Back in June 2013, I purchased and reviewed a brand new (still in shrink wrap) copy of the Warhammer 40,000 second edition game. I’m pleased to announce that I have now finished painting the entire contents of the box. Eighty miniatures painted in 11 months (in-between other projects like Hobbit or Necrons). Read on to hear some more of my thoughts, links to tutorials and some close ups of the units.
Waaargh! A thin blue line of Macragge’s finest try to hold back the pressing weight of sixty bodies as the Waargh surges forward. I really like the contrast of brilliantly bright armour of the Space Marines shining through the darker, dirtier colours of the Orks and Grots.
Forty Gretchen, or grots for you who grew up in 2000 or later. I painted these in drab, darker colours. Plenty of sharp, crisp shading really gives these definition. I kept the highlighting to a minimum to keep them looking dark.
The Orks utilise the same colour palette as the Gretchen. The only differences being the skin is darker and I bloodied up their choppas. If you’d like to know how I painted the Orks I have a full tutorial here.
For the 2nd Company Ultramarine Tactical squads I wanted to honour the old 1990s eavy metal scheme but painted in a more modern way or blended area highlights. Their yellow ascents and red boltguns look great against the blue armour. They’re littered with freehand details, including flames, skulls, checks and even army badges on their right legs. The banners are rolled out greenstuff instead of paper ones. I have written an introduction to greenstuff tutorial with some detailed tutorials including how to roll banners.
The only thing that doesn’t make these 100% retro authentic are the bases. They’re missing the Goblin Green base with stained sawdust flock badly glued on in patches.
I just have the Ork Dreadnought (Killer Kan or Deff Dread) left to do. Stay tuned for more progress on that.
Thanks for following this project, and thanks for all the words of encouragement. I can add this completed set to my Dreadfleet, Tyranid Attack and The Hobbit Boxsets. How many boxed games have you managed to complete? Let me know in the comments.
Looks like all that effort has really paid off.
This was my first contact with 40k, so it is really nice to see it get a bit of a resurrection. Sadly, I can't say I have ever completed a boxed set as I am usually more interested in the Eldar (Sir Not-Appearing-In-A-Starter-Box)
These old sculpts are given new life with your paint skills. Really top quality work here. I actually can't believe how good they all look. Those space marines are some of the best I have every seen, even in those old poorly detailed sculpts!
Congrats, Garfy. Put those pics in the dictionary next to "labor of love".
A Work of beauty ^^
So good to see this project reach its conclusion like many others here this was my first set and while I did complete the painting of these forces, I opted to paint my marines as space wolves, and although I don't have any pictures of them to share they were much akin to your earlier paintworks (see this blogs facebook page if you don't know what I'm on about). We have all come a long way since paint jobs like that. Even Eavy Metal painters of the day would love to have seen such a great paint job. It far surpasses the vision of the GW studio teams of the time, and even now rivals far more detailed sculpts. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing this with us
Love it!!! Great stuff. I would love to see a replication of the first picture showing the contents of the box with your models instead, when you finish the Killa Kan.
Lovely to see some older models painted so well. I still know them as gretchin even though I started after 2000.
Awesome. That is all.
- Marts Warhammer
I still remember the smell of card and plastic! Possible one of your best projects (not sure how you will top this one!). Bet thats worth a pretty penny!
I remember how the bright colours and the way the rules were set out were so completely different to Rogue Trader. Im 36 now and still wargaming!
Interesting you think it's one of my best projects. For me it was one of the least enjoyable. I started off with all the excitement in the world. Opening that shrink wrapping and breathing in those new box smells. It was amazing. Painting those models though… Oh my lord, it was excruciating. So tedious painting same pose models. Now I remember why I never finished painting the boxset the first time round!
Big thanks to everyone following and supporting this project. Really appreciate it and couldn't have got to the end without you guys and girls.
- Marts Warhammer
I think a mixture of nostalgia (as kids we all pictured painting the models as well as what you have, and in that style – so in that sense your doing what we all wanted to do!). You see a lot of projects over the web and this one I have always checked over. Really when you actually look at it, the boxed sets now are much better value (hides before I get pelted..) That 2nd ed boxed set is what got me and probably alot of guys 30+ into the hobby tbh.
Very cool Garfy. I totally get where you are coming from on painting the same pose models. I cant do it, I get bored on the second one have to do something else, or maybe I am just AD…hey something shiny…..
Such a nice thing to see, these old models treated with love and attention! You made the right decision about the bases though…
- Luke Miller
Hey Garfy, just saw this. Nice work and good this ended up in your hands and not mine as I would see all those spikes and harvest them for my Chaos.
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Great work on these. This was my first experience of 40k I remember traveling all the way to harrow on the hill on the tube all on my own to buy it (which was quite something at the age of 9) I was so excited by my purchase I missed my stop on the way home and ended up in a siding having to wait 30 minutes before the train went back into service.