24 Mar 2012

New Citadel '145' paints- review

This morning I spent some time in my local GW, testing the new Citadel paints- painting an Ultramarine to compare with my marines using the old paints.

First thoughts- very positive, the paints are now produced in the UK- thus the paints are slightly different in colour to the previous colours. however the colours are extremely close to the 'originals'

There are 6 types of paints- Base, Layer, Shade, Glaze, Dry and Texture- all work well and I'm very impressed with the results. These paints should work with the citadel spray gun, however the Dry, and Texture are extremely thick- in fact you can hold the pot upside-down with no spillage!

Currently GW have some 'top trump' style cards that show which old paint, the new represents- eg- Macragge Blue Base is Ultramarine blue etc.

It was good to hear that some of the old favourites- Brazen Bronze and Tentacle Pink have made a reappearance to!

Painting- On testing the paint I found it really easy to use, and didn't have to water the paint down, the Base goes onto a black undercoat nicely. The Layer and Dry paints are manageable and produce good results. The Glaze and Shade are far advanced in comparison to earlier washes, with the colour taking really well.


Here is an example of the marine I painted whilst in the shop this morning- not the greatest painted, but you can see the Macragge Blue is almost identical to Ultramarine blue.

Closing- I've very impressed with the paints, at first I was slightly nervous as the thought of having 'two different blue tones' in my army. ( I'd even for a brief moment considered a new SM army!) however after trialling the new paints at GW Poole, I'm sure I won't be disappointed with the results- after all its the paint that makes the painter!!


  1. Nice to hear that at least some of the old range have a near identical match. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  2. Snake- no problems! I enjoyed trailling the new paints- I'm still not sure whether to bite the bullet and sell all of my old paints and buy the new ones!

  3. Hey, great review! I was wondering though, do you have a more complete photo or scan of that painting guide you posted with this? Much of it is cut off and I can't find a copy of this anywhere. Thanks!


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