I was dithering for ages on whether I wanted to experiment with some of the Foundry Paint System colours. If you don't know, they're the ones where you can buy a set of three pots (one shade, one middle, one light) for each colour so that you don't have to mess around with mixing to get the layers. I hesitated for a while because I was thinking that I should just get better at mixing my own shades but then decided to grab some because they had a sale on in December.
Bloody hell. I'm never going back to mixing paint again.
I dashed through one figure last night and it has come out brilliantly and much quicker than it normally takes me to finish a model. The paint is a little thinner than I was expecting so a couple of coats of the shade/base colour were required at points but that also means each pot will probably last forever and it flows well without any thinning. And they contain more paint than GW or Vallejo pots too.
The main benefit, for me, is in speed and consistency of colour. I particularly wanted to try out a couple of their "skin tone" colours; so far, I've used the basic "Flesh" (ie: caucasian) one and it turned out very well indeed. When I mix paint myself, they tend to come out with odd skin colours - too pale, too jaundiced, etc. Naturally, people aren't all one colour but an instant 'believable' tone is a big plus for me. In addition, I'm quite a slow painter. So the time it takes me to mix paint is a chore, it tends to dry on the palette before I've used it all and that leads to loss of time, waste of paint and inconsistency because I then have to mix again (usually well enough but it's a pain).
In honesty, I'm not going to give up on mixing paint entirely :-) But I'll definitely be getting more Foundry paints for commonly used colours.
As to price, a single pot of Foundry paint is £3.50 for 20ml (17.5p per ml); for the three pots, they are £8 (13.33p per ml). In comparison, a pot of GW paint is £2.55 for 12ml (21.25p per ml); Vallejo paints are about £2.25 for 17ml (13.23p per ml).
So the time it takes me to mix paint is a chore, it tends to dry on the palette before I've used it all and that leads to loss of time, waste of paint and inconsistency because I then have to mix again (usually well enough but it's a pain).
Have you tried making a Wet Palette, it's made a massive difference to my painting....
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