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Using colour primers

A wide selection

Our Colour Primer Sprays are a unique combination of a primer and a base coat in one. We have developed a unique formula that works specifically well on metal, plastic, and resin miniatures. These Colour Primers leave a perfect matt finish, so paint adheres better than the standard sprays on the market. Featuring super-fine, heavily pigmented paint, and a specially-designed nozzle – The Army Painter Colour Primers ensure that you get excellent coverage without obscuring the fine details on your miniature. Save time at the hobby desk and Get More Time for Gaming with our Colour Primers. Instead of applying a base coat by hand, simply pick the most dominant colour on your miniature or army and spray away.

Our Colour Primer range

– Updated with 7 new colours –

4 Permanent Additions

When revisiting the range, we looked at what was selling well, what wasn’t and removed some colours that were redundant, added colours that came highly requested by customers like you, and we strategically added two colours that work insanely well with Speedpaint! All these colours share in our 100% Colour Match theory, so they are identical to their Warpaint counterparts, including our first ever Gold Metallic Spray. This spray requires a special formulation that our team of paint pros spent months perfecting for a perfectly vibrant, shimmering gold for a regal basecoat that won’t break the bank.

3 Splash Releases

We tested countless colours, some just didn’t make the cut, others were close, but too good not to offer for a limited time. So, while supplies last have fun playing with Pixie Pink, Hydra Turquoise, and Deep Blue as part of this splash release. Get them while you can!

3 Outdated (In stock for a limited time)

While our Chaotic Red, Goblin Green, and Crystal Blue Colour Primer Sprays are fantastic colours loved by many over the last 15 years, after feeback from gamers, hobbyists, and retailers – these were not the best performing Sprays in our catalog. So, we took this opportunity to refresh the line-up with new and exciting colours. For those dyed-in-the-wool lovers of those three colours, don’t fret. We will keep these fallen soldiers available on our web store long enough for you to stock up and prime the grey plastic you’ve been waiting to add to your army collection.

Always a perfect match

Our 2-in-1 Colour Primer Sprays save loads of time because they allow you to prime and basecoat your models – or entire armies – in one step. Unique to our Colour Primers is that they are all a 100% match to the Warpaint™ of the same name. This makes touch-ups easy if you’ve missed any of those hard-to-reach details on the model or happen to paint “outside the lines.”

Let the primer do the work

The more you can let the spray do the hard work the faster your army will be complete. Steeds in particular are a good example of where you could use different colours and save time compared to basecoating with a brush. Glue the models together with Super Glue once dry.

Here is just one example of this, but the possible combinations are endless.

How to use a Colour Primer

Mount the miniatures on a piece of cardboard or wood with either white tack or by spraying a bit of primer on the surface and attach the miniatures onto the stick before the paint dries. This is very easy and fast.


Insert a flathead screwdriver in the slot and twist to break seal.


Shake in a clockwise/counterclockwise motion for 1 min.


Spray at a distance of 15-20 cm (6-8˝). Remember to only use our Colour Primers outside and not under adverse weather conditions. Move the spray at all times to avoid drowning the miniature in paint and obscuring the details.


Spray multiple thin coats in a constant passing motion, starting and stopping while pointing away from the miniatures. Allow the primer to be dry in between coats.


Empty nozzle upside down after each use and store at room temperature away from direct sunlight.


Now our model is ready to be either basecoated or airbrushed.

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*SNIFF* I Love The Smell Of Colour Primer In The Morning – But You Should Still Use Your Primer In A Well Ventilated Area

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