I was poking around on Amazon earlier, looking at a couple of things that have been hanging out on my wish list, when I noticed something in my recommended items. Apparently, there is a licensed line of paints under the Dungeons and Dragons brand. I was only able to find them in two sets, but they grabbed my interest right away.
The sets are made by Army Painter. They both include a selection of paints in dropper bottles and an exclusive miniature. The Adventurer's set includes a starter brush as well.
The Dungeons and Dragons Official Paint Line Adventurer's Paint Set includes eight colors, a silver metallic, and a brush-on primer. The exclusive miniature is Minsc and Boo. If you've ever played Baldur's Gate, I guarantee reading that last sentence had you hearing one of Minsc's battle cries in your head (if you didn't just blurt it out loud like I did). It's a nice gimmick for all of us oldsters.
The Dungeons and Dragon Official Paint Line Monsters Paint Set includes an additional 36 paints: 28 regular colors, 3 metallics, 3 washes, and 2 effects paints. The miniature is a great owlbear.
The Adventurer's set is designed as an introductory set to get people into painting and introduce them to the paint line and the Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures figures. It's a decent set. It is pretty much a restickered Army Painter Starter Set with a miniature added. For those that made it this far and have been considering the Army Painter Starter Set, this set is about $5 cheaper in the US.
The Monsters set is a good expansion for the price, and gives a lot more flexibility in colors. None of the paints in the Monster Set duplicate ones in the Adventurer's set. At the moment, only a few individual paints are available from the Army Painter site, but I expect the range to be sold in multiple sets and individually soon. There is a brush set already available and an Underdark set that includes paints exclusive to the D&D line coming in September. You can see the whole line on the Army Painter website.
If I didn't already have a wall of paints, I would get both of these sets. I may still pick them up to add to my collection. I like Army Painter's paints. They tend to have rich pigmentation and good consistency. They are a pain to mix when you first get them, and I encourage thinning them quite a bit if you are a layer painter.
Luke at Luke's APS has a couple of videos about the paint. The first video talks about adding agitators and properly mixing the paints. I've found some of his comments in this video with all of the dropper bottle paints I've used. I don't use a mechanical shaker for my paints, but I do definitely use agitators in all of them. The second video talks about mixing with a stick, decanting a bit of the paints, adding glass beads instead of metal, and thinning the paint a bit with a medium and distilled water.
If anyone has these sets, or any suggestions for working with Army Painter paints, drop me a comment.
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