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Postby Von Richter » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:49 am

I'm after chainmail, gunmetal, brass, bronze and gold. Being very new to acrylic paint I'm not sure which manufacturer does the best metallics?

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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby ninja636 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:03 pm

I use Vallejo, but then I use Vallejo opaque acrylics exclusively. So I would say that :)

Colours available are Silver, gold, old gold, brass, bronze, copper, oily steel, steel, gunmetal and gunmetal blue.

All metallics need a lot of mixing, Vallejo is no exception, and they still need an appropriate undercoat, particularly when painting larger areas - I use light grey for silver, mid grey for steel and gunmetal and yellow or light brown for bronze, brass and gold.

They do have a good 'depth', and so far no fading/wearing.. Although it must be said that I Dullcote my figures, which probably helps. It does reduce the sheen of metallics of course, but I can live with that.
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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby bangorstu » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:37 pm

Not much wrong with Army Painter or Coat d'Arms either really, but then I don't do fancy stuff like shading.... :D
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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby ochoin » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:16 pm

ninja636 wrote:I use Vallejo, but then I use Vallejo opaque acrylics exclusively. So I would say that :)

Colours available are Silver, gold, old gold, brass, bronze, copper, oily steel, steel, gunmetal and gunmetal blue.

All metallics need a lot of mixing, Vallejo is no exception, and they still need an appropriate undercoat, particularly when painting larger areas - I use light grey for silver, mid grey for steel and gunmetal and yellow or light brown for bronze, brass and gold.

They do have a good 'depth', and so far no fading/wearing.. Although it must be said that I Dullcote my figures, which probably helps. It does reduce the sheen of metallics of course, but I can live with that.


The only non-acrylic paints I still use are Model Master enamels. I think it's time I moved to the Vallejo ones. Thank you for the undercoating tips.

Can I ask what you use them for?
Oily steel?
The two gun metals?

I would assume iron weapons (Ancients) would be painted in steel?


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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby ninja636 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:01 pm

ochoin wrote:
Can I ask what you use them for?
Oily steel?
The two gun metals?

I would assume iron weapons (Ancients) would be painted in steel?


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My main area of interest is Horse and Musket. I use gunmetal for musket barrels. Oily steel is useful for highlighting same. The gunmetal blue I have because I'm a completist. Haven't found a use for it yet, but one day...:)
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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby ochoin » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:56 am

ninja636 wrote:
ochoin wrote:
Can I ask what you use them for?
Oily steel?
The two gun metals?

I would assume iron weapons (Ancients) would be painted in steel?


donald


My main area of interest is Horse and Musket. I use gunmetal for musket barrels. Oily steel is useful for highlighting same. The gunmetal blue I have because I'm a completist. Haven't found a use for it yet, but one day...:)


Thanks for the reply. I may well buy the complete range (we have a LHS that carries the lot) soon. I'll get back to you if I find a use for gunmetal blue.

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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby Etranger » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:03 am

Gunmetal blue is handy for finishing WWII etc weapons which often had a 'Blued' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluing_(steel) finish to their metal parts. Alternatively they could be 'Parkerized'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkerizing
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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby Kreoseus » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:54 am

I like P3 paints by privateer, their metallic are excellent

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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby SteveJ » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:11 pm

Donald- I'd go with the Vallejo Air range for metallics. Highly pigmented and can be brushed on straight from the bottle. There are newer metallics out now that are meant to be the bees knees, but they're lacquer or enamel based- and expensive.
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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby subedai » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:18 pm

Another vote for Vallejo metallics.

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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby ochoin » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:39 am

SteveJ wrote:Donald- I'd go with the Vallejo Air range for metallics. .


Are they thick enough to be brushed on?

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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby SteveJ » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:10 pm

Absolutely. I've tried both the model colour and model air metals and, although the former are pretty good, the latter are much better. IMHO. Citadel Boltgun Metal is a great paint, but I think they've changed the name...
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Re: Best metallic acrylic paint...

Postby paintinglittlesods » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:49 pm

I have metallics from pretty much every producer.


Vallejo gun metal (or whatever its called) is the best for me but I have been using P3 recently though it seems to need a lot of shaking.
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