This article describes a new line of paints from Vallejo Acrylicos called Vallejo Xpress Colors. This article shows both the original line of 24 XPress paints and the 36 Xpress paint expansion for a total of 60 Vallejo Xpress colors.
Xpress paints are a new type of acrylic paint that are becoming very popular in the miniature painting hobby world. They are thin paints, similar to inks or washes, that have a very strong medium that pulls the pigment off the high spots and into the low spots. The result is a quick paint job that automatically highlights and lowlights the surface. Similar paints include Citadel Contrast Colors, ArmyPainter Speed Paints, Dr. Ph. Martens inks, or Liquitex inks.
I love to try out new paints, so one of the first things I do when I get a new set is to make a paint swatch board. This lets me test the paint and allows me to arrange the swatches in a way that makes sense to me. It also let's me reference the colors and quickly find a light or darker variation or warmer or cooler similar color.
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In front of the array of paints, I have textured Plastistruct patterned styrene sheets (code PS-39) that I use for my color samples.
These styrene plastic sheets have 1/8 inch grooves and come in sheets of 12 by 7 inches (300x175mm).
The textures sheets show the pooling effect of the Xpress colors. You can see the grooves are darker and more saturated. The high spots on the sheet are lighter and less saturated.
If it appears the paint looks a bit pooled on some of the samples, that is by my choice. I purposely pool some extra paint to see how well it levels out. It also shows the range of light and dark by using extra paint. One of the behaviors of these types of inks/washes are that textured areas look great, but sometimes smooth surfaces can have pooling. You can either spray or use your brush to control pooling, but you have to know the limits of your paints.
Wow, my hobby mat looks really old with lots of battle scars and paint and glue spills. Thousands of warriors have readied here on their journey to immortality. It might be time to get a new mat.
These racks are my own design and handmade racks to hold twelve typical 17-20 mL paint bottles. The racks are made from commonly available basswood sheets and square beams. The design of the racks has a few nice features.
Sometimes you make some samples, and you shuffle them around, and you see the final photo you have some new ideas. Painting on plastic tiles glued with tacky white glue lets you rearrange.
Here I wished I put Greasy Black closer to the Hospitalier Black. The Viking, Iceberg, and Starhip grays are very cool blues: I wish I grouped them with the blues. Other than than, you can see the Vallejo expansion has lots of great historical colors. Lots of yellows, browns, greeans, and skin tones.
They are painted here on water color paper which shows their versatility. They don't work well on naked plastic, however, they are great on white-primed plastic. I like them much better than the Liquitex inks I have tried.
I wish more companies used standard art color terms such as ochre, sienna, umber, sepia, and such. Part of the reason why I make these color swatch samples, is I don't know what you mean by zombie flesh or wizard cloak.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of these paint swatches. In summary this Vallejo Xpress Color XP expansion range of 36 colors of 2024 is the perfect extensiont to their original line of 24 colors of 2023. I would say if you are a fantasy minis painter or an accomplished paint mixer, the original set will do well, but if you want the variety and convenience of more historical colors pick up the entire set or new variations in the XP line. Thanks for reading about my latest miniature painting hobby.