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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 9:38 a.m. PST

What type of paint do you prefer for your tabletop models and miniatures?

(a) Water-based acrylic paint only
(b) Oil-based enamel paint only
(c) I use both types (specify details, if you wish)
(d) ___________________

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 9:40 a.m. PST


Oil for horses sometimes.

JimDuncanUK11 Jun 2015 9:46 a.m. PST

'A' for the last three decades and 'B' for the previous two.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 9:49 a.m. PST


Timmo uk11 Jun 2015 9:51 a.m. PST


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 9:56 a.m. PST

b) enamel for figures and some terrain.

vdal181211 Jun 2015 10:06 a.m. PST

A only

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 10:37 a.m. PST

Is enamel oil based? [edit -Nm I googled it.]
Not all oil-based paints are enamels – there is also just, well, oils. And that was an attractive option way back when. Long drying times suggest it's less practical for the modern miniature gamer.

John Armatys11 Jun 2015 10:44 a.m. PST

Water based since 1978 (with some oil paint for horses and some monsters in the 1980s), but a coat of polyurethane varnish after painting.

Personal logo Grunt1861 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 11:00 a.m. PST

c) Oil based for metallics, horses and sometimes faces. Acrylics for everything else.

Thomas O11 Jun 2015 11:11 a.m. PST


Extrabio194711 Jun 2015 11:12 a.m. PST

Since I have the regrettable habit of putting a point on a paintbrush by drawing it through my lips, thank heavens my paints are acrylic.

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 12:41 p.m. PST

I'm guilty of the SAME practice, extrabio1947! I started out in oil-based Testors paints as a kid until I discovered Poly-S water-based paints. I have never gone back to oil-based (always hated the smell and clean-up of turpentine and mineral spirits).

tigrifsgt11 Jun 2015 12:43 p.m. PST


RavenscraftCybernetics11 Jun 2015 12:50 p.m. PST

Dihydrous Monoxide!

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 1:06 p.m. PST


Yesthatphil11 Jun 2015 1:46 p.m. PST

I use a mix of enamels, water-based acrylic, watercolour (horses) and oil paint (horses and flats in particular) … (so – (d)?)

Most figures I do have at least two or three of the above. I try to use the right tool for the job rather than just one type.

I used to work in the rubber and plastics industry (construction chemicals) so I'm comfortable the smell of a wide range of petrochemical products wink *

* That smell … it smelled like … victory …

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2015 1:54 p.m. PST

A since 1983, oils before that.

wrgmr111 Jun 2015 4:36 p.m. PST

A) now, along time ago Humbrol and Testors.

Cyrus the Great11 Jun 2015 6:36 p.m. PST

When I started it was I/R, Floquil and Testors and eventually Humbrol. When Polly S came out I switched and now use acrylic paint.

abelp0112 Jun 2015 7:01 a.m. PST


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