Today I'm taking a quick look at Vallejo's model air paint set for the Imperial Japanese Army.
In the UK this set of 8 paints costs £14.50, if you were to buy these separately you'd be looking at 8 x £1.89 = £15.12. That's a saving of a whole 62p, that's enough to get my juices flowing. That's okay though because you get a guide with it...right. Well no you don't really. You are told that 3 of the 8 paints you've just bought are applicable for 1942 onward, whilst the other 5 are for the typical early war scheme with the yellow cross.
On the left we have the 3 late war colours (mid war in FOW terms) and on the right the 5 colours for early war.
As you can see 2 of those are surface primers and look to me as if they need a really really good shake.
As a Flames of War player, I'm really only going to need the 5 early war colours, so 3 of them are superfluous to my needs at present... no doubt I'll find a use for them elsewhere. Also the yellow...well I have yellow from painting other things, I wouldn't really say I need another bottle.
From my perspective I've paid double what I really needed to, however when Fezman says "You need anything from snmstuff" it's a lot easier to say "Grab that Vallejo Japanese boxset" rather than specifying 4/5 paints they may or may not have in stock.
Overall I'm a little bit disappointed...I've not saved any money by buying a set and I've ended up with paints I don't need.
|Left = Earth Green; Right = Parched Grass|
|Left = Earth Brown Stripe; Right = Field Green Stripe|
|Left = Blue Green & Cam Pale Brown; Right = Black Brown|
|and also yellow|
My conclusion...don't buy this set, buy the individual pots you need and gets an assault rating of "Bounced by defensive fire" (which is the second lowest rating on a scale I just made up).
I hope someone finds the colour comparisons useful.
Thanks for reading