How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 41: Citadel Woods

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How to paint Games Workshop miniatures? In this tutorial, we will show you a number of painting techniques for decorating your Citadel miniatures. In this new guide we will see which steps to follow to paint the Citadel Wood!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Grima Wormtongue, which you can view on this page, here we are with a new guide in which we will see how to paint yours bosco Citadel with very simple techniques using acrylic colors and being able to expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop than undertake the Strategic Battle Game in Middle-earth.



We remind you that the miniatures, the colors and all the tools for modeling are available on the website www.games-workshop.com.

Tutorial 41: Citadel Woods - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The package contains numerous plastic components to be able to assemble a wood Citadel, ideal environment to recreate scenarios in which to fight with your miniatures from The Lord of the Rings and Warhammer Age of Sigmar. We recommend that you purchase two or more such scenery elements in order to combine them to represent a Sylvaneth Wyldwood, a magical forest populated by warlike spirits.

Games Workshop kit containing a Citadel Wood

This kit consists of 70 plastic components and includes a stage base and numerous elements to assemble three trees, which can be characterized with or without leaves. Furthermore, thanks to the variety of branches and clusters of leaves, no tree will be alike.

To know the different basic painting techniques, useful for all Games Workshop miniatures, we recommend that you visit this page.


Step 1: Clear the Citadel Woods | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Before starting to paint the Citadel Wood, it is necessary to remove all the many components that constitute them from the plastic molds, in particular relating to logs and leaves. The base, on the other hand, is an element in itself and does not require any preliminary operation, which is why it will be analyzed in the next phase.


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Once you have removed all the components from the frame, we suggest you separate them by category, setting aside for now all the different types of leaves and devote your attention to what will be the assembly phase of the trees.

Twigs and leaves cleaned from the frame

Phase 2: Assembling the Citadel Woods Trees | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once all the components are clean, you can begin assembling the three trees that make up your Citadel Wood. Remember that these are three different models, so before using the plastic glue do some tests to make sure you fit the right parts, avoiding unpleasant mistakes that would ruin your miniatures and all your plans for battle scenarios. After you've assembled your trees, you should get something like the image below.

Assembled Citadel Woodland Trees

At this point you can add the twigs in the numerous cavities of the logs and remember that you can arrange them as you like, so experiment with many options before fixing these components with glue, in order to obtain different trees and therefore give a more realistic look to your scenario. After the assembly phase, apply a small amount of green matter (green stuff), available on the website, in all cracks where the parts do not match perfectly: doing so will ensure continuity of material. 


Step 3: Paint the Citadel Woods | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have assembled the components of the Citadel forest, you will need to give a background of color to make the shades you apply later on perfectly adhere. Always remember that the important thing is to completely cover the material of which your miniatures are made. To get a uniform layer of color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as the grove is characterized by rather dark shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.


Spray Citadel Chaos Black

Alternative: if you cannot find the Chaos Black spray, use only the Citadel Abaddon Black bottle; shake the jar well to mix the color correctly, then use the brush to put a drop on the palette and add a drop of water to dilute it slightly, as too thick a color would be difficult to apply and ruin your miniature, covering the details. If the color is too liquid, add a little more to thicken it.

At this point you can begin to paint the Citadel forest in detail: you should start from the base, then continue with the trunks and finally with the leaves of the trees.

The Base of the Citadel Woods - How to paint Games Workshop miniatures

To paint the base of your Citadel wood, start with the grassy area, applying Castellan Green as the base color. At this point, evenly apply a black wash with Nuln Oil and let it dry. Once this is done, highlight with the dry brush technique, using Loren Forest, Elysian Green and finally Ogryn Camo. Of course, you can lighten up to the point you like.


As for the stones, you can take advantage of the basic black and proceed directly with the highlights on the gray: therefore apply with a dry brush the Mechanicus Standard Gray, the Dawnstone and the Administratum Gray for extreme highlighting, in the latter case with some very light touches of the bristles exclusively on the upper tips of the stones.

Finally, decorate the tree roots with Rhinox Hide as a background, shade everything with Nuln Oil and then fade to lighter colors using Gorthor Brown, Baneblade Brown and if you want Karak Stone on the areas most exposed to sunlight.


Council: if you prefer, you can also apply the static grass on the base using the glue and make your model more realistic. In this case, to apply it, first spread the glue on the upper part of the base, then dip the latter into a jar containing the herb, so as to make it adhere perfectly.

Static modeling grass

Citadel Forest Trees - How to paint Games Workshop miniatures

To paint the trees of the Citadel Wood you can start by applying Rhinox Hide as a base, then apply Nuln Oil everywhere to shade all the recesses of the logs. Now proceed with the highlights using Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown. If you want, you can further lighten all surfaces facing upwards, using the Karak Stone, as if they were illuminated by the Sun.

The Leaves of the Wood Citadel - How to paint Games Workshop miniatures

When it comes to leaf decoration, you can make your Citadel Wood look green and lush. Then paint all the leaves with Castellan Green evenly, then shade with Nuln Oil and let dry. Once this is done, lighten each leaf with Warpstone Glow using the ruling technique, then proceed with Warboss Green and finally apply Elysian Green or Nurgling Green with the border. This process will certainly take a long time, but the effect will undoubtedly be of a high standard. Alternatively, you can use the dry brush technique to save time.

For the branches located between the leaves, repeat the operations described above regarding the tree trunks.

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 41: Citadel Woods

Also this guide of the Techigames Painting Workshop dedicated to the decoration of Games Workshop miniatures (eg Warhammer or Lord of the Rings) ends here. For any questions or requests we are available via the comment box below!

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