July 23, 2016

TRENCH RUNNER Nathan Hutchison takes a look at the Scale 75 Shades of Doom Paint Set

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This is a review of Scale75’s Shades of Doom (ref.SSE-019) paint-set. This set is a part of their Fantasy and Games range, for Scalecolor (the title of their Acrylics line). A range produced and marketed for fantasy figure painting. Therefore, the hues that you’ll find in this range are more saturated, and are generally difficult to find in “naturally”.

There are 8 colors in the set, in 17 ML dropper bottles. S75 Markets them as high durability, high saturation, and valid for brush and airbrush Other consumers have noted the matte finish of the paint. I can attest to this, it dries very matte. Not as matte as Reaper Master Series, in my opinion, but much more matte than Vallejo Model Color.

The colors included are formulated to work together to create distinct tones. Rich blacks, deep blues with green tints and red shadows, seem to be the most prominent applications. 

  However, that does not mean that these paints do not have their individual capabilities. I find most of them to be fantastic colors on their own. Especially, Miskatonic Grey, and Necro Grey.

This is Tindalos Red straight
out of the bottle,
with a few seconds of shaking.
It came out thick and goopy.
Just to start, I dropped some Tindalos Red on a piece of palette paper. 
 - Initially the paint is rather gelatinous. There seems to be a significant amount of binder deposited with the pigment. Meaning, you need to shake the dickens out of these paints to get them smooth, out of the bottle.
- I decided to shake in intervals to see how long it would take to get the paint well mixed.
- The first splotch, starting from the left, is 30 seconds. A lot of binder in this one. The second is minute, and is not satisfactory yet. The third is 2 minutes, and I am satisfied. But two. Two whole minutes of shaking. That’s quite a long time. Definitely a drawback of the line, as I found this to be a problem with all of the colors. 
- For a little reference, I placed similar colors in Model Color, and Reaper Master Series next to Tindalos Red
- The S75 color is richer than the two. Good balance of saturation and intensity.
- To get more familiar, I pulled out the paints and applied them individually to a piece of palette paper. I stretched them out the see their consistency out of the bottle, and mixed them with a little white (at the bottom) to see what other hues are hidden in the mix.
The colors are laid, from left to right, in the same order as the back of the box. 
- They spread nicely, cover well, and have very nice hues. This is why I love working with “fantasy” colors, they are rich and full of versatility. A lot of fun. 
- The colors are all pretty much along the same saturation level. That’s to create consistency. However, despair green (3rd from the right) is heavily saturated. 
- That’s because this color is intended for glazing. Just to create tints of green, to help coordinate the blue, with the red shades. 
- Something that stands out the most is that all the colors have hints of blue. When mixed with white, each color shows margins of blue. This, I believe, is also a uniformity measure.

- In the box, there is a step-by-step guide to create the blue-green armor on the cover. I decided to apply this to one of the Perry Agincourt Knight’s that I have also reviewed for Trenchrunner. I love the model I put together. He’s blind. We’ll call him Blinken! 
- This is just a “slap job” to get a feel for the paint. Better results can be achieved.
Step #1: Base-coat the entire model in Decay Black, then cover everything but the deepest recess with Necro Grey
Step #2:  Highlight/tint with glazes of Despair Green.
• Very thin, controlled, applications.

Step #3: Highlight with Innsmouth Blue

Step #4: Apply the last highlight of Miskatonic Grey, with smaller mixes of Purity White to bring to a “sheen”

I also decided to do try secondary color scheme. This is a white/blue-grey, with red shadows. This is achieved with a basecoat of Ryleh Grey, and gradually working your way up with mixes of Miskatonic Grey and Purity White. Finally, glaze the recesses with Tindalos Red, to create some contrast with the white, and blue armor. 

Please look closely for the tints of red! I think they pull everything together.)

Final thoughts: These are great paints, and a solid set. Not only can you achieve what S75 is marketing, but the paints are high quality and are versatile. You can wet-blend, glaze, use an airbrush, and then some. The only con I have found--so far--is the excessive amounts of binder that is deposited if the bottle isn’t shaken for 2 darn minutes. A good paint set. I know these paints are marketed for fantasy figures, but some of these end-of-spectrum tones are excellent all around. The Ryleh Grey and Miskatonic Grey are excellent applications for all kinds of shading and highlighting.  Hopefully I can get some more experience with this range under my belt, and get back to ya’ll. Thank you! 

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