Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Ongoing Improvements - Changing GW Paint Pots To Dropper Bottles

This year is about taking my painting to another level. This includes a huge range of things including using a wet palette which I am starting to see as very important. the process seems to have taken forever but, for now at least, the process is complete.

I like the GW paints a lot. They have given me good service over the years however a bit thick and difficult to get out of the pot onto a palette, So I decided that I needed to do something about it. I considered doing a slow move over to another paint brand with Vallejo being the front runner. I have plenty of Vallejo paint but have mostly got camouflage colours for WW2 figures. This would cost a huge amount of money and I have a load of paint that would just sit and fester. Also it wasn't an instant fix and if I wait for this to happen I will be using a wet palette in

I did a bit of research and found that quite a few people had poured their paints into dropper bottles. It takes a bit of time but it wasn't that difficult. I opted for actual empty Vallejo bottles. I had difficulty getting the right size bottles. Whilst there were a few that were cheaper than Vallejo, they were nearly all from China, not that much cheaper and going to take a month or two to arrive. Too slow for my need for instant gratification.

I haven't finished all the pots I have but I have done as much as I wanted to do. I have used over a hundred already and I have about another twenty to go, if needed. What I hadn't figured out was how much flow improver I would go through. I also hadn't figured on my local branch of a national hobby store (the one that put the local art shop that my mum has used since childhood out of business) no longer stocking it (and a lot of other things) the having to source it online with Amazon being the cheapest by a long way. Now I am waiting for another bottle of the stuff to arrive before I can finish it off. Citadel's base colours tend to be significantly thicker than others which makes them the most difficult to pour out. I had a lot of problems with Revell paints too (that have a lot of near blacks that are to useful not to use).

It does make using a wet palette a lot easier and wet blending possible. I have had a play about with the blending but I have a lot to learn.


  1. That was quite an undertaking, but nearly there now. |On the plus side you can clearly see the pigment of the colour without the labels on the bottles.

  2. Well, what to say? I'm just an old fashioned girl who likes pots I guess. For me, the Vallejo are too thin and washy for my style of painting, but there again what do I know? Given I'm hardly a Golden Demon ward winner and all.