I recently won some paint vouchers in a CDO competition. These were redeemable at Warcolours and donated very kindly by Poison . Regulars here know that Warcolours have sponsored lots of comps here.
When redeeming my voucher I was torn between two ranges. The classic nostalgia paints and the “one coat” range. One coat ended up winning. Im a total speed painter so if I can skip the “two thin coats” step - then I will!
The paints came in a variety of bright and vibrant colours and are supplied in dropper bottles. People that use army painter, P3 and Vallejo will be used to these. I find that you waste less with these containers but I’m not enough of a fanatic to pour all my gw into droppers like some.
At first glance these bottles look similar to army painter bottles but once in your hand a few differences become clear.
- the plastic is tougher. Less squeezable for want of a better adjective.
- the lid is not a typical screw cap, it’s more like the child safe ones you get on a pill bottle. I imagine this makes them less prone to spills.
- you can hear a rattling inside the bottle. Presumably it has some kind of ball bearing inside for mixing (I’ll get onto this next).
So something to note about this range. All paints need a good shake. But lazy painters like me can sometimes neglect this step. But these paints, you can clearly see the medium and pigment separate over time. These paints here haven’t been shook.
It’s not an issue though, because the mixing ball within each bottle makes this a simple procedure. You just must make sure you do it properly or you’ll end up with oily medium with no pigment within that kinda rolls off of the model.
Now once you have shaken the bottles, you can start using. And this is where the magical “one coat” comes into play. It’s not a gimmick - it works!
I have been blown away by the opacity of these paints. On a white undercoated model it does go on like an actual dream. Consistency is somewhere between GWs base and layer range but coverage is like base or better.
The only thing to be aware of is the black has a shinier finish than I’m used to.
The range is pretty versatile too. Aside from a little nuln oil, and some basing my secret Santa this year was painted using only the paints in this set.
(You might note the slightly shinier base rim from the black as it’s before I started mixing the two.)
All in all I’ve been very impressed with this set and will go back to Warcolours again to try other paints in their range. Would definitely recommend adding these to your arsenal of paints.
Also, they spell colour properly. Not “color” like my friends from the other side of the Atlantic
And for me - that’s a selling point!