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Acrylic paints

Modelling and wargaming is a widespread hobby in the world that requires certain products and tools to turn into an unforgettable adventure. One of the most demanded items is the paints, as they can turn scenarios and miniatures into real ones. 

Acrylic paint is a type of paint that is made of pigment suspended in a water-based polymer solution. It is a popular choice for painting scale models and wargaming miniatures because it dries quickly, is easy to work with, and can be thinned with water.

They come in a wide range of colours and finishes, including matt, gloss, and metallic, and can be applied by brush or airbrush, and are generally easy to clean up.

When using acrylic paint on scale models and wargaming miniatures, it is important to shake the bottle well beforehand to ensure that the pigments mix thoroughly with the paint. Thanks to these, the figures have a unique and customized look, for which you don't need any technical knowledge, but a lot of desire and simple guidelines that you can follow. 

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Properties of acrylic paints

This type of paint is quick-drying paint composed of pigments suspended in a polymer emulsion. They can be thinned with water, although once dry, they will repel water. Their finish is similar to watercolour or oil paints and they offer advantages such as:

  • They dry to the touch quickly, which is an advantage when you want to add several colours to the same figure.
  • Easy to clean. All the elements used for painting, such as brushes and airbrushes, can be easily cleaned with soap and water, removing any residue.
  • They are less toxic than other types of paints, as some of the pigments included are natural.
  • They are economical compared to other paints.
  • There is a wide variety specified for different roles, such as military, metallic, chameleon, effects, fluorescent or metallic. 

Types of water-based paints:

1.- Artistic Paints

These are all the basic paints with which we will paint the vast majority of the figures. They would be all those normal reds, greens, blues and yellows that we will always have to have as a minimum. They usually have a matt finish, allow colours to blend and have sufficient covering capacity.

In this range would be the general or fantasy paints, and then the military paints

Fantasy paints tend to have very intense and flashy colours as they always seek to stand out and exaggerate. Military paints, on the other hand, look for the opposite, muted natural colours that blend in with nature. 

2.- Chameleon Colorshift Paints

The chameleon paint changes colour depending on the angle and intensity of the light. It is often used on vehicles and other objects with rounded surfaces to create a unique and dynamic visual effect. 

The colour-changing effect is achieved through the use of special pigments that reflect different wavelengths of light at different angles. These pigments are usually made of materials such as iridescent flakes or interference pigments, which are tiny particles that reflect light in a specific way.

There are several types of colourshift paints with pearlescent, metallic and holographic finishes. Each type produces a slightly different colour change effect, and some are more vibrant or dramatic than others.

3.- Dipping Inks

Dipping Inks are suitable for shading figures with different shades depending on the intensity of the chosen paint. The ideal result can be achieved with just one coat of paint applied to any colour - the effect is impressive!

Not only shadows can be marked, but also colours can be veiled, details of the figure can be highlighted and volumes can be created in specific areas. 

4.- Chrome paints

Mirror effect paints are alcohol-based and are designed to create a reflective, mirror-like finish on a surface. They are often used for decorative or aesthetic purposes, such as creating a metallic or futuristic look on a vehicle or object. These paints are usually made with metallic pigments or flakes that reflect light, creating the illusion of a metallic surface.

5.- Other Paints

In addition to the types of paint mentioned above, for Modelling you can find other types of paint that create unique effects. For example, water effect gels are ideal for settings where there is water, sea, lakes or puddles. They are available in various colours, such as blue or green in different shades. There are also transparent ones that can be mixed with other paints to create unique effects. 

Matt or satin varnishes, primers and acrylic retardants are products that, although they are not considered paints, can be very practical when it comes to personalising and painting your figures. 

Don't hesitate to visit our online shop and discover all these types of paint at the best price. You will find different sets with which you can save money and have everything at hand for your next works of art. Products that have the guarantee of our brand.