How to Apply Citadel Base Paints for Maximum Effect

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Most people know you need to start with a good base coat to get the best results when painting miniatures. What many people don’t realize, however, is that Citadel Base paints are formulated specifically for this purpose.

Citadel Base Paints provide even basecoat coverage over large areas and help adhere to subsequent layers of paint. They are also compatible with a wide range of painting styles and techniques.

In this article, we will look at how Citadel Base paints work and how to apply them for maximum effect.

What is Citadel Base paint?

Citadel Base paints are high-quality acrylic paints that have been specifically formulated for use as a base coat. They provide even coverage and allow the subsequent layers of paint to adhere properly. Citadel Base paints come in a wide range of colours, so you can find the perfect shade to suit your needs.

These paints have a matte finish and are designed to be used in a single layer over your chosen primer. These paints have one of the highest pigmentations of the citadel paint series, meaning that they provide excellent coverage and vibrant colours. Citadel Base paints can be applied with a brush or an airbrush and thinned down with water if necessary.

How to apply Citadel Base paints

Citadel Base paints are applied directly to primed metal, plastic, or resin miniatures. To apply Citadel Base paints, follow the steps below:

  1. Shake the pot: start by shaking the pot well to ensure the paint is mixed correctly.
  2. Load your brush: Then, load your brush with paint.
  3. Use a palette: Now, add the paint from your brush to the palette. Check the thickness of your paint by carrying out even paint strokes on your palette. Check how the paint looks and ensure it provides you with the correct level of control.
  4. Thin the pain: If you are not happy with the thickness of the paint, add a very small amount of water until you achieve the desired thickness. Dip your brush in water and add to your paint on the palette.
  5. Drag and twist your brush: Next, drag your brush through the paint and rotate the bristles to a point. This will give you more control over your paint application.
  6. Apply the paint: Apply it to the miniature in smooth, even strokes. Be sure to work from light to dark colours, making it easier to achieve consistent coverage.
  7. Allow your miniature to dry: Wait before you apply any further paint until your miniature is dry.
  8. Apply the base coat of each element: Add the remaining base colours to your model. If you accidentally apply paint to the wrong areas, don’t worry. Wait for it to dry and paint over the top of the mistake. Base paints are designed to go over these kinds of mistakes.

Once you have applied the base paint, allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next stage of your painting.

Do you need to add a second coat of base paint?

You might need to add a second layer of paint if the first layer is patchy, or you can see the primer through the paint. If this is the case, allow the first layer of paint to dry completely before applying the second coat.

It is important to note that you should avoid applying too much pressure when painting over a basecoat, as this can cause the paint to lift. If you accidentally lift the paint, don’t worry – simply wait for it to dry and apply another layer of paint over the top.

Citadel Base paints provide excellent coverage, so you shouldn’t need to apply more than two coats. However, if you paint over a very dark primer, you might need to apply an additional layer of paint to achieve the desired effect.

What brush should you use with base paints?

The type of brush you use is important when working with base paints. These paints have a high pigment load, making them difficult to control. As a result, it is best to use a soft-bristled brush that has been specifically designed for use with acrylic paints.

Citadel makes a wide range of brushes that are perfect for use with base paints. The ‘Fine Detail’ brush is ideal for painting small areas, while the ‘Large Base’ brush is perfect for quickly applying paint to large surfaces.

When loading your brush with paint, be sure to avoid overloading it. This will make it difficult to control the paint and result in a messy finish. Instead, load your brush with just enough paint to cover the tip.

Tips for painting miniatures with Citadel Base paints

Here are some tips to help you get the best results when painting miniatures with Citadel Base paints:

  • Use a good-quality brush: This will make achieving smooth, even coverage easier.
  • Work in small sections: This will help to prevent the paint from drying out before you have a chance to apply it.
  • Be patient: Allow the base paint to dry completely before moving on to the next stage of your painting.
  • Use a palette: This will help prevent the paint from drying out and make it easier to achieve consistent coverage.
  • Avoid clogging: Apply your base paint in thin layers to ensure that you do not clog any detail on your model. Ensure that you remove any excess paint from your brush with a palette.

Following these tips, you’ll be able to achieve a high-quality finish that will make your miniatures look their best.

Frequently Asked Questions – Citadel Base paints

How long does it take for Citadel Base paints to dry?

Citadel Base paints typically take between 30 minutes and an hour to dry completely.

Can I thin Citadel Base paints?

Yes, you can thin Citadel Base paints with water if you find that they are too thick. Add a few drops of water to the paint and mix well.

Do I need to prime my miniature before painting it with Citadel Base paints?

You should prime your miniature before painting it with Citadel Base paints. Priming helps to ensure even coverage and prevents the paint from peeling or chipping. There are a variety of primers available, so be sure to choose one that is best suited for your needs.

Is citadel base paint a primer?

Citadel base paint is not a primer; you should use a quality primer to ensure that your paint adheres to your model correctly. You can learn more about priming your miniatures with our priming guide.

What is the difference between citadel base and layer paint?

Citadel Base paint provides a smooth, even coverage over your model. Layer paint is designed to be used over base paint to add depth and detail. Base paint is a thicker paint with a high pigmentation, while layer paint is thinner for the use of detail and highlight.

Final Thoughts

Citadel Base paints are essential for any painter who wants to achieve a high-quality finish. By following the tips in this article, you’ll be able to get the best results from your Citadel Base paints and take your painting to the next level. If you are looking to move onto the next step why not check out our layer paint and shade paint guides.

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