Which is best?
There's only one way to find out...
a number of years I've used Citadel sprays for undercoating. When I
first bought a can of spray from my local GW it cost £5 for 400ml which
was great value in comparison to the 250ml Humbrol sprays I had been
using which must have been at least £3 a can. That was over 10 years ago
though. I've got a can of Citadel white spray that I'm still using,
dated 2004 and it still has its triangular £6 price label on. Even with
that little extra price increase it was still great value in my opinion.
Now I know there are other sprays on the market that aren't
specifically aimed at modellers and figure painters that many people
will swear by, but they're not all suitable for undercoating models.
Trying lots of different sprays just to find the one that works best for
you can end up being a bit of a waste of money and in my case I stuck
with what worked. Anyway, my last can of Citadel Chaos Black ran out a
couple of months ago and being that it's RRP is close to £10 a can now
(Wayland Games currently shows it as RRP £9.80 but they're selling it
for £8.82) I decided to check out the competition and see if I could
save a little money. It seems that Army Painter is everywhere so I
checked the price of their black spray and it was a bit cheaper (Wayland
currently have it for £6.75, an RRP of £7.50) so I thought I'd give it a
My first impressions upon using the Army Painter
spray was that it didn't seem quite as powerful as I was expecting. The
spray also didn't seem quite as fine as I was used to and coverage
wasn't as good either. Both issues perhaps a result of the seemingly
weak spray. I'm no expert on spray cans and propellents so I can't
really explain it from a technical point of view. It was also obvious
once the paint had dried that it had quite a shiney finish.
Citadel Chaos Black on the left and Army Painter black on the right.
Maybe it was a case of getting what you
pay for but I decided to stick with the AP stuff anyway until it ran out
and then I'd perhaps try something else or go back to Citadel. That
decision had to be made a little sooner than expected though when the
can seemed to begin losing pressure and just lazily spat the paint out
for a moment before blowing a few last black bubbles and stopping
altogether. If it weren't for there being the best part of a third of a
can of paint left I'd have thought it had run out. I have no idea if the
propellent just ran out or whether there was a blockage but it was done. Suffice to say I was rather pissed and it put an end to my spray can sampling.
went back to the old Chaos Black and when I went to use my new can of
Citadel spray I wondered whether there really would be that much of a
difference between it and the now dead can of AP. I wondered if I'd just
been thrown a little by what might have been very small differences
between brands and perhaps the premature death of the AP spray had
coloured my opinions somewhat. Well with that first blast of Chaos Black
I realised that I had been totally justified in my opinions! The spray
was powerful, it was fine and it covered much better. It also dried with
a nice matt finish. I'm no GW fan boy but they make good black spray
paint that is well worth the extra quid or so. I don't know if I had a
faulty can of Army Painter spray or whether there was some external
issue that adversely affected it (it was stored no differently to my
other sprays and wasn't being used in extreme conditions) but I'm not
willing to try it a second time.
In conclusion the winner in my opinion is Citadel Chaos Black. Army Painter black spray can go suck a dick.