Mastering Base Painting Techniques for Citadel Bases

When it comes to Warhammer 40k miniatures, the base is just as important as the miniature itself. A well-painted Citadel base can take your miniature to the next level, adding depth and dimension to your display. Here are some tips and techniques for mastering base painting for Citadel bases.

1. Prime your base

Before you start painting, make sure to prime your base. This will help the paint adhere better and provide a smoother surface for painting. Use a black or white primer depending on the color scheme you're going for.

2. Use a variety of textures

To create a dynamic base, use a variety of textures. Citadel bases come in a range of designs, but you can also add your own textures using materials like sand, gravel, or cork. Use a mix of textures to create a more realistic and immersive display.

3. Layer your paint

To create depth and dimension, layer your paint. Start with a base coat and then gradually build up the color and texture. Use a drybrushing technique to highlight raised areas and add depth to recessed areas.

4. Experiment with color

Don't be afraid to experiment with color. Citadel bases come in a range of colors, but you can also create your own by mixing paints. Try using complementary colors or contrasting shades to create a dynamic and eye-catching display.

5. Add weathering effects

To create a more realistic look, add weathering effects to your base. Use a sponge or stippling brush to add rust or grime, or use a fine brush to add cracks or chipping.

6. Use washes and glazes

Washes and glazes can add depth and dimension to your base. Use a wash to darken recessed areas and add shading, or use a glaze to add a subtle tint of color. Experiment with different colors and techniques to see what works best for your display.

7. Seal your base

Once you're finished painting, make sure to seal your base with a clear coat. This will help protect your paint job and provide a glossy finish.


Mastering base painting techniques for Citadel bases can take your Warhammer 40k miniatures to the next level. By using a variety of textures, layering your paint, and experimenting with color, you can create a dynamic and immersive display for your miniatures. So go ahead and get creative, and see what kind of unique bases you can come up with!


  1. Do I need to paint my Citadel base? While you don't need to paint your Citadel base, it can add depth and dimension to your miniature display. A well-painted base can also help your miniature stand out on the tabletop.

  2. What kind of paint should I use for my Citadel base? You can use any kind of acrylic paint for your Citadel base, but it's best to use paints specifically designed for miniature painting. These paints are formulated to provide good coverage and adhere well to plastic.

  3. Can I use spray paint on my Citadel base? Yes, you can use spray paint on your Citadel base, but make sure to use a plastic-compatible spray paint. It's also a good idea to prime your base before using spray paint for better adhesion.

  4. Can I use weathering powders on my Citadel base? Yes, weathering powders can add a realistic touch to your Citadel base. Apply them with a brush or sponge and seal with a clear coat when you're finished.

  5. How do I attach my miniature to the Citadel base? You can use glue to attach your miniature to the Citadel base. Be sure to choose a strong adhesive that will hold your miniature securely in place.

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