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One of the greatest joys of collecting Citadel Miniatures can be found in the modelling and painting of your collection, as you assemble and recreate the great champions, terrifying war engines and strange alien landscapes of the Imperium and beyond. Nothing beats seeing a fully painted army deployed upon a carefully crafted tabletop battlefield complete with towering fortifications and fantastical scenery, or else set up in a display case to be admired by all.

There’s real satisfaction to be had in putting your own mark upon your miniatures, bringing them to life with a paintbrush and teasing out all of the finely sculpted detail of each model. Some people revel in treating each individual miniature as its own work of art, lavishing attention on every inch and building scenic bases. Others prefer to assemble vast legions of warriors in matching liveries, focussing on the spectacle of massed ranks, armed and ready for war. There’s no right or wrong way to go about this – you should go wherever your inspiration takes you, and do whatever you think makes your miniatures look great.

Many factions, including the Adeptus Astartes and Heretic Astartes both, use proud or infernal heraldry to unite them better upon the battlefield. You might want to paint your collection to match those we have created for Warhammer 40,000. You may be inspired by a photo or piece of artwork, or choose to replicate a particular faction’s look. Alternatively, you might wish to create a brand new colour scheme of your own devising, along with the icons to go with it. After all, this is your army, your story and your hobby – the direction you take is up to you!

The Citadel Paint System

Painting Citadel Miniatures is one of the most creative and enjoyable aspects of the Warhammer 40,000 hobby, and is an essential element of making the most of your miniatures collection. In this feature, we examine the Citadel Paint System, and show you how you can use it to achieve fantastic results.

One thing that unites almost every collector of Citadel Miniatures is the desire to own beautifully painted armies of our favourite models, whether to conquer all before them on the tabletop battlefield or simply to admire and display. To help with this universal goal, Games Workshop has created the Citadel Paint System. This revolutionary combination of techniques, tools and paints makes painting straightforward, easy to learn and most importantly fun!

Using the Citadel Paint System, you choose the colours you want to paint your models, select the techniques you want to use on them, and apply these in a few simple steps for what will be some great results.


The foundation upon which the entire paint system is based, a well-applied basecoat gives your model a smooth starting point for later stages. Basecoats use Citadel Base paints, with their high pigment content and excellent coverage.


Shading is a technique that brings out all of the subtle details and textures on your model using Citadel Shades. Formulated to flow into recesses, Shades provide natural, effective shading to define the details on your miniatures.


Drybrushing is an excellent technique for capturing raised details and creating natural highlights on models, especially those with a lot of small details or sharp edges. Citadel Dry paints are designed to make this much-loved method of painting as straightforward as possible.


Layering is the method by which painters use increasingly lighter colours to create highlights on the raised areas of models by adding layers of lighter colour. Citadel Layer paints are formulated with a certain translucency so they can be applied over Base paints and each other with great results.


A miniature is never truly finished until it has been based. Citadel Texture paint is the perfect way to ensure all the bases in your army have brilliant, consistent finishes. Citadel Texture paint can be applied directly onto the bases of your painted models, and it dries quickly leaving an effective, contoured finish. You can either leave this just as it is, or shade and paint it like any other part of the model. You can even add grass tufts for a finishing touch.


Glazing is an advanced technique that many experienced painters use to great effect on their miniatures, primarily to intensify an area of colour. Citadel Glazes are special paints that can make the basecoats and layers on your models really stand out, or unify areas on your models where the colours might be a little too bright or the layering too stark. Citadel Glazes are also designed to sit on the miniature where they are applied, unlike Citadel Shades, which will naturally flow into the recesses on a model and add shading and definition to them.


Technical paints are designed to help you achieve a range of effects, from creating rust and corrosion to the foetid slurry of Nurgle’s Rot or the gore of Blood for the Blood God. The range also includes Agrellan Earth and Martian Ironearth for creating dry, cracked ground, and the Citadel Gem paints collection for achieving stunning effects on gems and jewels.

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