Games Workshop Announces New Citadel Paint Line
Games Workshop has announced a new paint line that indicates a new painting philosophy.
Games Workshop (GW) revealed that it will be redoing its Citadel Paint products line on April 7th. A cynic might say its about time for a change, but this time it’s more than just a tweak to the formula or a new bottle. The latest change represents a wholesale change in the Nottingham company’s painting philosophy.
The first indication of a sweeping change is that all 145 of the new paints have brand new names. GW have already put up a rough conversion of old Citadel paints to the new ones. The new paint names are based on GW IP and not generic like the original line. The colors are slightly different from the ones they “replace”.
The next noticeable change is that their are five different types of paint. They are: base, shade, layer, dry and glaze. There are also weathering effects, primers and protective coats. This is where the philosophy becomes apparent. GW has designed a painting system meant for new painters and gamers to get good results with minimal effort or talent. You apply the paint in the order specified (base > shade > layer > dry > glaze > weather) and skip steps you don’t want or find unnecessary. Each paint type is slightly different for its expected stage, so dry (short for dry brushing) is thicker than the watery washes and even the hearty base coat. The end result is decent painted figures with minimal fuss.
While targeting the vast majority sounds good, does it actually do what it says it should? According the people who have had a chance to use the new paints it does exactly what GW set out to do, which is make good-looking painted minis with minimal effort. For many inexperienced painters or players only interested in gaming, a simple system to paint one hundred plus miniatures with stealer results is long over due.
The new line is clearly aimed at gaming hobbiest and not painting gurus, who already have many premium paint lines to choose from. The most vocal opposition is coming from would be Golden Demon painters. But after years of putting out the same product with minor refreshes, it seems GW now has finally released a product that targets the silent majority. It’s the first revolutionary thing the boys from Nottingham have done since Rogue Trader and plastic Space Marines.