Sunday, January 30, 2011

Where to go to find the Old GW Paints! Tentacle Pink, I missed you!

One of the troubles frequently encountered by older players is that the GW paints are not the same as they used to be. I have seen many a player come back to the game with a painted army and after picking up the new codex, decided to add a unit or two. The only problem is that when they go to paint it, they may be missing some of the colors that made up the core of their army's paint scheme. Be it Chestnut Ink, Deadly Nightshade, Tentacle Pink or any other discontinued color, rest assured that there is a way to get those colors without paying an arm and a leg for them ...


As some may know, a company called Coat D'Arms once produced GW's paints for them back in the day and when GW moved on, Coat D'Arms continued to sell the same colors under different names. If you already knew this, good on you, but for those of you who didn't know this, check out their Web site at this link.

The photo above is the companies Fantasy line which is made up of the old GW colors. A conversion chart of the colors from their new names to their old GW counter parts can be found by clicking here.

Now when you go to their homepage, be mindfull that the contact info is at the bottom for British, US and German distributors. If your local shop doesn't carry these paints, then this is who you call to find a store that does or to try to get the hook up.

Other companies carry very similar colors, including Vallejo, but if you are looking for the real old school paint then check out the links. Now I turn it over to you; have you had a hard time with missing paints? How did you solve it? Have a few pots of Coat D'Arms? Tell us what you think or write a review and send it to us!

8 comments:

  1. So far it's more 'how do I make use of these Old Paints' rather than 'what do I do without my Old Paints' - I'm not that fussed about uniformity in my collections so I suppose I'll just approximate and keep going.

    That said, I tend to cling to my surviving Old School Paints like a particularly angry limpet. I still use the Ork Flesh Wash I panic-bought three pots of when they stopped making it, and Bilious Green appears on almost every Cryx model I've ever done. I've also finally found a use for that nasty Flesh Wash they used to make - over grey primer, it's great for leather.

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  2. I still have all my old Inks although I seldom use them. I think the new washes are far superior. I had to use Tentacle Pink for my Horrors but I run out. Fortunately, Vellejo's Squid Pink is a good alternative (even though it's missing that sweet taste of Tentacle Pink). I usually try to find some alternative from the Vallejo range and it has worked for me so far.

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  3. For the old Leprous Brown, I use Vallejo's Filthy Brown.

    colors.silicon-dragons.com is an excellent resource.

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  4. excellent! I'm almost out of my fiery orange.

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  5. thanks great help

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  6. People need to understand that inks and washes are 2 very different things. Gws just stopped making inks and started making washes. Inks are no joke.......inks and your local art store should sell them

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  7. hmm I think I still have a pot of tentacle pink

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  8. I loved the old GW paints. Mostly, for the pots, those are SO superior. Luckily, I found a british e-store where to buy 100+ empty paint pots for all my current paints. Yep, those old pots, that nowadays CdA, P3, FoundryPaints and formerly GW used, for every single colour I have. =D

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