Goatboy here with another model review. Let’s talk about one of the biggest baddies in the 40k universe – Magnus the Red.
I find him to be personally an interesting character as everything I have read about him shows that he wasn’t just an evil turd – he had thoughts, ideas, and opinions that make him feel a little more relatable. When we actually got a Daemonic model for him – I jumped at the chance to build him. Of course as I am a pretty avid Chaos Space Marine/daemon player you know I had to have him for an army or three.
Will break each review into the Build, Paint, and Overall sections. The build is pretty obvious as I go into how hard it was, any weird things I saw, and hints on how to better complete this model. The paint delves into the painting thoughts and ideas on how best to get the model to the table top. Overall is more of a value thought on the model.
Magnus was actually a pretty easy build. He had only one random little thing that was odd in the entire build. One side of his inner face has a section that you need to place in to get another “horn” hole. There is a small sculpt of an ear too that is mostly covered by hair. This was the only odd thing a the picture didn’t make a ton of sense and it took me fiddling with it a bit to actually get it to fit. But other then that he is very easy and I built him in a little bit over an hour. I didn’t rush through it so I suspect a speed build would go pretty quickly. The model is built into sections and very little needs each other section to let you put it together. My personal model didn’t have the army as I found it rather silly. Thankfully GW sculpted his muscles and lets you have the option.
5 out of 5 Inquisitor Skulls
I went with simple on the metal to just keep from going crazy. It let me concentrate more on the skin tones.
This guy is pretty easy to paint too. He is big, all his parts are spread out, and everything is heavily detailed/sculpted. This lets you do a lot of broad pre shading when painting him and there few places that are hard to reach. Just like the other Daemon models – everything is so exaggerated that it’s easy to paint the color forms on the figure. Blends are easy, washes have a lot of room to flow, and the way the model is set up lets you have an easy time to do color separations. Heck the overall blend from reds to purples ad blues makes this one of the easier “big” models to paint in the game. It took a few hours to paint it as I went slow and relished the ease of painting when compared to some of the small models with a ton of “tiny” details.
Organic shapes are some of the easiest to paint as they are normally very heavy in details and thus take to washes easy. This model has so much detail and different forms that is is easy to slap some paint on there, get some washes, do some cool wet blending, and finally just doing whatever metallic you like on his “metal” bits. I can only hope the future Daemonic Primarchs are like this.
5 out of 5 Psychic Skulls
You will only need to own one of these so it is hard to generate a true value. He is expensive points wise, does a ton, and looks bad ass. Plus only needing one means this value’s cost is decent when you compare it to other things you need to make a valuable army. I think cost wise we can’t really get any higher for a one purchase model. Compare this to how many knight you need for a working Knight army and you see this guy does a ton for you. Plus he even has multiple options so not everyone look the same. Overall good job by GW and it makes me salivate at the thought of other evil leader models in the future.
5 out of 5 Broken Wallets
~How good of a mini do you think the Magnus kit is hobbyists?