What Are Your Top 5 Paints? – FTN

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We gush over Custodes, Sisters of Silence and talk the top 5 most important paints you own.

Warzone: Atlanta is Nov 11th-13th.  We talk a little about this sold out capacity event.  Then we can’t help but gush over the 40k rules for the Sisters of Silence and Custodes before finishing up with the hobby segment.


The first few minutes we talk about our event Warzone: Atlanta.  It was great last year and we’re gonna do our best to make it great this year as well.  We have two Friday night events (which tickets are still available for) and a two day 40k Grand Tournament on Saturday and Sunday

We give a mission run down on the Horus Heresy 30k Combat Patrol Event.  Three quick and easy to learn missions all themed around the first large scale betrayal at Istvaan 3.

After the break we get a little day dreamy about the new Sisters of Silence and the Custodes.  These guys are everything the Paladins used to be at the end of 5th edition.  I know I’ll be painting up at least 10 of these guys.

The Finishing Moves segment is sponsored by Gamemat.eu. Their Industrial Terrain set is great and they offer a product that is pre-painted. This, combined with their mats, is a great way to get playing with professional looking game boards fast.

The Finishing Moves segment is about Flames and Smoke.  Its interesting because you pretty much paint these effects the opposite of what you would do for lenses and gems.  We go over a few techniques and then promise to list the top 5 paints you always want to have around.  My list is boring but no less essential.   What are your top 5 go-to paints?

  1. Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil – I am listing these together because they basically produce the same effect depending on the color you want.  A runner up here is Secret Weapon’s Soft Body Black.   I use this when I need to be super careful where the shade goes.
  2. Nihilakh Oxide – this was sort of a sleeper hit.  It has tons of uses, don’t be afraid to get experimental with it.
  3. Ceramite White – All GW white paints are good but sometimes you want to make sure it goes on white in one coat.  A good runner up here is Vallejo Air White.  It brushes on as well as it feeds through the airbrush
  4. Leadbelcher – it is a catch all dark silver metallic color.  I know this isn’t much of a ‘tip’ but you’ll use it on almost every model
  5. Steel Legion Drab – I use this for all my bases.  It sounds like a real boring color but it goes with almost anything.  It looks great with almost any stick on tufts or lighter drybrush colors to really give your bases some eye-catching looks.



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  • Joe

    The new Nuln Oil (big bottle) and all the new metallics. They are so awesome compared to their older counter parts. The new paints make it so easy.

    • Adam Poultney

      Except the new ones get spilt very easily…

      • Joe

        I save up my discarded drink caps to scoop paint or eye drop inks into. I could not just use the big bottles straight without without spilling them. 🙂

    • tenshiou

      how does the gloss wash works exactly? i’m scared to buy one

      • Joe

        Gloss no idea. I am using the other plain one in the big bottle. These guys are pretty much base coat, new nuln oil, about 5 min detailing, and decals. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e372d160ec0825cf7a6e4fa2e784d7a9c4229b3d95209985a82330088596ebed.jpg

      • Xodis

        Just add a thin coat and baste in its glossiness lol.

        Seriously though between Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, and Flat you can really get whatever shine or lack-there-of you can ever want. I highly recommend starting on with a semi-gloss and either upgrading to the Gloss or taking it down with Satin/Flat. Full Gloss usually ends up being TOO shiny unless you want them seriously wet looking.

  • Adam Poultney

    1: blood for the blood god- I practically layer my models with it (I play 30k world eaters)
    2: Nuln oil and agrax earthshade- insta-talent! A wide variety of uses on many different colours.
    3: typhus corrosion -love my weathering
    4: Leadbelcher- used nearly everywhere! Also, bftbg goes well on it 🙂
    5: abbadon black- a model is not finished until its base has a black rim! Also good at darkening paints (use in small quantities eg: 1 part black to 15 parts colour X)
    Special mention: imperial primer- In Britain it rains a lot, no spraying primer indoors… Very useful!

  • ZeeLobby

    Reapers thin line paint is amazing. Dark Metallic from Vallejo. Like GWs washes. P3s whites are some of the best in the biz.

  • Thomas Gardiner

    Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade and Leadbelcher. Probably accounts for about 70% of my paint usage and look great if you use them in concert.

  • PrehistoricUF0

    Nuln Oil, Agrax, Screaming Skull, Leadbelcher, Khorne Red.

