I think we all expected more from Artis Opus, but who would have guessed it would be a paint Mixer / Shaker for Miniature Paints? I’d like to say this is semi-exclusive news – but only because I found out about it yesterday – woohoo!
After the incredibly successful Artis Opus Series S, Series M and my personal favourite Drybrushes the Series D (see our review). I’ve been curious about the growth of Artis Opus. With this, I think AO are cementing their place as ‘the’ brand offering premium hobby tools like nobody else.
If you haven’t used a vortex paint mixer, I have to say when you get your hands on one they immediately become one of the most valuable tools in your armoury. These are commonly seen as lab equipment and I have covered them before. They are the best paint shakers for miniature paints. – which I’ll probably need to re-write yay.
You can see it in action here.
Immediately, this Artis Opus model seems the better option. The switch allows for 2 modes. Mode A means your shaker is controlled by the dial for variable speed. Mode B also has dial controlled variable speed but this activates when you depress a bottle on the top. Whereas mine has no variable speed (which is something I’d really like). Oh, and the removable power lead is a godsend (trust me!).
Is this for everyone? No. many people would initially be put off by the price of these. However, if you are someone who has a ton of paints heavy-medium paint like Army Painter, Vallejo or GW’s Metallics and lighter hues. Or if you get wrist ache, these are incredible. My current vortex mixer has recovered paints from near-death. In the case of GW metallics, mine transformed some of my least favourite pains into my most favourite.
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