"A real painter mixes their own colors... "
I must have a masochistic streak to have those words float across my consciousness. How does such a thought even enter one's brain? I have tons of Foundry triad paints. I also have well over 100 Vallejo colors. I never mix colors when I paint my miniatures. Ever! Why should I? I have each separate pigment of the rainbow in its separate pot already.
I have always wanted to take oil painting lessons from a quality artist and I am blessed to have an amazing studio only a block away from my house, as well as a wonderful wife who purchased lessons for me for my birthday. I was starting my oil painting lessons, and I knew from the supplies list that I would only be purchasing six colors. Six. That's it. "These colors will get you everything that you need", said my teacher when we first met as he handed me the list. I looked at his amazing art on the walls. I looked at his palette. Yep, there were six tubes of color on his palette, and a world of color on his canvas.
That cemented it. I realized that I was going to mix my own colors from here on out. But, I had to be smart about it. I wanted the least amount of drama possible, so I picked my initial colors from the new Citadel range. They had just changed over and I was reading good things about their paints. I have the excellent book Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green and I took my cue from them: I selected my colors following their instructions: two yellows (one warm/orange, one cool/green), two reds (one warm/orange, one cool/crimson), and two blues (one leaning toward green, the other toward violet). After that six, I then chose the "extras" that they recommended: some browns, a Phthalo blue and a dark green.
It was off to the local game store to try to match the paints as best as I could. Here's what I came up with: Flash Gitz Yellow, Yriel Yellow, Tau Light Ochre, Skrag Brown, Doombull Brown, Evil Sunz Scarlet, Wazdakka Red, Altdorf Guard Blue, Kantor Blue, Tecus Blue and Kabalite Green. Yes, the names of the paints are stupid.