For years, long before Testors quit the hobby business, I’ve wanted to find a high quality artists’ paint that could be used to paint plastic model kits. I found that this was not as easy as I thought it would be.
I reviewed one attempt when I tried Golden Liquid Acrylic.
It was good paint, but not good for what I wanted to do. In fact, it was bad.
But now Golden has introduced a new type of acrylic paint, call So Flat— that is, pretty much, the answer to my prayers. This is the real deal. As far as I can tell, this product is exactly what I was looking for.
It has all the qualities we expect from professional art supplies. The paint is sold the way that paint should be sold to professional artists. No malarkey. No goblin blood or Panzer Paints.
And, like something out of a dream, it smells just like Polly Scale. The same faint odor of ammonia is there. This may a problem if you are sensitive to ammonia, and it will eat the seals on your expensive airbrush, but for me, I feel like I’ve found my long lost paint.
Testing produced dreamy results (see below).
So I’ll cut to the chase. You have to mix your own colors. You could try to “match” colors but if you are one of those people who just can’t mix colors, then you’d be better off trying to get some Hataka Blue. I’m just telling it like it is. If you have money to burn, you could buy Golden So Flat and try to match colors, but really, this stuff is meant for people who can take black, yellow and red and make RAF Dark Earth or RAF Dark Green.
You can buy a six color set of “primary” colors from Amazon. Here’s a link (I get no money from this…yeah, me dumb):
This set will get you TWO OUNCE bottles of yellow, blue, red, black, white and just for fun, green. These are the perfect colors to start mixing, and believe me, you could probably mix about six ounces of paint for every two ounces in the set. In other words, yes, it’s a bit expensive, but you can “stretch” it to an amazing degree– and all you need to add is (distilled) water.
That way, it’s actually the CHEAPEST good hobby paint you can buy. And this isn’t just good, it’s great.
But, for some, the mixology is a deal-breaker. So you’ve been told, and you can make your own decision.
I’m super excited about this paint. I know that time marches on. One day, Golden will be bought by RPM and everyone will be fired or assassinated and they’ll post “fuck you, customers” signs at Dick Blick and Michael’s– but right now, at this point in time, I just want to bask in the glow of this remarkable product. Excuse me, we’d like to be alone now…