Painting Miniatures: Space Marine

Dear readers, today’s painting installment will be a step-by-step on how I go about painting a Warhammer 40K space marine. These are, in particular, primaris space Marines.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to show you what they look like prior to priming, as I have already primed them. But I will go over how I primed them.

Of course, I started with base coating. For this I used the spray can that Citadel paints offers. Since we are painting Primeris marines, I went with Macragge Blue.

After the base coating, I used the Citadel Balthazar Gold to to do the shoulders and the aquila on the chest plate. When I got these marines, they were already pre-assembled making the job of painting the chest plate much more difficult. had I been the one to assemble these I would have painted this before assembling the blaster. But that is neither here nor there.

As you can see, there are some tiny imperfections; I fixed those after taking the picture

As you can see, it’s a very precise paint job. I recommend keeping a pot of the Macragge Blue on hand to go back over areas you accidentally over paint. The shoulders are a real beast of a job to get without over painting.

As you can tell, the gold is a little more prevalent in this photo that’s because I used Agrax Earthshade to highlight the gold areas to make them stand out a little bit more.

Next, I will move on to the blaster.

We just want to get it all nice and black, using Abaddon Black.

After that dries a bit, we go on to using Leadbelcher to paint the metallic parts of the blaster. Notice also how I used Macragge Blue on the blaster where I did. This will come in later when we dry brush the mini. Trust me.

Again, if this miniature had not yet been assembled, I would have done the painting of the blaster before I actually assembled the mini it just makes it easier to get the entirety of the rifle without having to accidentally paint on another part. Maybe that’s just my preference, but it just seems more logical to do it that way.

I also realized, after taking the picture, that I had forgotten to paint the sidearm he has here’s a picture of the painted sidearm:

You can also see that I’ve begun detailing the space marine. Painting on his backpack the silver ring as well as the outtake vents. Those are both Leadbelcher. This goes with the tubes on his helmet.

Now I’m starting work on the detailing. Notice I painted the pouches Leadbelcher. We’re going to do a little dry brushing on that later.

Yes, I know I missed the top of one of the pouches. I fixed it after I saw it in the picture.

The next thing I’m doing is using Nuln Oil shader to do the flexible bits between armor plating, and around the parts of his armor. I used Agrax Earthshade for shading the rest, except for the helmet. At least yet. We’ll talk about the helmet in the next step.

Now for the eyes.

No matter what anybody says, do not under any circumstance use Mephiston Red for the eyes. I’m going to use the Mephiston Red in other places, which you will see in the picture as well. For the eyes? White. Again, trust me.

Gah, those eyes are hard to paint. My hand isn’t very steady today. MS is kicking my tail!

Notice how I use the Mephiston Red on some details. Now for some more touch-ups and detailing.

For me, dry brushing is one of the more difficult activities in painting. I had not been using the technique due to the fact that I, frankly, suck at it. That said, here we go.

Not bad, if I do say so myself! Aaand now some more detailing and shading…

Lastly, let’s do the base; some basic gravel and a tuft of grass…

So, what do you all think? Did he come out good enough for a mediocre painter?

I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of miniature painting. if you have any constructive criticism, feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

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Until next time, Dear Readers…

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