Layman's Gunpla Guide - Paint References


As I mentioned over here, I've started to test all of my paints on cheap plastic spoons to get the feel for a colour before applying it to a kit. Instead of just hogging them for myself, I've decided to share them here. Granted, there's no better experience then testing out the colours yourself. The true colour of the paints will vary from the photos due to fluctuating camera settings and even the setup of your own monitor.


Note - The shade of these colors may change based on usage, especially the underlying base coat. All of these paint samples done straight on top of white plastic spoons. Unless otherwise stated there no primer or topcoat has been used. You can read more on how primer effects paint colours here.


Tamiya - Acrylics Jars

Tamiya acrylics come in 10 and 23ml jars. They can be found at most hobby shops in North America and Asia. Technically, as they are some sort of acrylic/lacquer hybrid, they shouldn't be thinned with water. I've had great results with Tamiya's X-20A acrylic and you can use Tamiya's lacquer thinner in part as well. They spray really well and clean up easily. Here's their full list of colour options.

Tamiya XF-7 Flat Red

Tamiya X-8 Lemon Yellow

Tamiya XF-55 Desert Yellow


Tamiya X-15 Light Green

Tamiya X-28 Park Green


Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green


Tamiya XF-26 Deep Green

Tamiya X-5 Green

Tamiya XF-65 Dark Green




Tamiya XF-37 Black Green


Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue


Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue



Tamiya XF-50 Field Blue


Tamiya X-4 Blue


Tamiya XF-17 Sea Blue




Tamiya X-16 Purple


Tamiya X-11 Chrome Silver


Tamiya X-21 Titanium Gold



Tamiya X-12 Gold Leaf


Tamiya XF-6 Copper


Tamiya XF-12 JN Gray



Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey


Tamiya XF-54 Dark Sea Grey


Tamiya XF-20 Medium Grey



Tamiya XF-65 Field Grey


Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Grey


Tamiya XF-66 Light Grey



Tamiya XF-63 German Grey


Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black



Tamiya - Spray Cans

Tamiya spray cans are a synthetic lacquer, great for folks who don't have an air brush though folks with an airbrush will get better results and more mileage after decanting. Tamiya Spray Cans can be found at most hobby shops in North America and Asia. You can view the full list of colours here. Warning - Do not use Tamiya PS sprays on your Gunpla. They're for poly-carbonate plastic and can eat through the plastic Gundam kits are made from.


Tamiya TS-85 Bright Mica Red

Tamiya TS-39 Mica Red

Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red


Tamiya TS-23 Lavender


Tamiya TS-56 Brilliant Orange

Tamiya TS-12 Orange


Tamiya TS-47 Chrome Yellow



Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow

Tamiya TS-22 Light Green



Tamiya TS-20 Metallic Green


Tamiya TS-19 Metallic Blue

Tamiya AS-19 Intermediate Blue



Tamiya TS-15 Blue

Tamiya AS-8 Navy Blue

Tamiya TS-53 Deep Metalic Blue


Tamiya TS-64 Dark Mica Blue

Tamiya TS-57 Blue Violet

Tamiya TS-24 Purple


Tamiya TS-76 Mica Silver

Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver

Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminum


Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf

Tamiya TS-42 Light Gunmetal

Tamiya TS-38 Gunmetal


Tamiya TS-21 Gold

Tamiya AS-20 Insignia White

Tamiya AS-2 Light Grey


Tamiya AS-11 Medium Sea Grey

Tamiya AS-32 Medium Sea Gray 2 (RAF)

Tamiya TS-48 Gunship Grey


Tamiya TS-40 Metallic Black

Tamiya TS-6 Matt Black

Tamiya TS-29 Semi-Gloss Black


Tamiya TS-14 Black




Tamiya - Clear Spray Cans

Tamiya TS-74 Clear Red

Tamiya TS-73 Clear Orange

Tamiya TX-72 Clear Blue


Tamiya TS-71 Clear Smoke



Model Master - Acryl Jars

My experience with Model Master's Acryl lineup is pretty limited. They seem to have great colour options but I haven't worked with them long enough to figure out the proper thinning ratio. Should be available in your average North American hobby shop. You can view all of their colour options here.

Model Master 4852 Green Zinc Chromate

Model Master 4643 Purple Pearl

Model Master 4650 Gape Pearl


Model Master - Spray Cans

Model Master's spray cans come in lacquer and enamel forms depending on the line. I believe most colours either fall into one category or another.  I'm not a fan because they spray really thick.. You can find them in most North American hobby shops and large chains like Michaels.

Model Master 2918 Guards Red

Model Master 3659 Grabber Orange

Model Master 1930 Flat Gull Gray


Model Master 1246 Silver

Model Master 1290 Chrome

Model Master 2921 Classic Black


Testor - Spray Cans

Testors' spray cans, like their cousin Model Master sprays, come in lacquer and enamel forms depending on the line. I believe most colours either fall into one category or another. They spray really thick, I'm not a fan. You can find them in most North American hobby shops and large chains like Michaels.

There's also "One Coat Lacquer " line that's full of sparkles and geared toward model cars. Looks great but a thick coating can cause bubbles and issues that otherwise ruin the paint.

Testors One Coat Lacquer Revving Red

Testors 2967 Sublime Green

Testors One Coat Lacquer Lime Ice


Testors One Coat Lacquer Icy Blue

Testors Saphire Blue Metallic

Testors One Coat Lacquer Purple-licious


Testors One Coat Lacquer Diamond Dust



Krylon - Spray Can Primers

Krylon primers are fanastic and highly recommended. You can find them at most Michaels craft stores. More on priming here.

Krylon White Primer

Krylon Gray Primer

Krylon Black Primer


Krylon - Spray Cans

These are some other Krylong sprays I picked up from Michaels to mess around with. The Glitter Sprays are just glitter suspending in a clear gloss, many coats of this clear can result in a bit of yellowing. Glitter Blasts are pretty much the same thing, just with 100000x more glitter.

Krylon Glitter Blash Orange Burst

Krylon Gitter Spray Golden Glow

Krylon Sun Yellow


Krylon Glitter Spray Glam Green

Krylon Glitter Blast Lucky Green



The Army Painter - Spray Primers

The Army Painter company markets toward folks building game miniatures like 40k. Their paints are available in the US and UK. You can view all of their US primer options here.

Army Painter Primer Pure Red

Army Painter Primer Army Green




Rustoleum - Spray Cans

Rustoleum spray cans can be found in your local hardware store. I don't have much experience with them.

Rustoleum Metallic Silver



Valspar - Spray Cans

Valspar spray cans can be found in your local hardware store. Lots of great colour options but they go on too thick for most Gunpla applications. Most colours don't have any names so ones I provided for personal reference are in quotes below.

Valspar "Light Green" Satin

Valspar "Moss Green" Satin

Valspar "Dark Green" Satin


Valspar "Off Blue"

Valspar "Dark Blue"

Valspar "Dark Purple" Satin


Valspar Stainless Steel