Thursday, January 1, 2015

Painting Supplies - Part 1

After my 4 year absence in the hobby and demolition of my studio, I have decided to get back into it any try again. However, this time I want to be better, more detailed, more realistic, and competitive. With this comes a whole new set of supplies rather than just painting for fun. I can honestly say I was not prepared for the actual cost of this kind of studio, and there for am reassembling my studio over a course of months, not days. In my mind I figured about $250 for all my acrylic paints for details and airbrushing, a new set of brushes, a new airbrush, a hood, and any other little things required. Realistically, I have ended up paying quite a bit more for everything, almost double. I really should have done more research on materials and costs for the correct stuff before starting to purchase items. Well, now I know!

I first bought some fluid acrylic paints by Tamiya after asking around for a good brand. A very kind hobbyist gave me a list of colors to get in order to paint most horse colors. In total, I bought 14 23 ml jars of paint at $3.40 each. I bought mine from Tamiya America.

Browns and metallics.

White, Greys, and Black.

Mixing colors of red, orange, and yellow.

The colors I bought are:
Flat Black, Flat White, Flat Yellow, Copper, Flat Red, Flat Brown, Flat Flesh, Dark Sea Grey, Flat Earth, German Grey, Red Brown, Gold Leaf, Dark Copper, and Orange.

Next I got some materials from Dick Blick Art Materials, and spent about $50 for the pigments and pencils.

Pearl-Ex pigments

Pastel Pencils

Then, I purchased some marking and detail brushes from Dick Blick and from my local Michaels. The brushes were about $6 each from Dick Blick, and a set of 10 brushes was $12 from Michaels. I got doubles of the same brushes I got from Dick Blick as back ups.

I got some good all-round brushes and then some small detail brushes. These are a mix of brands including Blick Masterstroke Golden Taklon, Royal Taklon, and Daler Rowney. I got sizes ranging from 3/0 to 5/8. I got round and chisel blenders.

I also got some gloss, and a basecoat spray paint (which I DON'T recommend, the nozzle gets clogged REALLY easily and sprays tacky globs all over). It's also expensive ($12.77 a can including MA tax), and in my opinion definitely not worth it. The Weathered Wood is for an experiment, which I might post about later, depending on how it goes. To replace this basecoat spray paint I got a brown primer. It's not as good of a color, but it's better than having to strip a primed model and start over - not to mention the extra hours of sanding!

I will share more supplies as they come!


  1. Will have to try those airbrush paints.
    I still haven't tried out my new airbrush but I just bought the paint at acmoore and michaels. Great post!

  2. Oh, so are the fluid acrylic airbrush paints then? I must have missed that somewhere. I would like to give painting a try one of these days, but I have a lot more research to do first. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing some works in progress from you! :)

  3. I was told on MHB that there are no such thing as "airbrush paints" but yes, the fluid acrylics are for the airbrush.