Anyway, the Citadel Paint App is now out, and we had a good look this morning... and are pleasantly surprised at what a potentially excellent resource this could be if curated well.
So lets take a bit of a tour of what you get on day of release..
The Get Started section is a basic tour of the tools of the trade and how to use them. The menu for this includes an interactive splash page with a video into up the top. You can click on any of the coloured sections, which will produce a pop up with a brief explanation and then a video explaining the technique. From what we have seen so far, these have been produced especially for the app.
Also on this page is a section on brushes, putting them in their groups and explaining what to use each one for.
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Paint By Colour
For us, this is the handiest section, all you need to do do is choose a colour you want to paint. You are then taken through different shades of the colour - even black and white. Once you choose the shade of the colour you want, they give you a list of colours you use to achieve that look and use a Space Marine backpack as an example.
Paint By Miniature
Here you can copy a miniature you have seen in White Dwarf, and broken down into the colours, which in turn directs you to the examples above.
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Here you can choose the type of simple environment you want to paint, they give you an example and the colours you need. This is a beginners area really!
Inventory and Wishlist
Ever wondered what you do and don't have at home when you're out shopping? Well now you'll know! You can either select what you have or what you need to buy. There's even a search function.
Very handy indeed!
Overall we are surprised how good this app is. To be fair most Games Workshop apps are pretty poor and not attractive at all, but this one really hist it out of the park! Simply being able to pick a colour, then narrow that down to what shade of that colour you want, and then telling you what you need is amazing!
This isn't the only way to use the paints by the way, you can invent your own ways to achieve colours, but it's certainly a good start and a very good guide.
The ability to also break down a painted model and show you the colours by example is also very good. Tzaangor flesh? Here it is! Bronze on a Kharadron ship? Here that is too!
For us, the Paint by Colour and Paint By Miniature are the best parts of the app. For beginners, the Get Started is great, or even if you want a refresher.
As a hobbyists who stands in front of the paint rack trying to work out what I already have, the Wishlist and Inventory is also really good! What's really interesting is that the wishlist is not attached to the Games Workshop webstore at all - it is purely a list. In fact going through this app, there is no point where it sends you to the webstore, which is pretty amazing as pretty much all the previous GW apps are for exactly that.
This actually seems to be a service for hobbyists.
Kudos to Games Workshop for coming up with this app. It's going to be very handy!