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How Easy to Paint Primaris Ultramarine

How easy to paint primaris ultramarine space marine

Some time ago I bought “WH 40k Know No Fear starter set”, unfortunately, all primaris space marine intercessors from this set look almost the same, so I decided to diversify their party by this guy from “Easy to built: Space marines primaris intercessors” set.

Here I’ll show how easy to paint primaris ultramarine space marine intercessor step-by-step using an only usual brush.

Step 01

Army Painter primers:

  • Base Primer Matt Black;
  • Base Primer Matt White.

ultramarine panting primer black and white 1

As you can see I’m trying to make shades using black and white primers. Hard to say how good it works with ultramarines because their base color Macragge Blue is pretty dark so even thin layers of base paint overlap this shading effect.

ultramarine panting primer black and white 2

However, most of my miniatures are primed like this one.

Step 02

Citadel base paint:

  • Macragge Blue.

how to paint ultramarine macragge blue

On this step we have to paint only armor, skipping those parts which will be metallic, golden or black. At this stage there is no problem if you stain any other part of the miniature. The main thing is to dilute the paint with water and apply it in several thin layers.

Step 03

Citadel base paint:

  • Leadbelcher.

how to paint ultramarine leadbelcher

Paint by Leadbelcher those parts of the miniature that you think should be metal. Leadbelcher is good for some parts of backpack, it’s necessary for some parts of the rifle.

how to paint ultramarine leadbelcher 2

As you can see I use Leadbelcher even for such parts as on the back of the knees. That’s not the common way, more often these parts are painted in black. But I think that such painted space marine looks better, especially after shading.

Step 04

Citadel base paint:

  • Abaddon Black.

how to paint ultramarine abaddon black

I use Abaddon Black only for ultramarines rifle, belt and belt bags. Easy and fast. Just be careful when painting a belt, do not stain armor.

Step 05

Citadel base paint:

  • Retributor Armour.

how to paint ultramarine retributor armour

One more easy and fast step. Paint aquila, shoulder pads border and don’t forget about another one aquila on the rifle (sorry, it doesn’t see on this photo, it’s on the other side of the rifle).

Step 06

Citadel base paint:

  • Mephiston Red.

how to paint ultramarine mephiston red

Mephiston Red is only for space marines helmet lenses. Please do not rush at this step!
Helpful advice! Using a palette, make sure that the paint is only at the tip of the brush. Do not hurry to apply paint, rotate the figure in your hands until you get a comfortable angle for painting lenses. Begin from the corners of the lenses. It’s not as difficult as it may seem, because lenses deepened in the helmet.

Step 07

Citadel base paint:

  • Rakarth Flesh.

Citadel layer paint:

  • Pink Horror.

how to paint ultramarine purity seals rakarth flesh, pink horror

For painting purity seals I use Rakarth Flesh and Pink Horror. In my opinion, it looks good. After shading, it’ll look even better.

Step 08

Citadel shade paint:

  • Nuln Oil.

how to paint ultramarine nuln oil 1

Ok, let’s start to shade our miniature. I use Nuln Oil as the main shade paint for ultramarines. Using Nuln Oil we have to shade metallic parts of the miniature, deepenings on space marine’s armor, I also shade lenses a little. Apply shade paints in small quantities. Firstly check the amount of paint on the brush using the palette.

how to paint ultramarine nuln oil 2

Another way to shade ultramarine’s armor is to use Drakenhof Nightshade. In this case, it’s possible to shade not only deepenings but all blue armor parts.

Step 09

Citadel shade paint:

  • Agrax Earthshade.

how to paint ultramarine purity seal agrax earthshade

Well, just paint purity seal Agrax Earthshade, that’s it. By the way, I didn’t shade golden parts of the figure. Games Workshop recommends us to shade golden details using Reikland Fleshshade, I’ve tried, I did not like the result. If you’ll try, don’t forget to highlight golden parts after shading. For highlighting use Retributor Armour again, or try Auric Armour Gold.

Step 10

Citadel layer paint:

  • Calgar Blue.

how to paint ultramarine calgar blue

On this step use Calgar Blue for highlighting Macragge Blue painted details. Highlight the top edges of these details. If you want to make them lighter, highlight them again using Fenrisian Grey paint.

Step 11

Citadel base paint:

  • Mechanicus Standard Grey.

how to paint ultramarine mechanicus standard grey

Let’s highlight black parts – top edges of rifle, belt and belt bags. For highlighting black parts of figures people often use Dark Reaper, but for ultramarines, I prefer Mechanicus Standard Grey. This color is warmer than Dark Reaper.

Step 12

Citadel layer paint:

  • Ironbreaker.

how to paint ultramarine ironbreaker

For highlighting metallic parts GW recommends us Stormhost Silver, I haven’t ever used this paint and can’t say anything about it. I always used Ironbreaker for highlighting metallic parts and it worked well!

Step 13

Citadel base paint:

  • Caledor Sky.

how to paint ultramarine caledor sky

For the device display, I used Caledor Sky as a base color. Right now I’m looking at this photo and thinking that it was better to stop here. But I didn’t, so I’ll show the result of the next steps.

Step 14

Citadel edge paint:

  • Baharroth Blue.

how to paint ultramarine Baharroth Blue fail

Yeah, I’ve tried to imitate light from the display, but “these aren’t the droids I was looking for”…

Step 15

Citadel layer paint:

  • White Scar.

how to paint ultramarine White Scar fail

And these are the continue of the saga about the failed imitation of devise display’s light. Scene 2. White Scar paint starring.

Step 16

Citadel base paint:

  • Steel Legion Drab.

how to paint ultramarine base steel legion drab

Finally! The step that will correct the situation. The painted base always make figure look much better! Here we just paint base Steel Legion Drab. As you see near from figure’s left foot there is a hole in the base. I filled in this hole by a piece of plastic and glued it.

Step 17

Citadel texture paint:

  • Agrellan Earth.

how to paint ultramarine base agrellan earth

Agrellan Earth is very good for base decoring. By the way, I finally fix this hole in the base using this texture paint.


painted ultramarine space marine result 01

I think this result is good enough for playing. It’s easy to paint space marines this way and it doesn’t take a lot of time.

painted ultramarine space marine result 02

Your game table will look much better with such painted ultramarines than with unpainted grey or blue plastic.

painted ultramarine space marine result 03

Paint your miniatures, guys, don’t afraid to spoil them. You will succeed, just have a little practice!

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