Its all a matter of Contrast! Games Workshop

One of the most controversial  things to come out of this weekends Warhammer Fest is the announcement of the new Contrast paint range from Citadel!

The forums and YouTube sites are buzzing with speculation and talk at the moment about this new range of ‘one tin does all’ style paints that will cut out the need for a shade and highlighting in theory.

How does it work?  Well though they only hint at the details behind the Contrast paint range, the theory behind it is pretty simple and I am sure that it has been done before but not on such a scale as Games Workshop are about to undertake in June when the range launches.

Firstly you will need to prime your miniatures in an undercoat that they are calling Wraithbone.  This is an off white colour and will act as the base for your Contrast colours.

Next you will simply apply a coat of the Contrast paint which when dry will shade in the recessed areas, but leave highlights on the raised sections, cutting painting time down drastically and after detailing has been done your models are ready for the games table!

The secret as far as I can tell is to do with the viscosity of the paint itself and a very high amount of pigment.  The liquid will flow into the recesses on the miniatures, depositing more paint in folds and crevices, but will be thinner towards the raised edges, which will allow some of the Wraithbone undercoat to show through.

Naturally this may not work with every single paint, and I don’t know if it will work with darker colours, especially black, or even with white coloured models. That said there are some dark shades of paint in the photo so fingers crossed I guess!

The one thing that this will do if it works and there is no real reason why it shouldn’t; is cut down the time spent on large units or hordes of models that are the same colour.  Want to paint a unit of thirty Ork Boyz up, slap on the green and finish off the detailing and they are done!  Simple and fast.

The range is due to launch in June this year and will feature 34 paints and two spray undercoats, but at this time no pricing details are announced.

Published by Marc Farrimond

I'm a 55 year guy from Wigan in Lancashire living in Edinburgh, Scotland with two of my four awesome kids and my long suffering wife Laura. I have worked freelance over the years for some of the biggest names in tabletop and roleplaying and I am a very keen cosplayer and photographer.

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