Bonus Goatboy: Magnus the Red Model Review

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?

  • Slaanesh Devotee

    Very nice job.

    Also, I like how they’ve allowed you to leave off the armour plates and the musculature underneath isn’t messed up in any way.

    That’ll be good for conversions in the future, I’m sure, when more giant daemon primarchs and giant daemon Abbadon or whatever come out.

    • Randy Randalman

      They did that with Skarbrand too. Looks more primal to leave him unarmored, and really fits the character.

    • Shawn

      Yeah, this was a smart idea by GW. I hated the chest plate and would rather do with out it.

      • DeadlyYellow

        I’m with you. I absolutely hated the nipple horns.

    • Kinsman

      I find he looks much less intimidating w/o the armor. Nice paint job but definitely less ready for war, it seems to me.

  • euansmith

    That’s a cool paint job, as ever.

  • benn grimm

    Noice! 🙂

  • william timonen

    I really like how you made his flesh look very “warpish”, like its not fully compact.

  • Hawt Dawg

    Looking good! He will fit in with your dozen Imperial Knights.

  • Zingbaby

    Nice work Goatboy.

  • MechBattler

    Actually Magnus was the most pitiable of traitor primarchs. In fact, he was barely a traitor at all. It was only Horus’s meddling that set Russ and the wolf pack on them. If not for that bit of d-baggery, Magnus might not have gone over to the dark side at all, and the Thousand Sons might have ended up staying loyalist.

    • batweb

      Except Mangus had already done a deal with Tzeentch to save his legion and from that point on was damned. Then committed the greatest heresy of them all in destroying the Emperor’s ultimate plan for humanity by breaking the webway project. While the order may have been manipulated to have Mangus destroyed the best he could of hoped for if brought back to Terra was as a battery for the Golden Throne.

      • NNextremNN

        He had to do something to save his legion and his sons from the damages the emperor made and did nothing to repair.

        If the emperor would have explained chaos and chaos gods in mode detail to him he might wouldn’t have fall for them.

        The destruction of the human Portal to the webway was a mistake an accident. Again which could have easily been avoided if he had told his sons he truth.

        Being the battery for the golden throne was is original true purpose.

        All primarchs were just tools to be used by the emperor. And the chaos gods actually freed them from the tyranny of his father. But it probably would have been better if some social workers did this instead ob a crack selling gang of psychopaths.

  • plasticvicar

    Magnus just isnt Magnus without nipple horns, they are the true source of his immense power.

  • Agent OfBolas

    Great paintjob, I really enjoy those colors more than oryginal ones.

  • NNextremNN

    Great paintjob and yes I agree he looks much better without the armour.