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How I stopped using regular GW acrylics

It wasn’t a conscious choice; it’s something that has happened over the past year. I didn’t notice it until I was looking over the paints I used on the last dwarf and realised there were few GW acrylics used on this model, and few I even used at all any more.

What brought this realisation on was picking up a GW grey to use on the Dwarf’s cloak and seeing it had dried into a mostly unuseable, blobby lump. Just like the pot before it. Instead I mixed black into a lighter grey until it was the shade I wanted, and then used that.

For a comparison, here’s a picture of my box of paints (I keep my contrast paints in a separate box):

You can see how many of these are regular GW acrylics. Of those, here are the ones I am still using:

Big difference. I have yet to find a shade similar to Sotek Green that I would use for preference, and the Mephiston Red is a strong red colour. Other than that it’s slim pickings of shade, highlight, and touching up the base coat for contrast paints.

Ultimately I have stopped using Games Workshop’s regular acrylics because other brands are better and last longer in the same storage. The forthcoming Duncan Rhodes collection may replace the few I still use and the washes, but that is something I will cover once I have taken delivery of those paints and started to use them.

19 comments on “How I stopped using regular GW acrylics

  1. Osric
    January 9, 2022

    I still have Citadel paints from the mid-nineties that I’m still using, but the newer ones that my son had bought for him are either dried up or nearly so.

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    • davekay
      January 10, 2022

      Yes, I have a few of the coloured metallics from the 90s, which are useable still, while pots less than a year old are getting gluggy,

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  2. ericritter65
    January 10, 2022

    I took 5-6 year hiatus from miniatures and gaming altogether, and that’s when I disposed of all the GW paints – mostly because they were dried up in those miserable pots! When I jumped back in, I went for Army Painter and am in the process of switching completely over to Vallejo. I can’t see myself ever going back to GW paints.

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    • davekay
      January 10, 2022

      For me it was always convenience; if I just wanted 1-2 pots, GW paints were available on store shelves where other ranges weren’t. With most of my buying switching online there’s no reason to keep with the dry pots at all.

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  3. daggerandbrush
    January 10, 2022

    I started out with Vallejo and Reaper, still use them, but switched to single pigment paints by Kimera and Scale75 (Artist Range). Love the control I have now and playing with colour theory. I still like some of the GW washes, but the pots are indeed horrible.

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    • davekay
      January 10, 2022

      I probably would have switched to Scale 75 if the Duncan Rhodes kickstarter hadn’t happened when it did.

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      • daggerandbrush
        January 10, 2022

        The artist range has a different consistency to the normal Scale75 range. Depends how you like creamy acrylics. They thin down well. Did you already get the Duncan ones?

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      • davekay
        January 10, 2022

        No, they haven’t shipped yet, I think it will be early march before I have them.

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      • daggerandbrush
        January 11, 2022

        I would appreciate a review if you put them to test. Always interested in new paints.

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      • davekay
        January 11, 2022

        Yes I will definitely put the paints through their paces

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  4. Azazel
    January 10, 2022

    I still use a lot of my Citadel acrylics, especially for key bright colours or as a base that’s bright but overall I use a lot more Vallejo and use a bunch of other brands supplementary. Army Painter used to be great until they changed from standard paints to a more gel based medium a few years back. Looking forward to your review of Duncan’s paint!

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    • davekay
      January 10, 2022

      The red is nice and bright, but the Sotek Green starts dark but highlights really well, it will probably be the one GW colour I keep using.

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  5. Tarmor
    January 10, 2022

    I’ve got paints from so many companies its ridiculous. Most of my newer paints (except the Army Painter inks) aren’t even from gaming companies. (They were cheap and they work – if they didn’t I wasn’t losing much by throwing them out).I was so tempted to go with the Duncan Rhodes kickstarter… I’m very interested to see what you think when they arrive.

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    • davekay
      January 10, 2022

      Yes, I’m definitely going to put those paints to the test when they arrive!

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  6. Guru PIG
    January 11, 2022

    Yep I have moved over to Vallejo for most acrylics with only the GW washes being used now.

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    • davekay
      January 11, 2022

      I think I have taken longer to shift than many others!

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  7. Kuribo
    January 11, 2022

    I only use GW paints because their system is really easy to use (base, layer, technical, etc.) and I worry that adding other brands will just mix me up but I really wish they would upgrade the paint pots. I spend as much time getting dried paint out of the lids as I do painting sometimes!

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    • davekay
      January 11, 2022

      I have come to the conclusion over the years that they will never improve their pots – no idea why.

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      • Kuribo
        January 12, 2022

        Sadly, I think you’re right. They haven’t changed in years and there’s little hope that they will in the future when competitors have already outclassed them in that particular area.

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