AK has renewed, rebranded and created a "new generation" of acrylic paints for their impressive line of products. There is a focus on historical accuracy and helping modellers build their paint collection by packaging small "all in one" paint kits for specific subjects like vehicle paint and camouflage schemes or national uniforms.
AK paints are free of odors commonly found in aggressive solvent based paints. The paint sets seem to fall into 3 formulations: the Real Color acrylic lacquer paints, the Figure and Wargame acrylics that seem to carry a bit more pigment and work better with hand brushing, and the AFV and Naval acrylic series designed for airbrushing.
Most, if not all, of AK's paints utilize the scale reduction effect (SRE), so they are a touch lighter than their real world counterparts. A figure or model reflects less light than the actual, full size subject. This means that the color applied to the model must be of a lighter shade to look the same as the full sized version. If the exact same shade were applied to each, the model would appear darker as it reflects less light.
There are 114 colours in this new set designed, after much research, to accurately reproduce the original, historical colors. These paints come in 10ml glass pots similar to Tamiya and Mr. Color contaiers. Like those paints, these are acrylic lacquer paints with an alcohol smell similar to Tamiya.
AK states that Real Colors are highly compatible with other acrylic lacquer paints. AK suggests that we thin these paints with the set's specific thinner, or use thinners from other manufacturers intended for acrylic lacquer paints (non-vinyl), lacquer thinners, alcohol, or water.
They are advertised to spray smoothly through an airbrush, preventing tip-dry and clogging. They dry to a soft matt finish, and hold any weathering products and effects.
AK has packaged these paints in 23 sets, each containing three or four colors, for painting specific WWII and Modern vehicles, units and national forces.
Here is AK's colour equivalency table to give you a better idea of this new line of paints.
The AK Figure Series is specially formulated for the painting of figures. These acrylic paints contain the highest quality pigments and are designed to offer optimal coverage when applied by brush. This line offers the perfect balance between fusion of colors, opacity and intensity so it can compete with Scale 75 paints used by some figure painters.
The paints dry to a matte finish, and their covering and drying abilities are designed to maximize your figure painting workflow. When airbrushing AK recommends diluting with 40% AK 712 thinner. Tap water may be substituted, but results may vary.
Packaged in standard dropper bottles, these paints are avialable in 25 sets of three to six colours, representing national uniforms, camouflage patterns and colour ranges.
These paints are designed for painting wargame miniatures, and specifially target historical wargamers. This series has a range of paints that offers tonal variation among the same color that allows you to use the color modulation method. Ak encourages the use of weathering products to get an ultra realistic finish.
Similar to the Figure Series, these are matte paints designed for brush application. They can be applied by airbrush, just dilute with 40% AK 712 thinner, or even water.
Packaged in standard dropper bottles, these paints are avialable in five sets of six colours that focus on WWII German, US and Russian armrour.
The AK series of historically accurate paints for Armoured Fighting Vehicles targets modellers interested in recreating the color schemes of a wide variety of WWII and modern militaries. The paints come pre-diluted, ready for use in an airbrush. Thinner may only be necessary when painting fine detail and AK suggests using their AK-712.
Packaged in standard dropper bottles, these paints are avialable in 20 sets of three to six colours, representing national forces, specific units, and camouflage patterns.
The historic accuracy of this series of paint should apeal to naval modellers of WWII subjects. The paints within each bottle are true to the satin original colors used on the ships.
Similar to the AFV Series, these are paints designed for airbrushing straight from the bottle; simply shake, and the paint is ready to go. Dilution is not necessary when airbrushing these paints; however, when painting camouflage or fine lines, add a few drops of our specially formulated thinner AK-712.
Packaged in standard dropper bottles, these paints are avialable in five sets of six colours that focus on WWII US, British and German navies.
Weathering has been AK's bread and butter over the years. They continue to sell their excellent enamel effect and pigment products, and they have augmented this line with paints designed to achieve realistic, scale representations of specific materials like wood and rubber.
With a similar formulation to the AFV and Naval series these paints come pre-diluted for use in an airbrush, but they can be hand brushed as well. Adding thinner may only be necessary when painting fine detail and AK suggests using their AK-712.
These paints come packaged in standard dropper bottles, in sets of six colours.