How to: Paint Space Wolf Primaris, part 2

If you’ve not read part one of this tutorial, head here to see how to paint the armour.


The skin on the Space Wolves was done using only three colours, more if it was a face with a wound of some sort. On the model below (nicknamed John Bernthal) the skin was based with Vallejo Flesh base, and washed with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade. Once the shade was dry, I re-painted the basecoat, but made sure I left the Reikland Fleshshade in the recesses.

The highlights were done by adding a touch of white to the Flesh Base, and applying it to the uppermost parts of the skin. The second highlight – where another touch of white was added to the previous mix – just highlighted the previous highlights.

For the wounds I applied Citadel Mephiston red into them, then did a light wash of Citadel Carroburg Crimson around the edges. The wounds were washed with Citadel Druchii Violet.

Gold Aquilla

The Aquilla was painted using the same colours and techniques I use on Stormcast Eternals (video here, and post here). They were painted with Citadel Retributor Armour, washed with Citadel Agrax Earthshade, and then the Retributor Armour was reapplied leaving the shade in the recesses.

Highlights were applied using Citadel Liberator Gold, and then I tried the Citadel Dry Paint, Sigmarite. I’m not too happy with how the Sigmarite turned out, and I’m tempted to return to my tried and tested method which uses Liberator Gold with a spot of Vallejo Model Air Chrome, which gives a really shiny highlight.

Purity Seals/Oaths

Each of the purity seals/oaths were painted up in the same way, and it’s a quick and easy way of getting them looking great.

The seal was painted Citadel Mephiston Red, washed with Druchii Violet, then had the Mephiston Red reapplied. After this, a highlight of Citadel Wazdakka Red was applied, with a further highlight of Wazdakka Red mixed with a touch of White painted on the uppermost edges.

The paper/parchment for the oaths were painted using Citadel Rakarth Flesh, washed with Citadel Seraphim Sepia, with Rakarth Flesh then being re-applied. The parchment was then highlighted using Rakarth Flesh mixed with a little White. The final highlight was the previous mix, but with more White added to it.

Vallejo Black was used to add the ‘writing’ to the parchment, turning the miniature on its side so I could paint them on with downward strokes. With the final scribbles added to the parchment, the seals were completed.

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