I've been trying to paint recently. This is surprising, given the low amount of models I've painted in my years and years of owning miniatures, but still- I'm really trying.
Monday, I take out a Slayer, prime it, and start painting it using a paint I have laying around, Citadel's Orkhide Shade Foundation paint. I get the first layer on, but realize I'm running low on paint.
"No problem", I think to myself. I'm at the game store tomorrow night (Tuesday), I'll grab another pot of it, and I'll put the second layer on.
I go to the store, only to discover that GW has changed their paint line (yes, yes, I realize this isn't recent, but I haven't exactly been painting, have I?). Sure, using a conversion chart I found online, I can find what's an exact match, but it's still a very annoying way to go about things.
This, plus remembering how annoyed I was about discontinuing Chestnut ink, from the last time I tried my hand at painting, meant I wanted to try something new.
In frustration, I picked up the Vallejo matching color. It's cheaper, I'll get more use out of it, and I don't know that they've ever discontinued a paint color... but I struggle to use Vallejo paints well. I'm supposed to mix them 1:1 with water to get a good ratio for layering... but I find that after it's mixed, it tends to slowly separate in the palette well, and I end up constantly using paint that is too thin to actually cover the model, meaning I have to remix the well.
I feel like painting should be easier than this. Maybe I need to switch to P3 paints, or something, are maybe I'm just really bad at this whole painting thing, but c'mon, what should I beginner painter do to find a set of paints that are both easy to use, and aren't likely to change names every year?
For now, I'm going to push through with the Vallejo paints. I'm sure that once I get the hang of them, I'll really find them quite rewarding. In the meantime, does anyone have any random suggestions for how to use them well?