Saturday, April 2, 2011

TUTORIAL: Getting the Citadel colours

Hello! Long time without posting.
Last week I failed my goal of "at least one post per week". Yeah, Real Life messing it up again.
Well, now I'm gluing the sand to my Chaos Marauders and still waiting for some paints to arrive from the UK so I'll start primming the dwarves I'm going to paint for Tomas.

So, nothing new to show today. Another bunch of WIP and black coated models doesn't seem as a good idea, specially considering the amount of awesome entries in the blogosphere about Adepticon.

What can I offer you? A pretty old technique to achieve the entire Citadel Colour range, using only 5 colours.

This charts were posted in an old LOTR webpage. I don't even recall the name, but when the page went offline, I tried to save those pics, but couldn't. I used google cache to copy the e-mail from the web-admin and explained I wanted to save this wonderful receipes. He kindly sent them to me and granted permission to post them wherever I would like to. So, after having posted this tutorial 2 years ago in my local forum, I would like to share it with all of you!

All you need to do is having 5 brushes, hopefully, identical and a palette. If you have dropper bottles, even easier and much more precise. If wanted to do with only 1 brush, get "an" amount of the desired paint, clean your brush and get "another" with the same brush, as many times as you need. This is pretty useful when starting painting or when you don't have all the range of paints you would like to. I used this charts when I didn't own any purples, only 2 differents greens and no pink. And it worked wonderfully!

Well, that's for now. Hopefully next week I'll be able to show you something more interesting xD

Anyways, I encourage you to try these charts and achieve all those colours discontinued from the Citadel Colour Range. Specially if you don't have a stock of Golden Yellow, Scaly Green, Tentacle Pink, Terracota, etc! All those preciousssss, removed by the GW suits >.<

See ya next time!

PS: before being called mad by someone ofuscated with the receipe of Kommando Khaki, let me tell you can round up a bit the quantity of paint. This even work to achieve some shadow and highlight colour of the same colour! ;D


  1. Are you sure about Regal Blue? On thew chart it seems that it would be much darker then Mignight Blue.

  2. Hi Nesbet,

    I just got here from miniaturewargamesconversions and I'm blown away by your blog which I immediately added to my RSS feed.

    Greetings from Poland :)

  3. @veghist: mmmm, no. I don't xD
    That looks like a typo! it's 1 instead of 11 ;D

    @lehcyfer: Hi! Glad you liked my blog! Cool to have followers from SO far! Consider that I'm from Chile! Greetings from here too! =D

  4. Probably the best post on the internet, ever.

    Well played sir!

  5. That is a great chart!!! Have you played around to get some of the old round and hex bottle colors that have been lifted from the shelves? Emerald Green, Blood Angle Red, Lightening Blue, Bilious Green and so on?

    I have a good friend that will love this chart so gotta pass it on to him! again Thanks


  6. @Red: Man, I'm honoured xD
    Thank you very much!

    @Adam: For those, I use Coat d'Arms colours. Roughly the same, but with different names. Yeah, Tentacle Pink, Billious Green, Amethyst Purple and son on. Kinda awesome, you know? =P
    Check out and take a look for some oldies (and newbies too), storaged in the old glorius round flip tops. =D

  7. Genius. Pure genius. Well played, sir. Well played.

  8. @b.smoove: damn, Brian should I say! =)
    Thank you! It means a lot such a nice comment, coming from a hobby-blogosphere-star like you! Thank you so much! :3

  9. "that's how you debate"

    very nice, you have earned another devoted follower

  10. Thank you SAJ, glad to have you as follower :3

  11. Thanks for the awesome write-up on this! Have you tried or had any luck mixing up the Foundation colors?

  12. You´re welome Ryan!
    No, I haven´t, cause I own the whole lot of foundation colours xD

    Cheers :P

  13. thx so much for saving it. I took the liberty to repost it on my blog if it is okay for you.

  14. @Cannonfodder: Of course! Please, go ahead!
    Glad to be helpful ;D

  15. Excellent post, getting favouritised, thanks1


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