Citadel Miniatures

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Citadel Miniatures
IndustryMiniature wargaming
GenreScale models
ProductsMetal, plastic and resin miniature figures
ParentGames Workshop Group PLC

Citadel Miniatures Limited is a company which produces metal, resin and plastic miniature figures for tabletop wargames such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000.

In the past, Citadel Miniatures was a separate company, but it has become a brand for Games Workshop miniatures. Although its models are used for the wargaming hobby, the painting of its miniatures (and miniatures in general) is a hobby in itself.[1]

Early history[edit]

In 1976, Bryan Ansell co-founded Asgard Miniatures with Steven Fitzwater and Paul Sulley in Nottingham and became its lead sculptor.[2]: 45  Ansell was an experienced sculptor, having previously worked at Conquest Miniatures.[3] Ansell left Asgard in 1978[4] to form successful rival Citadel Miniatures with funding from Games Workshop.[5]

Less than a year later, in late 1978, Citadel Miniatures was started by Ansell/Games Workshop as announced in White Dwarf issue #11:

"Games Workshop and Bryan Ansell have got together to keep-alive Citadel Miniatures, a new miniatures company that will be manufacturing several ranges of figures. Ral Partha are already in production, but Citadel will also be producing own ranges, including the Fiend Factory figures, Fantasy Adventurers and Fantasy Specials. Citadel will not be limiting production to SF/F figures, but also new ranges of historical wargaming figures".[6]

The following issue of White Dwarf contained the first advertisement for Citadel's forthcoming figures.

Materials and Construction[edit]

Originally miniatures were produced using a white metal alloy including lead, although in 1987, Citadel began to produce plastic miniatures as well under the name "Psychostyrene" and "Drastik Plastik". Citadel has continued to produce white metal miniatures as the economics of plastic make it only suitable for large runs.[7] Some models are a combination of both materials, with the arm-less bodies and heads metal and the arms, weapons and other accessories plastic.[8]

In 1997 Citadel switched to a lead-free white metal because of concerns about lead poisoning, particularly in children.[9]

Most of the models created by Citadel require some form of construction after purchase. With smaller models this usually involves attaching arms, weapons and the base. Larger models come in many pieces and require more construction.

On 16 May 2011, Games Workshop announced a new range of Citadel models known as Citadel Finecast.[10] Finecast has had mixed reviews by modellers. For example, Wayland Games, a retailer in UK, includes the following note on Finecast on their website: "Note: If you wish to purchase any Finecast products please accept that this is a product for experienced modellers only and that some remedial effort is required due to the nature of the material and manufacturing techniques. If in doubt please do not purchase."[11]

Model ranges[edit]

From 1979 to 1984 Citadel had a reciprocal distribution and manufacturing deal with Ral Partha to bring each other's products to Britain and North America respectively.[12]

Citadel has also produced and distributed miniatures under other names:

  • Chronicle Miniatures was a competitor run by Nick Lund and bought out by Citadel and they continued to operate under that name for a time.
  • Iron Claw Miniatures were a range of miniatures designed, manufactured and distributed by Citadel in 1987 and 1988 and sculpted by Bob Olley. Many of the designs were later incorporated into the main Citadel range.
  • Marauder Miniatures was a separate company set up by two former Games Workshop/Citadel sculptors (Aly and Trish Morrison) in 1988 and promoted alongside Citadel Miniatures in White Dwarf. The miniatures were cast and distributed by Citadel, and the company was absorbed into Citadel in 1993.

Over the years, as well as producing their own original miniatures, they have produced licensed ranges based on characters from games, movies, TV and books. These included figures based on RuneQuest, Fighting Fantasy, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Paranoia, Eternal Champion, Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Traveller, Star Trek, Lone Wolf and The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Games Workshop re-won the Lord of the Rings licence, allowing them to make The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game miniatures to tie-in with the trilogy of films released by New Line Cinema, and have extended the range to include characters based on the actual writings of J. R. R. Tolkien.[citation needed]

Citadel Miniatures sometimes release limited edition models of specific or unusual characters, such as Thrud the Barbarian,[13] Ian Livingstone,[14] drunken Space Marines dressed in Christmas outfits[15] and several representing Grombrindal, the white-bearded logo of White Dwarf magazine.[16][17]

Along with the standard range of miniature soldiers, Citadel's lines include fantasy based war-machines, like catapults and chariots, and when Warhammer 40,000 came out, Citadel Miniatures also branched out into vehicles, such as the Land Raider and Rhino transports for Space Marines.[citation needed]


Edwin J. Rotondaro reviewed Citadel Miniatures 25 mm miniature figures released in 1984 and 1985 in The Space Gamer No. 76.[18] Rotondaro commented that "Overall, I highly recommend Citadel miniatures to gamers who use any FRPG system, and especially if they use the Warhammer rules."[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McVey, Mike (1992). Citadel Miniatures Painting Guide. Nottingham: Games Workshop. p. 1. ISBN 1-872372-61-9.
  2. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  3. ^ "Asgard Miniatures". Miniatures Workshop. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Partnerships" (PDF). The London Gazette: 4569. 5 April 1979. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Asgard Miniatures". Oldhammer. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  6. ^ "News". White Dwarf (11). Games Workshop: 10. February–March 1979.
  7. ^ Masterson, Sean (January 1988). "From Sprue to You". White Dwarf (97). Games Workshop: 6–7.
  8. ^ McVey, Mike (1992). Citadel Miniatures Painting Guide. Nottingham: Games Workshop. p. 6. ISBN 1-872372-61-9.
  9. ^ "Lead Advisory Service News Volume 1 No 1". February 1997. Archived from the original on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2006. reprinting New Lead Free Metal Miniatures from White Dwarf
  10. ^ "Citadel Finecast Announced;". Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Wayland Games: Citadel Finecast;". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Stuff of Legends — Ral Partha History". Retrieved 6 August 2006.
  13. ^ Four versions of Thrud have been produced according to "LE19 - Thrudd and Female Admirer". Stuff of Legends. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007. Another example is LE104 - Thrudd (Scratching Head) Archived 2007-04-29 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Priestley, Rick (et al.) The Second Citadel Compedium, p.45
  15. ^ "RTLE — Spaced Out Marines". 2 February 2008. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  16. ^ "The White Dwarf at 90". 2 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  17. ^ "PR12 - The White Dwarf". 2 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  18. ^ a b Rotondaro, Edwin J. (September–October 1985). "Capsule Reviews". Space Gamer (76). Steve Jackson Games: 46.


External links[edit]

  • Citadel Miniatures Hall - A Museum of Citadel Miniatures.
  • Delcam PR on use of Delcam 3D modelling and machining tools for creation of Citadel Miniatures