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War Monkey03 Jun 2015 6:57 p.m. PST

At the Home Depot today and found these!



Its a 24 pack of crafters acrylic paint for $9.88 USD!!

So go get yourself more then one at that price!

Pan Marek03 Jun 2015 7:13 p.m. PST

……nice price, but what about quality?

Weasel03 Jun 2015 9:01 p.m. PST

Do share once you've had a try :)

Soldado03 Jun 2015 9:39 p.m. PST

I use these (although that price is far better than the UK where you can get this stuff from hobby craft) mostly as base colours or for terrain as they dont do well once thinned. they are very thick and tend to clump so you'll need to drop something in to help break it up when you shake it. and it doesnt go through an airbrush that well either :) .



FreddBloggs04 Jun 2015 1:02 a.m. PST

In the UK, best value/quality cheap acrylics I have found are the Reeves ones.

BadKarma04 Jun 2015 4:54 a.m. PST

Never on minis, but works well for terrain.

kiltboy04 Jun 2015 8:10 a.m. PST

Have used them to basecoat/prime some miniatures, and for terrain.

Wouldn't use them for the actual painting.

War Monkey04 Jun 2015 8:16 a.m. PST

Thanks for the advice, my main thought was for terrain use only and now I know so.

Cerdic04 Jun 2015 10:57 a.m. PST

I've been using these to paint figures for years. Work fine for me…

Chgowiz05 Jun 2015 10:15 a.m. PST

I almost exclusively use the cheap acrylics for my painting and they work out great! Get them thinned to the consistency you like and Bob's your uncle.

Mithmee05 Jun 2015 10:16 a.m. PST

……nice price, but what about quality?

Probably better than what GW is selling.

ordinarybass05 Jun 2015 11:40 a.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up. I haven't used this particular brand, but I use the "Delta Ceramcoat' craft paint brand for almost all my miniature painting. I think Delta is the best of the craft paint brands as far as texture and pigmentation and it only costs a bit more, being around $1.50 USD for 2oz.

24 for $10 USD is a pretty good deal though. I may grab these just to have some more colors.

williamb05 Jun 2015 6:14 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting. I will have ot check the local Home Depot and see if they are available.

guineapigfury05 Jun 2015 8:22 p.m. PST

I use the Americana brand, available at Hobby Lobby for a similar price. Great selection of greys and browns, just what the doctor ordered for ACW minis.

avidgamer09 Jun 2015 4:49 a.m. PST

I agree that Delta Ceramcoat is probably the best craft paint on the market. Some of the colors are FAR better to even the more expensive brands anywhere.

Clays Russians10 Jun 2015 8:14 a.m. PST

Americana has the best quality for the bang/buck, supplemented by Vallejo specifics (especially ww2 fabric colors and for field gear…..)

Baranovich11 Jun 2015 7:14 a.m. PST

Delta Ceramcoat is indeed excellent, but I have also been able to do some amazing things with Apple Barrel, Folk Art, and also Craft Smart which is sold at Michael's Craft stores.

With this simple box of basic colors I was able to paint a Citadel Realm of Battle board, river tiles, buildings, stone walls with a gate and well, and crate and barrel barricades:












TheBeast12 Jun 2015 5:26 a.m. PST

I was REALLY waiting to hear Craft Smart included in the discussion; Michaels will, on occasion, even better the price above. ;->=

Though, that good, not often…


rabbit03 Sep 2015 9:56 a.m. PST

hobby craft (uk) sell similar stuff around £1.20 GBP for a 2 oz pot, water based, so you can dilute with tap water

Anita's paints are a similar brand, same sized pots, similar prices, well worth it

Better and of course cheaper than GW, diferent from Tamiya (alcohol based) they work for me.

give them a go!

Old Jarhead05 Sep 2015 6:38 a.m. PST

I must agree with Baranovich. Each time I have gottn low on expensive "hobby" paints, I take the jar to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and get the eqivalent from one of the craft brands. My results have been good.

jamemurp11 Sep 2015 1:21 p.m. PST

Another one for Delta Ceramcoat. That stuff can hold its own with any other paint. Great pigments for the price. Liquitex and Golden make very good acrylic paints. Winsor and Newtons are a nice choice for those looking for a longer dry time, say for blending. Really, as long as you stick with good artist quality paints, you should be fine. Just make sure to get paints that are the right viscosity!

Old Jarhead11 Sep 2015 5:51 p.m. PST


I have not tried Golden paints, but I did get their coarse pumice gel when I was unable to contact Renaissance Ink for their flocking gel. Through Amazon I bought an 8 oz jar for $6.99 USD.

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2015 9:03 a.m. PST

I thought all craft paints were the same – they are not

I have tried all the major brands, including Craft Smart and the more expensive the craft paint, the better it is

I hadn't tried Ceramcoat until recently, it is indeed better than the others and very close to Vallejo etc.

For scenery, craft paints excel. I use them for figure bases as well as this tends to a lot of paint and is not critical

The advantages of specialist (Vallejo etc., paint)
- dropper bottles easier to deal with, gets more consistent results
-Paint is closer to the right dilution (i.e. to apply without leaving brush strokes). Reaper I usually use straight from the bottle
- denser pigments, need fewer coats to get good coverage
- finer pigments, can dilute to do layers/blending and washes
- better metallics (I presume, haven't actually compared)
- paints better matched for colour combinations (e.g. Reaper triads)
- finer pigments more suitable for airbrushing

Honestly these are pretty minor, and if your painting style doesn't involve any of the above, then you will get excellent results from craft paints

I picked the Craft Smart golden brown as my standard colour for scenery and bases – will make it easier for things to match on the table top (if I ever get some scenery finished :) ). It's cheap and my 8 oz bottle will last a long time.


WarrenAbox06 Nov 2015 11:02 a.m. PST

In my experience the craft metallic paints are terrible for miniatures and terrain. Either the base color is too thin, or the flakes too large, and the selection of metallic colors is lousy. For metallics it is always worth spending a little more for the miniatures specific brands.

On base colors, I've never noticed a difference between the cheap 2-oz bottles. That said, all of the bottles I use are Apple Barrel for no other reason than my low level OCD starts twitching when it sees one bottle of Ceramcoat lurking in a straight line of Apple Barrel.

TSD10115 Nov 2015 3:05 p.m. PST

I stock up on Craft Smart from Michaels for terrain purposes when they have the big 40% off your entire purchase during Black Fridays. Also good for picking up some cheap brushes and stock up on Testor's gloss and dullcote.

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