Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Early Thoughts on the New Citadel Paint Line
I was beyond impressed with the quality of the paint itself. The pigment saturation, the flow and the ease of use were all wonderful. I ended up sidelining the main Citadel paints, though I kept the Metallics, Foundations and Washes. I changed a paint loyalty that measured nearly a decade in the space of a 4 hour class.
Now, a year later, Citadel goes and throws a curve ball at me with this newly remained paint line of theirs.
First things first, as I want to give props to the first blog I read today who had the full paint line up, Dark Future Games, who also gives props to Miniature Wargame Conversions. I've since read about the paint line on various other blogs including Faeit 212, and Apocalypse 40K. Please visit any of them for the full list of paints and tell em Tim sent you if you've never been there before.
Second things second, my reaction: sonava!@#$%
This is reaction born of a mix of elation and frustration, hope and trepidation. Why such a mix of emotions?
The frustration lies in that it took quite a bit of time, effort and money to test and try out different paint brands before I found one, two actually, I was happy with. Both Citadel and P3 do very well in the areas I purchase them for, in my opinion. Now Citadel has to go and improve their paint line? How dare they!
The elation and hope springs from the fact that my first love of paint brands is actually improving their paint line. Not just Improving, but expanding to a line that include categories named Bases, Layers, Shades, Dry, Glaze, Textures and Technical. First impressions lend themselves to a very diverse and flexible range, with rumors of a higher pigment count and better flow.
Finally the trepidation stems from a painters reluctance to change his newly-changed ways, as well as not wanting to be let down if the afore mentioned quality isn't there.
Will I give the new line a shot? Of course I will. Will I go and empty my wallet on a new Mega Paint Set immediately? Not on your life. I'll purchase specific colors from all the categories to test, and will report all findings here. I'll attempt to do so honestly, and with as little bias as possible.
Chime in here folks, what are your thoughts when it comes to this new paint line from Citadel?