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What paints?

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Wyrdstone, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Wyrdstone New Member

    Does it really matter what type of paint you use?
    I've nearly always used acrylics but i've noticed that it seems like some people are against it.
    What type of paint do you use of your own figures?
  2. KeithP Active Member


    I use what ever appears to work best for what I am trying to achieve. With that said, I use artist oils for the most part. I find it more intuitive for blending than acrylics. Simple set of basic paints almost always can get me what I need by mixing. I don't need those Andrea or Vallejo "German Orange Brown, SS, 1944-45 Eastern Front" bottles.... :)

    The best advice is to try out the many mediums and see what you like and works for you. That is half the fun!

  3. Guy A Fixture

    Its a matter of personal choice. I use tube oils for the flesh and enamels and acrylics for everything else. If you are comfortable with acrylics........stay with them.
  4. Einion Well-Known Member

    Yes. The qualities of some paints are reflected in the results they give, so if you want something different to that then it's harder (sometimes impossible) to do it with that one paint type:
    large wet-blended areas using vinyl paints or acrylics are nearly impossible, but relatively easy in oils;
    certain kinds of sharp detail using oils are hard to do, much easier with something like Vallejo, Humbrol enamels too.

    Some people are against them Dan :) It does depend a bit on which type you mean, and the user, but there are some specific limitations with paints of this type.

    I use a bit of this and a bit of that but primarily I'm an acrylic painter on most projects (artists' acrylics) with some other paints thrown in where they're useful - enamels and shellac-based paint for most metalwork, oils or alkyds for certain things, pastels for some weathering.

  5. vergilius New Member

    Acryl, oils, inkts... Whatever does the job
  6. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    Whatever media suits your personal style and gives the results you want. Oils suit my personality, and I have build up enough skills to know how to get the results I want. For others, acrylics or enamels do this for them. You really have to try each and decide for yourself.
  7. Wyrdstone New Member

    cheers that's all useful to know
  8. Einion Well-Known Member


    Just wanted to comment that this is something often overlooked in this kind of discussion and it really might play a big part in producing work that fulfills our potential.

    Some long-time oil painters tried 'acrylics' when they started to be used more widely in the hobby, then switched over and their work improved no end; I think this is largely down to the suitability of the paint for them. Obviously both mediums can produce top-notch results on the same models and both require patience, just different kinds. So it's well worth trying a bit of this and a bit of that - never know what might be the medium for you (and maybe more than one for different things).

  9. Bluesking Active Member

    Hi Einion

    I was one of those who switched to acrylics and thought they were the dogs ba@@s however, a couple of years down the line and I am almost exclusively back to oils again, I missed the "feel" you get from oils most of all and actually littleto do with the results achieved with either mediium.
  10. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    Einion and Stephen: you hit it on the head for me. I really enjoy the "feel" of oils. Acrylics feel like too much work. But this is my peresonal preference, and until you try different media you really have no expereinces to compare.

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