15 November 2016

Organising my Vallejo Paints

I had a rather good question raised by a fellow blogger John de Terra Neuve regarding how I organise my paints. So without further ado I shall explain and show how my Vallejo paints are organised.

Firstly I have some very nice Paint racks that I designed and got Martin at Warbases to produce for me. Now just a word about these racks they are larger than those you can PURCHASE HERE.
Simply because my racks hold 90 bottles and are a very awkward fit for posting. So I allowed him to alter my design a little to make posting easier and thus retailing them.The smaller version holds 45 bottles but is very reasonably priced at £7.00 a rack. When I designed these racks I ensured that they not only are stable fully loaded they are also stack able as well as being very easy to construct.

Now organising them was made easier by my realisation that Vallejo has another code on each bottle that is different to the paint Identifier (VAL XXX).

I will explain in the following picture.

Above is a snippet of the Vallejo colour chart and what I noticed was that it is laid out in a sequence that groups similar types of colours together with the odd exception. If you notice just below each colour there is a number within an Oval this denotes its position within the paint rack for a supplier thus making it easier to stock the right paint into the gap on the commercial rack.So lets take the VAL958 Rosa /Pink as an example.
The bottle above shows all the same information and to the side of the Vallejo logo is the number that is ovalled on the chart, which denotes its rack position.

I decided this would also benefit me greatly as I could order my racks as per the colour chart and if I run out of a colour instead of trying to remember the VAL number and name I only need to know the rack position. 

As you can see from the image below I have my paints sorted in that exact method.

You will notice that I have also got my racks labelled and a little bit of a painted square of colour which aids me in both selecting colours and replacing them back after use, I often have 30 or so paints out at anyone time so every little thing helps to control the chaos at times.That's my excuse anyway although the reality is I'm more than a little OCD 😦

If you want to label your own racks then I have created a shareable spreadsheet that has the same information contained on the Vallejo paint chart with a blank section to paint your own test patch feel free to DOWNLOAD A COPY HERE.

This has also had a benefit in creating triads, and now I simply jot down rack positions for any set I find particulary useful or as is more common of late for coming back to a half started project as I record the colours I use or intend to as can be seen in the example below.

Now having said all this it is probably a good time to remind everyone that I have a lot of triads available to freely download just visit the tabs at the top of this page and help yourself.

I hope this has at least helped in someway to explain both how I organise my paints and some of the methodology on how I work.

Until next time



  1. "......although the reality is I'm more than a little OCD 😦" Maybe a smidgen mate!

    1. I am honest enough to realise it's an issue. Thankfully not to bad these days more order than chaos in the old swede

  2. Secretly, I would love to be these organised!

    1. I am surprised you are not organised. I can't believe it!!! "Checks calender to ensure it's not April"

  3. Defiantly a job for me pre challenge time .. I need to get my paints sorted! And this looks grand

  4. LOL mine are just piled in an old Ice-cream tub! I am as organised as scribble.

  5. Excellent organization mate, very practical/functional.

  6. Thanks for the post Loki, it is an excellent system, I had missed the "rack" number on the bottles.

    I believe I will have to put an order in.

    Again many thanks,


  7. Great collection, excellently organised. My own Vallejos are unfortunately all over the work station :(

  8. Great system and even better that it is possible to order the racks from Warbases. Thanks to the tip!

  9. that looks like painting heven, and I was chuffed because I finally got it tidy enough to see each pot :)
    you continue to inspire


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