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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Aug 2021 4:46 p.m. PST

Do you primarily stick to one range of hobby paints, or do you collect paints from various sources?

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

Various sources.

Forager27 Aug 2021 5:37 p.m. PST

Variety of craft paints, Vallejo, Derivan, and a sprinkling of others.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 6:42 p.m. PST

I use a selection of craft paints and a smattering of hobby paints and inks.

Stryderg27 Aug 2021 6:48 p.m. PST

Variety. Started with GW, moved to Apple Barrel (Walmart brand).

Perris070727 Aug 2021 6:53 p.m. PST


Wargamer Blue27 Aug 2021 7:05 p.m. PST


JAFD2627 Aug 2021 7:13 p.m. PST

I find it hard to pass a paint rack without buying a bottle or two…

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 7:39 p.m. PST

Various sources – right now, GW, Tamiya and Vallejo

Lazyworker Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 8:23 p.m. PST

Purposely been moving away from Game Workshop paints; too expensive for what you get and they keep changing names/formula more frequently as time goes on. They used to be my go to.

Cheap craft paints, Privateer Press, Vallejo, some Reaper, Scale 75, Tamiya, and a few Army Painter bottles are all knocking around. And a few non-dried out GW bottles are still with me too.

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 8:45 p.m. PST

Various. I have Vallejo, Lifecolor, AK, Mig, Model Master, Italeri. Mr. Color, Tamiya, Citadel and Mission Models (which really sucks).

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 9:12 p.m. PST

Various sources.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2021 9:19 p.m. PST

I have many sources of paints. Even enamels. All have their plusses and their inadequacies.
There is no such thing as a "perfect" brand of paints.
I've even reluctantly tried Contrast paints, even though I really dislike GW policy. In some cases, they're fine, even splendid. But I still have to paint the Bleeped text straps, and Contrast are totally inadequate for that.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine27 Aug 2021 10:29 p.m. PST

Various. My favourite are Revell Aqua colour in their nice little square pots a good range of paints that cover nicely. I have others like citadel and Army painter to but I have come to the conclusion I don't really like dropper bottles.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian28 Aug 2021 1:31 a.m. PST

A huge variety of different paints – but I'm now reading about GOLDEN a new range of premium acrylic paints and wondering if these should be my Go-To.


Huscarle28 Aug 2021 1:43 a.m. PST

I must have about 20+ different paint manufacturers, and 100s of paints. I probably mainly use Miniature Paints, Reaper, Vallejo, Foundry, Coat d'arms, & Humbrol scarlet. I have to agree with Prince Rupert in that I don't like dropper bottles too. grin

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 1:54 a.m. PST

Mostly craft paints supplemented with a number of different
hobby paint lines.

Swampking28 Aug 2021 3:14 a.m. PST

Craft paints exclusively (oh, and artists' ink).

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 6:51 a.m. PST

I use a wide variety of manufacturers of both hobby paints and craft paints.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 8:42 a.m. PST

For brush painting, I mostly use one brand (Vallejo). Maybe 75% of my bottle paints are Vallejo at this point, as I have been replacing used-up bottles of other brands with Vallejo.

For spray painting, I use a variety of hardware store brands. I haven't used hobby spray paint in a long time.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 9:38 a.m. PST

I use a pretty wide variety. It all depends on the effect I am looking for.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 10:20 a.m. PST

I use various craft and hobby-specific paints as founded and desired.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 11:24 a.m. PST

Mostly cheap acrylic paints. I believe the majority are Apple Barrel brand, with a signficant portion of Folk Art brand. I would have to walk about 10' to find out, which sounds like a lot of effort. That statement should give you a gauge on how deliberate my paint brand choice is.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 11:57 a.m. PST

That sounds like how I decide which shade of green to use on the Jaeger's coat. The one within reach.

Blasted Brains28 Aug 2021 3:53 p.m. PST

Nope. I'll buy all the ranges – of craft paint. Hobby paint? Nope.

Robert Burke28 Aug 2021 3:54 p.m. PST

Mostly Vallejo and Ceramcoat but I still have several bottles of my old Ral Partha paints. I just add a bit of water once in while to keep them from drying out.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 4:28 p.m. PST

Primarily Reaper. But I also use AK, Vallejo (metallics), GW (mostly shades and contrast) Andrea, and Scale 75.

For the record, I prefer dropper bottles since I use a wet palette. I recently transferred about 50 treasured bottles of Polly S to dropper bottles.

Captain Pete28 Aug 2021 9:07 p.m. PST

I primarily use Humbrol paints for most of my miniature painting but have used craft paints and house paint for my terrain projects.

CeruLucifus28 Aug 2021 11:48 p.m. PST

Liquitex Soft Body acrylics.

For ages I went with "whomever dies with the most paints wins". But at some point it hit me simultaneously that 1) hobby paints aren't the best quality, at least if I measure quality by opacity, consistency, and lightfastness ; 2) if I learned rudimentary color mixing, I could get by with fewer paint bottles; 3) paints made for artists are a thing.

This isn't exclusive. If I need a color I can't mix up, and another artist paint brand carries it, I wouldn't refuse to buy that brand. But, so far, this hasn't happened.

Mr Elmo29 Aug 2021 4:49 a.m. PST

I only use GW paint and bathe in Blood for the Blood God.

It's a phase. Previously I was using the Dallimore method with Foundry triads. After a break some pots dried up so I switched.

Rich Bliss29 Aug 2021 10:07 a.m. PST

No hobby paints here, either. Exclusively Liquitex artists acrylics for figures and Craft paints for bigger terrain projects.

farnox31 Aug 2021 11:57 a.m. PST

Various hobby paints and inks. Vallejo, Army Painter , Reaper , MIG , FW and Windsor & Newton inks. Craft paint for bases and terrain. And yes, I still have a few Polly S paints hanging on.

The Last Conformist07 Sep 2021 7:24 a.m. PST

I've got paints from quite a few brands, but the vast majority of my painting during the last couple years have been with Citadel Contrasts or Vallejo Game Color.

A Lot of Gaul Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2021 7:41 a.m. PST

I am satisfied with one company's ranges: Army Painter Warpaints, Metallics and Washes. However, I do use craft paints for bases and terrain.

Blackhorse MP12 Sep 2021 1:26 p.m. PST

Mostly Vallejo, but probably have at least 10 others different brands as well.

If I were giving advice to someone just starting out and was looking to economize I'd definitely suggest going the craft paint route. When I stand in the paint aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michael's just looking at what's available from Americana, Ceramcoat and Folkart(the brands I use) it's amazing the variety of colors available. I think I would have no problem filling all my needs for my various periods.

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