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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

So we've finally managed to recreate the shades of all 18 colours of the Foundation range, though it has taken a while we're really proud that we've reached this milestone and it now allows us to focus on the 3rd,4th,5th and 6th edition range of paints.

We've received so much support and help with the Vintage project and we cannot thank everyone enough for all the donations they have sent us.

A bundle pack will be available soon of the entire range of recreated foundation paints.

In other news, we also have an orange and green metallic coming as well to extend the selection of colours on our Metallic line and allows for more interesting colour schemes for your armies!

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Nice!

"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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I have a question, do your paints have actuators inside them? I hate GW paint pots and as such have bought a lot of Reaper paints and reaper triads. The actuators help a lot in getting consistent color and texture. I have a lot of really old projects so having an option for these paint matches would be great. Since I live in the US I will be holding off until your range expands a bit more before placing an order but it looks really good and the colors you offer so far have been great.
   
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Norwich

angel of death 007 wrote:
I have a question, do your paints have actuators inside them? I hate GW paint pots and as such have bought a lot of Reaper paints and reaper triads. The actuators help a lot in getting consistent color and texture. I have a lot of really old projects so having an option for these paint matches would be great. Since I live in the US I will be holding off until your range expands a bit more before placing an order but it looks really good and the colors you offer so far have been great.


Did you mean agitations? If so we’re asked this ages ago and it’s something we’re going to look into, the only concern we have is that it might block the nozzle but then again we could be wrong

We’ll get some ordered soon and add it to our own collection and see what effect it has!

Thank you for the interest, we’re planning another expansion next week (We make the Tau look like their standing still! )

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I think paint clogs the nozzle more than agitators?

Here's how Reaper does it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrR5h-4hDBk

That's one advantage of GW pots -- cut a piece of sprue, drop it into the pot, there's your agitator!

"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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ced1106 wrote:
I think paint clogs the nozzle more than agitators?

Here's how Reaper does it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrR5h-4hDBk

That's one advantage of GW pots -- cut a piece of sprue, drop it into the pot, there's your agitator!


Agreed I have never had one block due to that,dried paint is the main thing. It does make the paint a lot easier to work with though.
   
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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

angel of death 007 wrote:
ced1106 wrote:
I think paint clogs the nozzle more than agitators?

Here's how Reaper does it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrR5h-4hDBk

That's one advantage of GW pots -- cut a piece of sprue, drop it into the pot, there's your agitator!


Agreed I have never had one block due to that,dried paint is the main thing. It does make the paint a lot easier to work with though.


We just watched the video and weirdly this is how we see our production in the future, though that's still a way off yet

We've just got some beads on order to do some tests.

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Rookie Pilot





Edinburgh

Thank you for starting your paint business in the first place - I’ve only picked up four of them so far but happy I can get some of the old reliables back! I’ve switched to Vallejo and army painter from GW but now I’ll be adding you chaps to my list too.

   
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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

Our pleasure, we’re happy that we’ll be slotting in amongst your other products!

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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

We received a rather large parcel in the post last week and we cannot thank this person enough!







There are a number of colours that are all dried up but this should make it easier to replicate these shades for the INSTAR Vintage line, there's even some there from the 2nd edition period. However since this find, we've had more and more people offering to send us samples of old paint to the point where someone contacted us with at least half of the original paints from the Rogue Trader era.

We're really excited with how things have been going recently and we will endeavour to get these paints replicated as quickly as we can!

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UK

Fantastic news there

 
   
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You accept DRIED GW paints?? You should have let your UK customers know that! You would have gotten TONS of paint samples!

"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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ced1106 wrote:
You accept DRIED GW paints?? You should have let your UK customers know that! You would have gotten TONS of paint samples!


Yeah but they don't need the current range

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Your last point is especially laughable and comical, because not only the 7th ed Valkyrie shown dumber things (like being able to throw the troopers without parachutes out of its hatches, no harm done) - Irbis 
   
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Irked Necron Immortal




Canberra

Your metal paint range looks nice. I've placed an order so that I can try them out.

Always great to see a new paint range on the market
   
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Bowie, MD

Saw your paints reviewed (glowingly) on Tale of Painters! Congrats!

EDIT: Here's a link

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Implacable Skitarii






I've recently put in a little test order, came very quickly with everything I asked for. Really awesome stuff!

Need to do a little more testing of colours but it's all very good so far. Keep up the great work!

Into the fires of battle, unto the anvil of war!

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If you picked up the metallics, try undercoating them with a similar matte color, or even ink!

"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for all the comments, sorry we haven't been around to answer them all as we've been quite busy recently, but what a day we've had today!



Not only did we get a rave review from Garfy at Tale of Painters Tale of Painters review of INSTAR but we've also had an order to appear in next months Hobby Hoard box, though it's their last one for the moment while they set up for a relaunch, we're delighted that we got recommended to them, there's also whispers that we might be appearing in another box as well soon!

Jewelknightjess Mini Painting also did a Dark Angels Intercessor in their own style too, the finished result was fantastic and really hard to distinguish from a standard GW Painted model.



(In case you're wondering which is which, The GW one is on the right, ours is on the left)

We couldn't be happier at the moment!

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Found these guys buried with my 30-year old GW Genestealers, so painted them up with some INSTAR paint’s metallics.

The red and blue metallics needed an undercoat. Base coat and a highlight *before* painting the metallic.

Metallics (red, blue, green-gold flip) : https://shop.instarpaint.com/product-category/instar-metallic/

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"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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Need a flesh color? How about... Mud Brown?

Mud Brown is a very good general purpose brown. I also used Steel Gray for the vest.

