Citadel Texture Paints review

I have to be honest, the Citadel Texture paints didn’t really interest me when the new line of Citadel paints came out earlier this year. My boyfriend on the other hand thought that he might find them useful for basing his models, so I ordered a pot of Astrogranite for him. Then I was recommended the Mourn Mountain Snow and thought that I’d give it a go. I wasn’t overly impressed by it the first time round to be honest, it looked a bit, well, odd.

I thought that I should give it a bit of a chance though, so I decided to run a test. I’ve not gone much out of my way for this review, I’m afraid, as I’m just testing the two Texture paints we have: Mourn Mountain Snow and Astrogranite.

I prepared the square base by priming it with two coats of Imperial Primer. I then divided it into four quarters. On one half I used Mourn Mountain Snow, on the other I used Astrogranite. I used a both a brush and the scoop part of the Citadel modelling tool to apply both paints.

The paints themselves consist of some sort of grit or sand suspended in thick paint. The paints are largely odourless and washed off the brush easily. They have a jelly-like texture, unlike the normal Base and Layer paints, and this makes them a little difficult to apply by brush.


A= Mourn Mountain Snow + brush

B= Mourn Mountain Snow + scoop

C= Astrogranite + brush

D= Astrogranite + scoop.

 I have to confess that I think that Astrogranite looks a bit better than Mourn Mountain Snow. It would work either as a layer across the whole base, or in blobs to add features to a base. It would be quite good for a gravelly urban base or combined with some green flock to resemble the verge of some country road.

I think that Mourn Mountain Snow would be most effective on scenery, particularly scenery that might get bashed around, when flock is less suitable. It might look good used in conjunction with either Astrogranite or Stirland Mud to make a snowy urban- or battlefield- style scene, where the snow and the gravel and mud all combine to make a slushy mess. I don’t suggest mixing the paints, rather using splodges of several different Texture paints on the same base.

If you’re lazy about basing, or dislike it, or are very pushed for time, these paints offer a way to get properly based models quickly and without too much fuss.

In conclusion, while I still can’t think of many reasons why I’d personally want to use the Texture paints, they do work quite effectively. Mourn Mountain Snow is slightly less effective than Astrogranite, but both have potential to speed up basing if you’re not so keen on that part of the hobby. A potentially useful product, if limited by the use of the same texture medium in both paints tested.


4 responses to “Citadel Texture Paints review

  1. Hi, just discovered your blog (a good read by the way 🙂 ) and just wondered if you could help me answer a question. I’ve just started using the new Citadel paints to do my Wolves and the GW painting guide says base with The Fang and then base with Russ Grey. My question is why two base coats? I only used the one before (shadow grey). What do you use and what do you think about the two base coat method? Thanks.

    • Hi

      Sorry for the delay it looked like too complicated a question for before work but I’ve looked at the relevant guide in April’s White Dwarf and some of the more recent ones and it seems to me that they’re suggesting using a basecoat below the layer colour that you want to be seen. For some colours, yellows and reds in particular, I find a base coat invaluable, but blues and greys seem to work fine painted straight onto a black undercoat. It’s interesting that they’ve started saying this now as the new yellow I use is far more reliable than the old one!
      In most of the painting guides this second base layer is simply called “layer” as far as I can tell. I don’t know why it’s different for Space Wolves.

      I use a 2:1 blend of Space Wolves Grey to Shadow Grey directly onto the black undercoat. I guess that using the new paints that’s a blend of Fenrisian Grey and The Fang. I used a syringe to measure out the right amounts of paint into an empty pot, so I always have some handy. For a wash I use first a layer of Devlan Mud (Agrax Earthshade) followed once it’s dry with a layer of Badab Black (Nuln Oil). I water the washes down just a touch, too much and they dry horribly and if I get too much wash on an area I wash it off with a wet brush. I quite like the dirtying effect of the wash so I don’t paint over it. Finally I highlight with Space Wolves Grey.

      I’m a bit of a novice painter though. If you’re interested in painting and you don’t do so already, I’d recommend investigating some of the painting blogs out there such as From the Warp ( ) or Stahly’s Tale of Painters ( ). The Space Wolves blog also did a painting guide a few months back ( )

      However, I guess that it’s best to pick whatever method you find works best. 🙂

      Good luck!


  2. Thanks for the detailed reply! 🙂 I suppose that’s what really confused me, the 2 bases rather than base and layer. I’ve practically ran out of Shadow Grey now anyway so I suppose it’ll be a case of try it and see. I just don’t like the thought of basecoating twice for no reason and I don’t paint often enough to warrant the spray gun.

    As for yellow I have a very old, very watered down bottle of Bubonic Brown. It takes about 8 layers but it goes on almost like a wash and gives a really nice yellow that’s not too in your face.

    Thanks for the advice! 🙂

  3. I’ve found for snow basing, if you use the woodland scenics snowflakes (in a massive tub, and the water effects, you get a nice smooshy wet looking snow setup, not sure if this helps.


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