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Hi, just picked up my delivery of Reaper figurines and paints from the customs office here in Germany. In the meantime I've located a store that sells Vallejo game colors. Does anyone know whether I can mix the two? They're both water-based acrylics, so I'm guessing yes, but I wanted a second opinion. Thanks

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Okay, so we know RMS and VGC mix fine, what about Reaper Pro Paints, as that's what he bought? I imagine it's the same, but I do know that Reaper Pro Paints are a vinyl based paint as opposed to the VGC which is some other sort of acrylic base. I imagine they should mix fine, but I've never used any Reaper Paints, so I can't say anything from experience.

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I regularly mix Vallejo, Reaper, GW, P3, and those cheap things from the craft store with no problems whatsoever. You just have to know each brand well enough to know if the mixture might need a little more water/medium here, or a little less there. Otherwise, acrylic is acrylic. It likes other acrylics.

 

That is not to say that I don't think some are better at a particular pigment, others at another. Just that acrylics freely mix with one-another.

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Otherwise, acrylic is acrylic. It likes other acrylics.

 

That is not to say that I don't think some are better at a particular pigment, others at another. Just that acrylics freely mix with one-another.

 

I also regularly mix Vallejo, Reaper (both lines) and GW (haven't tried the P3 line yet). I do want to make one observation about the above comment, you need to be careful with some brands of "Acrylic" paints. They clean up with water but need a different thinner (I think Tamiya and Gunze Sangyo fall in this category). These acrylics do not play nice with the lines you mention. If in doubt, always test a little on the bottom of your mini's base or on a "test mini".

 

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Otherwise, acrylic is acrylic. It likes other acrylics.

 

That is not to say that I don't think some are better at a particular pigment, others at another. Just that acrylics freely mix with one-another.

 

I also regularly mix Vallejo, Reaper (both lines) and GW (haven't tried the P3 line yet). I do want to make one observation about the above comment, you need to be careful with some brands of "Acrylic" paints. They clean up with water but need a different thinner (I think Tamiya and Gunze Sangyo fall in this category). These acrylics do not play nice with the lines you mention. If in doubt, always test a little on the bottom of your mini's base or on a "test mini".

 

-AW

 

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I regularly mix Vallejo, Reaper, GW, P3, and those cheap things from the craft store with no problems whatsoever. You just have to know each brand well enough to know if the mixture might need a little more water/medium here, or a little less there. Otherwise, acrylic is acrylic. It likes other acrylics.

 

That is not to say that I don't think some are better at a particular pigment, others at another. Just that acrylics freely mix with one-another.

 

 

I've often mixed different brands of paint together to combine the individual properties of each brand. It takes a bit of experimenting to find out exactly which brands and colors work the best with each other, as the non-mini paints and older stuff like the Ral Partha paints tend to have a much greater variation in the physical properties of the paint from color to color within a particular line.

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