Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thoughts on paints

First day back from Reapercon.  It's been a pretty insane combination of various forms of mayhem.  The usual unpacking, but also a ton of reorganization.  Between Adepticon and Reapercon, the entire studio is destroyed top to bottom.  I have no idea where anything is right now.

It is going to take longer than I thought to get all of that into any form of sanity.

I never did get a chance to take any 'real' images of the dwarf wizard.  As you know, he was a Bones figure.  Numerous Reaper colors were used on him... ones that I had never seen before.

In fact, a great deal of discussion on paints went on at the factory from Monday to Tuesday.

Since it is much less convenient for me to get GW paints these days, the focus has shifted back to Reaper in a very heavy way.  We used to use them all the time, but being in a GW store so often meant that it was a lot easier to get them.

Wage surveys his new factory, looking down at the paint area of the facility.

A few views of other parts.  Everything in the operation has its place.  It is a very big building!

Ovens!  Not for sculpey baking though...

The Reaper employees are very multi talented.  This is a very impressive art quilt!  We discussed the finer points of Chartres stained glass windows, pilgrimage mazes, and much more!  Loads of fun!

Here are some of the artists packing up boxes to send home.  Many thanks to the Reaper folks who made my life getting back a ton easier.  And to Ron, for cruising around the Dallas Fort Worth Airport in the van a dozen times!

I learned that the HD paints are specially formulated for many tasks.  Quite by accident, I chose to use them for my painting classes.  I had been struck by how well they flowed, mixed and covered.

They really are very high pigment colors.  I did not know that they were designed to cover just about anything... but they do.

Since I was not aware of this, I had experimented with them in many ways besides just 'coverage'.  In every area, they offered a wealth of opportunities.  They performed well no matter what technique I fooled around with.

They hold up very well to be thinned with water.  And by that, I mean a lot... enough for glazing.

I do use a number of Vallejo paints, and will continue to do so in certain specific areas.  However, I am leaning more and more towards these yellow labels.  It's all about what paints are going to work well with your techniques.

Constant work has shown me that the Vallejo colors have their niches, but the broadest applications might be best suited with these pigments.

Jeero was glad to see some of his buddies return home!


  1. Hope you don't mind me asking a question about the robe on the dwarf (wizard?). The fading colours in your starscapes is a common theme for you. You build up in multiple layers of extremely thinned colours right? For the hard edge of the stellar gases you have a slightly thinned blue/yellow mix correct?

    Reason for asking is because I recently tried to mimic your starscape. It didn't go over too well. Think I figured out the error, wasn't building up enough layers.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Sometimes you have to go back and forth... building up lighter layers, and then realizing you need to have a darker shade so that your stars stand out more! Happens a lot :-)

  2. I really feel like we are spoiled for choice as mini painters these days. Citadel, 2 lines of reaper. P3, 3 lines of vallejo, andrea, scale 75, duncan acrylics, mig, ak interactive, tamyia, badger'sn new minitaire line... I am slowly expanding out from Citadel into other ranges and i have to say they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but we have so much choice now that's it's really quite exciting!!!!