The Army Painter Mega Paint Set review

The Army Painter Mega Paint SetThe Army Painter have, for a long time, been saving wargamers time and effort with their range of colour primers and quick shade dips. Previously only a limited range of brush-on acrylic paints have been available from The Army Painter in the form of their Wargamer Starter Paint Sets.

The release of The Army Painter Mega Paint Set changes things, introducing a fuller range of paints, brush-on inks, and a brush-on matt varnish. The set also comes with a broad selection of brushes.

The Army Painter Mega Paint Set includes:

  • 27 colours
  • 5 metallics
  • 3 Quickshade Inks
  • 1 Matt Varnish
  • Insane Detail brush
  • Detail brush
  • Character brush
  • Regiment brush
  • Small Drybrush
  • Vehicle brush

The boxed set also contains The Army Painter’s 24 page ‘Wargamers Army Painting guide’ which contains a wide range of guides and articles.

The Army Painter Mega Paint Set Review

The Army Painter Mega Paint Set Individual Paint
100% Army Painter Spray Match

At Big Orbit Games, we have been eagerly awaiting the release of a range of brush-on paints from The Army Painter for some time, being big fans of their range of colour spray primers. The Army Painter have taken account of the popularity of their sprays when forming their brush on paint range with an exact match of each of their spray paints represented in their brush-on range. To my mind this represents one of the best reasons to use army painter paints as it makes touching up any over-painted areas a doddle.

On to the paints themselves, The Army Painter have cherry-picked suppliers of each type of paint types, acrylics, metallics & ink washes, this results in a unique range of paints with heavy focus on quality.

  • The acrylics (colours) have a good consistency if well shaken, flowing well and proving a good degree of coverage due to a high concentration of colour pigment. The range of colours available is broad and will meet most hobbyists needs.
  • The inks are not your classic shiny inks, more akin to Games Workshop’s range of washes, these settle into the recesses nicely producing a nice level of graduation.
  • Finally the metallics are produce a convincing metal effect without looking grainy.

All in all the quality of the paints speak for themselves.

On to the brushes, these are comparable in quality to other mainstream hobby brushes, except the small dry brush which, although easy to use due to the 45 degree angle on the bristles does tend to wear quite quickly. One feature of the army painter brushes that I have always found quite useful is the triangular grip, this makes the brush much easier to control, improving painting results.

The Army Painter Mega Paint Set Paints
The Army Painter Mega Paint Box Contents

On to price, I think most of us slightly begrudge spending money on paints and brushes etc, it means less money to spend on models and the £85 RRP of The Army Painter Mega Paint Set seems like quite an investment (although it is only £72.25 – Ed). That said you do get a lot for your money, the brushes alone have an RRP of £21, meaning you get 37 paints, inks & varnishes for the remaining £64, £1.77 each (or £1.51 – Ed), this represents real value for money.


The Army Painter’s Mega Paint Set contains a broad selection of quality paints that has the advantage of working seamlessly with The Army Painter’s range of spray paints.

It comes with a wide enough range of brushes for most wargamers needs.

The Mega Paint Set represents great value for money working out at just £1.77 each, or £1.51 from Big Orbit Games.

The Mega Paint Set scores…

Overall score: 9/10


9 thoughts on “The Army Painter Mega Paint Set review

  • February 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Will the paints in this range ever be made available individually?

    I’m hesitant to buy into any range that doesn’t offer that option.

    • February 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Hello Mark

      Individual paints are due in about a month.

      We are thing of offering them early by breaking a couple of Mega Paint Sets up.

      We will try to do this next week – Time permitting

  • February 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the reply!

    I’ll add a few of the individual paints to my next order and give them a try, it’s not often that a new paint range gets released.

    Been wanting to buy a citadel mega paint set for a while now, but never have the money during the 2 weeks each year that GW sells it. This might be a good alternative.

    • February 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Gives us more reason to try to get them on the site then 🙂

      Take a look on the site toward the end of the week.

  • February 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve been thinking about moving away from my P3 paints. I’m a frugal person, and 36 paints in a range is small enough that I can eventually get the entire range.

    When I get some of these paints, I’ll review them on my site as well. I should be able to compare them to P3 and Reaper Master Series. I’d love to be able to do a review of the entire range at once, though.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • February 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I would really like to just buy one or two of these paints to see if I like them. If I tried one and I liked it then I would probably be more willing to buy a large set. I am not really willing to buy the whole set when I have never used those paints. There is just too much uncertainty. I does sound promising that they match the spray primers. I am already using the Army Painter’s spray primer + Quickshade. I am concerned that they will be too watery and that they might not cover well. I had that objection to the Vallejo Game Color paints. I don’t like Vallejo Game Color at all. I would hate to buy the whole paint set and then discover that I didn’t like the paints.

    • February 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Joshua – As mentioned we will try to get these listed on the site individually this week – It’s kinda time consuming as we’ll need to take pics and everything.
      Bob – It would be interesting to hear how you feel they compare to P3 & Reaper 🙂

  • February 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Should I ever finish the immense pile of paints I seem to have acquired over the years, I think this will be top of my list to replace them.

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