Over the past couple of months I have acquired more vintage “Battle for Wargamers” magazines from random years. I find these old magazines fascinating as they present lots of well written, informative articles on a wide range of topics from uniforms to scenarios for games. The old advertisements for wargaming miniatures and the like are quite interesting to see. The letters to the editor are also highly entertaining reads. Not bad for magazines that are more than forty years old.
My lovely wife on a recent visit to a games shop decided to buy me a couple of pots of the “newish” Citadel Contrast Paints to see if it would encourage me to paint some miniatures again. I ended up with Black Templar and Apothecary White. I did daub some paint on a couple of old figures as an experiment and found the black worked better than the white. The contrast paints certainly appeared to do what various reviewers have said and I can see they could be quite useful depending on what your painting goal is.
Contrast paints will surely allow miniatures to be painted quickly to an ok standard but if you want anything fancy then they will require overpainting and proper highlighting. However that can be said about any medium and method. It is reasonably easy to replicate contrast paints using various concoctions but there is a lot to recommend the convenience and consistency of it coming straight out of a pot.