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Oct 2

Citadel Paints in Dropper Bottles

I like my paint in dropper bottles. It’s neater than pots and lets me measure out precisely the amount of paint I want- 6 drops versus ‘2 brushloads’, for instance. For this reason, the core of my paint collection is the Reaper Master Series. 

I use a bunch of other paint products, too. Vallejo, P3 and Citadel. I have long fantasized about repackaging these paints in droppers but never really did anything about it. 

Until today.

I ordered a set of fifty 15ml dropper bottles from an online shop. I’m happy with what was delivered. The dropper dips ‘lock in’ when you press them in place and the lids can be twisted super tight, unlike other dropper bottles which are made out of softer plastic with a lid that pops off if screwed down too hard. I mean, you need to know this stuff is airtight if you’re putting paint in it. I got 50 of these good dropper bottles for $20.00 USD, shipped.

15ml dropper bottles with lids and snap-indropper tips.

I was pleased to discover that the labels peel cleanly off of the Citadel pots with enough tack left that they stick well to the new plastic bottles. The bottles will now be neatly labeled rather smeared with handwritten Sharpie as planned.

Citadel labels peel and re-apply nicely to other bottles.

I got to thinking about the process of transferring paint from Citadel pots into these bottles. The new line of Citadel paints are decently viscous and the ‘Base’ paints are very thick.

Another concern is that the paints in the Citadel pots must be mixed very well before I pour them into another bottle or I risk pouring off a bunch of separated material and leaving other material in the pots. So, I shake the hell out of them for several minutes.

To tackle the viscosity, I decided to apply heat. The gentlest way I could think of to warm the paints was to use one of those microwaveable therapy neck wraps. I suppose a dish of warm water would work too, but this lets me wrap the paints up nice and tight in a hot environment. This will bring their temperature up slowly and evenly.

A soothing hot wrap relieves the stresses of the day for these paints.

So I nuked the wrap, bunged a few pots of paint on it, wrapped them up tightly and let them warm in there for about ten minutes. 

I tend not to post things here on Bonejack that I cannot photograph myself. So I don’t have an action shot of the pouring paint, but the process was pretty boring anyway. I poured the paint in from about 2 inches above the dropper bottle. The paint poured in a fairly steady stream about the diameter of a pencil lead- easy to direct into the mouth of the dropper bottle. Only takes about a minute to pour one pot into the dropper.

Dreams do come true! Citadel paint in dropper bottles!

Overall I’m very pleased. You lose a few mils of paint due to clinging to the inside of the pot but you get a good ten mils out. Notice I didn’t get as much Mephiston Red as the other colors. This is, I believe, because it’s one of those super-thick Base paints. I let the next base paint warm for longer (Naggaroth Night- not shown here) and rushed it over to the pouring area and tried to pour it quicker. I definitely got more of that color out of the pot than the red here. 

I want to add agitators to each dropper bottle to make shaking more efficient but I don’t have anything around the house right now that would make a good agitator. Metal ball bearings will likely bung up the inside of the dropper nozzle so I’m on the hunt for something that will work better. I wish I had tiny metal dice.