40K · Warhammer 40k

First Primaris!

So, I had a little time to myself today to paint some of the new Primaris Marines that we bought last week. Alright, so we also got some Deathguard as well but I am having nothing to do with those plague-ridden things unless it’s shooting at them or blowing them up!

It was decided that they should be painted as regular Ultramarines. They have been seconded to the Black Hands for the time being. It means we can use Guilliman for large scale fights as well – though I have seen that Primarch’s bits, honestly, putting him together frightens the life out of me…

Anyway, moving on from that, I found the miniature to be a real pleasure to paint. Alright, so I am biased, I like painting Space Marines already but still, it was nice to paint a different flavour! What you can see in the pictures is my trial of a single model – this scheme works really well I thought so I have now begun the rest of the unit, and the captain as well.

Of course, the marine does need his transfers doing, but I am going to wait until I have done all of them to put them on. The other new thing I have done with these guys is to undercoat them blue rather than black. I was a little apprehensive about doing so because I have ALWAYS used black and I don’t like to change things that work. Black is a forgiving undercoat and I find that it adds shade to the lower areas you don’t always paint over. It is also good at hiding those bits you miss off… we all do it from time to time. That said, these models are mostly blue anyway so I was persuaded. I’m not convinced about it still but I don’t think I did too bad a job!


blue · Warhammer 40k

A Fighting Force…

Just thought I would give an update on how the painting is going as a whole as I now have enough models to look half decent in the display case.

When I started off painting Space Marines, I really did not have a clue what I was doing with them. I had seen them before, anyone who has entered a Games Workshop will have done, but I had never been interested. When I picked the first ones up a few short weeks ago I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy painting them.

I am now a semi-regular feature at the local games store – Stronghold (I should write about them here too one day) and have never enjoyed the hobby more than I do now.

New rules were announced for 40K yesterday as well, which also has me excited, I look forward to actually using these guys in the future and filling you all in on my blunderings through the game. I have no doubts that it will be a journey filled with blast holes and craters but I am looking forward to it all the same!

painting · Warhammer 40k

Painting Update

As some of you know, and my sister will very much understand, when someone says they’re selling off some unwanted Space Marines, we tend to buy them. Who would want them to be homeless or worse, sat in a cabinet in the local games store for all eternity waiting for a home?  It’s an act of kindness, not a sign of obsession I swear.

I have been repainting some of these Marines for some time. They were already a shade of blue, which made the job a little easier. I just needed to wash them so the blue was a bit darker and then highlight them as per the other ones I have painted. I want them all looking regimented. I imagine they’re proud of their colours and have some ideas for fiction based around this, though that is a post for another day.

I am rather pleased with the result of the one pictured above. I think the highlighting on the knee pads has come off rather well and I felt like showing this one off a bit more than the others. He is not quite finished, he needs chapter markings and squad markings painting on the shoulder pads and a few details adding here and there I am proud of the outcome of this one, though I know I am not the world’s best painter and never will be. I still feel as though this is a good effort, one of the better ones at the very least.