Archive for Primarchs

The Wolftime: Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2017 by Sean

I’ve finally gotten to work on the Primarch of the Space Wolves Space Marines Legion for the Horus Heresy 30K, the indomitable Leman Russ.

Russ is a great miniature, and it was fun to paint him. He has a lot of animation, with a swirling motion throughout the whole figure, starting from his base of shattered stone to his whirling wolf pelt cape and long braided hair. His dagger sheath even swings out away from his body with his momentum. The motion of the model follows his eyes, with Russ turning his head to face of against an unseen foe (or searching for another), and his leg planted to begin his turn in that direction. This pose does make the minie difficult to photograph, but it does avoid any problems of a miniature ‘in-the-round’ being dull from some directions.

His armor is of course pretty elaborate, with lots of studs and spikes and ‘Viking’ design on armor plates. I went with a cool dark grey for his power armor, and kept most of his color scheme a cool temperature, from his armor, weapons, and even the wolf pelts. The base has some warmth to contrast, with reddish terracotta showing through the facades.

His paired weapons are a highly decorated sword, painted with violet and blue washes to separate it from him, as well as a big axe worked to a shiny polish with blue and silver.

I show one pic with Russ on his normal 40mm base and then inserted into the scenic base, as well as a pic of just the scenic base. Like the other Primarchs, he has his own little diorama on a 60mm base. In Russ’ case this is some palace floor on Prospero, when the Space Wolves fought the Thousand Sons Legion. You can see a discarded scroll and Thousand Son helmet among the rubble of magic wards and inscriptions. Russ has a few of the same metals from the scenic base used on his armor to tie him visually to the base.

More to come. Looking forward to Sanguinius and Dorn.

Corvus Corax, Raven Guard Primarch

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by Sean

Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Gard Legion, is done. I will work on him nevermore

This guy was rough. Aside from the detail and normal level of work on the model, it was also very fragile and unbalanced to build. I envision the wings being broken within a week, but here’s hoping. Forgeworld’s sometimes questionable resin once again rears its head… The wings themselves are extremely fiddly; the castings were not great at all, and required extensive cleaning and reshaping with a knife. Even then some of the details were warped or rough. Hopefully the paint job will cover these deficiencies.

Aside from the construction problems, I like the model. He’s very dynamic and actually looks like he’s just touched down with force (the splintering flagstones are a great touch). The interaction with the Night Lord Marines is great too. His face is very characterful, with a proper Eastwood squint from Spaghetti Westerns (am I right about that inspiration, seeing how he’s got a pair of pistols in cowboy holsters ?)

I took lots of pictures from various angles to show off Corax’s details and pose, as well as him mounted in the scenic base. Like the other Primarchs the scenic base is pinned to lock together around the smaller character base.

I’m not sure which Primarch is next, but looking forward to whichever one drops in my lap.

Corax, penultimate

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2016 by Sean

Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion, is nearly done. Like all the other Primarch miniatures from Forgeworld, he is very complicated and detailed. This means he has taken some time to finish to a high standard.

Here he is nearly completed. I mounted him to the character base, that will in turn fit in the scenic base. I painted him on his own before I mounted him, because he’s big enough already, and the base would have presented an unwieldy grip. Plus, there would be a higher chance of tipping and breaking (plus rubbing paint off the base piece).

I took pics from several angles, to highlight his detailed armor. His armor plates are smoother than his Primarch brothers, with inset base relief surfaces and decoration resembling Celtic knotwork (similar to some of the Heresy-era Raven Guard decoration seen on the standard Marines and vehicles from Forgeworld). The only things missing from the completed model is the pair of wings on the jump pack and his other holster and whip (left off for ease of painting).

Being Raven Guard, he of course wears all black armor, the only contrasting color being a shiny silver for armor trim and weapons, some gold, leather pouches, and white/bone decoration. A few spots of bright blue show up in the jewels in his Legion symbol and the exhausts of the jump pack. The lightning claws got a blue wash and highlight with pure silver to make them very eye-catching.

