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« on: 04 April 2018, 01:51:21 PM »

I started organising my paints after 3D printing a few paint-stand-thingies. Well, it turns out that laying out your bottles in order is a very good idea. It turns out I have over 12 bottles of "brown" in various shades (not counting flesh paints) and only three shades of Red (counting Orange as Red). And some 15 bottles of Green. Perhaps I need to sit down and think of which shades I will actually need.
I wonder if anyone else suffers from the same sudden "ooh shiny" impulse when going paint shopping, combined with total amnesia regarding what one already has...
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« Reply #1 on: 04 April 2018, 02:12:38 PM »

Looks pretty normal to me, except for the level of organisation you've achieved Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: 04 April 2018, 04:30:32 PM »

Looks pretty normal to me, except for the level of organisation you've achieved Cheesy

I'd agree with that.

I got bored after counting 53 bottles/droppers etc in the immediate rear of my painting space. Next to it I have an overstocked vegetable box with at least a further150 paints iin it. Then there are the ones I haven't touched in donkeys like the artists acrylics and the oils. AND YET I CAN STILL RUN OUT OF SPECIFIC COLOURS/SHADES!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: 04 April 2018, 04:37:23 PM »

AND YET I CAN STILL RUN OUT OF SPECIFIC COLOURS/SHADES!!!!!

I know! And oddly both in oft used colours and stuff that seldom see's the light of day - I'm sure someone's syphoning out paint sometimes or hiding bottles Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: 04 April 2018, 05:04:36 PM »

Too many.........but you never know.
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« Reply #5 on: 04 April 2018, 05:07:30 PM »

I know! And oddly both in oft used colours and stuff that seldom see's the light of day - I'm sure someone's syphoning out paint sometimes or hiding bottles Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: 04 April 2018, 06:09:07 PM »

Strangely enough, I have only one shade of yellow.

But three of purple.   Undecided

As someone with great interest in post 1900 in temperate climes, I have many, many shades of brown, green and browny green. 

If you were someone who games exclusively pre-1900 then your colors may be unbalanced. Otherwise, you're fine. 
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« Reply #7 on: 04 April 2018, 07:33:14 PM »

I have over 100 bottles of paint in plain sight with at least 7 unopened Foundry triads in a stack nearby, 50+ paint bottles in drawer number 2 (drawer number 1 is for glues and stuff), 20+ bigger paint jars in drawer number 3 as well as three other drawers elsewhere with a few paint bottles in each.

Drawer number 5 has some tubes of artists acrylics but I don't use them much.

I only have one yellow too unless you count desert yellow.

I have way more paint brushes too.

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« Reply #8 on: 04 April 2018, 07:53:14 PM »

I have a 50 bottle Vallejo paint stand that is full and three small sets of three draws about 5"x10" x 6" that hold approx. another 100 paints as my "ready use" paints. I then have an A4 box file  full of with spares.

The problem is that to save painting time I buy the correct Vallejo colour rather than mixing it  from the other paints. 

I have a painting notebook that I write down what colours I have used for what project so I can add units or vehicles later  
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« Reply #9 on: 04 April 2018, 08:38:20 PM »

I've gone the other way, as limited a palette as I can get away with.  A while back I counted 25 different paints on one Napoleonic cavalry figure, 20mm too.  Enough is enough.  Too many paints drying out with hardly a drop used.
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« Reply #10 on: 04 April 2018, 09:34:55 PM »

I use plastic 'take away' containers to group my paints
There are 21 in the brown group and 14 in the grey group, I paint a lot of ships Wink
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« Reply #11 on: 05 April 2018, 07:33:52 AM »

I have a lot, but also a lot of spares. I try to keep a 'reserve' pot of colours I use a lot. Like charred brown for example, or gunmetal, wich I both use for weapons.

I also impulse buy in the paint department. For example, I 'm running out of citadel mournfang brown. I use that colour on my bolt acction minis. Ordered a new pot yesterday, and to be on the safe side, I ordered the base paint set as well  Cheesy

And some silver, and another bone colour, and two pots of agrax earthshade..

In other words, a 3,30 purchase turned into a 60€ purchase pretty fast! Still I don't have everything I need  Grin

I must add, it's the first time in years since i bought citadel paints, formerly only getting vallejo. I bought the 'dark vengeance' set from a local store, and got a citadel essential set for free with it. I really liked the paints in there, and they complimented my vallejo stuff really well. And i think agrax earthshade has completely banned vallejo umber shade from my painting. The results are so much better! I already had two pots in my stockpile, and just ordered two more, so i won't run out anytime soon!

I was really bummed when devlan mud went away and i was down to my last pot, so i won't let that happen again! (i ordered 5 pots of gryphonne sephia in those days, because i was painting an orc army with yellow tunics, and i really wanted everything to match Cheesy )
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« Reply #12 on: 05 April 2018, 10:32:06 AM »

I don't have a painting desk - I use the kitchen table - so everything has to be moveable on a 'rapid response' basis when the cry goes out, "Dinner will be served, in 10 minutes!'. This means I have very few paints in comparison to most of you guys (a shoebox full, with extra paints in another box) yet still I have some paints I have not opened for years. I suppose you could consider these unused paints as surplus to requirements and therefore I have "too much" paint but just the other day, I dug out the Oxford Blue for the first time in years, added some acrylic thinner and water and, hey presto, I was in business. Mind you I have five different types of flesh colour - I suppose that's too much!   
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« Reply #13 on: 05 April 2018, 10:59:40 AM »

I think I've three flesh tones...

I do still have some very old 80's era GW paints from my youth, they're still going well!
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« Reply #14 on: 05 April 2018, 11:11:13 AM »

I think I've three flesh tones...

I do still have some very old 80's era GW paints from my youth, they're still going well!

Same here. Tentacle pink and blazing orange, and I think bronzed flesh as well. Although rotting flesh is drying out on me.
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