I use only acrylics, started with Tamiya and moved to Vallejo. I just buy what I need for each model and before you know it you have almost all of the colors you need.
I think that’s how I’ve collected so many enamels-30plus years of modelling
Lots of memories of past kits in that draw.
Nice recovery! It could have happened using enamels or acrylics but I think the latter would have been easier to strip.
I think I was out of modelling for too long to be using anything but acrylics for painting now. I only use non-acrylics for post painting work. But I can understand the dilemma you have given the investment we make in collecting a large range of paint pots.
Yep, definitely a brain fart on my behalf Michael!
I'm with you Russ. I have resisted for years, but recent forays into acrylics (Niña and Pinta) have been encouraging. I am still much more comfortable with enamels, but the ease of use, relative lack of toxicity, and increasingly easier availability of acrylics are slowly drawing me in...
It seems most have switched over to acrylics at some point, and us toxic avengers are few and far between Tim.
What really got me thinking about it, was WEM's demise, meaning that we now need to look elsewhere for specific colour palettes. (Even though Colourcoat’s has new owners, nothing seems to been forthcoming from them.) It seems the other nail in the coffin for enamels is that postal services have banned solvents from their air freight, tipping the tide further in acrylics' favour.
Enamels have always had the edge on the acrylics in terms of colour range and durability, but with acrylics there's no toxic fumes or solvents. With a young family now, no doubt at some point they'll be wanting to have a go at Dad's hobby for themselves, to see what all the fuss is about, so that puts even more in acrylics’ favour.
The hardest part will be the change over. With a draw full of enamels, most of which still have 2/3rds of their contents remaining, and some over 20years old, this could get expensive…
Then there’s learning a whole new skillset to be able to successfully air brush acrylics as opposed to enamels… ah the drama!!!
I use acrylics 99% of the time now...color range, ease of use and cleanup...drying time. Kind of all works out. I still love solvents like Tamiya but don't hit that bottle too much anymore.
Hehee, Todd, that sounds like there’s another kind of bottle that’s more tempting…?