Best Hobby Tool Paints in 2020

TAMIYA 87131 Panel Line Accent Color Black For Plastic Model Kit Review:

This stuff is magical! I tried it on a star destroyer model and it filled out all of the little lines running along the hull. It works on the capillary effect, so you don't need much at all. It also adds a bit of weathering to corners and makes detail areas on models pop to the eye. There is a tiny brush attached to the lid, which is incredibly convenient. Basically, this is a wash. It dries lightly on the model, but shows darkly enough on the lines and edges.I noticed it doesn't like certain colors of paint, but that may be due to the thickness of the coating, too. Test it on your model first. Overall, this is a blast to use and the results are pretty spectacular. Youtube has a number of tutorial videos.

Vallejo Airbrush Flow Improver 60ml Paint Set Review:

Absolutely works. If you find your acrylic paint drying from the tip of your airbrush too quickly and clogs your airbrush, this is perfect.

You have to be careful with adding too much, though, since it will affect the dry time and how the paints throws and lays. But only one to two drops will be about perfect for gravity fed airbrushes and it's totally worth the money.

With this I can spray for about 4-8 minutes without having to clean the brush. That's a slow methodical spray or a quick spray and refill before it starts to clog. I could push it to three refills but it's better to stay ahead of any drying rather than have your brush dry midspray.

I'd suggest using "needle juice" or vegetable glycerine along with this for maximum control.

Testors 9146XT Promotional Enamel Paint Set( Packaging may vary) Review:

When I first started building models a year ago, I used Testors acrylic paints. I liked them because they seemed to dry quickly and had less fumes than these enamel paints. However, I was never able to get a decent finish using acrylics. I always got dark or bright spots all over the model, which encouraged me to give these enamels a try.

The first time I used these, it looked absolutely awful. After doing some research online, I realized that you needed to stir the paints. (Don't laugh, I admit, I didn't know any better). When I did, my models all had a more uniform finish. Sure, these take longer to dry, and they do have fumes, but thats the price you need to pay to get a good paint job. I would like to point out that I did try to stir the acrylics, but the enamels still came out looking better.

In case some of you are wondering, this set also includes a paint brush and paint thinner. Remember to use the thinner to clean your brush (another thing I never did until recently).

The Army Painter Miniature Painting Kit with Bonus Wargamer Regiment Miniature Paint Brush - Acrylic Model Mega Paint Set 3 Review:

Been painting off-and-on for 15+ years now. I've used Citadel, Vallejo, P3, and Wal-Mart craft paint.

Let's start with the pros:

+ Excellent value for your money. GW/Citadel charges $4.25+ for 12mL pots, while the paints in this package come to (roughly) $1.60 for 18 mL bottles.
+ The bottles are much better than painting pots. You can drop a precise amount of paint onto your palette and then cap it, saving paint in the long run.
+ The paints themselves are of high quality and tend to cover in one or two coats. Special mention must be made to the metallics, which avoid looking like 'glitter paint' and coat quite smoothly.
+ You get an excellent range of colors to get you started, as well as 4 washes/inks and 2 technical paints.
+ The brush is of good quality and the triangular shape fits well into your hand.
+ The holding trays make organizing your paints simple and easy.
+ The instruction manual gives good tips for beginners, in an easy-to-read format.

And now the cons:

- The bottles were not placed in any kind of order - reds were next to blues, metallics next to acrylics, etc.
- Some of the bottle caps were askew, and one color had leaked into the package.
- The holding trays don't work unless laying flat, so if you tip it over, your paints will drop out.
- The biggest issue with Army Painter paints is that the acrylic medium and pigment tends to separate. This means you have to spend 30 seconds to several minutes shaking a pot before using it - if you don't, when you go to squirt your paint onto your palette, you'll get watery medium followed by thick pigment.

All in all, this package is an immense value and I highly recommend it for anyone getting into the hobby. Or back into, in my case. :D

Miniatures Paint Set, 10 Model Paints with FREE Highlighting Brush, 18ml/Bottle, Miniature Painting Kit, Non Toxic Acrylic Paint Set, Wargames Hobby Starter Paint Set by The Army Painter (New Version) Review:

Army Painter is a great budget alternative set for painting miniatures. This set provides you with a good assortment of colors, a metallic, a shade/wash, and a decent brush. I do wish it came with an orange and a purple, but you can always mix to get there (this is where the minus one star came from). It also came with a handy instruction guide, which had some good ideas for how to use the paint and wash efficiently.
I appreciated that the paints come in droppers, but recommend that you shake thoroughly before each use. There will also be a glob or two of medium in the bottle nozzle when you first use, but I find this to be an advantage as this is to help the paint from drying out while in storage. At the same time, you will need to generally thin your paints before application to the model, let you put on too much and clog up your details. I also recommend cleaning models with a light soapy water mix, drying them, and priming them before painting, unless the model specifically says it is already primed. This will help the paint to "stick" and "flow" better on the surface of your model.
I would buy this set again, and recommend it to anyone looking to get started in painting miniatures.

Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn To Paint Bones Kit Review:

I want to start by saying I’ve never painted a mini or anything else in my life. I’m the ultimate novice/newbie. As a proud owner of the new board game Gloomhaven, I was hoping to learn to paint the included game minis.

The kit comes with a nice box with plenty of room to add new paints. It comes with only enough paint really to deal with the miniatures included. It’s great to learn from, but won’t hold you over if you want to get into more advance painting.

The brushes included seem pretty cheap. Better than Walmart ones for sure, but I paid about 14 bucks for a good one.

The instructions really helped me as a complete novice. It got really specific about how many drops of water when thinning your paints into washes. It’s also great to start off the a very basic skeleton and work your way up to more complex figures.

With a mix of some tips from youtubers, I didn’t sway too much from the instructions listed in the book. One major difference was I decided to prime my minis before painting.

All in all I’m happy with the results. I did not thin my paints nearly enough. I didn’t dab my brush before applying the wash and it went on too heavy. My results might look bad, but I realize my errors and hope to improve. I’m going to keep these minis as they are as a reminder of how I started. I had a blast painting these guys and look forward to doing many more.

TL;DR. New painter who is very impressed with just how much I learned with this learn to paint kit.

I’ve attached a few photos to show my results

Vallejo Grey Primer Acrylic Polyurethane, 200ml Review:

This didn't meet my needs BUT I still consider it a great product. I purchased Vallejo grey primer to use as a primer on my unpainted, plaster of Paris (gypsum), Christmas houses. I have been painting these types of houses since the mid 90s and am always seeking to refine the process for a more excellent job so I figure I would try it on my houses.
First of all I understand this is basically made for an air sprayer and for plastic models or non-porous items. I brushed it on plaster of Paris. It went on smoothly and I liked the look of it after it was allowed to dry and it felt nice and smooth. But I found out as I started to paint the houses I preferred the drag and absorption that my acrylic paints had straight on the gypsum rather than the smoother application of the paints with the primer on the house. I can see from working with plastic models as a kid that this primer would work great on such items, the primer just wasn't right for my needs.
Therefore I still give it 5 stars I think it deserves

Vallejo Game Color Washes 17ml Paint Review:

These have allowed me to take my miniature painting skills to the next level. This set has an excellent variety of colors for almost every needs and they can be mixed to get additional colors as needed. A few of them are still a little on the thick side for using as a wash, but you can just add a little water to get them to the consistency needed. I would highly recommend these to anyone who considers themselves a novice painter but feels ready to move to the next level (they are probably also good for expert painters, but since I am not one of those, I can't really say)

Vallejo White Primer Acrylic Polyurethane, 60ml Review:

I love this primer. I've spent years using rattle can primer on war gaming miniatures, and have never been completely happy with the results. Coats are always thick, and fumes/ off-gassing means you're stuck priming in often less than perfect temperature/weather conditions, or filling your garage with fumes.

I tried this primer on a recent project, and after thinning it with Vallejo Thinner I applied it with an airbrush, and got the primer coat I've wanted for better than 20 years in the hobby. A beautiful, perfectly thin coat, and the final results of the painting were spectacular.

Ultimate Mirror Chrome Aerosol Paint 3.5oz Review:

 I'm not sure where people are getting that this paint has no effect. I've never used it before, and I love the results I got.
I didn't use this to paint an RC car body, so I didn't really fully understand the instructions that told me to apply the paint before the backer. I ended up following the instructions for interior use to paint the two helmets I use for roller derby. I laid down 2 coats of the backer first, then I used the holographic paint. Even though it was overcast that day, I could already see the effect after the first coat. Each additional coat of the holographic paint caused the base color to appear more grey than black, but the iridescence became more pronounced. It was gorgeous.
I painted the the skate helmet first and accidentally used a matte sealer when I was finished. That pretty much killed the effect. I set it aside and painted the hockey helmet to be sure I had enough paint for it because I use it for bouting. and was more concerned with that helmet showing the effect. I laid 3 coats of the holographic paint and then used a gloss sealer. It looks great. I had enough paint left over to do the skate helmet again. I laid 3 more coats on it before using a gloss sealer. In the end, it had a blue-grey color and the holographic effect wasn't as pronounced. But I'm still happy with it.
The hockey helmet was stunning. It has sort of a gunmetal color. The first picture of it is without direct light. The second is with. You can see the effect for yourself.
It was intermittently overcast when I shot the video, but it has been for days here and this was the best I could do to show the effect.