Monday 1 September 2014
R.I.P. Boltgun Metal - Hello Vallejo
Finally my last pot of Boltgun Metal citadel paint has been used up, this was a sad day for me, I've been using Boltgun Metal since my very first paint set over 20 years ago now, and it's been used on nearly every model as base for all metal parts ever since.
Oh well off I go to my local GW and I come back with a pot of Ironbreaker from the new citadel paint range, it might be a slightly different shade, but surely it will be fine I think. How wrong I was, possibly I got a dud pot, but this is awful. It's so thin and the pigment seems to clump and not give a smooth colour. It takes at least two coats to achieve anything and then still looks awful and sort of pale. Not happy I go off to ebay and try to find another alternative.
I find and order this pot of game color chainmail silver made by Vallejo. It cost around the same as a pot of GW paint but is 17ml instead of 12ml, which is actually a significant saving. Upon trying it out I'm happy enough and will be continuing to use this, it's not quite as dark as the old Boltgun Metal, but at least it goes on properly and provides a perfectly good metallic base for highlighting/applying copper/gold over.
As I was trying out my new Vallejo paint I realised something; that paint was pretty much the only thing I ever bought from GW now (almost all GW minis entering my collection now come second hand off ebay). This paint disappointment might be the thing to help me make that final break from a company whose products, whilst mostly great, I simply can not afford any more.
Rest in peace Boltgun Metal, you will be missed.