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Ross E
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Hi all,
I just wondered if I could ask all those miniature painters out there for a recommendation on a decent set that will give me most of the colours I need to keep me going for a while? I have a lot of minis to paint (recently purchased Star Wars: Imperial Assault).

I used to collect and paint GW Warhammer 40k back in the day and just wondered if Citadel paints are the way to go? Are these 'Vallejo' paints (link below) a decent alternative to the pricey GW paints?


Vallejo Model Color Folkstone Basics Acrylic Paint Set - Assorted Colours (Pack of 16):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001JJRDO2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid...

Many thanks
Ross
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I'm no miniature painting expert, but I've learned quite a bit in the past couple years. My opinion is that you shouldn't go cheap with the paints in the least; I tho k you've got the right idea with the Vallejo paints (that is my preferred brand). I went for this set:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BATAE7O/ref=mp_s_a_1_17?qid...

It has 72 colors, and is probably more than most beginners need, but you mention that you already have some experience. If you're going to be painting Imperial Assault, you're going to need a pretty good breadth of colors. This may be a pretty expensive set, but I am of the opinion that spending the money now to get the best will save you a headache in the long run.

I hope this humble opinion was helpful, and good luck painting!
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I made a suggestion for Coat d'Arms (see thread below) which were the original licensed Citadel/Games Workshop paints and can still be purchased at a lower price than the current Games Workshop paints.

So a bundle of 41 paints from their military range is £71 and their starter set is 10 paints for £17.

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/20715166


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arthurcucumber wrote:
I made a suggestion for Coat d'Arms (see thread below) which were the original licensed Citadel/Games Workshop paints and can still be purchased at a lower price than the current Games Workshop paints.

So a bundle of 41 paints from their military range is £71 and their starter set is 10 paints for £17.

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/20715166


Brilliant! The old white top pots- wow, they take me back. Thank you so much for this suggestion and for highlighting the thread. It seems someone already asked exactly the same question. blush whoops.
 
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Rosekurt wrote:
I'm no miniature painting expert, but I've learned quite a bit in the past couple years. My opinion is that you shouldn't go cheap with the paints in the least; I tho k you've got the right idea with the Vallejo paints (that is my preferred brand). I went for this set:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BATAE7O/ref=mp_s_a_1_17?qid...

It has 72 colors, and is probably more than most beginners need, but you mention that you already have some experience. If you're going to be painting Imperial Assault, you're going to need a pretty good breadth of colors. This may be a pretty expensive set, but I am of the opinion that spending the money now to get the best will save you a headache in the long run.

I hope this humble opinion was helpful, and good luck painting!
Many thanks for the recommendation.
Definitely agree with you on going for quality paints too. That set looks pretty good and should really keep me busy for a while.
 
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Definitely go with quality but a 10 pot starter set should be enough to get started. You can always add a color here and there later if you don't like the idea of mixing up a shade you don't have.
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Kevin M
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As someone who recently tried to go the cheap paint route and is not trying to figure out how to salvage them... I'd take the advice of the people in this thread above. Don't cheap out on paints if you want to have a higher quality outcome and a less stressful painting experience.
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