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Anton Ryzbak14 May 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

Having run out of 1/350th scale galleons to build and paint I have shifted gears and dug up a box of 28mm plastic Greeks to try out some Citadel Contrast Paint on. So far I'm not terribly excited with the results but I am willing to give them a further try. link


Sgt Slag14 May 2020 10:55 a.m. PST

They look good to me, but I'm a Minwax Dip'er, so take my opinion for the value you paid for it. ;-) Cheers!

Anton Ryzbak14 May 2020 11:05 a.m. PST

Sgt Slag, I only picked yp a couple of bottles of the contrast paint to see what the buzz was all about.

I am a big fan of Future floor wax based solutions, it dries fast and clear, gives a great gloss, mixes easily with any water-based paint and is dirt cheap.

I don't think that I will be spending more money on the Citadel product, it is just a wash after all is said and done, even though the red is an excellent color.

Mirosav14 May 2020 12:26 p.m. PST

From my experiment with contrast paints last weekend they are a useful tool for certain things. I used a combination of contrast and regular paints. The browns are nice colors. I got them at a discount but wouldn't pay full price.

Lazyworker Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 5:08 p.m. PST

One of the owners for my FLAGS has been practicing using the contrast paints almost exclusively for close to a year now.

Take away,
Fantasy figures with deep contours work best. It's the only way to paint fur (he has a large Age of Sigmar beastmen army now). Figures with large, flat surfaces, not so much.

While I like the old Wargames Factory figures for the most part, those numidians don't have a lot of detail for contrast paint to really do what it can do. Probably better off with a base coat, wash, and possible dry brushed highlight (I never bother with the 3rd part, but I'm lazy).

Contract paints are like inks. It's a new tool to use when appropriate. It's the learning when it's appropriate for you that everyone has to figure out for themselves.

Anton Ryzbak14 May 2020 10:55 p.m. PST


I got the rest of them finished, I like the paint better on Victrix figures, still it has some significant limitations but I can also see some useful aspects to the brand. I am unlikely to abandon my standby Future floor wax as it is literally 1/100th the cost of an equivalent quantity of contrast paint.

You pays your money and makes your choice…..

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP15 May 2020 1:49 a.m. PST

I painted some Victrix skirmishers tunics with the Contrast Red, and this worked quite well.
Otherwise: Fur with brushing, and using it on light brown colors for horses works imho well.

Sgt Slag15 May 2020 10:17 a.m. PST

Whatever your technique, Anton Ryzbak, they look mighty fine, to me. Your work is far and away, very much superior to mine.

I, too, love the Future/Pledge-based, Magic Wash techniques. Back in my days as an Electronic Technician student, we referred to many things as FM: Freakin' Magic! [PC version, acceptable for all General Audiences.] I find that The Dip, and Magic Wash techniques, are pure FM, IMO. Cheers!

Hobhood422 May 2020 8:19 a.m. PST

I'm using contrast paints successfully on plastic late Romans from Gripping Beast. They work best on minis with lots of deep creases/details etc. I've tried them on metal figures and if the detail isn't in the casting they don't really work well.

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