Monday, 16 April 2012

Review: How to paint Citadel Miniatures DVD.

The first line was "Remove the models from the box". I wasn't amazed straight off I must admit. The filming is set on a box of plastic Space Marines.

The first stage is a simple commentary on using plastic glue on plastic miniatures "add a little glue to each foot, and press to the base". There is a description on building finecast models. This is quite good in the sense that anyone who's been a GW fan but never bought resin (Forgeworld et al) will get some information.  in the construction and preperation of resin. I must say that in every tool used in the in the video is prefixed by "Citadel". "Citadel flash brush", "Citadel flash scraper", "Citadel Emery boards" etc.

Base paints: "If there are areas you don't want to paint a certain colour, don't paint on to them". Well, glory be. Must say, there's only so much you can say about a basecoat, and not unlike any tutorial, it is still explained in detail, when all the video is actually showing is paint being applied onto the model over the undercoat.

Washing: Simply shown as a consistent brushing of the shade paints onto the model. Explanation of what is called, section washing - allow one area of a wash to dry, before applying to another. This is good as it simply explains that, for one wash to touch another whilst wet, they will mix together and mess up.

Drybrushing: Standard, can be explained in words without the need of a dvd. Though some examples are shown which is good.

Glazing: Good, it's described in difference to washing or layering so you understand the difference between glazing and washing. Happy with this.

New technique for the application of decals I suppose, but in actuality it's something we've all done, just in a different fashion. Though they suggest using glaze medium (Lahmian medium) to dull down the shine to a matt finish, which is something I've not done before (though I've used matt varnish prior to dullcoting).

Basing and texture paints: Specifically designed for basing it would appear. Not sure I would use them for that, I'd maybe use them for mudding up tank tracks though I guess.

I am not going to slag this off based on the notion that GW have been foresighted in making this dvd and not assuming everyone who watches it, has a priori knowledge. What I will say is that in terms of the title, it's quite apt "How to paint Citadel Miniatures". In actuality, it's a case of how the colours produced in the Gw paint range revamp gel together to paint the models we know and love. Having a hierarchy of paints has done this, and  it is in a way, taking any artistic license away from the series. I am not a GW fanboy, nor am a I naysayer, my personal reaction to this has been to change the paint range I use - though I will still be using GW paints for some things as I understand some paints have simply been renamed and not changed.

In defence of the dvd, I am not a game player, never have actually played any GW games, but I love the models, the background and most of what GW produces model wise, so this dvd is fantastic for people who are players, who want to produce an army to play with and I acknowledge and applaud this. In effect, it is what it says it is, and if you had no experience in painting models of any range, this is fantastic, and many of the techniques and ideals are applied throughout my own painting style.

A very basic standard dvd and one I'd suggest purchasing if you are new to the hobby.
If you are a beginner, buy it. If you aren't, look at the Miniature Mentor series, or the Jennifer Haley, Natalya Melnik or Jeremie Bonamant Teboul DVDs. I personally very much like the Natalya Melnik and Miniature Mentor ones as I feel they compliment my style, so learning from such amazing artists work with my own progression.

Hope that is of some help.


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