2017 6:09 p.m. PST

I have been using certain ones for about a year now and really like them. I thin them and normally intermix between the the triad colours to get a more gradual blend.
I have just ordered another 4 triads which will be replacing some of my Vallejo and Foundry paints.

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