How the release of new paints turns into an aspie nightmare or just; Paintra[n]ge
by, 19th April 2012 at 05:23 PM (288 Views)
Disclaimer; If you cannot deal with people expressing so-called "first world problems", even if they are related to being on the spectrum, please move on and enjoy your burger, thank you!
As some of you know, I paint... miniatures, toy soldiers, models, name it something. It's one my hobbies. Beside that I do play a tabletop wargame with said figures, but it's not about the game, it's about the paintrange, which recently changed.
The company who releases the models, releases pretty much everything you need to get started, ranging from paints, to glues, to models, small drills, even plastic cups for water to clean brushes. So far so good.
Recently, they released a new paintrange. And with that they overhauled the old range. They didn't just add paints, they removed the old ones from stock and replaced them with new ones. New fancy names, new formula, even new consistency. I tried some out yesterday and I kinda felt that I needed to change around how I apply my paints (ie. more on my brush cause layering it doesn't work that well I thought)
In the past they didn't do it that extreme. Now they upped the amount of paints available from 73 to 145. Which I think is silly to start with. 73 was a lot I think. However, they due to formula, pigment amount, they were fine in 3 categories. A thick consistency for basecoats, the "normal" ones, and really thin ones for washes and shading on models. Now they have 6 different "purposes" along with more paints to start with (some colors have way to many shades).
However, my main gripe was, that even the basic colors changed. I used to have a red, that was good for basecoating (and with that consistency and coverage pretty much a "brand exclusive"), and it's not there anymore. It has been replaced by a new red, which is way to bright. Nearly orange in it's brightness. And I use red quite a lot. Thus in general I'd say, telling me "get another brand" is like oranges and apples. Also; see what I did there; an orange fruit vs. a red fruit, my point exactly ;]
The big thing here now is, that IF I run out of the red I have now, I have to get the new one which is NOT the same, I do not like THAT tint of red, and on top of that, it messes with coherency of simliar models I already painted. And if anything I try to avoid small changes in hue like the plague. For uniformity sake I like color change to be least visible.
I expressed this in a calm manner to a employee, but he didn't understand and pretty much told me "red is red"... which I think is funny because they have, like stated earlier, a lot of shades of specific colors. It's probably the subtle toned down way the red was, that appealed to me over the now "screaming" red.
Oh well, I'm going to scourge local stores and hope they still have the old range. Indepedant retailers in general dont overhaul their stock that fast.
Mechrite red; you will be missed!
Yes, it's a bit of a "first world problem" rant, but let's put up some lighter articles on the blog for once ;]
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