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tbeard1999 Inactive Member11 Dec 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

In preparation for painting a Zulu Wars British Force, I tested the 26 blue acrylic paints I own for vividness and opacity. Obviously this test is not comprehensive, but maybe it will help some. I'll probably add to it if I get more paints.

My site:

The Test: link


foxweasel11 Dec 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

That's a comprehensive test, thanks for sharing. I know a lot of people would like one done on yellows.

wrgmr111 Dec 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Excellent work! Very helpful.
May I suggest you try Liquitex soft body artist acrylic paint. Not much selection but the best Prussian Blue I have found by far.

tbeard1999 Inactive Member11 Dec 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

Yes, I have a bunch of Liquitex soft body paints in storage. I'll try them sometime soon.

idontbelieveit11 Dec 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

The Andrea Blue set is the best paint I've ever used.

DOUGKL11 Dec 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

Thanks for the information. I agree with Foxweasel, one done on yellows. I would also add orange and red.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2017 7:22 p.m. PST

Great contribution – thank you!

SultanSevy11 Dec 2017 8:02 p.m. PST

Helpful, thanks!

Durban Gamer12 Dec 2017 4:40 a.m. PST

Decanting into dropper bottles sounds clever. What bottles do you use?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

Good idea, I used to do that with all paints I bought but haven't bothered much recently.

You do list Vallejo Prussian Blue in your tests but it is Dark Prussian Blue that you seem to have used. These are different colours and the Dark is very much darker than the other (which is a very good colour). Between the two you can mix almost any Napoleonic uniform blue.

tbeard1999 Inactive Member12 Dec 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

Gildasfacit –


tbeard1999 Inactive Member12 Dec 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

Foxweasel – I'll post the results of my yellow and white tests later this week.

wrgmr112 Dec 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

Excellent, thanks for doing all this!

Andy ONeill12 Dec 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Liquitex soft body paints are excellent. I think when painting yellow you're best undercoating white first.

If you want higher pigment from any acrylic, one thing to try is to mix in some pelikan plaka. Only really works out cheap if you do a lot of painting though.

foxweasel12 Dec 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

tbeard1999 – Cheers, looking forward to it.

tbeard1999 Inactive Member12 Dec 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

Coming tomorrow hopefully – test of Red, Blue and Yellow craft paints along with Yellow and White game paints.

tbeard1999 Inactive Member12 Dec 2017 6:04 p.m. PST

Durban Gamer – Google plastic dropper bottles. GW paint is 12 ml so any bottles larger will do. Vallejo is 17 ml and Reaper 14 ml for reference.

tbeard1999 Inactive Member20 Dec 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

I just updated the paint swatch sheet. link

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