Before I mounted Corax to the base I took a pic of the Traitor Marine he’s posed in the act of shooting. This one was painted as a Night Lord in Mark III armor, with the standard deep blue plating and bronze trim. He got a skull Death’s Head ‘mask’ on his helmet and a winged skull Legion symbol. A few lightning bolt effects on his armor break up the flat plates. I really love the posing on this model. He’s sprawling back, a hole punched right through his chest, shrapnel scoring the underside of his faceplate. His weapons are just barely attached to the model, showing them about to fly free once he falls back. He brings some needed color to the full Corax model, but his smaller size means he won’t upstage the Primarch.

Next up, the finished Corax!

Corax Bases: The Perch

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2016 by Sean


The next big Primarch project is Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion of Space Marines. As with all the Primarchs I’ve worked on, he and his base are very detailed, and very complicated to construct.

Like the previous Primarchs, I’m working on his base first. His base (the first pic) is a rise of twisted concrete and metal, buckling under his feet as he lands. A nice split Imperial Eagle alludes to the civil war of the Horus Heresy. The rusted girders and reinforcements serve to break up the general grey color scheme. The tiled surface gets a bit of a beige highlight to differentiate it from the broken concrete.

The perch fits into a 50mm scenic base that hides its own 40mm base (second pic). The colors are the same as the normal base. Corax’s scenic base will eventually feature a Traitor Marine being blasted by Corax as he lands. This will come later.

Corax is a complicated piece, so I’ll paint him in stages, just like the other Primarchs. More to come!

Roboute Guilliman: Primarch of the Ultramarines

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by Sean


The next Primarch from Forgeworld arrives- Roboute Guilliman, the Primarch of the Ultramarines.

This figure was very detailed, like all the other Primarchs I’ve done. He’s got all the typical eagles and skulls, and the Ultra symbol of course. Unlike the others though, his ostentatiousness is somewhat toned down. He’s got a very limited color scheme, with just a spot of green, red, leather, and flesh to diverge from the blue and yellow metal. The gladius got a wash of blue ink and highlight with silver. I had to keep the armor lines clean, and the white cape was a strong contrast to the armor.

The scenic base was fun. I haven’t done much marble, so I had to do some experimenting to achieve the effect. It has that nice Roman feel, which of course matches Roboute’s decorated armor (he’s really ready to conquer Gaul here).

Next up: Corax!

Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2015 by Sean

Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders, the XVIIIth Legion.

This is the next in the series of Primarchs from Forgeworld I’ve been painting. Like his brother Primarchs, Vulkan is a gigantic miniature, easily towering over normal Marines, equal in height to a Dreadnought. He fits into a scenic base, depicting him stomping through the wreckage of the Istvaan Dropsite Massacre. A Salamander and Iron Warrior lie dead amongst the rubble.

I included plenty of photos to show off the miniature in the round. He’s the brightest of the Primarchs I’ve done so far. Ferrus Manus and Horus both wore black armor, with only various metals for contrast. Vulkan on the other hand wears bright green armor, with plenty of gold, bronze, brass, leather, scales, fire, and even a giant skull for decoration.

His armor was done in the same fashion as the Firedrakes I completed earlier, though with considerably more decoration. The salamander-skin cape gives a nice warm natural color to stand out from the hard armor. The plume of fire from the backpack makes a halo of color behind his coal-black face. I kept his base and the scenic base fairly simple (except for the dead Marines) to not distract from all the detail on Vulkan’s armor.

Next up- Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines!

The Warmaster Horus!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2014 by Sean

The arch-traitor, heretic, and fallen son, Horus, The Warmaster, Primarch of the Luna Wolves (later the Sons of Horus) is complete.

This miniature, like Feruss Manus before, was huge. He was quite complicated, with lots of detail, broad areas of armor, visible machinery, and a wolf pelt and cape bigger alone than many other miniatures. His base was a nice affair- a broken statue to the Imperium piled over a marble staircase. Like the other Primarch models he has both a standard 40mm base for use on the gaming table, along with a decorative display base. The stone was given a white alabaster marble effect, with gleaming white edges. Skulls barely stand out from the rubble, while twisted girders add some color.

The client wanted Horus’ armor to be black, representing him just after his fall. The deep black and burnished gold and brass contrast nicely with the white base. His wolf pelt and red cape give the character some warmth and motion (and break up a largely monochromatic color scheme).

I included several angles to highlight the details in such a large figure.

Edit: Upon request, I’ve added some closer pics to better show details.

Next: Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders!