40K: Primaris Painting Primer

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Fresh from Warhammer Fest–a Primaris Painting Primer. A Primeris, if you will.

The Primaris Marines are taking the galaxy by storm these days. With their new weapons, swanky armor, and doubly genetically enhanced bodies, they’ve got the tools they need to take apart the enemies of the Imperium. But what good is all that talent if they can’t look good while doing so? Well, fret no more! Warhammer Fest has produced some handy tips to help keep your Primaris Marines looking fighting fit and flashy.

via Warhammer Community

Narrative is as much a focus as new rules with the latest edition. These painting tips are as much about helping to tell the story of your chapter as they are about making your marines look amazing. I’m glad–I think the game benefits from all those little personal details. And I’ll be the first to admit, those are hard to pull off. But I think they’re important. It’s what made the people in Alien stand out from normal space dudes–they all had their own personalized kit. And I think anytime you see that flavor captured on the tabletop you just feel that much more invested in the game.

Also, seeing what GW’s internal painting/making scheme looks like is a great way to discern at a glance what mini is what in the pictures they run. I’d seen that stripey helmet before and now we know–that’s a Lieutenant. Sergeants have the Red Helmet, as you’l soon see.

The details on the knees look tricky enough as it is–makes you glad they’re bigger than normal models.

We’ve seen the Ancients before. And with a generic banner, I guess you could say that all their banner bearers are standard.

So there you have it. It looks like they’re really working on coming up with ways to customize your squads. I love the detailing especially around what looks like implants on the Primaris’ forehead. And of course, since each chapter will get access to Primaris Tech, you’ll be able to customize them even further for your army.

Happy Painting. Be sure to use GW Primaris Primer to Prime your Primaris, Primarily.

  • SilentPony

    Can’t wait for a $15 primaris transfer sheet

    • Dan Wilson

      Will almost certainly be included in the boxes.

      • SilentPony

        A little baby one, sure, absolutely. But one with more than just Ultramarines logos? That’s sold separately.

        • Dan Wilson

          At the very least I’d hope some of the above markings, e.g. red skulls would be available. Squad numbers and tactical markings too.

          • SilentPony

            Hope so, but maybe not? The transfer sheet I keep getting is just a bunch of Ultra symbols and a few numbers in yellow circles.

          • AircoolUK

            Just paint your own… takes a little longer than using a transfer, but is less hassle and looks better.

          • euansmith

            Not all of us are blessed in freehand department 😉 I struggle to paint on trim, let alone chapter markings.

        • euansmith

          The Shoulder Pad markings should be okay from the old transfer sheets.

  • Talos2

    They’re truely fantastic models in the flesh. I was hugely impressed at how detailed and believeable they are

    • bob82ca

      GW employee ^

      • Aura1

        Yes, only GW employees like the models and think they’ve improved over 40 years. That’s why they never sell any. Exceptbto thrir own employees.

        • bob82ca

          “Hello fellow hobbyists and non-games workshop employees, I for one am so thrilled with the new Primaris Space Marines! ANNND for the coming of the BEST edition EVER! I’m so confident that I took equity out of my home and put it all into games workshop stock! Hey have you fellow non-gamesworkshop employees heard of the official gamesowrkshop painting guides?! Let me tell you about this fantastic product–errr book that you can purchase at your local GW retailer. It will teach you how to properly paint your ultramarines in over 20 shades of blue! I for one bought 2 bottles of each shade so as to not run out! Golly!”

          • euansmith

            With the exception of the Jet Pack Willy Marines, I’m really impressed with the quality of this release. I am not a GW employee, and I endorse this message.

          • Loki Nahat

            can’t be serious, can you?

            it’s pointless discussion anecdotal evidence I guess, but I’ve not met anyone who’s looking forward to Primaris, it’s a laughing stock in my circles

          • euansmith

            Really? Cool new minis? Don’t the cool kids like them any more? 😉

          • Loki Nahat

            from what I’ve seen it’s more the temporary console kiddies do, the players and collectors dont

          • euansmith

            I’m hardly a console kid; but these Big Marines look just about spot on to me. The proportions are great and the lack of fiddly detail appeals to me.

