potential convert to acrylics here

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potential convert to acrylics here

Joined: August 4th, 2005, 4:57 pm

October 11th, 2008, 5:50 pm #1

Hi everyone
Well I've been a long time user of artist's oil paints, (I'm a painter so I always have them!)
I'm happy with the results that I can achieve but not with how long it takes, and recent developments have led me to have to cut back on my workbench schedule so time is of the essence! I've been thinking about switching to acrylics for at least the base coats of my afv's and figure's clothing.
Now, I'm wondering about what brands people like, I'm looking for something that has a decent body and opacity (ie good coverage) that can be used pretty much straight out of the jar (or can or tube!)
I currently don't have an airbrush so that is not an issue for me.
I've heard good things about vallejo and tamiya but having never used them I'm not sure about the consistency and covering ability

Any help would be much appreciated!!
cheers
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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 2:36 am

October 13th, 2008, 4:47 pm #2

If you are brush painting, then Vallejo for sure. They cover well, hard as nails when dry.

Multitude of colors (over 200 at this time), I would say the #1 brand among figure modelers.

Tamiya airbrush fine, but their paint brushing ability leaves alot to be desired.
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Joined: August 4th, 2005, 4:57 pm

October 13th, 2008, 7:49 pm #3

Thanks for the tip, I was leaning that way after looking at the color selection, looks good
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Joined: April 28th, 2006, 8:45 pm

October 27th, 2008, 2:39 pm #4

If you are brush painting, then Vallejo for sure. They cover well, hard as nails when dry.

Multitude of colors (over 200 at this time), I would say the #1 brand among figure modelers.

Tamiya airbrush fine, but their paint brushing ability leaves alot to be desired.
Vallejo are pretty good and I use them for my vehicles etc but I am very keen on Andrea Model Color for figure painting- I find they are just a little better for that than Vallejo.

(Try Humbrol enamels aswell, they are great for drybrushing and their coverage, I find, can be superior to acrylics which can get 'clumps' more often.)
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