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Warhammer 40k Indomitus How to Paint Ultramarines

We thought we would share a quick guide on how we painted the Ultramarines Primaris Space Marines from the Warhammer 40k 9th Edition Indomitus Launch Box. Here we go…

Sub-Assembly

For the most part, all the models were fully assembled prior to priming. The only exception were the shields on the Primaris Captain and Bladeguard Veterans, these were primed and painted separatly before being attached to the completed model.

Undercoat

All of the models were given a basecoat using Chaos Black Spray. The Stormshields were given a basecoat using Corax White spray

Once this was dry, all the models (with the exception of the Chaplain and Judiciar) were sprayed using Macragge Blue spray.

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Blue Power Armour

The blue Power Armour was completed using the following steps :-

  • Paint Nuln Oil Shade into the recesses and panel lines – try to be as neat as you can but don’t worry if you make some mistakes, they can be touched up in stage 2.
  • Use Macragge Blue to tidy up any areas where the Nuln Oil has slipped onto the raised sections of the armour.
  • Use Calgar Blue as an edge highlight along all the edges of the armour. If you make any mistakes you can always tidy up with Macragge Blue.
  • Use Fenrisian Grey as a final highlight on the very edges of the armour plates. I only used this on areas such as the top of the knee guards, the edges of the elbow plates and the very front of the gorget around the neck etc.

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Black Power Armour

The black Power Armour of the Chaplain and Judiciar was painted as follows :-

  • First, paint the entire model using Abaddon Black – this shade of black is slighly different than the Chaos Black spray and means you will be able to correct any mistakes later on using Abbadon Black.
  • Mix some Rhinox Hide and Lahmian Medium (1:3) and paint into the recesses and panel lines similar to how you shaded the blue armour above.
  • Use Abaddon Black to tidy up any areas where the brown has slipped onto the raised sections of the armour.
  • Use Eshin Grey as an edge highlight along all the edge of the armour (again use Abaddon Black to tidy any mistakes).
  • Cover the black armour in a coat of Stormshield – this will take the sheen off the Rhinox Hide recess shade that we applied and give the armour a matt finish – feel free to skip this step if you prefer a shinier finish.

Gold Details

There are two methods for painting the gold details on these models. The first applies to the gold detailing on the Stormshields, Banner and armour trim on the Chaplain and is done as follows :-

  • Paint the area using Retributor Gold.
  • Wash the area using Agrax Earthshade.
  • Water down some Auric Armour Gold (about 1:1) and paint this over the raised sections of the gold detail.
  • Water down some Stormhost Silver (about 1:2) and use this to sparingly to highlight some of the raised sections.

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The second method applies to all the other gold details such as the shoulder pad trim, chest eagles, weapon pommels etc.

  • Paint the area using Retributor Gold.
  • Wash the area using Reikland Fleshshade
  • Water down some Auric Armour Gold (about 1:1) and paint this over the raised sections of the gold detail.
  • Water down some Stormhost Silver (about 1:3) and use this to sparingly to highlight some of the raised sections.

White Armour

To paint the white armour, such as the Bladeguard Veteran helmets and shoulder pad trim I used the following method :-

  • Paint the area using two-three coats of thinned Corax white.
  • Use Fenrisian Grey and Lahmian Medium (about 1:2) to shade the recesses of the white armour.
  • Touch up any areas where the grey shade has slipped onto the raised panels using Corax White.
  • Apply a final edge hightlight of White Scar.
  • Cover the white armour with a coat of Stormshield.

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Cloth

The tabards and robes were painted as follows :-

  • Basecoat the area using a couple of thin coats of Zandri Dust.
  • Cover the entire area in a couple of thin coats of Ushabti Bone.
  • Create a Zandri Dust and Lahmian Medium mix (about 1:3) and paint this into the folds of the cloth to create an area of shadow.
  • Apply a first highlight of Wraithbone to the raised sections of cloth.
  • Apply a final highlight of Corax White to upmost raised sections of cloth and along the edges.

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Brown Cloth

The brown cloak of the Judiciar and the brown belts on some of the models wer painting in the same way.

  • Basecoat the area using Dryad Bark
  • Apply a wash of Nuln Oil
  • Highlight the raised areas using Dryad Bark
  • Highlight the upmost raised edges using Mournfang Brown

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Red Armour, Purity Seals, Eye Lenses

The Sergeant helmets were painted as follow :-

  • Basecoat the area using 2-3 thin coats of Mephiston Red
  • Apply a wash of Agrax Earthshade
  • Paint the raised sections of the helmets using Mephiston Red
  • Apply an edge highlight of Evil Sunz Scarlet

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The Purity Seals were painted as follows :-

  • Basecoat the seal itself using Zandri Dust.
  • Apply a wash of Agrax Earthshade.
  • Water down some Zandri Dust and apply a thin coat to the raised sections of the seal.
  • The wax element of the seal is first painted using Screamer Pink
  • Then apply a shade using Nuln Oil
  • Pick out the raised sections using Screamer Pink again

The Eye Lenses were painted as follows :-

  • Carefully paint a small line of Corax White onto the lense
  • Apply either Bloodletter or Waywatcher Green glaze over the lense. This gives a nice red or green glowing effect to the lense.

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Skin

The skin is quite easy to paint, you just have to make sure you use multiple thin layers to build up a nice smooth finish :-

  • Basecoat the area using a couple of thin coats of Bugmans Glow
  • Paint the entire area using a couple of thin coats of Kislev Flesh
  • Wash the area in a thinned Reikland Fleshshade (about 1:1 with water). Make sure to ‘push’ the shade into the recesses of the face.
  • Apply a thinned layer of Kislev flesh to the raised areas of the face.
  • Once the first layer of Kislev flesh is dry, apply another thinned layer to the raised areas but try to leave some of the previous later showing.
  • Add a bit of White Scar into the mix and apply a final highlight to the upmost raised areas of the face, such as the nose, brow and cheeks.

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Stormshields

The Stormshields were painted separatly and then attached to the finished model using the following method :-

  • Basecoat the shield using Wraithbone.
  • Apply a shade to the shield using Zandri Dust and Lahmian Medium (about 1:3) around the edges of the shield where the flat panel meets the egde banding and raised motiff in the centre.
  • Apply a very thin Corax White highlight around the flat panels.

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Bases

The bases were painted using the following technique :-

  • Apply a layer of Agrellan Badland
  • Once dry, apply a wash using Cassandora Yellow
  • Once the shade is dry, lightly drybrush the base using Tyrant Skull
  • Paint the rims Abaddon Black

I also applied a few tufts of dried grass to the bases

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