A quick and important interlude before I get to the paint scheme I tried next with the contrast paints for my Sylvaneth army. I want to talk about Contrast Paints themselves. The hype behind them made them out to be the next evolution of painting and that you could use them to get amazing results with just one coat.
I think that contrast paints are pretty amazing; I am not a very good painter and the shading and depth I have gotten with them is pretty amazing. I have had to use base coats, washes and drybrushing to get the results I see by just applying Contrast paints. However, I do not think they are the end all of painting. I think they are a very useful tool.
I think that basic table top quality painters like me can use them to dramatically speed up our painting. Someone like me can just paint them on the model, drybrush them and have a solid looking model with very little effort and with a whole lot of time saved. I am not saying you have to drybrush them by the way; it is just how I paint and how I think the contrast paints will work for me.
While I like most things about Contrast Paints so far, there are a few things that are not so great about them. These are things that even a hobby novice like me has found ways to fix. Actually, I did one thing and it fixed both issues. What are these issues you ask; well, let me tell you what I have found.
First off, several of the contrast paints have bad separation issues. I mean really bad. It seems to happen the most with colors that are lighter in color tone once they are applied to the models.
If you look at the bottles above, you will see the large patches of white medium stuck to the bottom of the bottle. This picture was taken after I had already shaken them vigorously for a minute or so. Eventually, I had to actually stick a broken old paint handle into the pot and scrap and stir, and scrape and stir to get the medium all back into the contrast paint.
The second problem I have is that it seems like the contrast paints work best when mixed with the medium. With heavier colors, you want to go at least 50/50 and with some of the lighter colors it is better to go 2:1 or maybe 3:2 ratios. In the United States, the contrast paints are $7.80 a bottle; this includes the medium. I do not want to have to constantly worry about contaminating the medium with contrast paint; something I have to do when mixing it from the flip-top bottle. Secondly, mixing a brush full at a time is not fast, nor is it precise.
So, I decided that I needed to make a few changes with my contrast paints. I did this by transferring them out of the flip-top bottle and into dropper bottles. I added two stainless still nail paint agitators to each bottle. Actually, transferring Citadel Contrast paints to a dropper bottle is not that difficult; especially true if I can do it. Just need a small funnel and you can get those online for like 4 dollars for 8.
I slowly started transferring them to shaker bottles, and my collection grew…
…and grew until I had all the contrast paints I owned into dropper bottles.
I think I own all but 8 of the contrast paints. I haven’t gotten them yet because I do not need them for the Sylvaneth painting project. Actually, I don’t need some of the ones I own already for the project, but I might need them, so I got them…at least that is what I tell myself. It makes me feel better at least.
Oh and that problem of the medium separating. Well, it still happens even in the dropper bottles.
However, the difference is now I can easily fix it with just a few shakes of the bottle.
I am not saying you have to convert your paints over. I still have the vast majority of my P3 Paints and Citadel Paints in flip top bottles. However, once I get some airbrush flow medium, I am pretty sure, I will be converting them over slowly to dropper bottles. The cost of changing the bottles over is not very much and I think that by doing so, I will spill less paint and also maybe, just maybe get better at thinning my paints with water or Lahmian medium. Maybe it could happen, you never know.
Well, that is all for this post. I have taxed my ability to focus on one single topic to its limit for today. Before I start to ramble and return to my regularly scheduled chaotically disorganized ways, I will thank you for stopping by and giving my blog a read. Until the next one, Utterly Unfocused signing out.