Creating weathering effects with the help of pigments but without all the mess and dust that they usually leave on the desk? Green Stuff World promises this and more with their Liquid Pigments range, which I review in today’s review. Spoiler: If you like Nihilakh Oxide from the Citadel Colour range, then scroll down and find out more.

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Green Stuff World’s Liquid Pigments range has 18 colours to choose from, available on their own or as part of three sets with six colours each (Rust, Dust & Earth). Liquid Pigments are directly available from greenstuffworld.com for 3.35 Euro per 17ml pot (or 19.47 Euro per 6 colour set), with discount promotions frequently available. The website ships internationally.

Green Stuff World Liquid Pigments review & unboxing featured image
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Please note: In the past, there have been some (justified) shitstorms around Green Stuff World. For example, they recently used a paint job for product packaging without the approval of the artist. Since I try to maintain an unbiased and journalistic approach, I feel the need to point this out, but ultimately leave it up to you to judge.

Green Stuff World Liquid Pigments review

When I heard the name “Liquid Pigments” and read the description text on the website, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Green Stuff World describes the range as “specially designed to create weathering effects similar to those achieved through powdered pigments but has the benefit of not needing a pigment fixer to bind them.” They also say that (quote) “they don’t necessarily substitute the traditional method of powdered pigments since, depending on the desired effect, both can complement each other and be used in unison for different effects. Fast drying and with a matt finish, their use is a lot easier than the traditional method of using pigments and fixers.” Also, the paints are non-toxic water-based paints, so no enamel or oil basis.

As I didn’t know what to make out of the description, I was eager to give the paints a try and see for myself. I got the Rust set (featuring the colours Orange Rust, Light Rust, Medium Rust, Dark Rust, Verdigris, and Turquoise Oxide), as well as the Dust set (featuring Black Soot, White Dust, Dark Industrial Dust, Industrial Dust, Dark Green Dust, and Light Green Dust). The pigments come in 17ml dropper bottles with pre-installed agitators. I picked out a few of the colours I found most interesting and applied them to the recesses of black primed Sector Mechanicus Bases.

Comparison of various Liquid Pigments from Green Stuff World on black primer

To my surprise, the Liquid Pigments from Green Stuff World do not have a powdery finish, but are actually opaque washes, just like Nihilakh Oxide Technical paint from Games Workshop. Like Nihilakh Oxide, the “pigments” flow well in the recesses of the models and dry there with an opaque and matt finish, as you can see in the picture above. Verdigris from the Rust set comes close to Nihilakh Oxide but is a nuance more blueish while Nihilakh Oxide is a nuance more yellowish.

Where to get

You can find Liquid Pigments at our 🇬🇧/🇪🇺 partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, at 🇩🇪 Taschengelddieb, or directly from Green Stuff World, with a welcome discount of up to 10% over RRP. Using our links supports Tale of Painters with no extra cost to you:

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Pros

  • Washes with a unique opaque finish
  • 18 useful colours
  • Available in 3 themed sets that are cheaper than buying individually

Cons

  • "Liquid Pigments" is a bit misleading, as they don't have a powdery finish

Final Verdict

If you like Nihilakh Oxide and its unique properties, and always wanted more colours, you will find them in Green Stuff World's Liquid Pigments range. The palette is well chosen, with some nice orange, brown, and verdigris tones in the Rust set, as well as various shades of gray in the Dust set. Turquoise Oxide could also come in handy for creating plasma glow effects. Just don't expect a powdery finish like with dry pigments.