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06 Apr 2018 8:45 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Aug 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

Which range of paints would you recommend for WWII miniature wargamers?

Mick in Switzerland08 Aug 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

I did a survey about this on another Forum recently.

After 91 votes, the top ten was as follows

1 Vallejo Model Colour used by 81% of voters
2 Vallejo Game Colour used by 42% of voters
3 Games Workshop Citadel used by 37% of voters
4 Army Painter Warpaints used by 23% of voters
5 Foundry Paint Triads used by 15% of voters
6 Humbrol Acrylic used by 13% of voters
7 Tamiya Acrylic used by 12% of voters
8 Humbrol Enamel used by 10% of voters
9 Flames of War Paints used by 8% of voters
10 Plastic Soldier Company Sprays used by 5% of voters

Old Wolfman08 Aug 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

I've used Vallejo,Flames(spray and paint pot),PSC,and Citadel,

TunnelRat08 Aug 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

Vallejo Game & Model Colour for brush painting & Vallejo Air for airbrushing.

leidang Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

I'm still using my old PollyS paints, but they are starting to run low.

Dwindling Gravitas08 Aug 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Another vote here for Vallejo Model Colour for brushwork.

I've always used Tamiya for airbrushing – and no complaints.
But I was living in Japan at the time, so availability was . had a lot to do with it. Haven't had the chance to try Vallejo Air yet.

Martian Root Canal08 Aug 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

Army Painter. Vallejo. Reaper MSP. GW. In that order for me.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

Vallejo & craft paints

DanWW208 Aug 2017 12:33 p.m. PST

For infantry, overwhelmingly Vallejo Model Colour.

For airbrushing vehicles, Vallejo Model Air, and MIG acrylics are also very good.

Army Painter Desert Yellow and Skeleton Bone spray cans are ideal for basecoating anything desert theatre.

I bought most of the Vallejo Game Colour range (mostly for fantasy/dark ages) but wish I hadn't- inconsistent coverage, and I find the colours are hard to shade and highlight.

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 12:43 p.m. PST

Craft paint on sale at Michaels.

bridget midget the return08 Aug 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

Coat d'arm and Humbrol acrylic (sprays and pots) mostly, with some craft paints

YogiBearMinis08 Aug 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

Whether it is truly the "best" or not, a response rate of 81% saying they use Vallejo Model Colour is a pretty strong endorsement of its quality.

Winston Smith08 Aug 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

Craft paints.

christot09 Aug 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

90% Vallejo, with a few Foundry sets and the odd GW wash.
Army Painter and PSC sprays

Robhb110 Aug 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

80% Vallejo Model colour colours are good, mix easily and dropper bottles are so convenient.

Balance Tamiya acrylics, Lifecolour, Army Painter inks/washes, Mission Models; plus various craft paints for bases and scenery.


spontoon11 Aug 2017 12:15 p.m. PST


Zinny 1319 Sep 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

Vallejo is my first choice. has anyone had any luck with AMMO paints find quite glossy

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