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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
New to Acrylic paints HELP
Kentucky, United States
Joined: May 14, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 02:19 AM UTC
Hello everyone I have never used Acrylic paints and wanted to know what is the best paint I can get at the best price?
I am good frinds with Young Bok Song of YOUNG Miniatures "that's my name on the special thanks on the B-17 Waist gunner":D and he has given me some kits to paint. He kinda left me to my own to just try and work on my painting skills. I tried my old way from what I know with tanks and jets but my first try looks like crap so i am going to start over with acrylics. I looked into vallejo sets but WOW they are costly.
Thanks for any advise!!
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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 08:49 PM UTC
Welcome to Historicus Forma.
Acrylic paints are not cheap, especially if you're starting to build your stash. It's hard to say which are best for the price and every brand has its fans those who hate them.
I use Vallejo and I think they are really good. I have used them for about 7-8 years for painting figures and vehicles. When you thin them and add retander you can use them with your airbrush. They are efficient, they mix very with water, they have good coverage and wide range of colours.
I have also few bottles of Testors acrylic and they are not as good as Vallejo in my opinion. They are better for airbrushing than brush painting.
I've been using Lifecolor acrylics for few moths. They are quite good but I've been using them too short to make final opinion.
Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 09:53 AM UTC
Another vote for Vallejo. They may cost a bit more per measure, but they have a tremendous shelf life. They are designed to be brushed on and thinned with distilled water. I've been a fan for over 10 years and still have a couple bottles from then.
New Brunswick, Canada
Joined: October 18, 2002
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2011 - 04:55 AM UTC
Actually if you compare the price per ml, Vallejo is actually cheaper than Tamiya, Testors both Acrylic and Enamel, Lifecolor, and Gunze.

About the only one that can compete on price is Humbrol, and it is enamel for the most part, and is only slightly cheaper.

Vallejo is also about 10X better and has more colors than anything listed above.
Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012 - 04:11 AM UTC
I find wargaming colors such as Citadel and Warhammer (probably the same paint!) excellent acrylics. They have more vibrant colors, more skintones, better coverage, and last much longer than, for instance, Tamiya paints. However, if you are painting military figures, you will have to mix your own uniform colors.