40K: Painting Magnus the Red


Warhammer TV’s Duncan is back again with an excellent painting tutorial on Magnus the Red!

Pull up your chairs and prepare to get schooled. If you were wanting to paint Magnus the Red the GW way then Duncan has you covered.

Magnus the Red is brand new from Games Workshop and it’s a MASSIVE kit. A model this size and with this much detail can be fairly intimidating to work with. Lucky, Duncan is a fantastic teacher and he shows you how to go from this:


To this:


All in about 30 minutes. (Well the video is about 30 minutes – but don’t expect to actually finish Magnus to this standard in 30 minutes!)

just scanning the video quickly I spotted a few cool things I want to re-watch later. These long-form videos are great learning tools and I’m really glad Games Workshop has being doing these for their big kits. Also, seeing the step-by-step guide in motion makes it feel a lot less intimidating to tackle this model. So if you were planning on painting up a Magnus, do yourself a favor and spend the 30 minutes watching this video!


Magnus the Red $130


The air screams as Magnus the Red descends from the skies, and stone runs molten beneath his shadow. Cyclopean son of the Emperor of Mankind, his very presence is anathema to logic. To look upon him is to surrender sanity, and when the Crimson King gazes back, destruction is loosed in unimaginable measure. Second only to the Emperor in terms of psychic ability, he rends asunder reality with a sweep of his blade, annihilating even super-heavy vehicles with the sheer intensity of his ire. Then, with a flex of mighty pinions, Magnus the Red is borne aloft, glorying in his unnatural power as he brings fresh calamity to the weaklings who oppose him.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble Magnus the Red, Daemon Primarch of Tzeentch. An imposing winged model whose size is appropriate to his power, he comes with a selection of 3 different faces (cyclopean, open helm and closed helm), is clad in armour dating from before the dark days of the Horus Heresy and has an array of modelling options: accessories include magical tomes, scrolls and daggers. He’s armed with the frankly ostentatious Blade of Magnus, modelled as a choice of glaive or sword. Supplied with a Citadel 100mm Round based, and a crushed Space Wolf Dreadnought for a base detail!


…and remember “thin your paints!”

  • Seienchin

    Duncan is a great painter and teacher! his tutorials are awesome. The model of magnus however… I find it atrocious but then again making a demon primarch is probably really difficult due to the expectations so they just went *DERB MAGNUS GONNA SMASH* approach. At least that way some people think it looks awesome because he is big.

  • Moomin_1291

    Um…the model looks pretty much exactly like most of the artwork of loyalist Magnus with demonic elements added. I don’t really see what else the design studio could’ve done. They have even given the option of a cyclopean style head to appeal to those gamers who imagined him that way, rather than just missing one eye. It just seems that noone is ever satisfied!

  • Alpharius

    Didn’t realize you could assemble him naked. Hmm… LOL.