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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

Some years back i bought the full 140 paint set of coat d arms.

Some of those needs replacements.
Some time ago i bought the barbarian leather. It didn't match my original.

And now i bough fester blue. I use this color as the last highlight for almost all my "dark blue" uniforms.
It was a rich medium blue.

The new one is far more subdued.
I really liked how it looked and was my secret recipe for making dark blue look good.
But this new batch of fester blue does not have the same qualities.

Perris070730 May 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

I hate it when that happens!!! You would think that it would be pretty easy to keep paint colors the same…

Garand30 May 2018 1:30 p.m. PST

Unfortunately happens all the time. I bought a bottle of Tamiya dark Yellow to paint to paint the interior of an SdKfz.250 model kit in 1/35 scale. I set the kit aside for a while & returned to it to paint the exterior using a recent bottle of the same color. Surprise! The colors did not match. Of course, this is Tamiya not a small manufacturer, so it does happen…


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 4:54 p.m. PST

If paint manufacturers can't even keep their colors straight in 2018, how can you expect perfect color matches for textiles dyed in 1776?

wrgmr130 May 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

Good point Winston. I found the same in craft paint, Delta Ceramcoat.

bsrlee30 May 2018 6:15 p.m. PST

The lesson here? If a colour really works and becomes essential to your technique, buy several bottles from the same batch and store them securely in a dark, cool place.

VonBlucher30 May 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

Exactly why your most used special paints you maintain a good stock of them, I still have unopened bottles of my favorite PollyS paints like Venetian Dull Red and a few others, But I didn't pick up enough Hessian Blue by Howard Hues as they discontinued it years ago, which was my go to for my 1806 Prussians.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 May 2018 10:04 p.m. PST

House paint varies between cans

Black Hat Miniatures31 May 2018 12:36 a.m. PST

Our manufacturer hmg paints try their hardest to keep the colours consistent and have a superb quality lab. Unfortunately, their suppliers do occasionally change materials or stop materials all together which makes to harder to make an exact match… As noted above, it is a problem faced by all paint manufacturers.


Coat d'arms.

Bowman31 May 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

I don't expect manufacturers to make the same colour exactly the same over a period of years. At the very least the suppliers of pigments change their formulations or get cheaper/different sources themselves. Like Mark says, house paints are hard to match.

I just learned not to worry about these differences.

Zephyr131 May 2018 1:34 p.m. PST

Look around on ebay. Sometimes old paint collections show up…

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