What is this?
This is the Goon Approved ™ (r) (lol) recommended list of paints. This isn’t a list of all the paints, or even a list of all the paints you should but (after all you can mix almost anything) but a recommendation of paints, possibly their best purpose/use (see Lupe’s guides for details on specifics) and just generally useful paints/combos.
There’s no bias for one particular brand, if a paint is here it’s because someone recommended it, when a similar alternative is known it can be added alongside it too.
Core Paint Set
These are the paint’s that I personally consider essential to cover most needs when it comes to painting. If I could only ever have the below paints I’d still be a happy nerd.
|Abaddon Black (Citadel)||Black 70 950 (Vallejo Model Colour), Black (Vallejo Game Colour)||Base coating, shadows etc..||Everyone needs black paint.|
|White 70 951 (Vallejo Model Colour||Lightening things||Likewise everyone needs white.|
|Mephiston Red (Citadel)||Base coating. Medium Red||Great coverage over all primer colours.|
|Averland Sunset (Citadel)||Base coating. Mustard||Great coverage over all primer colours|
|Flash Gitz Yellow (Citadel)||Yellow 70 915 (Vallejo Model Colour)||Layering (neutral yellow)||Apply over Averland Sunset for a neutral yellow, or use as a highlight for Averland Sunset, or an Orange colour.|
|Macragge Blue (Citadel)||Base coating. Medium Blue||Great coverage over all primers, good medium blue to work up or down from|
|Intermediate Green 72 891 (Vallejo Model Colour)||Base coating. Medium Green||The most neutral of greens, will require a couple of coats over a dark primer.|
|Mourning Brown (Citadel)||Saddle Brown 72 940 (Vallejo Model Colour)||Base coating. Medium Brown||Great coverage over all primer colours. |
Good base colour for oranges and golds.
|Orange Red 72 910 (Vallejo Model Colour)||Troll Slayer Orange (Citadel)||Layering. Medium Orange, use over brown or red base coat.|
|Xereus Purple (Citadel)||Base coating. Medium Purple||A great colour when working up to pinks, or down to dark purples.|
|Ulthuan Grey (Citadel)||Sky Grey||Layering (use for 99% of white things)||Better for lightening colours than using a pure white. |
Works as a specular highlight on almost any colour if you want something to shine.
|Ushabti Bone (Citadel)||Pale Sand 70 837 (Vallejo Model Colour)||Layering. Beige.||Works great as a highlight for light browns.|
Mix with medium for a wash that turns white primer into bone.
|Retributor Gold (Citadel)||Base coating. Neutral Gold.||Great Coverage over all primer colours. |
Highlights well with silver, and shades well with Agrax.
|Nuln Oil (Citadel)||Shade||Black wash, useful for many purposes|
|Leadbelcher (Citadel)||Gun Metal (Vallejo Model Air Metalic)||Base coat. Dark Metal||Great coverage over black. |
Highlights well with Silver.
|Silver 71 063 (Vallejo Model Air Metallic)||Stormhost Silver (Citadel)||Base coating. Highlighting metals||VMA Silver is super shiny and covers brilliantly.|
Brushes on great.
Excellent highlight for Leadbelcher/Gun Metal/Gold.
|Agrax Earthsahde (Citadel)||Shade||Brown wash, useful for many purposes.|
|Lahmian Medium (Citadel)||Vallejo Glaze Medium||Pure Acrylic Medium||Changes opacity of paint. |
Use about 3 parts medium to 1 part paint to make a glaze of any colour.
Thins down washes.
The following is a list of my favourite paints, and common recipes I use them in. This list will change over time, so keep checking back.
|Paint||Alternative||Main Purpose||Comments/ Other Uses|
|Thousand Sons Blue (Citadel)||Base coating. Lighter Blue/Teal||Great starting point for Teal or Turquoise with excellent coverage.|
Highlight with Temple Guard Blue and Baharroth Blue, extreme highlight with Ulthuan Grey
|Temple Guard Blue (Citadel)||Light Turquoise 70 840 (Vallejo Model Color)||Layering. Light Blue||Cerulean blue.|
Great first highlight for an Ultramarine blue colour.
|Baharroth Blue (Citadel)||Edge Highlight. Super Light Blue||Great highlight for Temple Guard Blue.|
Mix with Lahmian Medium as a wash over Ulthuan Grey for instant plasma coils.
|Drakenhoff Nightshade (Citadel)||Shade/Wash||Great shade for all blues.|
Thins well with Lahmian Medium to lesson the effect.
Works nicely over Leadbelcher and Gunmetals as an alternative to Nuln Oil.
Use in eye sockets after a dot of bone for the eyes, to tone down the eye ball and darken the sockets.
|Blue Ink (Scale 75)||Ink||Very strong blue ink, useful for making washes.|
|Death Guard Green (Citadel)||Base coating. Very Pale Green.||Mid tone for Death Guard.|
Shade's well with Biel Tan Green Wash.
Instant Ork Skin: Death Guard, Biel Tan, 4:1:1 Lahmian Medium, Biel-Tan and Intermediate Green Glaze, highlight Intermediate Green + Yellow.
|Biel-Tan Green (Citadel)||Shade/Wash||Use over most greens to get a medium green shadow. |
Thin with Lahmian if you want to use over lighter greens