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I while back, I saw that Vallejo had released a set of paints called "Special Effects" (Link Here).  They appear to be an answer to Citadel's Technical paints.  I was unable to get them in Canada until they showed up at Miniature Market recently.  Does anybody know how they compare to the Citadel line?  I've used Vallejo's Verdigris before, but all the others in the set are new to me.

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I believe they are just paints used to get a specific look, with the exception of a bottle of "chipping medium."  No experience with the paint, but I've kept an eye on it.  Just can't justify the expense when I've got lots of other paints that help create a similar effect.


If they're anything like Vallejo Model Color, I'd suggest they would be more fragile than Citadel.  Meaning, they won't hold up to abuse, being designed for display models more than gaming models.  Vallejo Game Color was supposed to be designed for a little more durability to survive handling during gaming.


Fantastic looking colors, though.

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I like them. I have the set. I have used rotten white which is an offwhite that is very fluid I like it. The verdigris is verdigris. The dry rust is good too, it is a gritty wash that when dries leaves a brownish stain with flecks in it. So probably a direct competitor. I haven't tried the blood or orange rust. I think the fresh blood dries sort of shiny and dried blood might be more matte.


I should mention that of the different chipping methods I've tried I find vallejos to be the worst for me. I've used them as recommended and let them dry over night and I either get to much paint coming off or I need to press very hard to get any paint to come away at all, sometimes scraping past my rusty weathering layer down to primer or plastic. Again this just my opinion.


The rest of the set is a winner though

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Bit of a bump.  It took me a while to get around to actually trying some of these special effects - I don't seem to do a lot of painting in the summer.  Anyhow, I figured that the Bronze Bull would be a good test bed for some of them.


I've got a picture below.  Please excuse the amateur paint job and poorly lit photo.


The only thing that I have to compare the verdigris to is Vallejo's previous verdigris.  I didn't look carefully when I ordered the set, and thought originally that they were just repackaging the old stuff.   It's pretty apparent that this isn't the case.  The old verdigris had the consistency of toothpaste, and I found that once I thinned it down enough to be workable, it was very faded and only appeared blue when it could pool extremely deeply, otherwise it was a chalky white with just a slight tinge of blue.


The new verdigris is significantly thinner.  It's on par to a wash to my eye - at the very least, it's significantly thinner than a paint.  It's also a slightly deeper blue.  I sloshed it on (a little too thick in some places - I didn't notice that bubble on the left shoulder until I saw the picture), but it holds its blue colour nicely.


I also tried the two-part rust on the hooves and horns.  I'll admit that looking at the bottles - a dark red-brown for the Dry Rust base that's roughly the same viscosity of the verdigris, and a thick, bright fluorescent orange for the Rust top coat - I wasn't really sure what to expect.  I haven't really tried to do rust effects before, and I've seen a few people's advice on how to do rust effects - and admit that they pretty much all blow my results out of the water - but I'm still happy with my results.  For my skill level, I'm happy with this pre-designed recipe.




Hopefully I'll try the other ones soon enough, but even with what I've tested now, I don't have any regrets with this purchase.  I'm going to have to get together with my friend and see how this all compares to GW's line, but at the rate I go, I'll be luck to do that before the end of the year.

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