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Warhammer 40K: Best Space Marine Paint Schemes For Beginners

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Aug 25 2019

A new Codex means Space Marines are better than ever, meaning you’ll see more power-armored pals who are fun to be around. Paint them up nice and easy with some of these paint schemes.

Look, Space Marines are already everywhere. And with the new Codex there’s sure to be more of them as new players jump in, or players who before swore loyalty to the Greater Good get tempted by the idea of “surviving melee” or “winning games.” But it can be hard to get your Space Marines looking good; there’s so much heraldry to paint, patterns, stripes, and whatever’s going on here:

If you’re a new painter, you’ll find that some of these schemes can be daunting. But good looking minis aren’t out of reach–not if you use one of these newbie friendly schemes to paint your plastic pals. No hard to paint bright colors or intricate patterns here, and any laziness is hidden behind the official paint schemes. Let’s go.

Raven Guard

Grab a little Black, a little red, and a little white to trim up one of the shoulder pads, and you’re basically good to go. It doesn’t get easier than this.


Look, they’re the literal poster boys for a reason. All you need is to grab a little blue, a little black, and a little gold and you’re ready.

Iron Hands


See the world in black and white with the Iron Hands. Well and iron (well, silver) for the hands. And hey if you’re having fun getting these guys painted up, then all that practice painting silver will come in handy for the next one.

Silver Skulls

Silver Skulls are pretty straightforward–and all you need is a little metal in your life. While we’re talking successor chapters though:

Crimson Fists

All the fun of Ultramarines without having to actually sit back and follow the rules. Plus, the red you’ll be using for their shoulder pad details will be…handy later.

These are some of our favorite beginner-friendly paint schemes…what are yours? Let us know in the comments!


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