Friday, 14 January 2011
Citadel Washes - effects of cold weather
Ever since Citadel/Games Workshop launched these new washes, I have been a firm supporter and advocate of their fantastic properties, however the recent cold weather has had a devastating effect on my collection. The washes have separated in the pots and there is now a definite layer of what looks like clear 'Slush' on the top and concentrated colour on the bottom. It does not show up too well in this photo, but you can see the texture and consistency of the washes in the samples in from of the bottles, which looks like small ice crystals suspended in coloured water. I had to remove the 'slush' and colour with a cocktail stick to show this effect.
Please click on the image below for a better view.
What is even more interesting is that the effect is different depending on the colour, with Badab Black performing best with only a very slight graininess to the carrier and Ogryn Flesh performing worst!
Temperatures in the Midland dropped to a reported -12 degrees over the Christmas period, with unofficial reports of -19, however the current temperature is +12 degrees and the washes have still not (re-) combined. I was wondering if any reader had had similar issues?
I keep my washes and paints in the-shed-down-the-bottom-of-the-garden so there would have been low temperatures. My various Acrylic paints (a whole range of manufacturers) are all performing perfectly, even the old blue-topped Citadel flesh Wash has not been effected.
I would hope that this short report would help others in protecting their washes, but I would also welcome comments as to how best to proceed.
Following comments here on this Blog and a couple of personal e-mails. I took the offending Washes back to The Games Workshop store in Worcester where the manager exchange all eight for fresh pots. Thank you. Perfect customer service.