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 Different Paint Color Smells, Your favorites and/or most hated
Noisy Assassin
Posted: Dec 27 2011, 10:33 PM

Greater Daemon

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So I can't be the only one who has noticed that paints from GW (and other companies as well) smell different based on color. I also doubt that I'm the only one who finds some of these to be a little more or less pleasant than others.

My favorite is Boltgun Metal. The smell itself is rather unique, but neither terribly good or bad. However, my first ever army was Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines, and the ENTIRE thing was drybrushed with a heavy coat of Boltgun. So now every time I open up a pot I get all nostalgic.

My least favorite for years and years has been Blood Red. Stuff just smells vile to me, and somehow gets worse if you let it get a little too dried out to the point where it is sticky and clumpy (Takes about 3 days for the darn stuff to dry out on me. Stupid red!). However, now that I've started using GW washes, I think that Delvan Mud might give Blood Red a run for it's money by just smelling plain weird. And Vallejo Night Blue is also pretty gross.

So what about everyone else?

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Posted: Dec 28 2011, 06:31 AM

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I've noticed the various smells. I can't say I've ever thought about a favorite - but I do like the boltgun I must say.

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Posted: Dec 28 2011, 09:30 AM

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Don't have a favorite but the washes make me gag

Posted: Jan 2 2012, 08:51 AM

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The smell I like is Gloss Varnish. It reminds me of back in the old days a little bit.

Quite a few of the washes seem to 'go bad' in terms of smell. At least in my experience they don't smell that bad when you buy them new, but after having being opened and used a few times particularly the brown washes get some scent of fermentation. Some dry wash-cans have actually even developed fungus at our gaming club.
I suspect its a componant in the coloring of the Wash itself - letting bacteria/enzymes from the brush proliferate more than in other color-mixes. Baal Red wash, for example, doesn't smell half as much as some other colors in my experience.

Posted: Jan 2 2012, 11:26 AM

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I feel shamed that the next time I paint I will actually have to sniff each pot before using it. rolleyes.gif

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Darigaaz Sengir
Posted: Mar 6 2012, 06:41 AM

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Mine would have to be Catachan Green, not to sure why, but it smells a bit different than all the others in some way.
Posted: Mar 16 2012, 03:11 AM

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Here is the list of the new paints. Yes, GW is going to change all of their paints, so no more bolt gun metal or any other oldies. Some of the names are pretty weird as you dont know what colour it even is (XV-88 and some others). There is some other fun stuff too, like screamer pink. Are they going to make screamers "official theme" pink now? Anyways, heres the list:

Ceramite White
Averland Sun
Jokaero Orange
Mephiston Red
Khorne Red
Naggaroth Night
Daemonette Hide
Kantor Blue
Macragge Blue
Caledon Sky
Stegadon scale green
Incubi Darkness
Caliban Green
Waaaagh! Flesh
Castellan green
Death world forest
Zandri dust
Steel Legion Drab
Bugmans Glow
Ratskin Flesh
Mournfang brown
Rhinox hide
Dryad bark
Mechanicus standard grey
Celestus grey
Abaddon Black (the only black in the range)
Rakarth flesh
The fang
Screamer pink
Leadblecher (metal)
Balthasar Gold (metal)
Screaming Bell (metal)
Warplock brown (metal)

White Scar
Yriel Yellow
Flash gitz yellow
Troll slayer orange
Fire dragon bright
Evil sunz scarlet
Wild Rider red
Wazdakka red
Squig Orange
Xereus Purple
Genestealer Purple
Warpfiend Grey
Slaanesh Grey
Alaitoc blue
Hoeth blue
Altdorf guard blue
Calgar blue
Teclis blue
Lothern blue
Sotek green
Temple guard blue
Kabalite green
Sybarite green
Warpstone glow
Moot green
Warboss green
Skarsnik green
Loren Forest
Straken green
Nurgling green
Elysian green
Ogryn camo
Ushabti Bone
Screaming skull
Tallarn sand
Karak stone
Cadian fleshstone
Kislev Flesh
Bestigor flesh
Ungor flesh
Skrag brown
Deathclaw brown
Tau light Ochre
Balor brown
Zamesi brown
Doombull brown
Tuskigor fur
Gorthor Brown
Baneblade Brown
Administratum grey
Eshin grey
Dark reaper
Thunderhawk blue
Skavenblight dinge
Stormvermin fur
Ulthuan grey
Pallid wych flesh
Russ grey
Fenrisian grey
Pink horror
Emperors Children
Ironbreaker (metal)
Runefang steel (metal)
Gehennas gold(metal)
Auric Armour(metal)
Hashut Copper(metal)
Sycorax Bronze(metal)
Brass Scorpion(metal)
Runelord Brass(metal)

Casandora Yellow
Fuegan Orange
Carroburg Crimson
Druchii Violet
Drakenhof Nightshade
Coelia greenshade
Biel-tan green
Athonian camoshade
Seraphim Sepia
Reikland fleshshade
Agrax earthshade (Devlan Mud)
Nuln Oil

Praxeti White
Hexos palesun
Lucius Lilac
Etherium blue
Skink blue
Hellion green
Underhive ash
Eldar Flesh
Tyrant Shell
Terminatus stone
Longbeard grey
Changling pink
Necron Compound
Golden Griffon

Lamenters yellow
Waywatcher Green
Guilliman blue

Mourn Mountain snow
Stirland Mud
Blackfire Eath
Armageddon Dust
Lustrian Undergrowth

Lahmian Medium
Ard coat
Imperial Primer
Liquid Green stuff
Posted: Mar 16 2012, 03:18 PM


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I wonder how different the colours are .. I haven't been near a store in ages now due to working full time again, but I am slowly starting to paint my daemonettes.

I haven't noticed a paint I like the smell off... but Ogryn Flesh is rancid.
Lord Descarté
Posted: Apr 13 2012, 11:20 PM


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Hi guys

I must admit I do love the smell GW black undercoat........but the worst, for me was smelly Primer; for those that can remember it was the white primer in a white lid paint pot, many moons ago lol

Posted: Apr 14 2012, 02:16 AM


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One of the new paints smells like chocolate! I think it was slaanesh grey... I am going to do some painting this weekend... this could motivate me some more! biggrin.gif
Posted: Apr 14 2012, 03:03 PM

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That's awesome Hulabell..
Can't wait to stick my nose into the new paints and try myself!! *lol*

Posted: Apr 20 2012, 09:57 PM

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like most of you I like the smell of boltgun metal and no I do not shove my face in a paint to smell it but when I open it I can smell it so to say I like bolt gun for now I dont have a lot of paints

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Liber Malefic
Posted: Apr 13 2013, 08:44 PM


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Some of the washes smell really foul. And I think it's up to a batch. I have some Baal Red that smelled okay and some that is bad. The bad one also has kind of milky consistency. Had some ogryn flesh with the same problem if I remember right.
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Posted: Apr 19 2013, 02:29 PM


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Old Ogryn flesh is nasty, rich body of old gym socks with a touch of mould.
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