This figure is from the Savage World's Sixth Gun miniatures set. : https://www.peginc.com/store/the-sixth-gun-rpg-miniatures-set-of-8/

BTW, The Savage Worlds Lankhmar Setting KS is live and will have miniatures as well!


"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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I'd like to see some colored primers. I can't find a light brown for painting wooden objects (eg. barrels, crates), and would like an ochre one for sacks as well. For GW players, a blue primer for Ultramarines would be a color.

"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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Mud brown used again for this Savage Worlds Giant Prairie Tick!

EDIT: Also gave a plug on BGG's monthly painting contest. : https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/241797/item/6177806#item6177806

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"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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Trustworthy Shas'vre






I started painting my Tau Droneport with INSTAR paints (for now, just the Obsidian Black Matte as a primer and Moon Grey Matte). Some comments:

First, I found the paint slightly thicker than the GW counterparts, even after a good shaking. I had to water it down quite a bit to get it to work well with an airbrush - about the same as a Vajello primer, really. OTOH, for whatever reason, cleaning the airbrush afterwards was way easier than any other primer or non-airbrush dedicated paint I've used, way easier than regular GW, Vajello or Reaper paints. Probably because it seems to dry a bit slower than those brands overall, as most of the time paint is dry very shortly after being airbrushed on. With INSTAR, I had to walk away for a few minutes after laying down a coat. This is both good and bad, but it's something to be aware of.

Second, I bought 100ml bottles of each because I prime black and basecoat in grey, and I don't know about the other sizes, but these are some good bottles. They have sort of a child safety cap (push down then screw off) which should prevent accidental de-capping, and the nozzle is long and thin, which really helps putting down precise amounts of paint, and you can easily wipe the nozzle without worrying about overflow. I don't know if clogging is going to be a problem in the future, but the design seems to suck the leftovers back down the nozzle pretty effectively.

Finally, the Moon Grey is a pretty good match for Codex Grey/Dawnstone. Not 100%, but I literally have to hold it against models painted in the other colors to really notice a difference. Considering it's about 1/2 the price of GW paint even after considering the cost of shipping from England to Canada, I'm very happy with it.

   
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Norway

Hello Instar,
I bought the flip paints, but there seems to be a trick to using them that I don't know, as they are not especially flippy even after several coats.

Could you give some info on how these are best used to get the flip-effect? Or point us to tutorials etc that might be online and applicable?

Thanks in advance!

The infrequent blog: At the Mountains of Minis 
   
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Veteran Inquisitorial Tyranid Xenokiller






your mind

Best paints. Cover so well. Must be substantially thinned always.

   
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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

 Maledrakh wrote:
Hello Instar,
I bought the flip paints, but there seems to be a trick to using them that I don't know, as they are not especially flippy even after several coats.

Could you give some info on how these are best used to get the flip-effect? Or point us to tutorials etc that might be online and applicable?

Thanks in advance!


Hi there,

Was it a particular one you were having an issue with or all of them?

Part of the trick is the base coat that you use and the way the name is put is also a subtle clue as to what will happen.

A white base coat will show the first colour of the paint with the last colour becoming the secondary flip colour, a black undercoat will give the reverse so without sounding to cliche, it really comes down the shade of grey you use.

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Finished my Droneport with INSTAR Moon Grey. Included Pathfinders for comparison (painted with GW Dawnstone).


I'm hard pressed to see the difference unless I paint both greys on the same miniature. Props to INSTAR for color matching.

   
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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

We've been a little quiet recently and we do apologise, we've been having a very busy month with the website, a couple of breakdowns and supplier issues, but we have been working hard on increasing the colour range to all the paint lines and we have some new additons coming including more vintage colours!

Also, our wash project is now out of the experimental stage and the first colour will be up in the store soon, unlike traditional washes, ours comes in two flavours being heavy and soft and if you accidently knock it over, you just pick it up again, our bottle designs mean no more accidents!

Heavy will usually allow you to make just one pass to get a nice, rich shade, the soft version is better for subtle approaches like shadows. We are also working on reintroducing inks as well, this will take a little longer but we're excited to bring this out to you guys

John Prins

That looks incredible and thank you very much for the kudos!

I like how you've done the same thing on your firewarrior as I did with ours with the binoculars, you'rs looks a little more dynamic though

Look forward to seeing more of your work, maybe even seeing the droneport in use on the tabletop


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A few INSTAR paint samples of a WIP Adventurescapes tavern I'm painting.

The jars were primed in white. The metallics were painted over a bright matte color.

The versatile mud brown makes another appearance and I'm impressed at IV-05's "frost" color.

The fireplace itself was painted gray then washed with Secret Weapon Stone wash.

Spoiler:




EDIT: Gave a shoutout on a BGG painting contest thread. : https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/243023/item/6238859#item6238859

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"And while I'm forgiving of one mishap, this string of incidences suggests the problem is with the project managers, not whom they hire, what materials they are using, what language their backers are using, etc. I do notice that entrepreneurs have more self-confidence than other people, and need it to persevere bad luck and obstacles. But this self-confidence can turn into "do nothing wrong" blindness, which prevents these people from admitting mistakes and improving themselves." -- September 3, 2014 
   
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Shas'la with Pulse Carbine





Norwich

Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all well!

Well, what a day we've had today!



Not only did we get a rave review from Garfy at Tale of Painters Tale of Painters review of INSTAR but we've also had an order to appear in next months Hobby Hoard box, though it's their last one for the moment while they set up for a relaunch, we're delighted that we got recommended to them, there's also whispers that we might be appearing in another box as well soon!

No paint releases to mention this week as we have been very busy as of late, but we do have some more coming next week

If you've bought the paint and like it, we'd really love to hear your feedback on it and see pictures of the models you've painted with INSTAR, drop us a PM

We'll have more updates soon!

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