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Scale 75 Artist Paints, Has anyone tried these?

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I'm a fan of the Scale 75 paints, they have a new range called artist colors.

The paint comes in tubes.

 

I wonder if anyone has tried these?

You're thoughts on these?

 

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I've used them before and need to use them more. I like the fact that I can thin it on a wet palette and have every consistency from thick to glaze from the same dab of paint. If need be or if preferred you can thin completely with water. I highly recommend thinning in a jar or cup first if airbrushing, but once thinned airbrushes great. 

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I haven't ... and won't.  I am happy with the general consistency of paints in bottles .. I can always fine tune it.  Out of tubes?  Not, I think, for me.

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I think tubes for the thicker paint seems like a good idea. Less prone to clogging, and you can gently squeeze tiny bits out.

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I only paint with brushes, no airbrush!

I was wondering how this paint behaves and if it has some qualities that make it superior to the bottles?

 

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I've not used it personally but I've talked with a few people who have.  I obsessed over them a bit when they announced the KS and tracked down some of the people who got early copies. General consensus is it's a nice heavy body paint that thins very well for painting miniatures, even with just water.  If you're a mixed media type, who does some 2d and some miniatures art, they're good paints to have. They use the same binder and medium as the Scale bottle paints so they mix very compatibly.  They have very very high pigment density compared to most miniature paint, and and the mixing with the other scale paints is a nice bonus.

 

However, I wonder a the price of 6.29 a tube.  For one thing, the fact that they're all the same price gives me pause.   Artist's acrylics typically vary in price quite a bit depending on which pigment is used because the pigments really do have a highly variable price.  

I'm going to do a direct comparison to other Artist's acrylics, since that is what these are described as being.

 

To compare, even the most expensive colors in golden's line (Cobolt Blue, Cad Red, Bismuth Vanadate Yellow) in the smallest 2oz tubes (so worst economy) runs about $0.38/ML MSRP, and through a couple of common popular art supply webstores that comes down to $0.26   , compared to the price of 0.31/ml for Scale.  And those are the most expensive colors.  Colors like bone black, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue can be had easily for  $0.13 /ml. 

At 0.13/ml for a tube of ultramarine would be $2.60....

The infamous Schmincke Titanium White can be had for 0.14 /ml  

 

So, you're definitely paying for the Scale75 name here.

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29 minutes ago, Gadgetman! said:

You're also paying for the flexibility since normal acrylic tube paint can't be thinned like that.


This and are also very matt, while Artist's one are satin to gloss. You are paying for the formulation. Also they are using many synthetic pigment instead of the oxides hence the flat price, i think.

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17 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

You're also paying for the flexibility since normal acrylic tube paint can't be thinned like that.

 

I'm inclined to disagree with you on this, having done it before. Admittedly, you usually can't do it with straight water, but that's why so many of the artist's acrylics brands also have blending and glaze mediums available.  

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I just noticed that it is currently cheaper to order the ScaleColor paints directly from the Spanish site than it is to go through a US source, even with shipping.  

 

Ron

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2 minutes ago, vutpakdi said:

I just noticed that it is currently cheaper to order the ScaleColor paints directly from the Spanish site than it is to go through a US source, even with shipping.  

 

Ron

 

I'm Dutch so I would do that or order from a Dutch or German site.

Good to know.

 

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1 hour ago, vutpakdi said:

I just noticed that it is currently cheaper to order the ScaleColor paints directly from the Spanish site than it is to go through a US source, even with shipping.  

 

Ron

 

Sadly, that's pretty much true of anything from Scale 75.  I think I've made one purchase from the US side, otherwise everything I've bought has come from the Spanish site.

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I was looking at the sets, I just noticed these paints can be bought per tube as well.

So, I think I will buy at least one to give it a try and see how it behaves before I commit to a set.

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5 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

I was looking at the sets, I just noticed these paints can be bought per tube as well.

So, I think I will buy at least one to give it a try and see how it behaves before I commit to a set.

 

I look forward to hearing what you think about it.  :winkthumbs:

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