Ferrus Manus- Stage 1: Base- Emperor’s Children Marine

The first stage of the Ferrus Manus from Forgeworld’s Horus Heresy Primarchs- his scenic base.

I wanted to get the somewhat complicated base out of the way, partially because it will ease me into the rather detailed Manus himself, but also to help establish color, contrast, and temperature for further work.

The first pic is the stone and debris. First, the stone got a base coat of Vallejo’s German Grey. Some portions got a Nuln Oil wash. Then the whole was highlighted with a mix of German Grey/GW’s Dawnstone, with further highlight with Dawnstone/Administratum Grey, with a final pure Administratum Grey for the upper surfaces. I picked out the ubiquitous skulls with a black, with a base of P3 Battlefield Brown, with a mix of GW Steel Legion Drab/P3 Hammerfall Khaki/White for midtones and highlights. A few random rocks were painted with various browns and whites to add some variety.

In addition, I picked out some girders sticking out of the rubble. They were painted with Battlefield Brown, and highlighted along the edges like the skulls above. I used a loose patchy touch to make them look pitted and corroded. They were finished off with a light drybrush of Vallejo Red Leather to give a rust effect. Overall this gives Manus a nice neutral space to stand on. His color scheme is very cold and monotone, so this base won’t distract from him, but at the same time it will add some visual flair.

The second pic is the Emperor’s Children Marine at Ferrus Manus’ feet (the other two Marines are Iron Hands, to be worked on later).

1. The Marine was picked out along his edges with black. His base coat was MSP’s Imperial Purple, with a wash of GW’s Druchii Violet.

2. Next was the highlight on his armor. A mix of Imperial Purple/Administratum Grey, with a further edge highlight of Imperial Purple/white. After that, all the parts that would end up metal were painted black.

3. The metal parts got their basecoats. Gold plates and edging were done with GW Gehenna Gold.  The piping and armor joints were Pig Iron. Small decorative skulls were done with Vallejo Bronze.

4. Gold plates and edging was finished with a wash of Seraphim Sepia and Nuln Oil, then highlighted with Gehenna Gold/P3 Pig Iron, with the strongest highlights with Gehenna Gold/Mithril Silver. Piping and joints were washed with Nuln Oil, followed by highlights of Pig Iron. Battle damage on the armor followed the same lines as the piping, with a light drybrush of grey to tone it down. The decorative skulls were washed with Agrax Earthshade, followed by highlight of Bronze.

5. Another angle of our dead friend. In this one you can also see the eye, done with GW Regal Blue, with highlights of Regal Blue/Underbelly Blue/White. The other eye socket is caved in (presumably by Manus’ hammer) so it was left empty.

Phew! Lot of work for a piece of scenery eh?

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One Response to “Ferrus Manus- Stage 1: Base- Emperor’s Children Marine”

  1. Well, when you consider that you’re painting a primarch model, every bit of work done on the models is justified, especially with a story telling scenic base like this.

    Keep up the good work!

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