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Plaguebearer Flesh Citadel Contrast Paint Review

Flesh & Plague

Welcome back to our citadel paint test series. As always, I’ll be scrutinizing individual paint colours from the citadel range and seeing what makes them pop on a model. Finally, I’ll be applying the paint to three different base colours and comparing the results so you can see exactly what effects you can expect from different combinations. In this review, I’ll be placing one of Citadel's contrast paints, ‘Plaguebearer Flesh’, under the spotlight to see what really makes it tick.

You may be able to tell just from the name that this particular paint was designed with the Maggotkin of Nurgle in mind. Just like the Nurgle faction, this paint looks sickly and putrid; the perfect colour to adorn Maggotkin units.

As is the way with all contrast paints, the intention is to get a beautifully vibrant colour on your model quickly with minimal effort. And by george does it work. In just two coats of paint you can get a smooth finish with all the shading and depth included.

All contrast paints come in a 18ml pot which gives you plenty of liquid gold to work with. Especially as these contrast paints go a really long way when they’re applied to the model. Just remember to soak up and lingering pools of paint from your model after the layer has been applied. If you don’t, the effect won’t look as good as it could when the paint dries.

I would say that the pigment in this paint provides a medium depth of colour and provides a good variety of finished depending on the base paint.

Time To Test

Speaking of base paints, it’s time to put this colour to the test and see how it holds up. As always, to showcase and compare a variety of results, I’ll be applying two coats of the black templar paint to a white, grey and silver base; and leaving them to dry for 12 hours before comparing.

Corax White Base

I was really impressed by the glowing green effect that plaguebearer flesh gave off on a white base paint. The pools have shaded nicely whilst highlighting the nails and grooves on the base plate. To take this one step further, I’d recommend using zenithal highlighting and the slap chop painting technique to make skin and flesh really stand out on your models.

Mechanicus Standard Grey Base

Surprisingly, the result of applying plaguebearer flesh to a grey base paint gives off a really effective military shade of green. Although you could use this for armour plating, I would actually use this shade for an imperial guard tank or army flasks and bottles that are used for scenery.

Runefang Silver Base

The grimy metallic look that this combination gives off would not look out of place on armour or adornments that certain units are wearing. Alternatively, this would give a fantastic grime effect for the treads and cogs of tank wheels. Just dry brush with necron compound to really bring out the metallic effect.


So there we have it, another wide variety of shades achieved with just three base paints. I always find myself amazed by the results, evening with the darker pigments of paint.

My favourite of the three has to be the corax white result. It almost has a hazardous glow to it and would look stunning on the flesh of a glotkin or great unclean one. It’s definitely an effect I’ll be using for future models that I have in my pile of shame.

But enough from me, I’d love to know which one was your favourite. You can let me know by using the @zatugames tag on social media platforms. And while you’re at it, why not suggest a paint for me to try next? If you'd like to buy the Citadel Plaguebearer Flesh Paint, click here.