The death of the old Citadel range was a very sad moment in the history of miniature painting. We had to say goodbye to our beloved Blood Red, Goblin Green, Skull White, and many more. Those names would always live in our collective memory. It was really sad, yes, but not the end of the world, since there are many other paint companies that produce colours as good as Citadel's. The new range promised a broader range of colours with new names. Not bad, of course, but the quality of the paints finally was not as high. The problem was especially severe when talking about metallic paints, the subject of today's post.
The old Citadel Metallic paints are basic on my painting table. I tried some of the new Citadel range but they are not as good as them. I also tried other companies (Vallejo in their different ranges), but they didn't come close to being as good as Citadel. Because of this, I started to keep my metallic Citadel pots as little treasures. Something similar happened with the old inks, so it was worth cherishing them. I knew that at some point some company would create some good replacement, something worth of my attention. The same thing Andrea did with the inks, someone would do with metallics, that's what I thought.
Well, that day has finally come. Scale75 released not very long ago a very interesting set of metallic paints, and they called it Metal N' Alchemy Steel Series.
I really liked their NMM sets, so I was very curious. The day they released them, I went to Alfonso Giraldes' demonstration on the new paints and they seemed really cool.
Everything he said sounded absolutely wonderful, but I wanted to try it for myself. So I got one set and took it home. It was time to try them on some minis!
Remember the Ellyrian Reavers? Well, most of the metallic work was already started with old Citadel paints, but not all. So I decided to try the new Scale75 on some parts, and then compare results. The following photos are extracted from a future WIP article of the Reavers, which will be published very soon! ;)
So, let's see how they work on the armours that the horses have on their heads. I wanted them painted in a very polished silver elven armour. So, first a simple basecoat of a dark silver metal, in this case Dark Metal from the new set of Scale75.
I start highlighthing progressively with lighter metallic paints. First, Heavy Metal (Scale75) and then Speed Metal (Scale75). [DAMN, those are cool names, indeed! And there is one Thrash Metal too, I'm loving it!!!]. What I notice is that they blend surprisingly well, very clean and fast.
The lightest spots are done with White Alchemy (Scale75). This colour is very similar to the Metallic Medium from Vallejo Model Color that I used in the past for this purposes, but again, this one just blends better. The texture is not so much of a thick paste as before, this one feels like regular matte colours, easier to work with.
Now it's time for the blue elven look of the metals, shading down with glazes of turquoise, and to follow these Scale75 paint tests, I'm using Adriatic Blue, part of another of their paint sets (NMM Gold I believe).
And further with Abyssal Blue (from NMM Silver paint set, again Scale75).
It's important to have a clear outline of the elements so that everything is clean, I go over the recesses with dark inks (Green, Blue inks, from Andrea this time).
Let's see another shot of the finished head, it's difficult to photograph metals on work in progress articles!
And now, let's compare it with a head I painted previously, with the old Citadel metallic paints (Boltgun Metal, Mithril Silver), using Metallic Medium (Vallejo Model Color) for final lightspots and shadowing with Hawk Turquoise (old Citadel) and Dark Sea Blue (Vallejo Model Color).
As you can see the difference is pretty evident. The grain of the old Citadel metallic paints is way thicker, so the result is not as smooth. From using them both, I felt that it was way faster to obtain a better result with Scale75 thanks to the thinness of the grain, which favours easier and faster blending between metallics, also ending in a cleaner and more polished finish. And I used brush! Normally to get that kind of smoothness with Citadel I had to use airbrush, but with Scale75 I could get similar results without turning to the airbrush. I was inmensely surprised to see the results. Finally good metallic paint to replace the old Citadel range!!!
Other things that I noticed when using the set is that they mix very well with regular matte colours, to get a metallic look but without losing the metal shiny aspect. I've tried this with other paints and it's nowhere near as good. Also, I find that there is no problem in using the same water pot to clean my brush for both regular and metallic colors. The pigments tend to go to the bottom of the pot instead of float, and they are so thin that they don't show if they mix with regular paint. No more purpurin look! :D
To continue with the good news, Scale75 has just released the Metal and Alchemy Golden metallic set. If they are as good as these ones... I need to get one of those too!