Sorry, this isn't a miracle thread that tells you all you need to know about working with enamels. I don't have the experience yet to claim I can do that. But for years, I've shied away from enamels, fearing that they were much harder to use than acrylics. I used enamels on model kits for several years with... okay results, but once I started miniature painting and discovered acrylics, my work almost immediately started to improve. Naturally, it was easy to assume that acrylics were somehow 'better' than enamels, and I stuck with them. However, recently there have been several artists claiming that enamels are generally more durable, bonding with plastic better, and the results they produce certainly seem to be of a quality at least on a par with equivalent acrylic painters. So I got thinking, maybe I should give enamels another try. Maybe they're not actually the bane of my existence (or something a smidge leess dramatic ). I've gained a lot of knowledge and experience in the last fifteen years or so with acrylics... can I use that and get the results I want from enamels. Well, I've only been playing with them again for the last week or so, and I have to say, they haven't been as difficult to use as I remembered. The only trick I've established so far is don't use enamels straight out of the tin; they'll almost invariably be fairly thick, and the couple of coats it'll take to cover will start to fill in scribed detail. I'm tending to dip the tip of my brush in thinner before taking a little paint from the tin, and it's covering areas of my KO Reverse Convoy in 2 or 3 coats without much hassle. The idea of this thread, though, is to throw the question out to those members who do successfully use enamels. I'm not intending to attempt to sway people to the cause (especially as I'm still deciding how 'sold' I am myself), so much as to remove some of the barriers that stop people from trying them. How do you do it? What key facts do we need to know about enamels to get the best out of them? What equipment is essential to get started?