Since I’ve been stuck at home all half term while my small human has been on antibiotics I turned to the internet and shopped. Damn this modern age and it’s accursed convenience.
Among other things I purchased a selection of Scale 75 paints, basically because I’m a sucker for anything slick which promises awesomeness. Not only that but I’ve found myself getting a bit disappointed with my results recently, and being quite a lazy painter I thought some different paints would rekindle the love of painting a bit. Also I have decided to drastically reduce my palette, how many different browns and greens and blues do I actually need? Turning instead to a much more limited array of quite bright colours since I was losing myself and miniatures in a sea of bottles and pots! (there must’ve easily been more than a hundred from various manufacturers – things like a Deck Tan which I only used once and didn’t in fact like very much, as well as things like German Camo Green, Field Grey, Russian Uniform and on and on).
So, without further ado, here are a couple of minis. The figure on the left is painted with Scale 75 and the one on the right with Vallejo and GW.
So why, I hear you ask, go to the troble and expense of getting new paints? Well sometimes I have to literally purge and then start again from scratch. I was increasingly becoming a bit frustrated that no matter how much I tried to brighten a colour, it always looked a bit chalky or if I didn’t choose to highlight then the figures would look as dull as dishwater once away from the daylight bulb! As a result I thought -to hell with it – and bought some of Scale 75’s Fantasy range, which I had heard were formulated to be brighter than their more sensible offerings.
In a word I’d declare myself to be happy with the results. The colours I chose were surprisingly free flowing (even when thoroughly mixed with a stick) and I was surprised how well they covered – and they really do dry to a very matt finish. Adding white seemed to brighten the colour as opposed to bleach it, something which has probably been a personal painting problem – but these paints seem to make my life a bit easier.
While I totally understand people wanting realism and grittiness in their painting, I personally prefer a bit of Jazziness. Also, miniatures are quite small (particularly the 10mm ones) and my heart always sinks a bit when I get them out to play with and find them so much less striking once taken away from those many hours under the painting lamp.
Thanks for looking