In this updated post, you will find all my hand-painted and professionally photographed paint swatches for all 61 old & new Citadel Contrast paints, 24 Dipping Inks by Green Stuff World, Speedpaints 2.0 by The Army Painter, and now also all 23 Xpress Colors from Vallejo. This should make it easy to find the perfect “one coat” colour for your next project.
I heard you all love my bunches of plasticard filled with a variety of coloured squares, so here they are. All four comparison sheets shown were painted under the same conditions on white primed plasticard and professionally photographed under neutral 5500K light. Thus all colour swatches are comparable with each other.
Comparison of all 61 old & new Contrast colours
I also made a video with more painted examples:
Vallejo Xpress Color review & comparison
Vallejo just recently entered the one coat game just recently with their Xpress Color range, which comprises 23 colours plus Xpress Color medium:
I found Vallejo’s Xpress Colors to be quite nice, a direct comparison to their Citadel counterparts can be found in this video:
Comparison of the original 24 Dipping Inks from Green Stuff World
Since I reviewed the original 24 Dipping Inks, Green Stuff World expanded its range with 12 additional colours which you can find in the graphic below (it also seems that they renamed Black Shadow to Green Stone dip based on the product number). Green Stuff World also changed the graphics on their website for hand-painted examples which should match their real-life appearance better.
I also made a comparison video with a few more thoughts about Dipping Inks, check it out here:
Comparison of Speedpaints 2.0 from The Army Painter
And here is the sheet for The Army Painter’s Speedpaints 2.0. At the moment, this covers only the 49 colours from the Mega Set 2.0. As soon as I get my hands on the remaining colours, I will update the sheet accordingly.
All of my Once Coat paint reviews:
If you want to learn more about the features and differences of the individual colour ranges, I recommend you read my detailed reviews:
I have also reviewed the Instant Colors from Scale 75, although I have not yet created a comparison chart for them:
My favourite one coat range
Question remains, which is my favourite range of all? I still prefer Contrast, as they are the most richly pigmented paints, and have a good selection of colours. Xpress Colors are a close second, but I also use the few unique Dipping Ink colours you can’t find in the Contrast range. I wasn’t a fan of the original Speedpaint’s reactivation, but now that the 2.0 formula made the paints more stable, I can definitely see using them more often. Instant Colors are the most different from all the others as they use opaque pigments, you can create some nice effects with them but I’ll only use them rarely.
I hope this post can be a valuable resource to you, so let me know in the comments if this was helpful and/or leave a reaction. Also, find us on our Discord server if you want to discuss Contrast and “one coat” paints. Thanks for reading!
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Mh, can you specify what you mean?
- Shaun Taylor
But will all the rest be blown out of the water by the Vallejo Xpress Colors ?
I‘ll try to find out as soon as possible!
would it be possible to create an image with comparison of colour by colour like you did for speedpaints versus contrast paints? That way I can choose which color I want from which company 🙂
That’s a great idea! I’ll do once I reviewed Vallejo’s Xpress Colors (and probably The Army Painter expanded Speedpaint range), so I can combine all one coat paints into a single large graphic. Until then you can download the Dipping Ink and Contrast graphics above and put them next to each other on your screen, as they’ve been photographed over the same coat of primer 🙂
any news? 🙂
Not yet, I’m waiting for the expanded Speedpaint range and 12 new Dipping Inks to make one comprehensive graphic 🙂
An all-stars team sort of follow up video with the very best of all the ranges for each colour would be cool 🙂 GSW have some better ones out now thankfully too like opulent red (much better than the cloak one)
Yeah, great idea. Not so easy though. I’ll wait for the new Speedpaints and then I’ll try to come up with something!
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Generally love those comparisons, and I do like a lot of the colours – but say for Army Painter something a little weird happened and I wonder if that’s application or just the properties of the paint?