3 Colours Up Review – Andrea Color Paints

September 14, 2011 by elromanozo

Andrea Color Paints

A brand well known to historical painters and collectors, sadly not available everywhere… Actually, I’ve only found them online and in one store, but correct me if I’m wrong.

They come in dropper bottles similar to the Vallejo/Prince August range, and the catalog is very varied. So varied, in fact, that they mostly sell paint-sets, the idea being that each paint set is six variations of one color, allowing you to pick highlights and shading in warmer or colder tones according to your own fancy.

Of course, as the colors are rarely carried in individual pots by most stores, that means you get about three or four colors you don’t immediately need for one or two colors you truly want in the set.

It’s not as if it’s lost, but it’s annoying…

This is clearly made for people who hate mixing with a passion (a shame, since those colors do mix well…), and for those uniform painters who want the exact “German uniform circa 1871″ prussian blue nuance for that special bust with all of those lovely buttons… But this is also ideal for Fantasy or Sci-fi painters who want a more subdued and realistic palette!

Incidentally, this is the flattest paint on the market right now… It dries very, VERY matte. And this is good, because there’s nothing more annoying than a realistically painted miniature that looks like a toy because of what some call a “satin finish”…

The minis you paint that way clearly aren’t toys, they’re collector items.

Beware, gamer painters… For this paint has a justified reputation for chipping very easily ! If you’re going to use it, you’d better varnish your miniature properly before playing with your work of art… Otherwise, I’d recommend wearing white cotton gloves… and not sneezing… EVER!

In my opinion, this is a very cool paint, with a no-nonsense approach to naming and organizing their tones. The paint sets will please a lot of people by offering a ready-made selection for basecoat, shades, highlights, and so on. They’re clearly more oriented towards the collector painter, either budding or experienced, but are an excellent product for everyone.