Goatboy’s Model Review: Cypher & Voldus

Goatboy here doing another model review of the “extra” minis from the Primarch boxed set – Voldus & Cypher.

Goatboy here doing another model review. Today I will be going over the “extra” minis from the Primarch boxed set.  We all know a lot of Marine players will want the main man himself so the two side characters are more like extra frosting on the cake.  Still we did get a really awesomely updated Cypher and a GK character that will most likely be played as a regular GK librarian.

We’ll 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.  Will start with the figure I like the most – Cypher.



As with any “clam pack” style characters – Cypher is a fully detailed, single posed, and a masterfully designed figure.  He has a lot of under cuts and is really a great example of a figure that while being simple is still really astonishing to go together.  There are a lot of “parts” that all slide perfectly in place as long as you clip off all the burrs and plastic channel bits.  There wasn’t much to really clean either beyond those and he fits together in a way that you don’t really need instructions – just utilizing the picture of the main anti hero himself.

5 out of 5 – This guy went together like butter.


The biggest issue with him is there is a ton of detail underneath and around his cloak.  The way the model fits together you want to built him first and thus you have to deal with trying to figure out ways to hit those underneath shapes.  Of course you don’t really see them but it is still frustrating to try and get him fully painted up without hitting a part of his leg with some splotch of under cloak paint.  Still overall his armor shapes and weapon shapes are both simple enough to easily follow the lines and different enough to make him look like an “old” marine.  I kinda wish his other pistol was out and about as I thought a more John Wu style action pose would be fun to paint.

3.5 out of 5 – A lot of his armor is covered up so it gets hard to “detail” the heck out of him.


This is neat model to finally get a decent model for. This guy has been the anti hero we all have wanted more of and finally we have something neat to present on the table top.  When I converted my own I went into a more Dark Angels style look instead of the “weird” mark armor look – but I prefer the new one.  It just looks neat and really fits the overall theme of the renegade/bad guy/anti hero.  They could have had him jumping around though for sure but without the weird ectoplasm or funky huge wings.

4 out of 5 – Are we ever fully satisfied?




Again just like Cypher this guy went together like a dream.  Every bit and part just fit well together and once you got going it was pretty easy to have everything fit smoothly.  The biggest issue was getting that head to look right as there is a bit of give to setting him up in halo of Grey Knight/Emperah!! nonsense.  There was no complaints and he seems to fit well, posed decently, and looks cool when put together.

4.5 out of 5 – Its still just a cool Grey Knight Guy.


Voldus was a heck of a lot easier to get the details on then Cypher.  Its like the director of this 40k movie told him to pose with his arms out wide.  His chest parts are easy to get too, the storm bolter is completed shown, and even his cloak moves off to the side to allow more access to the back as well as underneath the cloak.  This is how you do a cloaked figure and hopefully GW does it for any future releases.

4.5 out of 5 – Again it is just another terminator hero but at least he is super fancy.


This guy is pretty cool and as an “extra value” figure for a boxed set he is pretty neat.  His rules are alright too – even though he is a bit too expensive.  Still this isn’t a review on if he is useful this is just about the model themselves.  I think he rocks, was fun to paint, and overall he is pretty bad ass as another signature Grey Knight Figure on the battle field.

4.5 out of 5 – I kinda wish they would redo Draigo too – even though he has high fives this guy as the new “future” of the Grey Knight leadership.  Hooray Promotion – 1 extra week of vacation and your own personal bathroom.


~ I can’t wait for the next Triumvirate set of minis. What could they be?

  • Xodis

    Models look great, and I kind of want to pick them all up regardless of not building their armies…..I need to clean the garage and get to painting on my tons of backlog lol.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      me too -_-

    • ZeeLobby

      I’ve said that for years and never seem to make a dent, haha.

      • Xodis

        Seriously right?!?!

        Bones season 2 and 3+ addons , Retribution, WWX, AoS Starter, Gorechosen, Silver Tower, Imperial Assault +Expansions, GW Terrain, D&D models from GF9, and now Wizkids unpainted all mostly boxed with a few exceptions. Eldar and Black Legion both around 50% complete (lots of points). Wife seriously needs to help me get rid of junk in the garage lol. How bad is your backlog?

        • ZeeLobby

          Genestealer Cult army, Kingdom Death models, Descent, Mantic Forgefathers, Silver Tower, Retribution of Scyrah army, my converted Frostgrave warband. Kickstarter has only made it worse. I’ve got Rising Sun on the way, and will probably kick the Steamforged Games new game when it drops. I have far more models to paint than ones I’ve painted. I go too slow, haha, even with an airbrush. Just finished this guy for KDM. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1714261be5da8ad9588b18d72b7e564fb03e6144795b20230e90374b9931996b.jpg

          • Xodis

            Looking good, but thats my problem too, although painting slow would be better than not at all right now lol

          • ZeeLobby

            You really just have to like schedule time. It’s tough with work, family and a house though, haha.

      • Shawn

        I made a dent recently. About one tench of a percent, ha! As far as painting goes, the dent I made is one-hundredths of a percent!

        • ZeeLobby

          Haha. Yeah. I think I’m finally reaching the point where I literally cannot buy another thing til I paint more of what I have. I have noticed that once I stopped chasing the GW plastic crack train I suddenly have a lot more money for hobby supplies, haha. I’m sure I’ll get the SWA terrain at some point tho.

          • Shawn

            Same here. I’ve been trying to not buy the plastic at the moment, since I have so much that still needs building and painting. Trying to clear some of that up before I move on. The last model set I bot was the Triumvirate of the Imperium. Now I just need to put a greater dent into my inventory, lol.

  • The_Illusionist

    I’m glad that Voldus’ head is a separate part to the torso – It’s personal taste, but I wouldn’t be able to field him without a proper helmet. The little “Errol Flynn” moustache just isn’t how I envisage a Space Marine hero, let alone the leather “Biggles”-style cap.

    • ZeeLobby

      Could not agree more. Old man Voldus

  • Roman Himmelhan

    too bad Cypher did receive such a static pose. I like the old pose way more, but i have to agree that the details on the new model are really nice. Now if GW found a way to make models look dynamic… (just like Greyfax… what did they do there? My first look was that of a picture where she’s crouching a bit, looking back. I was hoping GW would use that as a reference for a pose. Nope. They made her look way older, to accompany the -as usual- boring background of an stone-age-old inquisitorix and let her stand tall and firm – and static as at the parade ground…)


  • Thomas

    Cypher is easily my favourite model in the box. The GK is nice enough and I will never be able to bring myself to like Guilliman. But that Cypher model is everything I love about 40k: menacing, gothic, mysterious. Just awesome. Probably one of my favourite Space Marine minis of all time.