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Paints for Figures
« on: July 12, 2005, 07:55:14 AM »
The types of paints that I use on my custom figures are Apple Barrel paints, which you can find at any Wal-Mart store (crafts section).  I use fine brushes marke "0" or "00" to do fine lines, and then a slightly bigger brush to cover more area.  What types of paint do you use on your figures?
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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2005, 09:12:43 AM »
The paints I almost always use are testors model masters acrylics. I love the color selection, the depth of color and ease of use.

 I have a full run of all apple barrel colors as well. I water down the apple barrel stuff mainly for use as a weathering agent. Their flesh tones and other earthy colors are great to use in dios and background scenes. To me they flake easier than the other brands, but now I always seal the paint with a clear coat.

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2005, 10:14:50 PM »
I prefer the Testors Model Masters Acrylics as Reconsgt stated. The selection is endless, and they blend great with each other. Most of their paints are pretty darn close to being actual colors of the application purpose. I normally dont have to do much blending with these as compared to other paints out there.
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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2005, 04:16:56 PM »
I use Games Workshop paint.  There's a huge selection, but they're really expensive.  I'll have to try out the paints you guys use.

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2005, 09:17:42 PM »
Apple Barrell all around!  I like the consistency, finish, and ability to mix some really good colors!

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2006, 08:50:22 PM »
Okay, I believe I have just been converted...I bought a pack of Testors enamels today to work on my resin Maul saber, and was immediately impressed!  One coat makes it brilliant!  No smear, fast dry time, and impressive finish.  Only wish there were more colors available so I don't ahve to try and mix them all...I guess if I go to a hobby shop there are bound to be more colors than just what was at Wal-Mart.  While I was there buying these, that airbrush caught my eye as well...

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2006, 07:12:46 AM »
Pat hit up a hobby shop, there is a huge volume of colors out there. Walmart just will never have many. I use hobby lobby and a local hobby shop for all my paints. You can get great options such as metallics, candys, exc. Glad you gave them a try. Just be sure to only use acrylics from testors on figures though.

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2006, 10:30:27 AM »
I was thinking that too.  I got the enamels for my saber, but will need to pick up some acrylics for figs.  Thanks for the heads up Wayne!

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2007, 04:33:59 PM »
I use a mix of Model Masters Acryl paints for the consistency and variation of color, but I also use Apple Barrel for my weathering and grime. 

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2007, 05:32:45 PM »
Talk about bumping an old thread  :P

Anyway, I started using Tamiya paints a while ago, and I like them a lot. They are very thin, and require more than 1 coat every time, but I think the thinness of the paint helps to keep it going on thin.

I also use the Games Workshop paints, they are very nice as well.

And I have a few Reaper paints, don't like them as much for some reason.

I also have a wide variety of the Apple Barrell and a few other craft store brands... but I tend not to use them very much.


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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2007, 09:51:30 PM »
hhhhhmmmm, I mite have to maybe use some of these experiences and try custom work myself sometime  :think:
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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2007, 06:36:36 AM »
Here's my two cents worth...Citadel/Games Workshop has some really cool colors but they are somewhat hard to find. You have to find a gaming store that sells the Warhammer game (a RPG with pewter figures) but for shear volume of colors, I agree that Model Masters are the way to go.
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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2007, 04:33:19 PM »
I've been going through my "paint collection" and seeing what I have, whats good, and whats all dried up. Man... I have a lot of paint. A LOT. As a matter of fact, I'm probably going to start thinning the ranks of my paint collection very soon... so if anyone wants to buy some slightly/barely used Tamiya and Games Workshop paints, shoot me a message and I'll let you know what colors I have.

I probably have about 80 bottles of Tamiya paint, at least 85 bottles of Games Workshop... drawers filled with Apple Barrel and other craft store paints... I started using Vallejo paints recently, and they are really, really good. Expensive, but good. And those Reaper paints I didn't like? I did a complete 360 on those, and I think they are some of the nicest paints out there.

I also just ordered a set of the new Citadel/Games Workshop "Foundation" paints. Supposed to cover any other color in a single coat, and be specially made to paint miniatures with... should be here next week. I'll report what happens when they arrive. The only drawback to these that I can see so far is that there are only 18 colors available.


It's funny, because as I'm going through these paints, I'm realizing exactly how many different colors there really are. And yeah, maybe I'm just lazy, but I would rather have a bottle of every color available to me instead of trying to mix these colors on the fly. Because what always happens when I mix a color, is that as soon as I'm done or run out of the paint, I always need a little more... and if you've ever mixed paint colors before, you know how hard it is to re-mix a color and get an exact match. Impossible. Lets put it this way - the Dolphins have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl this year than I have of mixing the exact same color twice.


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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2007, 12:50:04 AM »
I use Vallejo and Reaper paints all the time and have to say they are the best paints I've ever used, the texture is spoton and I'm still using certain paints from 6 months ago and still no sign of drying up, and I find you don't have to water them down.

I do use GW paints but more for my dio bases and for for figures eyes. Tamiya paints for me went out the door about 2 years ago when they were thinning the paint I've never gone back to them since.

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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2008, 02:07:24 AM »
Hobby Lobby carries Model Masters Acrylics. They are a billion times more durable than Apple Barrell and a lot smoother too. Check in the models section of Hobby Lobby.
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Re: Paints for Figures
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2008, 06:13:33 AM »
Hobby Lobby carries Model Masters Acrylics. They are a billion times more durable than Apple Barrell and a lot smoother too. Check in the models section of Hobby Lobby.

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