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War Colors Paints – anyone use them? (17 posts)

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  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 1 year ago:

    Hi fellow BoW users,

    I have been debating a clear-out of paints. I have a lot of old GW paints, (like really old) and even thinner is struggling to stop the clumping. I have quite a few Vallejo, but they are spread across the ‘Game’, ‘Model’ and ‘Model Air’ range. I have some FoW paints too, which are just fine.I use the Vallejo and FoW to paint my FoW and BA as the colours are marked in such a way as to be useful (US Drab, Panzer grey, Middlestone etc).

    So I was looking at full sets, like the Army Painter range, or the Vallejo game set, when I saw someone on You-tube use these War Color paints – 5 shades in each colour range (cool grey 1 to 5 for eg), no fancy names which makes finding the right shade/ highlight easier, and they seemed ideal for ‘every day’ use – you know, all the models for fantasy or sci-fi, without appearing too “historical”.
    Reviews are hard to find (Jay Adan has one and waxed lyrical about them). I’ll probably still use GW metals, as they are still some of the best I have used, but for base coats and layering these seem to suit my style of painting. I’ll be mostly brushing with a little airbrush work on larger areas or models.

    So has anyone here used them and if so, what are their thoughts? I’ve seen them run through an airbrush without apparent thinning – is this really possible?


  • Avatar Image warcolours61p said 1 year ago:

    I use them a lot, have run into them since they happen to have the same name as my studio, but I have tried them and adopted them for all things fantasy. I just wish they had a military colours line, but they are my go to line for fantasy

    Warcolours Miniature Painting Studio
  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 1 year ago:

    Do you use the one-coat paints too, or are the base paints good enough?

  • Avatar Image warcolours61p said 1 year ago:

    The one coat paints are great, the other paints work better for layers but nothing is stopping you from using two thinner layers as a basecoat

  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 1 year ago:

    Cool, thanks.

  • Avatar Image warcolours61p said 1 year ago:

    You’re welcome. Amongst the other things I like of those, I would like to mention the bottle, which is cleverly engineered so that it never clogs and it is very easy to carefully gauge the amount of paint you squeeze out of it. And the price point is quite sweet too…

  • Avatar Image darkredeemer73p said 1 year ago:

    ive got a few of the transparent paint for use over the metallic in my ret warmachine army. not used them yet tho

  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 1 year ago:

    @ darkredeemer – I’d be interested to see how they work out :-)

  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Okay – an update – I bought the one coat, transparents, basic range and some metallics – so quite a range! All told I paid about £215 (Inc. P&P), for 138 paints and a 30ml bottle of their own thinner. That’s about £1.50 per bottle! The bottles are 15ml – so a little less than Vallejo, but a little more than standard GW – have child-proof caps and opacity ratings on the labels.

    After a little practice I’m getting to grips with these. I tend to use grey or white primer, and have recntly started to use zenithal priming, so I’ve not tested over flat black.

    The basic range are great for layering, and blending. The opacity ratings are useful, but I do find I often put two coats down to get a good, even coat (probably helps them layer and blend well).
    The one coats I have used cover pretty well – as you would expect. I have used two coats on occassion, but I think that’s because I have used GW for so long – their paints do cover super well.
    The transparents change the colour and tone of the underlying paint really well. But have enough transparency to allow the underlying colour to come through. I need to use these a little more, and take some pics maybe.
    The metallics I’ve barely used, but the silver and gold I did use cover well and have a wonderful smooth finish. I probably am still hooked by GW metallics, as they have always been my go-to paints. I think the Warclours are good though.
    I have not used these in my airbrush, but I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t work as well as my Vallejo.
    Final impressions – I am starting love these paints. The range of colours and price are great. They needed me to change my style a little, but that’s a good thing! These won’t replace all my paints, but are a great addition to my existing range. With the specialists colours from Vallejo, and some of the GW technicals and washes (Agrax Earthshade – wow!), I think I’m noe set for some time!

  • Avatar Image warcolours61p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    They work wonderfully over zenithal priming: they do have a learning curve, but it’s not too steep. The fact that they are gel based but thin just as regular paint open up different ways to use them and a number of effects that can be achieved

  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Yeah – I’m no pro-painter, so I had to change the way I though about highlighting, but they really do layer well and it wasn’t difficult to do.
    As for zenithal priming – the minis below were grey / white – so the zenithal highlight was far less pronounced – but this was the first time I had tried, so I was a little wary.
    These are pretty much Warcolours paints only. I used GW Tallarn flesh as the base, as I like the muted tone it gives, but the highlights and other colours are all from the WC range. I really need to add more highlights to the masks as they look a little monochrome . .

  • Avatar Image warcolours61p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Looking good!

  • Avatar Image lightsout1985466p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Where did you buy your warcolours @berger15 I’m always interested in trying out new paints.

  • Avatar Image berger1594p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    @lightsout1985 – I went direct to The exchange rate was pretty favourable – which probably helped a little.
    They have colour “sets” – so for example, you could buy the “red” range of paints (I think it’s black, white, reds 1 to 5 and transparent red) for about 14 Euros. The range here is pretty good, something like 18 colour sets all told.
    They have a basic set of about 14 or 15 for around 25 Euros (IIRC) – this is the usual, red orange, yellow, green etc.
    Shipping was pretty fast, and cheap – I got free shipping from Greece to the UK as I spent so much!

  • Avatar Image lightsout1985466p said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Nice! I will definitely have a look. What are the paints like? Is there anything you would liken them too e.g. vallejo, GW, Scale75?