I started working on some miniatures this week. I got a starter box of Space Wolves, and I have them partially assembled. I opened up my box of painting supplies that has been in storage for the better part of a decade to discover that most of the paints have dried up. That wasn't much of surprise since most of them are pushing 20 years old! The ones that had dried up were a mix of old Ral Partha paints from the late 80s early 90s era, and some screw top Citadels from the early 2000s. The only ones to survive? Flip top Citadels from the late 80s!
At any rate, this necessitates a lot new paints. I've been looking around at the new Citadel stuff, the Vallejo range, and Army Painter. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I'm leaning towards Army Painter because they offer a fairly low priced set, and their spray primers seem to be exactly what I need. I'm guessing that any of these will do nicely as I'm one of those cheap bastards that has used the cheap paints from the craft store in the past.
Update: I took the plunge and went for the Army Painter Mega Paint set, and a can of the Wolf Grey primer. I'm not buying into their Quickshade process though. I remember talking to old grognards in the 80's that swore by dipping their miniatures in minwax, and everyone one they showed me looked like crap. I'm going to stick to traditional inks and washes (most of my old ones have survived storage), and matte sealer.