Sometimes Games Workshop releases something you didn’t know you needed until you saw it. Ok, you could actually say that about every new miniature, but I’m talking about the new Citadel Colour Sub-Assembly Holder here. In this review we’ll find out if they’re an indispensable aid to your hobby, a waste of money, or something in between.

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The Citadel Colour Sub-Assembly Holder box is out now and contains 44 hard-plastic part holders and two handles. The part holders fit into the updated version of the Citadel Colour Spray Stick, while the handles fit into the circular holes in the Painting Handle XL and Assembly Stand from Games Workshop. The RRP is £8 / 10 Euro / $12.50.

Citadel Colour Sub-Assembly Holder box


The small cardboard box contains two duplicate sprues of hard plastic, each sprue comes with 22 part holders and a handle. The part holders measure about 20 x 20 mm, with a depth of 4 mm. They are shaped like a cross, with two wide arms, and a tip that can also be easily snapped off if you need more contact surface. The idea now is to glue individual parts (or sub-assemblies) onto the Part Holder for easier access while painting. Since the plastic is the same as on Citadel models, you can also use plastic glue, although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, as superglue comes off more easily.

Citadel Colour Sub-Assembly Holder Sprues & Contents
Contents, Primaris Marine not included

The part holders can be plugged into the handle without glue, so you can easily switch between several holders. The handle has a diameter of 24 mm, and a height of 20 mm. With a total of 44 parts, the holders are also easy to replace.

Of course, you can argue that you can make the whole thing for (almost) nothing, e.g. with corks, wire, or leftover sprue pieces. Or you can save yourself the work and just buy this box and be done with it. Games Workshop is simply good at designing useful hobby aids that are not essential, but nice to have and make the hobby a little easier if you want to spend money on them. The compatibility with the other assembly and painting aids is the cherry on top if you are already in the Games Workshop ecosystem.

Sub-Assembly Holder size comparison
Scale comparison

The only thing I can criticise is that the part holders are slightly slanted at the bottom and do not stand up straight by themselves, as you can see in the picture. And including a few more handles would have been nice.


At an RRP of £8 / 10 Euro / $12.50, the Citadel Colour Sub-Assembly Holders are not cheap, but not unexpected by Games Workshop standards. With 44 part holders, they will last an eternity. If you don’t need the extra handle, I would even recommend sharing the box with a friend, as I think half should be enough for one person.

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  • Well thought out design
  • Made from the same hard plastic as Games Workshop miniatures
  • Compatible with other Games Workshop painting and hobby aids, but also work on their own


  • 44 holder, but only two handles

Final Verdict

Are Games Workshop's Sub-Assembly Holders damn practical? Absolutely. Can you make the whole thing for next to nothing? Absolutely. Are they still worth the money? Well, if you're more the DIY type, you'll probably answer with a resounding no. But if your are like me and like to spend a few quid extra on a well thought-out product that makes your hobby a little bit more comfortable, the Sub-Assembly Holder is definitely worth a look.