There is a new airbrush paint range in town and it’s from The Army Painter. We’ve seen the Starter set with 13 paints, the Mega Set with 60 paints, now comes the Complete set with 150 paints to choose from, pre-thinned and arranged in triads of base, midtone and highlight colour for easy and intuitive airbrushing. In this review you’ll find photos of each colour for easy referencing, we look at which colour is included in which set, and much more.

The new Warpaints Air range has 126 colours in total, which are divided into 102 colours (in 34 triads), 18 metallic colours, and 6 fluorescent neon colours. The Starter Set with 12 paints (and a bottle of grey primer) and the Mega Set with 60 paints are already out. On November 20, the Complete Set with all 126 paints is released. Single paints have not yet been announced, but will certainly follow soon.

Warpaints Air Complete Set

Please note: These products have been provided to us by The Army Painter. Thoughts and opinions are our own.

Features

We’ve already taken an in-depth look at Warpaints Air and the colours included in the Mega paint set, so check out this post if you want to know all about the properties of The Army Painter’s new paint range. Here is a brief summary:

Warpaints Air are pre-thinned paints for airbrush use and come in 18ml dropper bottles. They separate quickly and need a good amount of shaking, thankfully they come preloaded with two rust-proof steel mixing balls. They have a high opacity and really don’t need additional thinner, just pour a few drops into the cup and you’re ready to go. The 102 acrylic colours are arranged in 34 triads – for each “midtone” there is a matching darker “base” colour, and a lighter “highlight” colour. Midtone paints are identical to the colours of the same name from the core Warpaints range and the Colour Primer range. There are also airbrush versions of all 18 metallic colours you know from the core Warpaints range, plus 6 brand new neon or fluo paints for glow effects.

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I enjoyed working with Warpaints Air and they rekindled my love-hate relationship with airbrushing as they were so easy and straightforward to use without clogging up my airbrush. Want to try airbrushing but don’t know where to start? Then check out Garfy’s video introduction here.

Warpaints Air Complete Set

The Complete Set is a big box full of paints, easily matching the size of Games Workshop’s big box sets like Indomitus. It’s filled with the same cardboard trays found in the Mega and Starter set and while I appreciate the move from plastic to cardboard, they don’t hold the bottles well so the paints will fly around during transport. I also wondered why the box didn’t contain enough trays for all the colours.

All 150 paints from the Warpaints Air Range (comparison)

Here you can see a visual guide of all 126 paints from the Complete Set, and which paints are also found in the Mega and Starter paint sets. This was photographed under a 5500K daylight lamp so it should give you a good impression of how the colours look in real life and how the hues compare to each other.

One of my standouts from the Complete set exclusive paints is the Goblin Green triad especially Bogey and Gremlin Green, perfect for the olive green skin tone of Kruleboyz. The Wizards Orb triad is perfect for the grey-green hue of the Sons of Horus, the Hydra Turquoise triad is great for mimicking the colour scheme of my airbrushed Iybraesil grav tanks. The Fur Brown Triad is great to use for tanned skin tones, I love burgundy and pinkish hues of the Dragon Red Triad, and all the colourful metallic shades from the Metallic Colours set are also very cool.

Overall, the triads are well put together. If I’m to be nitpicky, I feel some base colours should be a bit darker compared to the midtones, as I already mentioned in the Mega Set review. There are also some outliers here and there, i.e. individual colours that do not fit well into their triad, and some colours that are very similar, for example with the yellow tones. And it would have been nice if The Army Painter had matched the Base and Highlight colours with suitable colours from the Core range as well (whenever possible), especially as I heard that the new colours from the Air range won’t find their way into the core range any time soon.

Having said that, Warpaints Air is still a fantastic range to work with. The 150 colours invite experimentation and leave hardly any wish unfulfilled.

Value

The Warpaints Air Complete Set retails at 325,00 Euro or about £335.00, divided by 126 paints this makes the price of a single paint 2,58 Euro or £2.65 (compared to a price per paint of 2,58 Euro or £2.30 in the Mega set). Considering single Warpaints retail at 2,75 Euro and 2,99 Euro for the metallics and washes, there is a discount discount, even with comparatively higher UK price. Warpaints are in general much cheaper per ml than Citadel Paints, as they come in 18 ml bottles as opposed to Citadel’s 12 ml pots. On top of that, Citadel Air paints only come in 24 ml pots for 6,30 Euro / £4.75, so the price per paint is even higher.

The Army Painter’s Warpaints are available directly from thearmypainter.com, or at our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games at a 10% discount.

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Pros

  • 18 ml dropper bottles with two mixing balls preloaded
  • Really no thinning needed and great coverage
  • 126 colours, including metallics and fluorescent paints
  • Triad system with brand new base and highlight colours
  • Complete Set isn't cheap but offers a great saving

Cons

  • Paints need a lot of shaking as they separate quickly
  • Some base colours are not dark enough and rather similar to the midtones
  • Some colours are very similar

Final Verdict

The positive impression from our Mega Set Review continues with the Complete Set. For me, Warpaints Air is the most convincing and complete airbrush paint range on the market.