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Andy takes look at the contents of the latest Heavy Gear paint set from Reaper Miniatures..
I bought a bunch of the MSPHD paints on ebay and I have to say they are some of the bst paints I’ve come across. Excellent coverage, vibrant colours and some nice subtle shades in there too. If these standard paints are anything similar, I may just have to grab this – been looking for a way to get MSP at a decent price in the UK for ages.
I own a decent selection of P3 and GW paints, but have been looking for a nice, uniform set of paints that I can buy in dropper bottles. I had been very much looking at buying the Army Painter line, but saw this product today. They’re very similar in price, and the color selection is close. The army painter kit gives one more metallic shade and one more wash shade…but in the end both kits have the same number of bottles. The army painter bottles are a little larger if what I’ve read online is correct (18mL vs. 15mL), and comes with some brushes.
However, as I already have brushes the carrying case that is provided with the Reaper set is appealing to me…so I’m waffling a little bit. Do you think that if I decided to buy Army Painter bottles afterward that they’d fit in this case? I’m sure either one would be a good purchase. If you folks had to choose only one, which would you pick and why?
I can understand why there are no flesh colors in the Heavy Gear starter, but it should probably be said that nobody has as wide a range of flesh tones as Reaper does. They have pre-matched triads for different skin tones, so Pale Flesh Shadow, Pale Flesh Midtone and Pale Flesh Highlight for instance. Flesh tone triads available from Reaper include, Dark skin, Fair skin, Medium Skin, Golden Skin, Dark Elf Skin, Olive Skin, Dusky Skin, Bronzed Skin, and some more. If you’re a painter who struggles with getting a good skin tone, these are great place to start.
If you’re not a painter who struggles with getting a good skin tone they can still be pretty useful, especially for the less commonly sold skin tones like Olive and Bronzed. I don’t ever really the skin triads myself, but I have more than a few individual pots of various skin tones that come in real handy from time to time.
Well, there is one flesh tone… but it’s the purple hue for the Earth forces’ genetically-engineered GREL supersoldiers. ^^ Had to be made resistant to nuclear, biological and chemical attack, so they’re purple, instead of normal human flesh tones. Still, not being a afficionado of paint sets I’ll give you the nod if you say Reaper offers the widest selection.
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