What paints do you use?

trappedslider

Explorer
I'm looking to getting back into miniatures and I'm looking at the different paints. So, which paints do you all use or reccomend?
 

pogre

Adventurer
My main paints are Vallejo. I own most of the Game line and a lot of model Vallejo. I also use the Scale 75 range. They are a little different and take a while to get used to, but they are very interesting to work with. There are a few colors in the Reaper line I use all of the time - my experience has been hit or miss with those paints, but their deep reds cannot be beat. I have some Army Painter paints. They are decent enough paints, but I rarely use them. I like the GW inks and a couple of their layer paints, but overall they are not a good deal and I prefer dropper bottles. My final recommendation is to look into using a wet palette. There are tons of tutorials on how to make your own cheaply to see if you like them. I just converted over to a more expensive model after years of making my own. Good luck!
 

Retreater

Adventurer
I'll copy most of the suggestions that Pogre made. I like Vallejo, and I also use Citadel if I need a specific color. Also the Citadel washes are awesome. The paint pots are terrible, however, and I vastly prefer dropper bottles.

I read reviews of Army Painter and decided to buy a set when it was on sale. I don't like 'em, and the other hobbyists in my area feel the same. They're thick, creamy, seem to clog up detail while not covering well.

And to echo the sentiment: the wet palette is a game changer!
 

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Outside of washes and inks its been entirely Vallejo model and air color for awhile. For washes I use GW and Army Painter. Love the air color metals for brush on work. but I'm going to get an air brush this spring I think.

I have a self made wet palette and its good but as often I just put some paint on my old plate and add some water. Depends.
 

trappedslider

Explorer
The main minis I plan to use will be from Reaper; the bones line, along with maybe some scale model figures ( 1/35 or so). I saw a video on youtube that said Vallejo is a better value than Citadel paints for a number of reasons.
 
Selecting the best paint will depend on several factors including your painting style, what types of models you will be painting, and what you will use them for. If you are painting minis for tabletop game use then they will handled and sometimes roughed up a bit. Vallejo model color tends rub off easily from handling unless you really seal the heck out of it. For display or competition pieces it is fantastic paint.If you like the ease of painting straight from the pot or bottle then Vallejo and Scale 75 will not be your best picks. Citadel, P3 , and Reaper work well for this. If you do like Citadel (and I do like some of their colors very much) but hate their dry up in one month pots then take a look at the Coat d'Armes range. They still have the old Citadel classics in the hex shaped bottles with tight fitting lids.
 

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Selecting the best paint will depend on several factors including your painting style, what types of models you will be painting, and what you will use them for. If you are painting minis for tabletop game use then they will handled and sometimes roughed up a bit. Vallejo model color tends rub off easily from handling unless you really seal the heck out of it. For display or competition pieces it is fantastic paint.If you like the ease of painting straight from the pot or bottle then Vallejo and Scale 75 will not be your best picks. Citadel, P3 , and Reaper work well for this. If you do like Citadel (and I do like some of their colors very much) but hate their dry up in one month pots then take a look at the Coat d'Armes range. They still have the old Citadel classics in the hex shaped bottles with tight fitting lids.
Never had that issue with Vallejo. I give them a a couple coats of a matt varnish, army painter mostly, and haven't had issues.
 

pogre

Adventurer
Never had that issue with Vallejo. I give them a a couple coats of a matt varnish, army painter mostly, and haven't had issues.
I'll be an echo. Never had any issues with durability with Vallejo and I have been using it a long time. Don't know about Scale 75 - only started using those a year ago. So far, so good.
 

S'mon

Legend
My current set is Army Painter. Their washes are very good, but I'd say their paints are a bit too thick; I think my old Vallejo Game Color paints edge them out in quality. I'm still getting good results with Army Painter, especially for ...painting armies. :D Eg I did a set of 8 beastmen + warchief recently and they painted up fast and nicely; the AP mid-brown ink wash brought out the detail very well. A bit of that or similar to the Barbarian Flesh paint helped with flow, as did using my good sable brush.
 
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S'mon

Legend
Never had that issue with Vallejo. I give them a a couple coats of a matt varnish, army painter mostly, and haven't had issues.
Any paint on a pewter mini will wear off in play unless there's plenty of varnish. I agree, I don't find Vallejo GC any worse for this. I guess the very thick Army Painter paints might be slightly better, but in any case I prefer a thick coat of clear varnish for my gaming minis. I generally prefer gloss varnish too - I know, I'm a barbarian. :D
 

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Any paint on a pewter mini will wear off in play unless there's plenty of varnish. I agree, I don't find Vallejo GC any worse for this. I guess the very thick Army Painter paints might be slightly better, but in any case I prefer a thick coat of clear varnish for my gaming minis. I generally prefer gloss varnish too - I know, I'm a barbarian. :D
Yes, yes you are.

I often will do a coat of gloss then the coats of a really matt varnish like army painter anti-shine. Depends on if its a PC mini that will have a lot of grubby mitts on it.
 

S'mon

Legend
Yes, yes you are.

I often will do a coat of gloss then the coats of a really matt varnish like army painter anti-shine. Depends on if its a PC mini that will have a lot of grubby mitts on it.

I mostly GM in dimly lit pubs; often the light reflecting off my glossy minis is about the only illumination we have! :p
 
This is all my opinion.

Army Painter, and Vallejo. Army Painter has the best washes hands down in the miniature painting business. The Army Shades are fantastic and I won't use any other wash. Vallejo and to a lesser extent Army Painter have the best pigment to medium ratio for most colors. Army Painter's resin base takes some time to get used to painting with because it works differently from Vallejo, but overall those are the two brands I use.

I don't like citadel paints, especially the washes. I live in the PNW so it may be my climate, but throughout the years I keep trying the GW paints especially washes, but I always always get frosting. Doesn't matter if it's Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade, Drakenhof Nightshade, or what have you. Glaze brushed on, dipped, different brushes, different models, new pots, old pots, no water/medium mixed in, with water mixed in, with medium mixed in, retarder mixed in, I've even moved to different houses. I've tried it every which way and I always get a white haze where the wash settles. And I thought, maybe if I matte seal it then the white haze will go away. Nope. Clear coat just seals it there. Citadel Paints are the only paints I have this problem with.
 
I use Michael’s craft paints and Army Painter washes. I have several decades of experience painting miniatures and for table use I find that the very cheap craft paints are fine. If I was painting for a show or competition I would use the more expensive ones mentioned above but I don’t think they are worth it for monsters or characters that will be handled.
 

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