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Author Topic: GW Contrast Paints.  (Read 2824 times)

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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2019, 04:30:51 pm »
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Yes, they are just a combination of pigment, mediums and additives (flow improvers, drying retarders, etc) like all paint.  You're basically paying for someone else to get the mix right for you instead of figuring it out yourself.  And it looks like they are using high intensity pigments.

It is "painting with washes", which many miniature painters have been doing for years, but it looks like they've got a good mix for doing it right out of the pot. Personally, I'm all too happy to find a good premix, instead of buying bulk Liquitex products and trying to get the ratios just right.
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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2019, 05:50:03 pm »
I see them as a good way to get painted armies on the table fast. However miniatures, especially GW figures are too expensive to not try to get proficient at more traditional techniques.

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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2019, 12:33:43 pm »
Miniac has produced probably the most objective review of the contrast paints so far:



I largely agree with the review.  Especially with how the faux metallic effect really isn't that good and how there's a contradiction between how the paint needs to be applied (enough so it runs into the recesses) and how GW presents using it to carefully pick out every colour.

At 14:50 he also breaks down which colours are more opaque.

Miniac also made a great chart showing the range of colours each pot might produce depending on how it is applied.  The dots are what it will be if it builds up in a recess (or pools) and the half circle is if it's spread thinly as a glaze.



And a general colour by colour review from Epic Duck:

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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2019, 08:10:24 am »
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Also, one thing I've noticed about contrast is that while there such a thing as applying too much (if it pools all over and you get splotches of super intense colour in one place that's not a deep recess, it's too much) you can also apply too little and the paint will sort of sit evenly across the surface and not flow away from the raised areas and into the recesses to give you the shade and highlight effect.

Thanks for the tip! I will probably try these at some point. But first, I need to figure out a schedule that gives me time--we're doing water rescue dog training during the Summer, so weekends are kind of busy.

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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2019, 08:50:05 am »
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And a general colour by colour review from Epic Duck:


I liked Epic Duck's review better--less fluff, more info in my opinion. I'm looking at the contrast paints more for painting 6mm and keeping the colors bright, since traditional washes dull down 6mm so much.