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  1. Yes climate is a huge factor. I use a humidifier in my room since I do live in Texas and the air can get quite dry at times. Fortunately I don't live in west Texas where the air is very very dry. The Vallejo seems to work better for me in my current climate so I am pleased so far. :) It just seemed people got offended based off what I my perspective was. I did not possess a confrontational attitude, but I suppose from my wording and my expectations of what I feel is professional or not ruffled some feathers. People have different standards I suppose and when expressed, they can come off as intentionally rude or dismissive of others ability. I was just matter of fact in my expression, nothing personal. Yes 99% of the replies were polite but there seemed to be some that got a little heated , but that's fine, it's a forum to voice ones own opinion and I find that good.
  2. Thanks for the recommendations. I am interested in expanding my brush collection and so far Raphael is doing very well for me but am open to exploring other ones as well :D I really should get an 00 soon and see how I like that brush size and if it helps with smaller details or gives more control, we'll see! ah, the 8402 brushes have a stiffer bristle? I think that would be nice to have, I will definitely check it out. Ah, you can either use a 2nd clean brush or clean your brush in hand then feather out the edge ( at least from what I understand ). A quick reference ( know, it's water color but it demonstrates the technique I had in mind when explaining my self) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUdf-K-kiZ0 Thank you for the reference to the thread of definitions, I will surely check it out. Yes the conversations here have expanded my awareness and knowledge of the things I wanted to know, so it has been a fruitful endeavor! Again, apologies if anyone got offended by any of my posts, not my intention at all.
  3. Yes you are correct about the inherent nature of chalky-ness with specific colors. My brother bought us a collage of Reaper MSP paints :D (thanks for the SKU#). I recently started using 2 Raphael Kalinsky France 8404 brushes sizes 0 and 2. I have a synthetic brush set that I started with and still use for the work horse stuff. I need to get a size 1 and 00 eventually I think. I use my Raphael brushes for details and the various blending techniques we've discussed previously. I hope this helps. Um yes! I ended up buying the basic Vallejo set last week ( the 16 color one ) and I've been using them in conjunction with my Reaper paints, usually saving the Vallejo for wet techniques and Reaper for base coating and edge highlighting. I appreciate the help and advice :) Forgive me in advance for not replying to each specific point you have made (mainly because I actually agree with most of what you have said and very much appreciate the civil approach in which you communicate and educate) First off, when I say feathering, I mean the application of blending the harsh paint edge of a wet paint by taking a clean damp brush and smoothing the edge. This is hard to do effectively if the paint has a very quick drying time. I like your dissection of the different properties have the paint brands, something I have read about before but it's nice to read your explanation as well. Well, I put the word advanced in quotations because like you said, for some painters, different techniques vary in difficulty of execution. But I guess to my eye the wet techniques provide a smooth foundation blend to ( like you mentioned ) build upon with other techniques like layering glazing, etc etc. I agree, your blends are smooth and it's nice knowing you did it with dry on wet techniques, it's interesting how painters go about achieving similar results with different approaches indeed! And lastly, I am still obviously new to painting, but with the Vallejo set that I have previously purchased combined with my already decent collection of Reaper MSP paints, I feel I have the adequate tools to advance my skills and approaches to paint the way I feel is the most effective for me, here's hoping :D ---------------------------- You are probably right, but I do indeed like having a matte finish but there is a difference between something being matte, and something being plain chalky. But I might take your advice and try a satin medium to experiment and see if it corrects my issue. You are missing the point. That is just one aspect of getting an idea of what kinds of paints a painter uses. I listed other ways, such as actually seeing them paint first hand with specific colors/brands, talking to them, listening to them talk during their painting, etc etc. Also, I was not interested in artists using a little Reaper here, or a little GW there... I was concerned with the predominant paint they use on the majority of their paint jobs. Logically unless they are sponsored by a brand) a painter will use a specific paint brand because they like the qualities of that specific brand. I did not come to this conclusion from merely watching 1 or 2 painters, but I kept running into painters that used such and such brands and were getting great results, thus why my curiosity was perked in the first place (in addition, I own Reaper paints and was concerned my paint was not adequate for what I wanted to achieve) I am sorry you have a hard time taking me seriously, but this is what I have experienced with my previous research (you may note, in my previous post I was talking in past tense. People in the forum have directed me to some painters that have achieved better results than what I was previously exposed to). There is nothing negative about stating an observation from ones own experience. If one is researching a paint brand and feels most of the paint jobs painted with said paint look a particular way, negative or otherwise, then it is what it is. Though, if you may recall, the original intent of my concern was to either confirm my suspicions or remedy my suspicions about the different properties of Reaper paint and how possibly that might effect the use of the paint in professional circles. In conclusion, Reaper paint perhaps does not possess the qualities my eyes find particularly attractive for the techniques I like. This is not to say that the paint is bad, or lesser than any other paint brand, but just a matter of taste. Some people like a very matte, almost dusty look to their models (again not a bad thing) and some like a bit more contrast, wetness to their paint jobs. (like you said and if we are talking purely on visual appeal and not blending qualities of the paint, it's a matter of the finish.) Cheers.
