Monday, 16 July 2018

Tamiya Clear Red vs Citadel Touchstone Blue

I recently acquired some Tamiya Clear acrylic paints and was well impressed so, as I have Malign Sorcery bits and pieces to paint, I decided to put Tamiya head to head with Citadel.

First off, I sprayed the pieces Humbrol Metallic Silver as both an under coat and a base coat. This is an excellent paint which covers well in one go straight onto the plastic.

The Tamiya paint is much thinner and runnier than the gloopier Citadel and is much easier to paint onto the model. Unlike the Citadel, the Tamiya is often used by modellers through an airbrush to freshen up the colours on a model.

The Citadel paint was a pain. I put on two coats and it tended to form thick globules in recesses while running completely off raised areas. Even after two coats I had to do two extended touch ups and it still didn't look quite right.

In contrast, the Tamiya went on in one coat and only needed a couple of touch ups in raised areas.

Army Painter gloss varnish, painted on completed the build.

And after all that the Tamiya still looks better!

Tamiya make a complete range of these paints in all the main colours - I shall definitely be buying.




12 comments:

  1. John, not really a fair comparison, the Soulstone paints are designed like that so you get a gemstone fade from one side to another, they are not meant for even coverage at all. The GW range of Clear Airbrush paints from FW are designed to act like the Tamiya Clear.

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    1. Fair point, but I will be using the TAMIYA from now on a they are so much easier to apply. Okay, I'm lazy.
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    2. Yes the coverage looks a lot smoother, I wonder how it performs on clear plastic? I'm thinking canopy of aircraft cockpits?

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    3. Intend to try that. I have been using Citadel glaze to colour cockpit canopies without much luck.

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    4. I haven't tried it myself, but I have heard from others that the Tamiya clears do work to tint clear plastics.

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    5. Probably worth washing the clear plastic first to degrease it.

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  2. Haven't tried the Tamiya clear paints yet, but regularly use the gem stone paints for painting insects and sci-fi cars. I find you can use other colours over the silver in wash form to change the final colour you see, which can give an iridescent look

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    1. Intetesting, must try that but I do recommend TAMIYA and Mr Colour Clear.

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