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Default Citadel Finecast - What you need to know:

Gw just put this article up on their main page:

Last week we made a little announcement about the new Citadel Finecast range. Of course, it's all been very secret-squirrel here at Head Office, so much so that only a few of us have actually seen the new miniatures. With that in mind, we decided to let the guys in the Studio write today's blog post, after all they are the ones that have spent the last few months living and breathing Finecast.

Andy Hall: Last week we announced something very special - so special in fact that it's nothing less than a new era in wargaming, as we launch the highest quality miniatures the world has ever seen - Citadel Finecast.

Wow, that's quite a statement isn't it? Nonetheless, it is very true. On the 28th of May we launch Citadel Finecast, miniatures of such exquisite detail that they are the closest representation of the sculptors' original that we have ever been able to make. Until you hold one in your hand and see it for yourself, it's hard to describe just how detailed they are.

So, what are Citadel Finecast miniatures and why are we making the change? Quite simply, Citadel Finecast is the next step in the evolution in tabletop miniatures wargaming. From the start, Games Workshop has always innovated and sought to increase the quality of our models - Citadel Finecast is the next step in that process. There are no other miniatures that exist of this quality and manufactured on this scale in the world, and we're proud and very excited for you all to see this for yourselves.

The Citadel Finecast miniatures are all made from a unique resin formula. For us as hobbyists, this is great news. The resin is easy to work with and quick to cut off the sprue, making assembling a miniature easier than it has ever been. Not only that, but it's incredibly light too, which means pinning wings and other heavy components will be a thing of the past. So, quick and durable, that's a good start. But of course, one of the main reasons for this change to resin was quality. One thing you'll notice immediately when you pick them up is the exceptionally sharp detail on the model, which can only be described as staggering. For dedicated painters (which we all are to some extent) this is a dream come true.

This Saturday is going to be a landmark day in Games Workshop's history. No matter which country you live in, when the doors of your local Hobby Centre open for business on Saturday morning, you'll find over 100 new clampacks and boxed sets of Citadel Finecast miniatures. This is your chance to come and have a look and make up your own mind about the bold claims I've made above. You won't be disappointed.

You should also make sure you pick up June's White Dwarf. In it I'll be discussing the new kits even further, and talking to such luminaries as 'Eavy Metal's Joe Tomaszewski about what it's like paint Citadel Finecast, as well as veteran miniatures designer Aly Morrison regarding what the future holds when sculpting for the new medium. To quote Aly: "In a way it will push us to try things we could never realise before; to add even more dynamism to the models." Being a hobbyist first and foremost, that's a very exciting thing for me to hear.

So, what next? Every day this week we'll be adding more images of upcoming Citadel Finecast models to the website leading up to the launch on Saturday. All you need to do is make sure you're at your local Games Workshop Hobby Centre this Saturday for the grand unveiling.
No new models announced yet, but alot of recasts by the look of it.

And some examples for you... :

Emperors Champion

VC Blood Knight

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Damn you for putting this up first!

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I'm not sure just how much cleaning up these models have had between the mould and being put together, but they do seem to be higher detailed then the metal equivilent, and the plastics too.

With the 'Quick to cut off the sprue' comment.. does this mean we could be seeing an end to plastics too for this new resin material?

Defiantely looks better stuff then other resins.
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Resin has always held detail better than metal anyway, so its no real surprise , metal cools as soon as it hits the mold and you get a bit of a rough surface and pitting as the molds deteriorate, but those examples remind me of the resin masters we see in cabinets at games day and such, im just glad i may be able to get some of my more popular "metal" lines back for the site as i lost quite a few when most of these were discontinued for the change.

Will be interesting to see what they mean by sprue ?

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My guess for sprue would be that this resin is more like a plastic, so can use something similar to the injection moulding that plastic uses. Hence, instead of the metal vents, the mould looks something more like the plastic sprues we're used to.

That would fit with another rumour of blisters going, to be replaced by coloured box-art boxes... which the colour photos on the site could be for.
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that looks amazing :I
deffinately going to have to be getting a HT for a swarmlord conversion :D
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I lucius shall look at these Fin acst Minis. They better get my face right....
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Hmm, i spot some much easier conversion opportunities they look great though, and now the small rise in prices on the single models seems a little bit more justified.

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I hope to god that the helmet on the Champion is now seperate. Even with the prices, I can definately see this as being a decent move for GW; strangely enough,

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Finecast is looking good.
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