We researched 25 different paint sets that are good for miniatures. In summary, we collected the top 3 best paints for Warhammer. If you want to know our top 1, it is The Army Painter Warpaints Mega Paint Set). Read here for more details.

Best paints for Warhammer 40K:

Best Paint for Warhammer 40K: The Army Painter Warpaints Mega Paint Set

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The Army Painter Miniature Painting Kit with Bonus Wargamer Regiment Miniature Paint Brush - Acrylic Model Paint Set with 50 Bottles of Non Toxic Model Paints - Mega Paint Set 3
  • COMPLETE SET OF 50 WARGAMER MINIATURE PAINTS + 1 DETAIL PAINT BRUSH - An exceptional model paint set that includes 50 Warpaints: 39 nontoxic acrylic miniatures paints, 5 metallics, 4 Quickshade Washes and 2 Effects paints; 1 triangular-handled Regiment detail paint brush and a detail-rich painting guide
  • GREAT DEAL SAVINGS - The Army Painter Mega Paint Set 3 offers excellent value for your money. You can save about 17% if you get this terrific Warhammer paint set rather than buy one bottle of plastic model paint at a time
  • FANTASTIC CONSISTENCY AND COLOR PIGMENT - Each bottle in this plastic model paint set is 0.6 oz/18 ml. They are not too thick and not too watery; offers great quality coverage and usability with just the right viscosity, making it easy to manipulate and work with
  • EASY-TO-SQUEEZE DROPPER BOTTLE - The dropper cap system enables you to administer the exact amounts of paint you need without having to open the lid all the time. This ergonomic design prevents wastage and drying out the paint even when left opened while you’re painting miniatures
  • FOR BEGINNERS AND VETERANS ALIKE - This superb and popular miniatures paint set for warhammer 40k figures, reaper miniatures, battletech miniature and other wargame models includes the best possible quality paints, metallics and washes available today that can be used by wargame painters of all levels

The Army Painter Warpaints Mega Paint Set is among almost everyone’s recommended list for so many good reasons. First of all, it has a very good number of colors to choose from whether you are planning to paint on Orks or color the Tau Empire. It has very good value for the price that you pay because of the various shades of one color along with being easy to use for both beginners and experts in the field. The only requirement you need here is a very strong spray primer or else the effect won’t be that much of high quality. We recommend the Citadel Primer Spray for this.

The Army Painter Miniature Painting Kit with Bonus Wargamer Regiment Miniature Paint Brush - Acrylic Model Paint Set with 50 Bottles of Non Toxic Model Paints - Mega Paint Set 3

Pros

  • Good starter kit
  • Great value
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Will require a very strong primer
  • Bulky

Best Value Paint for Warhammer 40K: Vallejo Basic Color Set

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Vallejo Basic USA Colors Paint Set, 17ml
  • Model color has been formulated with permanent pigments for fine arts; all colors are completely lightfast and opaque
  • The consistency of Model color allows for an extremely smooth and uniform paint film, with no trace of brushstrokes
  • The water based formula of Model color has been specifically developed for adherence on difficult surfaces such as metal and plastic

If The Army Painter is too expensive for you, Vallejo Basic Color Set is great for both beginners and long-time hobbyists. Not only is it cheap but it offers a good number of colors as well. It doesn’t matter if you are painting bright-colored units or very dark ones: Vallejo has all the right basic colors you need. It also does not require a very strong primer in order to deliver high quality colors too. The only two gripes we have here are the thick consistency and the bubbling.

Vallejo Basic USA Colors Paint Set, 17ml

Pros

  • Highly recommended by hobbyists
  • Wide options of colors
  • Quick dry

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bubbles up
  • Slightly thick

Best Premium Paint for Warhammer 40K: Citadel Paint Set

Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 Citadel Base Paint Set
  • Citadel Base Paints are the foundation upon which a good paint job is built
  • Includes 1 brush and 11 pots of Citadel paints
  • Includes Leadbelcher, Macragge Blue, Waaagh! Flesh, Bugmans Glow
  • Colors cont'd: Mephiston Red, Mournfang Brown, Abaddon Black, Ceramite White
  • Colors continued: Zandri Dust, Averland Sunset & Balthasar Gold

You might be wondering why Citadel Paint Set is not at the number one in this list. Well, that is because it often runs out of stock and it is quite expensive. But if you ignore those two problems and you have one of the strongest paint sets ever made for miniatures. This is especially effective for Citadel-based miniatures which includes both Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Age of Sigmar models.

Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 Citadel Base Paint Set

Pros

  • Official paint from Games Workshop
  • High-quality
  • Vivid colors

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited supplies
  • Only for professionals

Alternative Paints for Warhammer 40K

Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 Citadel Base Paint Set
  • Citadel Base Paints are the foundation upon which a good paint job is built
  • Includes 1 brush and 11 pots of Citadel paints
  • Includes Leadbelcher, Macragge Blue, Waaagh! Flesh, Bugmans Glow
  • Colors cont'd: Mephiston Red, Mournfang Brown, Abaddon Black, Ceramite White
  • Colors continued: Zandri Dust, Averland Sunset & Balthasar Gold

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Game Color Intro Set (16)
  • Waterbased Acrylic Paints
  • 17 ml Eyedropper bottle
  • Designed for wargaming

What I Would Buy

If you ever want to buy a set that has very solid colors and great long-lasting quality, The Army Painter Warpaints Mega Paint Set is the best paint for Warhammer. If you prefer something cheaper, we recommend the Vallejo Basic Color Set instead. But if you want a premium choice, Citadel Paint Set is the most reliable option.

FAQs

Do you need primer for Warhammer?

Yes, you will need a spray or brush on primer in order to color your miniatures properly. without primer, your paints will look bad and the colors “melt” away.

What is the best primer for miniatures?

The most recommended primer is the Citadel Spray Primer but you may choose to go for something cheaper like Vallejo Primer.

Do I need to follow the faction colors?

Usually, it is best to follow the colors as recommended by GW. However, if you strictly play solo or you want your own custom army filled with various factions, you can paint them however you want.

How long does primer take to dry miniatures?

It only takes around 30 to 60 minutes depending on the brand you buy.

What is the best primer for painting plastic?

Citadel Primer Spray is best but as long as the primer product has a label that says it is good for plastic and metal, there is barely any difference in quality.