Corvus' Miniatures

Painted sf & fantasy miniatures by Gerrie Schenck

My new paints

The Citadel paints are great! I recently bought some to replace some of the "weaker" colors of the Vallejo Model Color range: reds, oranges. These aren't very consistent, some of them don't mix up any more (medium has split from pigment in the bottle), poor coverage. The new Citadel paints don't seem to have this problem.

But the problem they do have are the bottles. First of all I don't like using a brush to scoop up paint from a bottle. Second thing is that a ridge of dried paint starts to form after only a few uses of the bottle, making it difficult to open or close the bottle.

So I decided to transfer these paints to dropper bottles which I ordered on eBay. It's quite striking how little paint the small pots actually contain. The paint is also quite thick, so I added about 20 drops of distilled water to each new bottle.

Some pictures of the process:







10 comments:

Vegel said... @ September 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

love the idea!!

Tommy Clark said... @ September 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM

genius...

Tom Vincent said... @ September 27, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Great Idea!

M R Lee said... @ September 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Nice work indeed. Do you have the link for the dropper bottles? And how are they holding up from keeping from drying?

Corvus said... @ September 27, 2012 at 9:54 AM

@ MR Lee: search for "SET 30 Empty Squeezable Plastic Dropper Bottles 15ml", seller is called superb-storage. The quality doesn't match up to the Vallejo bottles of course, I even had to throw away one bottle, but they are doing their job nicely. Hope this helps!

Brovatar said... @ September 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Loving it!

MonkeyBrains said... @ September 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Nice, i did the same with my old Reaper Pro paints, filtering them through cheesecloth first to remove those clumps. I'd have to agree good deal ebay dropper bottles aren't very good quality, but they seemed to be airtight when i tried squeezing them so they'll work well enough!

M R Lee said... @ September 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Great! Thanks for that Corvus!

Gewaltatron said... @ September 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM
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Nesbet said... @ October 3, 2012 at 2:51 AM

I made the same some time ago. But I tried the dropper bottles and I didn´t liked the system, so i ordered the Plysu empty paint pots, the same that PP, Foundry and CdA use nowadays.

A suggestion, to optimize the process of paint pouring is to cut the upper part of the pot. Then, with the help of a spatula, get all the paint that´s left. I´ve made a custom silicone spatula for this =P
http://nesbetminiatures.blogspot.com/2011/02/showcase-desktop-and-paint-racks-with.html

Cheers!

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