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24 Aug 2018 4:35 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Feb 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

Which high-priced ranges of paint do you recommend?

Mick in Switzerland03 Feb 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Vallejo Model Colour for WW2 correct colours.
Vallejo Game Colour for most basic colours
Citadel for metals and washes.

EDIT – I consider them good value for money.

Timmo uk03 Feb 2018 8:59 a.m. PST

Well I don't consider them to be high priced but others might: Vallejo Model Colour.

jeffreyw3 Inactive Member03 Feb 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

Vallejo Model Color, Panzer Aces. Reaper Master Series

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

Vallejo (all ranges) and LifeColor.

Personally, I don't consider either to be 'too expensive'. It's about quality and ease of application. You get what you pay for.

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

Aren't they all expensive when compared to craft paints, that I think, Bill is alluding to.

I like Vallejo because of their muted tones and good availability at craft stores like Hobby Lobby and The WarStore. No one can argue they are not high quality. Other manufacturers might have a better color or two but on the whole they are excellent.

I also like Reaper. Easily available at places that sell Reaper miniatures like your FLGS. They have good coverage and nice triads. They also have colors that sometimes hit in between Vallejo. Great for fantasy and filling in between needs for historical.

Citadel for the washes.

I think Vallejo with the 40% coupon to Hobby Lobby is probably the best value.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 11:27 a.m. PST

Citadel's washes are worth whatever they care to charge for them.

I used my own Future / W-N Ink mix for years. They've now taken a back seat to Citadel's.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

Pactra and Floquil enamels.

Not that expensive per se, but once you add in the cost of the time-travel machine to go get them, they become rather pricey.

MajorB03 Feb 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

I use Coat d'Arms almost exclusively but I don't think it's expensive.

wrgmr103 Feb 2018 3:21 p.m. PST

Liquitex soft body, great pigment coverage.

Axebreaker03 Feb 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

Wargames Foundry paints which have been my favorite for years.


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 5:19 a.m. PST

Vallejo but I buy them only as necessary & use craft paint for 90%+ of my painting.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

As Zulupaul.
If I have a specific need for a Citadel or Vallejo paint, I will use it.
But I don't use them exclusively.
I even use Testor's for specific needs.

I consider each paint brand a tool. I don't use a socket wrench to drive nails. I use a hammer to drive nails.

Durban Gamer04 Feb 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

Americana for me – but not expensive.

basileus66 Inactive Member05 Feb 2018 9:46 p.m. PST

To be honest, with paints and brushes I don't look at the price tag. A W&N Series 7, for instance, can last 70-100 figures, easy, before I need to replace it (and I will continue using it for rougher works, like washing or dry brushing). That is less than 17c per figure. A bottle of Vallejo, even those colours I use a lot, might last 30-40 figures, including wastage, or 7c per figure.

Your Kidding14 Feb 2018 8:59 p.m. PST

I prefer Vallejo. The color range continues to expand but remains consistent in quality. Blood red 12 years ago is still Blood red. washes and inks depends on the project, sometimes Army painter "tones" line, or GW (different generations), or Vallejo.

The H Man15 Feb 2018 4:10 a.m. PST

I use mostly GW and Vallejo (not just a great artist!) and Model colour.

GWs colour changes a few years back is a pain in the bum. But most of the new colours are ok, if your not looking for goblin green or what have you from the old range! The blues seemed to get greyer and the same with other colours, reds, greens.

In OZ I find you get more (6ml??) paint in V/MC compared to GW for a buck less!

I have had a pot of priveteer press balck a while, so began to use it. It is as good as GW and has 17-18ml instead of 12ml and I think it was the same price.

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