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Tips for assembling and painting Space Marine Terminator miniatures for a newbie? Answered

So I might be getting some Warhammer 40K Space Marine Terminators, and they'd be the first models I've ever collected, and I was interested in some advice on how to properly assemble and paint them, along with any additional detail work that can be done to make them look better. I've attached an image on what the squad looks like fully assembled and painted, color scheme and attachments are not related to what I plan on making them.



6 years ago

Just looking through the website, and saw this. Really annoyed it's an old thread now, but just out of interest, can you show a pic of the painted ones, and if you have an army, that too?

Just a few thing i wanted to add to the already good answers
-paint every model black first, and the base
-paint the most common colors first.(armor first, face last)
-hi lighting the edges of the armor(light blue)
-a good textured base helps a lot.

i have a picture of a tao model that might help in my only instructable.

It's a long time since I painted any miniatures (not Warhammer, though), but Games Workshop used to produce some excellent painting guides, and (in the UK), GW shops hold regular painting workshops.

When assembling, though, remember that ythe texture of what you build will come through in the finished item - use a non-instant glue to fix joints (to allow you fiddle-the-pose-time), and fill gaps and cracks before you start painting.

Apart from that, "What Ork Says".

Exactly what Ork says.

Over here in the UK at least, Games Workshop give free classes in painting their stuff. Willywoozle and I have been there. They taught a lot of good stuff using "dry brush" techniques, which look very effective. I suggest you search for pages on "Dry brushing"

By now, there _MUST_ be some good websites discussing miniatures painting techniques. Here too: https://www.instructables.com/id/Painting-Ork-Deffkoptas/

What I understand from folks who have done other miniatures: If you haven't done this kind of fine work before, don't expect to get the level of detail in these photos first time out. Some of that is straightforward technique (applying paint and wiping it off so it only stays in recesses, choosing the order in which things are painted so overpainting in one color can be hidden by another color, that sort of thing). Some things benefit from masking. Some of it just involves tiny brushes and a VERY steady hand, though there are ways to brace yourself to reduce shaking.

Back in the days of Scrycon's miniatures competition, there was a young guy who was doing marvelous amounts of detailing on Warhammer miniatures... corrosion and wear patterns and field repairs. He even managed to paint a good simulation of mirrored sunglasses for one of the dwarf figures. So there are certainly opportunities here to go as complicated as your skills will let you -- but it IS a craft and/or an art. Practice makes better.

(I seem to remember someone once coming up with a way to wash most or all of the paint off a miniature so you could try it again from scratch... I don't remember any details, though.)

CAVEAT: This is something I appreciate but have not attempted, so don't take my word for any of it. I do have one miniature -- from Warhammer, in fact, a pegasus bomber -- which I have never attempted to paint because, while I know exactly what I would like to do with it, I also know I would take many tries to get it right. I'll stick with other crafts -- some equally detailed, but involving different kinds of coordination.