I can’t lie, I love paints… I have loads of them by many different manufacturers and have recently been swept up by the buzz over the new range of Scale 75 paints.
At the moment I am painting a lot of non-metallic miniatures and have an age-old recipe from Arkaal that I have been using for around 10 years, but I am finding that the Vallejo paints that I use tend to split when I add a lot of water to it. So I have been on the look out for a possible alternative.
I have heard some great things about how good they are to paint with, that their metallics really shine, and how flat the regular paints are when they dry. When I found out that a mate of mine Martyn (Model Display Products) was stocking the paint sets, I thought I would take a punt and give them a try…
So, I ordered the NMM Steel set but also got seduced by the metallic steel set 😉 It could make for a nice comparison.
My first impressions are pretty good – the paints dry VERY flat, something I’ve not see since the old Rackham paints, but with a much finer texture. Scale 75 paints all come in 17mm dropper bottles (like Vallejo), which is a preference of mine, so its nice and easy to drop paint onto your palette or into the reservoir of your airbrush.
The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the box was that there was no separation in the bottle – it was an even colour from the top to the bottom. I then spent a while trying to get paint from the pot onto my pallet… I failed because there is no hole in the top of the nozzle… don’t make the same mistake, be ready with a pin!
They also seem to take a good amount of water without splitting, which is very handy for the techniques I typically use. I have yet to try the metallics, but the bust of Uncle John is just screaming out for a true metallic finish to his bionic eye!
The NMM set consists of 8 paints, which are really split into two groups, a neutral grey and a blue-grey plus a very dark blue-grey* and a white for a universal shade and final highlights.
*I can see myself using this colour quite a lot, as I think it will make a great shade colour for many warm colours, and flesh tones.
The metallic paint set is also 8 colours – 4 steely metallics from dark-light, and 4 metallic effects paints which includes some interesting coloured metals and a very bright silver metallic perfect for spot highlights when painting metallics in an NMM style.
I will report back once I have tried them properly. And if you want to try them, I can highly recommend MDP – they have all of the sets in stock, and you can find them >>here<<