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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

I'm a fan of the old Citadel Snakebite Leather paint. It was very versatile.
But when I popped into a local game store, I found that is now one of the obscenely priced "Contrast" paints. And it isn't even the same shade.

Is the old style Snakebite Leather available? Or is there a suitable substitute?

Ten Fingered Jack24 Sep 2020 12:25 p.m. PST

Try Folk Art Raw Sienna. It's a bit lighter but, close.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 12:37 p.m. PST

Check with the game shop. My understanding is that they sometimes use the same name for a contrast paint and a regular one. But I agree it's pretty much raw sienna.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 1:03 p.m. PST

check Coat d'Arms, which is available in the USA from Scale Creep.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 1:03 p.m. PST

I think they re-named it Balor Brown – the local Warhammer store has it for I believe $5.40 USD Canadian or so

Zephyr124 Sep 2020 1:30 p.m. PST

Here's an old paint mixing guide to making Snakebite Leather:

1:1:2:1 parts, using

Blood Red : Enchanted Blue : Sunburst Yellow : White

Hope that helps… ;-)

Extrabio194724 Sep 2020 3:18 p.m. PST


pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 3:55 p.m. PST

Is there any better example of GW and their ridiculous antics to keep us buying new stuff?

Bandolier24 Sep 2020 6:52 p.m. PST

That conversion chart is "best match" with the new paints but many are way off.

Use Vallejo Game Color – Leather Brown.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 7:07 p.m. PST

As Wackamole9 said, check out Coat d'Arms. I believe they are literally the original Citadel paint range.

Grimmnar24 Sep 2020 7:55 p.m. PST

Well Mike, not sure how ridiculous if you are still buying the new stuff.


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 3:00 a.m. PST

check Coat d'Arms:

Yup – they are the same paints and in the old style flip top bottles.

Mirosav25 Sep 2020 9:41 a.m. PST

As a fellow snakebite leather fan, the new balor brown is not a good match. I've used both Vallejo game color and Coat d'Arms as substitutes.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 9:59 a.m. PST

Rarely but GW stuff. Prefer Vallejo and Coat d'Arms.

But you're right, somebody keeps buying their stuff!

Dagwood25 Sep 2020 11:45 a.m. PST

Still have half a bottle left !!

Must be nearly 40 years old but I used it last week for archer's braces.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian25 Sep 2020 1:12 p.m. PST

I'm also a big fan of the original colour and have been searching for a replacement for years.


Good luck and keep us informed of any new developments.


The Black Wash25 Sep 2020 5:58 p.m. PST

Yes unfortunate that GW quit making it, though I haven't looked at their paint line in a long time – because they keep changing them and because they've designed their paint pots to dry out.
Vallejo game color leather brown or coat d'arms barbarian leather ok substitutes, with cda covering a little better. By the time I paint something as small as a mini with washes and highlights, the base color doesn't matter a lot.

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