Thursday, March 8, 2012

Painting Space Wolves Space Marines Part 1

9:00 AM by Wolf Lord Noam ·
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Hello Wolf Brothers! I am Anestis from Greece. Most of you may know me from the Space Wolves Facebook page where I post photos of my army and models. I have been asked to share with you my techniques on how to paint Space Wolves models, a task I am very happy to take. This tutorial is addressed to new painters or anyone who is not expert or is looking to improve his painting skills Most tournaments require painted armies, and so tutorials on how to paint and put fast an army to the gaming table are mostly what people expect and need to see on the internet. My take however is not a way to paint your army fast. My goal is to show you how to paint your models very nice. I want to share with you tips and techniques on how to do that. Painting a miniature requires skill, effort and a lot of time and patience. Anyone can do it. Problem is: many people don’t believe in themselves. I recommend to everyone to give it a try with at least one model. If you follow these instructions, after a short while, will find that painting high quality models is easier than it seemed at first as you have improved your painting skills and precision with brushes. So, to start, choose one model you like and give it your best shot to make it stand out on the battlefields of Warhammer 40k. Follow my instructions as I I will show you how this can be achieved!

If you plan on painting an army like this, you must know that it will take you a lot of time to finish but it will definitely be worth it in the end. Space wolves also have very impressive models with a lot of detail and character and they end up looking incredibly nice when finished. While you are using this guide and painting your miniature, you need to keep in mind that in order for a model to be impressive, it needs to have contrast and different tones and shades of colors. HERE WE GO: There are three basic components to every painted model: Dark areas/ Bright areas/Highlighted areas. The model must be clean of Dust before any paint is applied on it. Use an old brush to remove dust, dirt or any hair from the model because you don’t want to find any of this under your basecoat later.


After you have decided the paint scheme of your army, No matter if it is blue, grey, black or some shade of the above, you need to basecoat the model with it. I personally use the WOLF GREY SPRAY by ARMY PAINTER for that. It is primer & basecoat at the same time. If you are using any other color you need to first prime the model with White for bright colors, or black for dark colors. Then use a large wash brush to apply the paint on your model.

This is our first rule


The paint must be diluted to a point where it is thick enough to not run down the area you are painting, and fluid enough to be applied very easily. I have heard people describe the paint should feel like milk does. Don’t worry if it is so fluid that seems weird. It will be ok when dry.
When you are using diluted paint:
- You don’t leave Brush strokes and the result is smooth and even
- The paint is applied a lot easier
- It does not dry on your brush while painting

After the miniature dries up, we are ready to proceed with the next step.
A miniature needs to have dark areas, so that the bright areas stand out. It also makes it look more realistic. On a space marine, the places where armor meets joints and recesses need to be dark. The armpits must be dark as does the neck and so on. Also there are places that your brush won’t be able to reach. Those areas should be darker than the rest of the model. This effect is easier to achieve at this stage. Use a large wash brush to apply watered down Badab Black on the model. The wash must be spread out around the model carefully not to leave too much on the armor. The emphasis should be on the parts that need to look dark later, not those which will be light later on.  Be sure that you won’t forget any dark areas, especially those that are harder for your brush to reach – This is why I water down the wash, the watered down wash is a lot easier to spread in those areas.

The model may look messy at this stage but don’t worry, when Dry, the model will look like this.

Pay attention on the recesses and craves of the armor; Especially the joints and the gaps. They should look almost pure black. In the next segment of the tutorial I will show you how to paint the talismans, skulls, weapons, etc. Please ask questions, I will provide answers in the comments section or, if I find that I missed something major, add it to the post.

I hope you find this article interesting.

Wolf Guard, Anestis!


marrabones said...
March 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Hey I just started a space wolves army and looked forward to seeing the rest of the article.

I like Adam and Dave's ones as well but I prefer using washes as you have started in this one.

I look forward to seeing part 2 :D

Firnwulf said...
March 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Hey, great looking wolves and seems that my new armypainter primer will come to good use. I was a bit disappointed after priming my rhino and compared it to finished wolves. I just started my SW-army, it's my first one and till now i used the black primer from GW, basecolor fenris grey and a drybrush of space wolves grey. I expect like most newbies. With a wash of badab black the wolves grey from army painter looks a lot more like the color i'd like to have.
I'm looking forward to the rest of your article. Please mention also your technics and colors on the furs and those blue enchant-items, p.e. on the lower end of the rune-sword.

Noam said...
March 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Guys, BE NICE! People write articles here and you are welcome to read but leave your evil side at home. Nobody owes you anything here so leave the insults out of the comments!


