Holy Vallejo!

Enjoying some time off and preparing for PAX Unplugged, I found myself painting some miniatures this afternoon. This is especially strange for me as it’s been literally years since I last painted a mini. I don’t use them much in my games anymore, and I’ve even been selling stuff off on eBay. But for whatever reason the mood struck me, so I decided to see how my paints were doing.

I have a decent collection of Vallejo paints which I’ve owned for many, many years now. I fully expected they’d be completely dried out and useless. I certainly didn’t imagine that I’d actually be able to sit down this afternoon and paint a mini, never mind 10 cultists from my copy of Fortune and Glory: Rise of the Crimson Hand.

Most of the labels on the jars are so faded you can’t read any of the text anymore. I did have the foresight to put a pewter skull in each pot to act as an actuator, and shaking them I could hear some liquid sloshing around. I had to use a needle to un-gum the tip, but once I did I was amazed to see usable liquid paint emerge.

On a few of of the pots, as I opened them their plastic caps had become so deteriorated they just disintegrated in my hands. Despite this the paint was still usable, though now I’m not sure what to do to store it with busted up caps. I started thinking I should go online and order some empty jars to transfer the paint, but really, I should probably just buy new paint at this point.

Somehow though, I feel like I have to keep using this paint until it becomes no longer possible. It feels wrong to replace it now that I’ve found so much of it is still usable. I guess that means I have to start painting more minis again. Crap.

7 thoughts on “Holy Vallejo!

  1. I got a 23 year old jar of citadel tentacle pink that still is holding on somehow. Oddly the less old pots have dried out in that time. Thought mostly I have just switches to craft store paint these days.

      1. As long as you go with the middle to higher end options (not Apple Barrel), I find they compare favorably for most things.
        Metallics/Yellows can be hit or miss, but once you find a good version they do well.
        Not a lot of selection for flesh tones.
        Even for folks that want to stick with professional level paints, I would at least say invest in Browns, Black, Greys and other common colors. Same if you got a project like a Blue Dragon, base it in craft paint first.

        1. To be honest, actually have some large bottles of black and white craft paint which are usually only used for terrains, but you can see the black in the picture above which I’m pretty sure I had to resort to for these minis. Seems OK, so maybe in the future I’ll go to the craft store to resupply.

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