I just got more Vallejo paints today and my first couple of Kolinsky Sable brushes!
I used to have a handful of Vallejo model colors but I do not use it as much as I wanted to in my old plastic robot ( Gunpla ) hobby. I am looking to expand and add to my collection more and more colors as I enjoy my new miniature painting and to reduce the need to custom mix highlight and often used medium tone colors.
I also got me my first Vallejo Game colors and a Vallejo ink. I have a couple of Vallejo Lavado washes but will try the Vallejo Inks very soon.
I bought 3 Extra Opaque Game colors as I plan to use them as foundation paints. Vallejo Model Color has foundation paints, but I think Game color is the more durable paint that was formulated to adhere to both plastics and metals. thus using the Extra Opaque Game colors should be the logical choice as base colors for my miniatures.
I am sticking to Vallejo Model Colors though as they have the widest range of colors in comparison to ANY acrylic paint manufacturers. Vallejo Model Colors has 220 vinyl acrylic colors and have obviously the widest range of greys, browns and blues.
Vallejo Game color was formulated for the table top miniatures but the great thing about Vallejo Model colors is that it has a higher pigment content than it's Vallejo Game color counterpart. High pigment content ensures that you get bright colors even if you thin the paints. they will never look chalky, muddy and watery unlike other brands of paint.
Needless to say, I love my Vallejos and I am looking forward to expanding my palette as need be. I am also excited in using my new extra opaque Vallejo Game colors as foundation paints for my minis and my new Vallejo ink.
Basically Vallejo Model Colors has the widest range of colors ( 220 ) and are made for the military scale modeling. Being made for the military scale modeling means they have a ton more greys and browns than other paint brands / lines.
Vallejo game color was basically made for the table top fantasy / sci fi miniatures. Game color only has 72 colors but are obviously brighter and more vivid than Model colors. I hope I did not get you confuse with the Game color and Model color stuff, I'll leave you with a couple of links to Vallejos official website...
More browns for all the sort of cloth and leathers my Trollblood models has! Gone are the days of killing myself to produce a new brown with Leather Brown and Yellow Ochre. The dark Sand should be a great color for highlighting my Yellow Ochres.
Do not take my word for it, but I think the Model Color transparent colors ( below left ) and the Game Color Inks ( below right ) practically produces the same effects. Will do let you know once I've tried them. They should be counterparts and should compliment each other as well.
I only had a couple of Vallejo BLUES back when I painted my Janissa Stonetide and my Madrak Ironhide. Meaning I needed to custom mix my blues with white and yellow ochres and dark grey to produce the skin tones. Same with the browns which I only have one ( Leather Brown ) and had to mix it with greys and yellow ochre. This time I won't be wasting custom mixes as I should have enough for the darkest tones to the highlight colors. Painting Trollbloods should be faster and a lot more fun with my added blues and browns and my new Kolinsky Sable brushes!