Monday, 23 March 2015

Vallejo Game Colour Heavy Opaque & Washes Review


So now and again I like to give a little review on some of the various paints I've been using, you can see other paint reviews here:


Today we are going to focus on both the VGC Heavy Opaques (Much like the Citadel Foundation/Base paints) & Washes (Not the Inks)

So lets start with the washes,much like the main range and other add ons they come in 17ml bottles (Citadel is 10ml) there are 2 really useful ones which i'll cover: Pale Wash and Black Wash. Pale Wash is great for shading white without dirtying it up. Perfect for those silly elfin kin.

Black Wash is well a standard Black Wash, but where it stands out is it's flow patterns it doesn't turn misty in colder temperatures but unlike most washes though it doesn't take to diluting with water, so i recommend getting some flow medium or just not be heavy handed with the wash. Nuln Oil might still have the edge but this wash costs alot less for alot more.

To sum the up, VGC Washes are cost effect compared to Citadel and also cost less then the AP Washes but should not be water diluted.


Now VGC Heavy/Extra Opaque colours are the same consistency as Model Colour, which is alot thicker then the Game Colour range. But unlike the Model Colour range the Extra Opaque's are rather bright and perfect for the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Wargamer/Painter.

These are also quite comparable to the Citadel Foundation range of old and the new Base colours. As you would expet they also take washes and highlights well, 

Conclusion:

Like all ranges there are downsides but the joy is searching those ranges for those you like and mixing and matching between them. No full range is perfect but Vallejo is edging out the top runner for me, that even before I mention Model colour/Panzer/Pigments/Air & Primers.

11 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about picking up some of the vallejo game colour range for the vibrant colours.

    I've been using the vallejo model colours recently and I like the way they feel when painting with them and they have a nice finish.

    The GW washes play well with them too.

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    1. I love the VGC range along with AP (Still have the best metallics) and Citadel wash I tend to have found the balance. I also have a few VMC which are very nice also :)

      It's all about using what suits but I do like trying out new paints

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  2. The washes sound good i'll have to check out the pale wash for certain.

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    1. Pale Wash is a true joy, I have yet to use it outside of a few test pieces butit's worth a try out to those who don't paint dark and dirty like myself.

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  5. Pale Wash and Charcoal are the stand out products for me in this line, Chico, as I predominantly use "Vallejo" with my models. The Heavy Flesh and Heavy Sienna also being rather good colours with a drop of water. I'm not a fan of the Flesh wash though as I find it runs everywhere. but certainly these are excellent vfm imho. Great review and thanks for the posting :-)

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    1. You love the posting so much you replied 3 times eh? heheh glad ya like the post :)

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  6. I love the Vallejo range. Much nicer consistency than the GW I remember... though that was the short hexagon tubs a way back! Not a fan of the washes, too weak for my liking. I prefer to use diluted inks- fortunately Vallejo has an excellent range of those! The Model Colour range has some nice subtler shades too.

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