Finally, Alan Merret has revealed to us what 'that' Games Workshop teaser video was all about! Apparently Games Workshop are releasing an entirely new paint range. Wow, I didn't see that one coming! So we all now know what the number 145 means! OK so that was me being sarcastic, I know, very out of character for me. So yes, we all probably knew before the Store managers officially knew, because Games Workshop has an insane fear of actually telling their staff and customers any information. Why? God only knows. But, putting aside the companies piss poor marketing techniques, and frustrating lack of dialogue with their customers and indeed their staff at the coalface, I actually think this move is a pretty good one on the face of it. I'm going to explain why...
- Their current paint range was being left behind by other paint ranges in terms of effects and mediums. This move brings it back into line with the market leaders and may even surpass them.
- Games Workshops games require people to paint a veritable bucket-load of miniatures to play them. To do this quickly and effectively requires a 'certain' type of painting. The original Foundation paints although too gloopy for my tastes actually worked well for this. So offering more shades and colours in the range as 'Base Paints' is a good thing for their version of the hobby.
- Following on from the previous point their original washes also helped with the speed painting of armies. So more of the same is a good thing surely? Well as long as the new 'Shades' haven't fecked around with the wargamers crutch of choice... Devlan Mud!!! If it has I expect burning torches and pitch forks to be out in force.
- 'Glazes'. Firstly I'm very pleased to see glazes come back. The original Citadel glazes weren't the best formula in the world, but with a dunk of matte varnish they worked a treat. If this formula works well then I think many will see them as a very welcome addition to their paints box. These are actually the paints I'm most likely to try.
- Increased range of colours allows for lazy painting. Again something that aids the painting of huge armies. Have you ever tried mixing that exact same shade of pink or aquamarine every time across 250 miniatures? No, because it's a ball ache. Having a greater breadth of colours allows a little bit more personalisation. that's a good thing people.
- The dry compounds are actually a pretty nifty idea, and I don't believe I've seen them done elsewhere. Although I could be very wrong. They will though yet again aid the rapid painting of armies, so I'm calling it a win for how Games Workshop hobbyists will approach the hobby.
- As for the texture paints... about bloody time too! Vallejo have offered these for some time now, and they're actually really good. In fact regardless of what the Citadel ones are like I'd urge you to take a look at the ones Vallejo offer. Still it's a damn good thing they're available and will yet again speed up army painting.
So yes I'm going to say that I for one welcome the new Citadel paint range. I don't currently use Citadel paints for a variety of reasons. I'm also not too sure that this announcement will change that state of affairs to be honest with you, but hopefully it'll make some of your lives easier. I know some of you are concerned about having colours that will match the current colour range, and thus the armies you currently have. I can honestly understand this concern. I have to be honest and say that it was Games Workshops dicking about with their paint range that forced me to jump ship and try other, more 'stable' paint ranges. I've ended up settling with the Vallejo range and the Tamiya range in the main, plus very recently I've tried and liked some of the P3 paints. Plus the new Warpaint range from Army Painter looks really, really good too, if a little bit 'brief' in variety for my liking. So I understand your concerns, but until we all actually see the paints in the flesh and the tones we won't really know what they're like for colour matching. On the whole as I've listed above I think it has to be a win for Games Workshop.
|So that's what 145 looks like.|
I know it's the hip and cool thing to pick on Games Workshop at the moment. Hell, I've done it enough already myself with all their blunders over the last 12 months, but on this particular issue I think it's a smart move, and more importantly the right move. My only concern is with the pots the paints are actually in themselves. I knew that they'd not move to dropper bottles for a number of reasons, chief of which was the fact it would necessitate remodelling of how every single shop not only stores but also displays paints and that costs big money. BUT... I hate these pots. Seriously, I've brought a few paints that I still do use from the Citadel range every now and then in these style pots, mainly Bleached Bone and Scorched Brown and they dried out quicker than rapid setting concrete in the Sahara Desert. Simply put they're rubbish. So that's the one and only concern that I currently have. The paint pots suck the big one. Still I'll take a look at them in my local Games Workshop and see what I think, it's just that right now as things stand it's unlikely I'll be getting any given my huge store of paints I already have. Peace out!