Games Workshop has launched 4 new hobby tools under their Citadel Tools brand.
If you’re not familiar with the company, they created different tabletop gaming universes, such as Warhammer and Warhammer 40K. They make miniature models, props, paints, tools, accessories, and other supporting products.
The four new tools include fine detail cutters, a hobby knife, a mini drill, and a mouldline remover.
I would expect the new tools to be available at Games Workshop dealers.
Citadel Fine Detail Cutters
Games Workshop says that their fine detail cutters have been completely redesigned with much thinner blades.
Additionally, they feature a single cutting edge, where one blade is flat and the other cuts against it.
The new fine detail cutters also have a narrower nose, making it easier to fit into smaller gaps. A stopper function prevents excessive wear on the cutting edge.
Citadel Hobby Knife
The new Citadel hobby knife is described as being “safer and easier to use than ever before.”
The back end of the tool is weighted “for maximum control.”
It comes with 6 blades.
Citadel Hobby Drill
There’s a new precision hand-powered drill. It comes with 2x 1mm and 2x 1.5mm drill bits, which Games Workshop is the perfect size for drilling out blasters and miniature weapons models.
It can also be used for pinning parts on larger models, and for other model-building or detailing purposes.
Citadel Mouldline Remover
The new mouldline remover looks to replace a previous model, featuring a revamped and more comfortable handle and longer thinner nose. There’s also a notch for cleaning the miniature’s circular base edges.
I have two very opposing thoughts on hobby tools.
On one hand, hobby-centric tools tend to be overpriced compared to general purpose tools. On the other hand, they are tailored to the exact needs of hobbyists and professionals with less common needs.
If you cut a small electrical wire and the exposed edge is not perfectly flat, is it a problem? Not usually. But if you do the same with plastic models, you might deform the plastic and have stress nubs to remove.
There are industrial deburring scrapers, such as by Noga (SC-8000 at Amazon) and Shaviv (Scrape-Burr 400 at Amazon), that might be able to do the same job, but the Citadel mouldline tool is designed especially with miniature plastic models in mind.
Whenever looking for hobby tools, whether for electronics, building plastic models or miniatures, beading, jewelry-making, or others, be sure to also look for functionally-equivalent tools, at least for comparison purposes.
Some hobby tools have specific functionality or were designed with specific tasks and usage environments in mind. For that reason, hobby tools are sometimes the best choice for hobby tasks, as well as specific industrial or specialty needs.
I haven’t used Citadel tools before, but I have used cutters, scrapers, precision drills, and hobby knives.
Games Workshop’s new tools look interesting, but be sure to consider alternative options, especially if there’s a significant price discrepancy.
For instance, the Citadel hobby knife is $34, whereas Excel’s ergo-style knife with a contoured rubberized grip is less than $8 at Amazon at the time of this posting.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad to see more hobby tools enter the market, I’m just urging caution, as hobby tools don’t always offer the best value.