  4. Did you read my full post? I came to the forum because I was curious and needed some direction in case I was missing the big picture. I own 60 bottles of Reaper paints, they were the first paints I learned on. Also, specific problems include chalky details and finish, up hill battle to effectively use feathering (they dry incredibly fast, even with retarder or glaze medium), wet blending poses a struggle due to the thin nature of the paint (also adds to the fast drying time of the paint). No paint is without its flaws, but for me, once I tried doing more "advanced" techniques, it seemed that my paint was working agains't me rather than for me. Don't get me wrong, I believe the paint is great for base coating, air brushing (again due to it's thin nature) and perhaps edge highlighting (with a little flow improver). Not saying Reaper paints can't do the various blending techniques (since they obviously can) but perhaps it is more work to achive the same results with Reaper compared to another paint that performs better for those tasks, thus saving time and frustration. Also, about painters calling out what paints they are using, they don't have to, you can just see the paints they grab, see in their instagram posts, work stations, etc etc. I did contact Sergio Calvo and he told me he used all kinds paints but liked and used Vallejo 80% of the time. He did not state any specifics, but I do know he did a Reaper test (not sure if it was of own will or sponsored) but I have yet to find his opinion on them (not subcribed to his patreon and plenty of his posts are in spanish). He is regarded by many as one of the best miniature painters in the world, so I thought I'd reach out. Anyhow, most miniatures I had seen painted with Reaper seemed to lack depth, contrast, natural looking blends (they look stiff). The paints fault? Artists fault? I was curious and believe me, I was hoping it was the artists fault and not the paints since again most of the paints I own are Reaper, thus another reason I was seeking guidence and other peoples perspective.
  5. It's late and I can't reply to all the comments, I will try to when I can though. I just want to clarify that I am indeed not a troll, and sorry if it came across that way. I actually own 60 bottles of Reaper paints that my brother got for both of us when we wanted to start painting miniatures. I have used their paints quite a lot and didn't feel the need to purchase another brand... until I developed a bit more in my painting and started trying to do different techniques. As I kept practicing these techniques, I got better, but it felt like I was fighting against the paint and I googled reasons as to why and found out that other people were experiencing the same problems. But, there were also others that had "remedies" for certain problems but they didn't suffice for me. So, I started to think maybe this was why I hadn't seen a lot of high profile painters use Reaper predominately. I did some research and comparisons and ended up buying some Vallejo, and personally, can already tell a difference in paint smoothness, blending, etc. Maybe Reaper isn't a right fit for me and Vallejo is, that is certainly a real possibility, but a part of me also believes that the certain problems with Reaper paints bar some people from using them ( among other reasons stated in the forum already, geography, sponsorship's, availability etc) Any how, I hope this sheds a little light on where my perspective is coming from. P.S. Late response because I've been working all week, haven't had the time to read and reply to specific posts. Also, I want to thank everyone for pointing me towards specific painters and a bit of context. And finally, I did not mean to offend anyone, artist or fan of such artists.
  6. Thank you, but I have browsed these before. They are well done but not of the caliber that I am interested in. I would love to see a painter of very high caliber use a decent amount of reaper paints painting a bust, or a very detailed model, but alas I can't seem to find that. Someone akin to Ben Komets, Sergio Salvo, Sam Lens (the list goes on) EDIT- P.S. Artists that are not necessarily associated within the Reaper Bones eco system
  7. Hello everyone... I am quite curious about something and that something is: There seems to be a lack of Reaper representation within the professional painter community. I follow a number of painters and I rarely ever see them use Reaper paints of any line. I wonder why? I have even actively searched for professional painters that use Reaper paints and have come up short, or their paint jobs aren't really what I would call professional ( not to sound mean or anything ). I know most painters use a variety of paint lines but in my own research, it seems Vallejo is the most common denominator among some of the highest skilled painters. This kind of gives the impression that Reaper paints are not satisfactory for the more advanced techniques required to paint at a higher level ( wet blending, feathering, etc etc ). So please, does anyone have an idea of why Reaper seemingly isn't very popular among professional artists? Or, if they are, could someone point me in the direction of particular artists of high caliber that use a decent amount of Reaper paints? Thanks.
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