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Model paints for miniature painting

Wargaming and miniature painting are widespread modeling in the world that require certain products and tools to turn into an unforgettable adventure. One of the most demanded items is model paints for mini painting, as they can turn scenarios and miniatures into real ones. 

Acrylic hobby paints for miniature painting used in modelling is a type of color that is made of pigment suspended in an acrylic base composed of latex, vinyl, polyurethane, or other components and allows it to be water-soluble. It is a popular choice for scale models and wargaming miniatures because it dries quickly, is easy to work with, can be thinned with water, and has little or no toxicity. 

They come in a wide range of acrylic colors and finishes, from matte to gloss, metallic, transparent, and opaque versions.

They can usually be applied by brush or airbrush, and are easy to clean and less toxic.

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


Properties of hobby paints for painting models

The most popular are acrylics for painting models which are quick-drying paint composed of pigments suspended in a polymer emulsion. Hobby paint can be thinned with water, although once dry, it will repel water. Their finish is similar to watercolor or oils and they offer advantages such as:

  • They dry to the touch quickly, which is an advantage when you want to add several colors 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, as some of the pigments included are natural.
  • They are economical compared to others.
  • There is a wide variety specified for different roles, such as military, metallic, chameleon, effects, fluorescent or metallic. 

Types of Model Paints:

1.- Artistic Hobby paints

These are all the basic colors with which we will color the vast majority of the figures and they will be the best paint for plastic models. 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 colors to blend, and have sufficient covering capacity.

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

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

2.- Chameleon Color shift

The chameleon paint changes color 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 color-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 color shifts with pearlescent, metallic, and holographic finishes. Each type produces a slightly different color 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 hobby paint. The ideal result can be achieved with just one coat applied to any color - the effect is impressive!

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

4.- Chrome 

Chrome colors 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 types are usually made with metallic pigments or flakes that reflect light, creating the illusion of a metallic surface.

5.- Other similar products for model and miniature painting

In addition to the types of model paint mentioned above, for Modelling you can find other types 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 products to create unique effects. 

You can also check our snow textures, perfect for creating a realistic winter environment.

For creating a cracking effect, you check our crackle paint category. 

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

Don't hesitate to visit our online shop and discover all these types of Model paints at the best price. You will find different acrylic inks or miniature paint 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.