Today I present my entry for this years March for Macragge hobby event, a “statue” Marine model from the 2nd Edition Starter Set of Warhammer 40.000, painted to emulate the ‘Eavy Metal style back then. It’s actually the first model I painted when I started the hobby over 20 years ago! Check out more pictures on a glorious light blue gradient in this post.

Ultramarine Space Marine from the Warhammer 40.000 2nd Edition starter set

I first found about about Warhammer and Citadel miniatures at the humble age of 11. Sisters of Battle were just released with their first codex book, and they were featured on the cover of the first White Dwarf I bought. One of my first purchases was a Citadel paint set, the 90s version that came with hexagonal flip-top paint pots and a plastic Chaos Warrior and the Space Marine model above.

From this paint set, a pot of Enchanted Blue endured until today and I used it to paint the armour of this Ultramarine. In fact, I tried to keep the colour choices as close to the colours included in the starter paint set as possible, while emulating the ‘Eavy Metal style from back then. Lots of blending with more subtle highlights and shading than today. Check out the list of paints I used:

Paint Recipes

Primer: Macragge Blue

“Goblin Green” Base
Basecoat: Straken Green / Warboss Green 2:1
Wash: TAP Military Shader / Contrast Medium 2:1
Drybrush: Warboss Green
Drybrush: Straken Green
Rim: Straken Green / Warboss Green 2:1

Blue Armour
Basecoat: Enchanted Blue (OOP, use Caledory Sky instead)
Recess shade: Ultramarines Blue Contrast
Glaze: 3 – 4 layers of Ultramarines Blue / Contrast Medium 1:3
Highlight: Enchanted Blue
Highlight: Teclis Blue
Highlight: Lothern Blue

Polished Metal
Basecoat: TAP Chainmail
Wash: Basilicanum Grey / Contrast Medium 1:1
Layer: TAP Chainmail

Red Bolter Casing
Basecoat: Evil Sunz Scarlet
Recess shade: Flesh Tearers Red
Glaze: 3 – 4 layers of Blood Angels Red / Contrast Medium 1:1
Highlight: Evil Sunz Scarlet
Highlight: Wild Rider Red
Highlight: VGC Fiery Orange

“Tin Bitz” Bullets
Basecoat: Warplock Bronze
Wash: Basilicanum Grey
Layer: Warplock Bronze

Yellow
Basecoat: Flash Gitz Yellow
Glaze: 3 – 4 layers of Yellow Wash OOP (use Iyanden Yellow or Cassandora Yellow instead) / Contrast Medium 1:1
Recess shade: VGC Fiery Orange
Highlight: Flash Gitz Yellow
Highlight: TAP Moon Dust

“Snakebite” Leather
Basecoat: XV-88
Recess shade: Snakebite Leather (Contrast)
Glaze: 3 – 4 layers of Snakebite Leather / Contrast Medium 1:1
Highlight: XV-88
Highlight: Balor Brown

Ultramarine Space Marine from the Warhammer 40.000 2nd Edition starter set

March for Macragge is an annual Ultramarine painting event hosted by Nick Bayton from Warhammer Community, go to twitter or Instagram and look for the hashtag #marchformacragge. Hope you enjoyed my contribution and this little trip down memory lane.

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