Pitfighter said...
March 9, 2012 at 2:53 AM

This is the first part of a step by step guide on my technique. As I have said many times I am not apro, I just try to do the best that I can. I am sure that many readers can do highlights and detail better than I, however most of the guys dont even know how to dillute a paint, and some just drybrush their models everywhere because its the only way that works for them. I hope this series helps my wolf brothers to take their painting skills a step further. Comments and suggestions are appresiated. Hjolda !

marrabones said...
March 9, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Anestis ignore whatever Albert said I'm really looking forward to the next part.

I am a returning player 5 years since I painted a model so painting my SW battleforce is a bit daunting atm :)

Marshal Wilhelm said...
March 9, 2012 at 4:05 AM

That a painting guide must be at Golden Daemon standard is just silly. Help only needs to get someone a step further along.

After all, tying my shoelaces was a great mystery to me and I would not have figured it out any time soon. But now I don't even think twice about doing it.

Only a few of us breath that rarefied air of the true elites, and even they keep growing if they have the still have the passion. Most of us are somewhere behind them in terms of skill, so what does it matter if it is an inch or if it is a mile, eh?

No need for elitism ;)

Pitfighter said...
March 9, 2012 at 7:09 AM

I dont understand your point Marshal. A painting guide can help in a lot of ways. I never said anything like trying to create elite painters,neither I said anything about goldem daemon armies. I just thought that giving some more details rather than instructing to paint an x spot with an x color while at the same time showing a flawless model, would be better for the reader who wants to paint that same model but cant understand why his colour is blotchy, or why doing so is harder than it looks. There will be more detailed articles coming with the purpose to give people an idea on how to improve themselves. Those who already feel that have reached that level, are welcome to add their thoughts :)

WeedawgNYC said...
March 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Haa, Noam ironically enough I just sent you s painting artical to publish less than 5min agao & I open the blog & see Check your mail.

Nice one btw.

Albert said...
March 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Cheers for the painting guide. It's always good to learn how other people go about painting.

As for my previous comment, I just wrote something silly, realize it was not adequate and deleted it in like 2 minutes.

Marshal Wilhelm said...
March 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM


I think you and I have crossed wires :)

I was trying to tell the dude who posted the 'removed comment' to not condemn this painting article, or indeed any painting article.

Because someone can always get a new technique or positive reinforcement from it.
Articles do not have to be aimed at Golden Daemon standard to be good, was what I was trying to say :)

I was supporting your article, though I took the long way in writing it. :D

Sorry for the confusion :)

Pitfighter said...
March 10, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Sorry, my bad.... I guess my English need a little more work :P

Pitfighter said...
March 10, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Sorry, my bad... I guess my English need a little improvement :P

Ted Nagel said...
March 10, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Great start to this article, I have recently been experimenting with Army Painter, but have restricted my use to Vehicles and Walkers to this point.
I was unsure how the "dip" they use would turn out, as that sheen really seems a bit much to me, I'm wondering if Delvan Mud would be a better choice for me.'
I am definitely going to be keeping up with this series. Keep up the great work.
Oh, and your finished stuff looks great by the way!
Ted Nagel

taffeh said...
March 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Looks simular outcome and effect to how I go about mine. So am quite interested to see the variations in technique I'm sure we both have.

Although I'm still not 100% with new style, I'm still not impressed with flaming - I've started going to. A lot of tournaments and am easily getting awards for painting cause I put a little patience into what I do with my hobby - I see some shocking painting by people who just want to have 3 colour legal armies, and basic Wolves pant guides with drybrushing already exist - so am looking forward to seeing a decent guide done now. Hope this lives up to expectations.

Marshal Wilhelm said...
March 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM


Don't worry about it - it happens between two native speakers of English anyway :D

Needles said...
March 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I recently made the decision to move to Army Painter color primer, I just haven't started the project yet. I'm interested to see the rest of the painting guide.

marrabones said...
March 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Hey dude when's the next part going to be up I got all me models up to this stage :)

Noam said...
March 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Part two coming in two weeks (next week is already filled :) ).

Firnwulf said...
March 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Yeah, i'm looking forward to it - is it also the last part or are there more than 2 parts?

jakers said...
March 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Great article!
I'm pretty much new to the whole painting my armies thing (I've never been patient enough to do it) and I was just wondering what so basically you just did a spray with space wolves army painter spay and that's all you had to do to get that great bluish colour? I ask this because I just picked up some citadel space wolves grey thinking it would give me about the same and its very light. What primer would you recommend to get the same tone of blue? (if that's even possible)I love in Canada so I'm not sure if army painter delivers here. Any ways thanks a lot!

FrancisMahon said...
August 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Hi I want to use this colour scheme but I bought the new paints corresponding to space wolves grey and fortress grey! The problem is they look nothing like the old paints. do you have any recommendation for the new paints?



FrancisMahon said...
August 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Hi, I am going to use this colour scheme for sure but I have a problem. I bought the new revised paints for Space wolves grey and Shadow grey but they look nothing like the old colours. What do you recommend I do?

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