Wet Palettes

By Michael Cannon / September 15, 2008

Here’s a review of the Privateer Press wet pallette from the privateer boards that I thought I’d share:

"When I heard that Privateer Press was putting out a wet palette for
figpainting I did some research, and learned how to make my own.
Ironically, I ended up using a Privateer Press blister box, a sponge,
and some wax paper. Total price tag – FREE (I had all the materials on

It worked great. Wet palette painting has added a huge new dimension to
my work, and I demonstrate it all the time at the Friendly Local  Games

Friday I picked up the P3 Wet Palette, figuring that it would be better than what I’d put together. Boy was I wrong.

The P3 system appears to have been designed to wick water slowly (the
"sponge" is a sheet of blister foam. Not absorbant at all, though it
LOOKs like a sponge) up to parchment paper that is designed to wick
water quickly. The box is not air-tight, and has a lot of air in it
thanks to the high lid. The result? Paint dries out in a day at the
most. Other flaws — after a day or two the paper has a tendancy to
curl right up under your paints, quickly drying your blends. The pad of
20 sheets, therefore is good for a minimum of 20 painting sessions and
a maximum of 40 (assuming your sessions are paired back-to-back. )

My system (kitchen sponge, wax paper, Privateer Press blister box)
wicks water quickly to the paper, which wicks water quite slowly. I’ve
had paints stay good in there for WEEKS, and have painted with the same
little puddles for several sessions in a row.

I’ve been experimenting with the P3 palette for two days now, trying to
see if I can get it to do what I need it to. It has failed for me
repeatedly. It’s better than NOT painting with a wet palette, but it’s
far too expensive ($20) for a plastic box, a sheet of cheap foam
padding, and a pad of parchment paper that conspire to not work
together as well as something you can build for free.

I love the P3 paints, and adore the miniatures. It’s a shame this product is such dross. 

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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