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Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:48 pm Post subject:
I only had a chance to use a few so far.
The bases cover almost as well as Foundations, but they behave like regular paint. The Foundations always seemed to have an odd texture to them - a bit chalky and thicker - and they would dry a lot faster.
Khorne Red = Scab Red, except it covers like foundation (see above). I mixed them next to each other on a palette, and you would have a hard time even telling where the dividing line is.
Celestra Grey is a dead ringer for Astronomicon Grey and Fortress Grey. I put all three on a termagant and again you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.
Screamer Pink is a little darker than Warlock Purple. I needed two coats of this to get even decent coverage over the dark dray primer on a Horror, but that's still a vast improvement. Before, I'd need 1-2 coats of Mechrite Red, then 2-3 coats of Warlock, just to get a base.
Warplock Bronze = Tin Bitz, except again it covers better. I had one side of my Horrors' banner painted with a coat of thinned Tin Bitz, which looks like a light wash. I painted the back with slightly thinned Warplock and it's nicely painted.
Balthazar Gold is the closest to my old Brazen Brass (discontinued). Same impression as the Warplock. I painted it over some of the gray primer and some parts of the horror that were pink. One coat was enough to cover and make it definitively gold, but they looked different (like if you painted over white vs. black primer) until I put on two coats.
The only Dry paint I tried was the gold, so it's probably not the best example. It worked well as designed, but it wasn't strictly the color I wanted. It looks like a mix of bright gold and silver, like what the GW studio SHOULD be using as their final highlight for gold instead of pure silver (which looks poor IMO).
I also got a handful of bone-color things that I haven't tried yet. I can elaborate a bit more after some skeletons.
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I'll chime in here. I agree with much of what H8 wrote above. The base paints are just win in terms of what they do. They dont have the opacity that foundation paints did but paint like regular paint which makes applying them smoothly so much easier. Also the colors are closer to standard colors which makes them far more useful and interesting to me.
The metals are a little different but having a base in 2 quick coats over which to paint other gold shades is a huge timesaver for me. I painted the armor on a sanguinary guard with a combination of base drybrush and glaze in 15-20 minutes and the result was impressive.
Also my emperor's children went from most difficult army to paint to probably the easiest (for me at least). For those who have heard me complain about them you know this is a big deal.
The dry compounds take a bit of practice to use well and not all work the same to me. The pink did not work well for me so i might try the purple for the EC. The gold is awesome as is the tyrant shell (bone like color). I was literally stunned at how little work.it took to make that sanguinary guard look really good.
The shades are better at getting into recesses than their predcessors but tend to run off raised detail more easily which will take some practice to use on things like faces. Carroburg crimson is a must buy for anyone using red or pink. Casandora yellow is also very nice for yellow and for making the gold a little less silvery after drybrushing. I'd like to compare it to the glaze.
Which brings me to the glazes. Though they are limited in spectrum, these are just win. the matt finish helps even out the tone in addition toning down areaa that may have been too heavily highlighted. I'll try to post some pics later to illustrate this.
I have not had opportunity to try out texture paints but look forward to doing so. All in all i feel this new line may dramatically improve my pain time but then again it's me so i probably will find a way to make it harder than it needs to be... _________________
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