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Baranovich15 Nov 2018 8:46 p.m. PST

In looking at color schemes of the Primaris, I felt that GW often tends to paint their studio stuff too "clean". Particularly their space marines. The blue is always perfectly clean. No sign of wear or age on any of the armor suits or plating.

In addition it was daunting to think of doing all of that edge-painting on all the marine's armor as well as on the dreadnoughts and tanks. I would never get a 40k Primaris force painted if I did it in the GW way.

So I got the idea using all the same Citadel colors on the Primaris as GW does, but rather than doing edge-painting I would try drybrushing those colors over the models to give them kind of a field-worn weathered look that would tone down the Macragge blue.

I was really pleased with the results.

I did a base coat of Citadel Macragge Blue spray, I
then drybrushed Citadel Calgar Blue followed by another drybrush of Fenrisian Grey.

I think the final look is pretty amazing! Drybrushing over the blue gives the models a really nice, edged, grayed, dusty look. Reminds me of if the Primaris were on a planet with a very dusty, gritty environment, like a planet with a very dry climate, or a ruined city or base where there's lots of ash and dust from debris.

What I like about the tone is that a lot of the blue shows through the drybrushing and you get a kind of luminous, translucent purplish-gray tone.

It worked especially well on the Repulsor tank.

This really has me psyched because I feel like I found an effective way to paint a Primaris force quickly and do it in a way where it doesn't look terrible. Once all the drybrushing is done over the blue then it's just a matter of taking the time to actually paint in details of weapons, eye lenses, and finally decals, etc.

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Aethelflaeda was framed16 Nov 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

I prefer your look. My own marines haven't any sort of official scheme. I did them battleship gray camoflauge and weathered.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

I paint all my SMs, IG etc., in tactical/camo colors. No one runs around the battlefield in bright red, yellow, pink, lime green, etc., etc. ! evil grin

Prince Rupert of the Rhine17 Nov 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

Legion 4 the space marines would disagree

"The uniforms of the Imperial Guard are camouflaged in order to protect their wearers by hiding them from sight.
The principle is that what the enemy cannot see he cannot kill.

This is not the way of the Adeptus Astartes. A Space Marine's armour is bright with heraldry that proclaims his devotion to his Chapter and the beloved Emperor of Mankind. Our principle is that what the enemy can see, he will soon learn to fear… "

att. Chaplain Aston,
Fire Hawks 10th Company


Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

Yes, I know, I read the fluff … starting in '89. GW's fluff is absolutely like Orwellian New Speak … huh? Like much of GW/FW, I "cherry pick" … wink

Hey, after over a decade in my long past youth as an Infantry Officer … I just can't see anything military painted in circus "shot me" colors !!!! evil grin

Keifer11317 Nov 2018 8:27 p.m. PST

Can't wait to see your final product.

I always love the pics of Star Wars stormtroopers all weathered up and have been wanting to do my marines the same way….

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