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Baranovich16 Feb 2020 9:32 a.m. PST

So the Citadel Contrasts are still something of enigma among the painting/modeling community. Some pro painters dub them as "noob level" cheats that you only use if you can't paint for real. Others begrudgingly acknowledge they may has some limited use in their tool box but that they are nothing to be excited about. Others simply dismiss them because they are a GW product and for no other good reason.

Well I would say there is a far too ignored additional category. And You cannot discover that third category if you do not actually ever use them.

Citadel Contrasts are are non-metallic metal effect MIRACLE. Now I fully appreciate that traditional non-metallic metal effects can take a long time to master properly and that the effects that can be achieved are indeed stunning.

But, in my last year or of using the Citadel Contrasts I have found an increasing number of amazing uses for them and that list is only growing.

When I recently bought my latest expansion set for Star Wars Legion I had a very strong hunch that Citadel Contrast Nazdreg Yellow would be the perfect color for a NMM C3PO. My hunch could not have been more correct!

Guys, seriously! I challenge anyone to use traditional laborious methods of base coating, shading, and highlighting and get THIS kind of NMM result in thirty seconds!

Seriously. This was thirty seconds of work. A quick, but not overly thick coat of Nazdreg Yellow over a Corax White undercoat. Now I can focus on the details of putting color to the wires in his stomach and some other tiny details. But otherwise C3PO is practically done in less than a minute!

Link to general gallery:


King Monkey16 Feb 2020 9:59 a.m. PST


Slow Oats16 Feb 2020 10:24 a.m. PST

I think this kind of thing proves that one needn't fear "non-metallic metal". People always associate it with super good pro painter crazyness, but really anyone can use normal paints to paint metal and it will still look good; no worse than metallic paints in my mind.

A stark tan highlight on the raised edges will really make that C-3PO look shiny, I think.

Buckeye AKA Darryl16 Feb 2020 11:31 a.m. PST

Holy shite, that looks spot on!

Gokiburi16 Feb 2020 12:41 p.m. PST

It's well shaded, but it doesn't really look like metal to me, just shiny yellow.
But even the best NMM doesn't look like metal to my eyes, so it's probably just me.

Baranovich16 Feb 2020 3:03 p.m. PST

This photo in particular captures that dirty, brownish yellow tone of C3PO that I was trying to replicate.

I think I may varnish him with gloss to give him a shine so that he has a metal, reflective look in addition to the coloring.

But I really wanted to nail down the color first. It's kind an elusive mix of gold, yellow, and brown. And the Nazdreg Yellow seemed to capture all three at the same time.


whill416 Feb 2020 4:13 p.m. PST

Very nice

Squash at home16 Feb 2020 9:58 p.m. PST

I wonder if the contrast paint over a metallic silver base coat would do the trick. I recall Sorastro posting a YouTube video where he painted 3P0 with a metallic undercoat and a yellow-brown wash.

Combat Colours16 Feb 2020 11:47 p.m. PST

Great job!
Thanks for sharing your painting process.😀

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