When painting miniatures, terrain, or pretty much anything else for my RPG table I tend to use cheap paint. Actually "cheap" isn't always the appropriate word. "Cost Effective" is much more appropriate. I will use bargain mis-matched house paint for terrain pieces, and I might use cheap paint as undercoating for projects, but I'm not a fan of using cheap house paint to actually paint my house.
When painting miniatures I cannot see spending big bucks on special paint for miniatures when good craft paint can do just as well. I have a huge selection of Delta Ceramcoat paints I use for minis. Many of my colors were purchased for under $1.
I favor the cheaper paints like the Delta Ceramcoat line.
If you go to the Delta Creative website there are some great tools available, for free, that will help you get the most out of these less expensive paints. Their Tips & Techniques page is filled with great stuff:
- Highlight and Shading "chart". No need to guess which color is supposed to be a highlight or shade for the color you might be using, just look it up. No need to try and lighten or darken your current shade by hand.
- Color guide. Know what colors you need to get. I use this to keep track of the colors in my inventory.
- Conversion chart. If you end up finding a good deal on some other brands of craft paint you can use this chart to figure out what is the equivalent Delta Ceramcoat color.
There are some other good bits of info on the Delta site, but these three are the highlights for me.