Hi guys this post will be all about finding good acrylic paints for miniatures. This article is for you if your painting hobby runs more into the genre of small-scale projects. Things like the fantasy and folklore/ D & D oeuvre and fairy-garden figurines. If you are used to handling precise little details with small petite bristle brushes what kind of paint should you be using.
I once got into model replicas of medieval and period history and creating props around them. I used to make a few tiny sculptures but I know that’s a little bit different.
You may have heard of a brand like Testors which is an enamel based paint, and used it as well. It’s a good brand that has been around a long time . In more recent years other brands and types have come out on the market that have good quality coverage,vibrant rich colors and check all the other boxes too. So let’s take a look at what I have found for your eyes only.
Hobby Paint Sets
The Army Painter set is great for those of you who enjoy Warhammer, Gundam and other historical/fantasy figurines, this set of 10 paints total includes a couple of nice bonuses – A bottle of QuickShade strong tone wash and a detail brush. The colors are all a matte finish.
Wargames Hobby Paint Set by The Army Painter (New Version)The Army Painter – 24 x 18ml Speed Model Paint Kit
An application of the QuickWash will let you darken the figurines color. Each bottle is 18 mL and has an applicator tip so you don’t dispense paint more than you need. You will need to shake up each bottle each has a metal ball in them (just like shaker paint pens).
Only deficits as I see it, is that primer is not included, so you will need to apply that first (the company that makes this also has a proprietary brand) and that the resulting miniatures may not be glossy, which may or may not be fine in your book. The paints are all non-toxic and older kids as well as adult hobbyists can enjoy using them for not just fantasy figurines, but other small scale models objects as well like vintage vehicles, airplanes or buildings. People have reported that the sticking power of plastic is as good as it is with die-cast metal which is great to mention.
Acrylic Colors For Fantasy Figurines
Vallejo Game Color Acrylic Paint Set – Assorted ColoursVallejo Model Colors Paint Set, 17ml, Assorted Colors
Vallejo is another good brand of paints to look into into paints ideal for miniatures. This set I came across was rated fairly highly by hobby painters.You can find two finishes, Gloss (Game Color) and Matte (Model Color). All of them come in 17 mL bottles with eyedropper applications, making it easier to get into the nooks and crannies of small-scale figures. The “Game Colors” include some metallics in the set (gold, silver) which are ideal for added authenticity.
Hobbyists who paint dolls, 3D print models and other “micro” objects will not be disappointed. The paint can be thinned or modified if necessary with water or alcohol. You will want to be sure to supplied with the metal balls so the paint will not end up coagulating if the contents settle between use.
This subject of historical fantasy came up for me as my boyfriend enjoys watching the hit tv show Game of Thrones and all the glory days of knights, lords and ladies in action, it made me go back into my collection of hobby painting. I’ve always been a history buff too, lol. Here is something I was working on a number of years ago that is part of a prop I put together with medieval knights.
You can see where I didn’t quite get around to finishing painting them. I’m unsure what kind of paint I used as that was so long ago. but I think you get the idea. Maybe I will give one of these sets a go and finish my work!