With all of the excitement over the Blues win I did not have a lot of time to hobby this weekend. I did though get some time using the new contrast paints and I like everyone else on the internet will give my two cents on my opinion of the new paints.
As many point out it is not exactly a wash and not exactly a paint. This hybrid medium is a bit of a challenge to work with. Most of the tutorials say that you need to use more of the paint than you expect to be needed. I started out doing this with my first couple of tries. What I found out was, using the paint this way is messy and can leave a lot of pooling. this can leave a splotchy result if you are not careful.
Once I started to cut back the amount I used I found I liked the result I was getting but the thin nature of the paint was causing another problem.the paint liked to run to other places on the model. I had to go back and touch up parts of the model that I didn't want to be covered with that pigment. I don't have the steadiest of had and I had to go back and touch up areas that I had yet to paint. A related issue was that the base paint that they released was not think enough to cover the mistakes in one go. If you are trying to speed paint through a big group of models this would really slow me down.
While the base color of the marine was really close I didn't like the way it came out splotchy. Also the purple shoulder did not work at all. I think I will continue to paint these the old way without using the new colors except for maybe the bolters. I was painting them black already so using this paint may give them a little more definition.
I think the orange on the tau is my way forward. I really hate painting orange on my tau. It never looks complete. This produced a good color and was pretty easy to work with. I will us the regular colors to hit the other parts of the model so I can be a little more reckless when laying down the base coat of orange.
I also tried Snakebite leather for my Orks. I think this is also an awesome color that is going to work well. I still have to try the blue for my Tyranids. Maybe I can base coat a Genestealer and try it out this week. I might have a quick post with a result or maybe I will just tweet it out.
There you have it. Another voice take on the new paints to add to all the others. In the end I find that I will use some of these new paints but they will not dominate my paint set. I am either just to set in my ways or not the right user for these paints. I hope you found this helpful and is not juat a total waste of your time. Next up Gloomhaven miniatures.
Questions? Comments? happy painting!