Enter Citadels Contrast Paints!
I read about them and watched the videos (just like many of you, I guess) and my curiosity was piqued. The concept wasn’t entirely new to me…I’d experimented over the years using washes over white undercoat as well as brush applied Vallejo Air paints to get similar finishes. What I liked the idea of was these paints were designed to do this job from the outset.
I initially bought a small selection (red, yellow, green & flesh) and was so impressed I quickly went out and bought five more (3 browns, black and blue). Sorry I can’t remember all the silly names….
|Undercoated matt white|
|Treated myself to one of these gadgets too. A painting handle. Very useful it is too! By the way, first paint applied - flesh|
You need to have a painting strategy to get the best from the paints. I logically paint the figures starting with the flesh, followed by large areas of clothing before finishing with belts, straps, shoes etc.
|Red applied to tunic. Over-painted "apostles" were re-painted matt white before strap colour|
|Nice vivid green for his trousers!|
To my mind they do just what they set out to achieve in that the paint gathers in the areas of folds giving shadow and show the white undercoat through on high spots, creating high-lights.
|His hat and musket metalwork were painted black. His hair and shoes a dark brown and his straps, bag etc. with "Snakebite Leather"|
|Finished article after spray varnishing and adding flock to base.|