  • Dain Q. Gore

    Worm Purple/Imperial Purple (tie)
    Titillating Pink
    Ghoul Grey
    Chestnut Ink
    Salamander Black

    Scaly Green
    Graveyard Earth
    Dark Flesh
    Shadow Grey
    Space Wolf Grey

    Incubi Darkness
    Naggaroth Night/Genestealer Purple (tie)
    Drakenhof Nighshade
    Screaming Bell

    Coat D’Arms Deadly Nightshade
    Coat D’Arms Nauseating Blue
    Winsor Newton Orange Ink
    Reaper Gunmetal Blue
    Vallejo Chrome

    • euansmith

      I was very disappointed when Devlan Mud was withdrawn; however, Army Painters Washes are really effective.

    • grim_dork

      Great list, I would seriously consider Tinbitz as an add on to the Oldhammer list. Miss that paint, the old metallics had a charm all their own.

      • Dain Q. Gore

        I initially added it! A great base color for pretty much any metal!

  • kobalt60

    Nauseating Blue, which was more purple than blue. Had to horde it when it disappeared to finish my dark elves
    Mechanicum Red, GWs first good red
    Burnished Gold, because old gold is best gold
    Boltgun metal
    Vallego’s German Grey, Helmets and Armor for the Necromundan 8th
    Honorable mention to an unremembered brand that had a flat, rubber looking black. really looked good on tires

  • Xodis

    Not sure I have a top 5 but…
    -My number 1 is Vallejo Liquid Primer Light Grey, best primer I have ever used and even better that it comes in large cheap bottles and work in my airbrush 😀
    -Second favorite paint would be my technical Flat Coat from the Minitaire line. Too many paints dry with a Semi-Gloss to Gloss coat so this works amazingly on the non shiny parts.
    -Another favorite is my Arcane Blue from Privateer Press, possibly the most magical looking paint I have came across. Use it regularly for Retribution and for D&D models that need some pizzazz.
    -Lastly Ill put Nuln Oil and Earthshade for the exact same reasons, its like talent in a bottle.

    • Xodis

      Side note: Im super excited about the Artificer Tint set GW is releasing!

  • Bryan Ruhe

    Can I be cheeky and say:
    – Black
    – White
    – Blue
    – Red

    … >:)

    • JPMcMillen

      That’s what I was thinking. With enough of those 5 you can create nearly any color you want.

    • NNextremNN

      No that’s cheating.

  • Karru

    1. Agrax Earthshade/Nuln Oil, this one is obvious as it saves insane amount of paint time and gives you that illusion of skill. : – D
    2. Mephiston Red, this one is a lovely red to paint on. With basically every red on the planet I’ve had the same issue over and over again. It’s either too thick or way too thin. This one is as perfect as it can get.
    3. Vallejo Model Colour Black 70.950. Best black colour I have ever used. Barely needs thinning to run well, dropper bottle and matt.
    4. Rakhart Flesh, I paint a lot of corrupted folks like Chaos so this one is a definite candidate on this list.
    5. Reikland Fleshshade. Fast and excellent wash for skin and light colour weathering.

  • Iconoc1ast

    Nuln oil (taking over armour wash), gw red ink, astronomic on grey. Denheb stone, gw marine dark blue

    • Iconoc1ast

      Spelling mistakes aplenty with the gw names. Plus this damn spellchecker on my phone

  • Adam Murray

    Khorne red

  • John Grammaticus

    @Paul Murphy – great show as always, gets me through those long drives home on a weekend! One thing I noticed though with this episode (not any other recent ones) was the volume was all over the place for some reason, which made it a bit difficult to listen to in some parts.

  • Graham Bartram

    Tamiya’s NATO Black is so black and flat it’s like painting darkness itself. They also have a rather well known red (Clear Red) that anyone who paints blood and gore should try out. Agrax Earthshade is amazing for getting stuff on the table quick, a real time saver. In general I would have to give a special mention to GW’s Yriel and Fash Gitz Yellows. If you paint large areas of yellow then you know that many of them are far too transparent but these are pretty nice and I personally paint a lot of yellow for my yellow & black Ad Mech.

  • Admiral Raptor

    I love the entire badger airbrush line of paints. As far as GW is concerned, I’m a big fan of the washes. My miniatures started looking a whole lot better when those were released 😛

  • Divergent_Reality

    I play Necrons, so black primer, metallics and green. Not too complex.

  • Satyan Patel

    I use GW, Reaper, Vallejo and my old Model Railroad paints Testors’ Polly Scale. Though The thing that I use the most and cannot live without are the GW washes. I use the washes the most. All of them.