Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rumors: Games Workshop's new paints.

Obligatory picture of what the new paints might look like that's already been everywhere.
Rumors have been swirling for a few weeks now -- the first I saw them was on Bell of Lost Souls, I believe -- that the reason for the disappearance of the painting and hobby articles from the Games Workshop website and the reason that hobby stores were having issues replenishing stocks of paint was that Games Workshop was getting ready to re-vamp their entire line of paints.

Now, the list of new paint colors has hit the internets.

Here are the rumors thus far (collected from DakkaDakka, Stahly's Tale of Painters and Mr. Saturday's Mumblings):
  • There will be 144 colors.
  • Though the paints' names are changing, nothing is leaving.
    Blood Red will now be Wild Rider Red, Ultramarine Blue will become Calgar Blue, Skull White will be called White Scar, etc. In other words, unlike Tentacle Pink, the Chaos Black or Skull White name may be gone, but the color will remain.
    And, speaking of Tentacle Pink ...
  • We'll be getting an expansion of colors.  Not only is there is a big expansion in the range of greens, there will also be pinks again and a wider variety of purples. And those of you waiting for a Foundation version of plain ol' White won't have to wait much longer.
  • Even with all of the re-naming, you won't have to guess which paint became which. There will be a White Dwarf with a comparison guide.  There'll be no need for eye-balling it.
  • Paints will be broken into categories now: Bases (think Foundation paints), Layers, Dry (for dry-brushing), Shades (washes), Glazes (thinner washes) and Textures (which appear to be exactly that) and Technical (think varnishes and Liquid Green Stuff).
  • Prices are not changing! (So, they'll still be -- comparatively -- expensive.)
  • The pots are not changing.
  • Along with the new paints, there's going to be a new How To Paint Citadel Miniatures guide, complete with a 90-minute DVD.

And, just to get you ready for all of the changes, here's a list of the colors:

Ceramite White
Averland Sun
Jokaero Orange
Mephiston Red
Khorne Red
Naggaroth Night
Daemonette Hide
Kantor Blue
Macragge Blue
Caledon Sky
Stegadon Scale Green
Incubi Darkness
Caliban Green
Waaaagh! Flesh
Castellan Green
Death World Forest
Zandri Dust
Steel Legion Drab
Bugmans Glow
Ratskin Flesh
Mournfang Brown
Rhinox Hide
Dryad Bark
Mechanicus Standard Grey
Celestus Grey
Abaddon Black
Rakarth Flesh
The Fang
Screamer Pink
Leadblecher (metallic)
Balthasar Gold (metallic)
Screaming Bell (metallic)
Warplock Brown (metallic)
White Scar
Yriel Yellow
Flash Gitz Yellow
Troll Slayer Orange
Fire Dragon Bright
Evil sunz Scarlet
Wild Rider Red
Wazdakka Red
Squig Orange
Xereus Purple
Genestealer Purple
Warpfiend Grey
Slaanesh Grey
Alaitoc Blue
Hoeth Blue
Altdorf Guard Blue
Calgar Blue
Teclis Blue
Lothern Blue
Sotek Green
Temple Guard Blue
Kabalite Green
Sybarite Green
Warpstone Glow
Moot Green
Warboss Green
Skarsnik Green
Loren Forest
Straken Green
Nurgling Green
Elysian Green
Ogryn Camo
Ushabti Bone
Screaming Skull
Tallarn Sand
Karak Stone
Cadian Fleshtone
Kislev Flesh
Bestigor Flesh
Ungor Flesh
Skrag Brown
Deathclaw Brown
Tau Light Ochre
Balor Brown
Zamesi Brown
Doombull Brown
Tuskigor Fur
Gorthor Brown
Baneblade Brown
Administratum Grey
Eshin Grey
Dark Reaper
Thunderhawk Blue
Skavenblight Dinge
Stormvermin Fur
Ulthuan Grey
Pallid Wych Flesh
Russ Grey
Fenrisian Grey
Pink Horror
Emperors Children
Ironbreaker (metallic)
Runefang Steel (metallic)
Gehennas Gold (metallic)
Auric Armour (metallic)
Hashut Copper (metallic)
Sycorax Bronze (metallic)
Brass Scorpion (metallic)
Runelord Brass (metallic)
Praxeti White
Hexos Palesun
Lucius Lilac
Etherium Blue
Skink Blue
Hellion Green
Underhive Ash
Eldar Flesh
Tyrant Shell
Terminatus Stone
Longbeard Grey
Changling Pink
Necron Compound
Golden Griffon

Casandora Yellow
Fuegan Orange
Carroburg Crimson
Druchii Violet
Drakenhof Nightshade
Coelia Greenshade
Biel-tan Green
Athonian Camoshade
Seraphim Sepia
Reikland Fleshshade
Agrax Earthshade
Nuln Oil
Lamenters yellow
Waywatcher Green
Guilliman blue
Mourn Mountain Snow
Stirland Mud
Blackfire Earth
Armageddon Dust
Lustrian Undergrowth
Lahmian Medium
'Ard Coat
Imperial Primer
Liquid Green stuff

I've got to admit, my first thought when all of the painting articles began disappearing and the rumors began swirling about changes to the paints -- particularly in the middle of painting a rather massive army -- I wasn't tremendously excited about the prospect of needing to figure out what paint was closest to what.

But, after having read the latest batch of rumors and seeing that we're not losing anything but, rather, gaining new paints and new colors and new things to make it easier for the average gamers to excel at the painting side of the hobby, I'm actually sort of excited to see what's in store.

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