How do you paint yours?

I find, when reading about paint, there are a range of different ideas and thoughts as to what is best. I’m certainly no expert but – for what it’s worth – here is my ten cents.

When I started modelling I used enamels. I never got to grips with them. The impatience of youth coupled with my lack of experience meant heavily coated, roughly covered models.

So I tried acrylics and, as much as I know some people swear by enamels, they are the way for me. The drying time is a great bonus but I enjoy how the paint flows when using it too. I don’t tend to vary too much in manufacturer, using Humbrol mainly because it’s easier to get hold of (a few Hobbycrafts near me) than any other range. I’ve dabbled with Revell but I find their paint a little too thick.

One thing I have found with acrylics though is that it is nigh on impossible to get a yellow, red or white that covers well! Recently, I’ve found a way of tackling the white issue (see below) and I rarely paint anything yellow in fairness. When it comes to red – and I’m talking buffer beams normally – I tend to grit my teeth and just get on with the required amounts of layers needed to get any reasonable coverage… and then rely on weathering to hide any misdemeanours!

Priming and dry brushing are my favourite parts of painting. I love how priming brings a model together (yes, I probably should get some sort of professional help) and dry brushing is such a great tool for the repertoire of any modeller. I use a range of primers; acrylic modelling primer or Halfords (which I prefer, in fairness) and normally use grey, although I have been trying white primer recently (which also tackles my white acrylic issue) and really liking the results. For dry brushing, I just use the normal source of acrylics.

So, how do you paint yours?


  1. I started out with humbrol acrylics but switched to humbrol enamels because of their harder drying coats and better pigmentation. I found I always had to thin the enamel paints though with the cheapest white spirit I could get to get the paint flowing. Now I am fully sworn by Vallejo acrylics. I find after a good few shakes their yellow/white/skintone colours have fantastic coverage and are often very able to cover much darker colours with just a couple of coats. For weathering I like to use both enamel and acrylic washes (the acrylic ones being pre-made from Vallejo and the enamels being homemade from humbrol pots). I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to do it but for me as a uni student not wanting to stink out my halls the fume of white spirits, the fume free Vallejo acrylics do the job very well. I can recommend the Vallejo black brush on primer extremely highly too.


    • Great to hear about Vallejo and their yellow/white range. I’ll look into them, I hate painting anything red!!


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