          • Loki Nahat

            I’m genuinely impressed some one likes them, power to you
            it’s certainly a good way of splitting the 2 communities 41k and 30k

          • Big Fat Fred

            Gulp! I don’t think I have ever disagreed with you on anything. Until now. Primaris marines are just a poorly thoughtout attempt to get players with marines to buy more marines. That said, I am excited for 8th, but will just use “counts as” for primaris marines.

          • euansmith

            I’m surprised you haven’t disagreed with me before as I often talk a load of crap 😀

            I’m just looking at the models rather than the fluff.

            I don’t mind the fluff about upgrading the Marines; though it does seem to be leaning rather too far in to Wardian Mary-Sue story telling. I would have liked more grim darkness that the Heman gloss they have been given.

            I remember when the RTB01 Beaky Marines were replaced by the more modern models, so I’m too put out by another generation of Marines coming along.

            I think that the switch between RTB01 and the next generation was acceptable to the community as the newer Marines were simply better made than the older ones.

            This time around, the current Marines are technically top notch and so the replacement Marines are just better proportioned.

            I actually like that GW has come up with a bit of fluff to explain why there are newer, bigger Marines. I would have preferred if the new dudes were more grim-dark, baroque and Gothic than they are.

          • Heinz Fiction

            I like the new models as well, especially their weapons. They are probably a little to big for my taste though, as I always imagined space marines to be of human size (tall humans admittedly but still nowehre as towering as tyranid warriors…)

          • euansmith

            I like the ancient fluff and short lived fluff from Rogue Trader that made them little more than tough guys on combat drugs with powered carapace armour; one cut above the Imperial Guard.

      • Talos2

        Lol. Troll^

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    We agitate the pigment vesicle as a sign of our rage.

    For a count of 54, thrice times the number of the blessed Primarchs, and for a count of 6, thrice times the number of the lost sons, we agitate the vesicle.

    Two handspans hence from the cursed homunculus, the one named ‘Primaris’ (for they are first in the numbering of our sorrows), thou shalt depress the topmost part of the vesicle.

    The blessed pigment is unleashed in the Emperor’s Holy Name.

    First black, for black is the colour of our despair.

    Next blue, for blue is the colour of our sadness.

    Remember, only use holy pigment in a well ventilated temple.

    • euansmith

      Thou shalt apply thee only two thin coats at a time; for one thick coat is anathema and a sin before Dunkan Rhodius, Lord High Marshal of the Palette Maximus.

  • Tushan

    Skin colour of the salamanders primaris marines anyone?

    Now Salamanders can have white skinned marines in their chapter..oh and they will be genetically superior to the smaller black ones.

    What could possibly go wrong gw?

    I for one welcome our new salamander nazi overlords 😛

    • Aura1

      While I’m sure this will disappoint our far right playing contingent, the Primaris will still use Vulkan’s ‘Once you go Black…’ geneseed.

      • Corvak

        Just waiting for one of these guys to get messed up by the canis helix and go all wulfen

      • Tushan

        Missed the humor in my post?

        • Aura1

          No, enjoyed and up-voted… then the nerd brain took over and answered the question anyway (long established moderator instinct!) 😉

  • AircoolUK

    I thought it was his haircut, not a bit of his helmet.

    • Aura1

      Yeah, interesting to see they’ve gone back to the service studs too. I guess that guys are for two hundred years of waiting patiently in the test tube…

      • ZeeLobby

        It’s almost like they’re meant to replacement marines or something.

      • phobosftw

        again; space marines can be genetically modified into space marine space marines – so those dudes have probably seen a battle or two..

  • usGrant7977

    The new jump packs look like they’re attached at the back of the head. Kind of like a hat. Fail.

    • Spacefrisian

      Introducing…..The Astronautmarines.

  • Xodis

    If you dont have a helmet on report to your local chaplain so he can beat some sense into you.

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  • BloodAngel

    What does inverted knee pads mean? That sounds painful.

    • euansmith

      I think it means the colours are reversed; so you have a blue Ultramarine Icon on a white background. I wonder is Marine Chapters have a Home and Away Kit; so they don’t look too much like their opponents.

  • Le_smee

    Still curious where all the transfers have gone on GW’s site, only blood and Wolf left for marines.