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yeah, this is a bit of a rant. I have begun painting some unreleased minis and some GZG Crusties alongside them as you can see in the Photo stream on the right... And boy do I miss my regular hobby kit.
The 2012 range of new Citadel paint is supposedly a complete system, including washes, dry compounds and layering shades. The paint characteristics and tones are quite different to their previous ranges. I like to be open minded, and normally use paints from several manufacturers, but I can say that the new Citadel range has been a big letdown for me. I'll summarize:
Base black: Simultaneously too goopy and too thin. Weird.
Necron compound: "Dry"? more like a lump of jelly with water sitting on top. Useless.
Washes: Dry too shiny and about 1/2 as strong as the old washes. Needs at least 2 coats.
Astrogranite "texture": Grey paint with sand in it. Regret purchase.
The Em-4 brushes are good, but I needed a small drybrush and a standard brush.. I was forced by lunch hour travel restrictions/flgs proximity to buy Citadel brushes ($8 each) for these purposes. Money I should have saved.. The citadel standard brush is a splayed mess that won't hold a point and the drybrush is too delicate and thin. Grr.
They will do for now, and I can work around the drawbacks, but I'm going to be looking forward to my older paint, brush and other goodies collection arriving in July, and in future I'll be buying the rest of my paint online. Probably Vallejo (which I currently use a lot anyway) and Army painter.
The figures Im working on are coming out well, but it's taking a lot longer than what I'm used to.