Walking into most shops, you’re more than likely to come across a miniature area and paints. The most common of which are Citadel paints from Games Workshop. When I first started painting 6 years ago, this was the brand I moved up to from the standard Hobby Lobby acrylics, and they worked fantastically and were my go to until I found MSP paints, but that’s another story.
I stopped using Citadel paints for one simple reason, they have a tendency to apply too heavy, dry uneven, and dry glossy. And that last one is a deal breaker for me. I have impaired vision, and the matte finish I get from MSP along with an even coat is why I switched. But there are a few products that I’ve started to use recently and I’ve been in love with.
Corax White Basecoat – I’ve been using Corax White Basecoat as a primer for my miniatures for a few weeks and I love it. It dries really quick, and applies super evenly. It’s a pricey step up from the Testor’s primer I’ve been using, but it’s worth the upgrade.
Minitorum Varnish– I’ve been using Testor’s Dullcoat to finish my miniatures for years. Applying a final finish gives the model an even finish (either glossy or matte) and it gives it a layer of protection from scratching the paint. I’ve been happy with the Testor’s product, but I picked up Citadel’s when it was on sale at a local shop and I’ve been very happy with it so far. My only issue is that is seems to interact with MSP paints while drying. But as long as you don’t touch while wet, it’s good.
There has been a few others that I wanted to put in as honorable mentions, and those are the white cap layers and the newer texture line. The texture line is great for creating your own bases, but I found it fun as a way of adding rust or metal spots while working on my Robo-pup shown above. Their white cap layers go on heavy and are great for covering metallic items (I used both their silver and bronze on the pup in different stages.)
For more information, stop by your local shop and talk to them about painting. A good store will tell you what works best on your given project, and if they don’t have the answer, check out Citadel’s website –