|Never break the chain.|
To commemorate the release of the new edition of Warhammer 40,000, I converted a Primaris Space Marine into a regular true-scale Space Marine. With the new edition coming to stores this weekend, I wanted to get the model painted in time. Being a fan of the Black Library author Dan Abnett, I decided to paint the model as an Iron Snake, one of the Chapters he created. This also gave me the opportunity to experiment with Vallejo Metal Color acrylic paints. I had heard a lot of very positive things about the paint range, particularly their smooth application straight from the bottle via brush and airbrush. I was surprised to learn that they have a staggering 17 different metallic paints in the range, most being different silvers.
|The Vallejo Metal Color metallic worked brilliantly on the silvers of the Iron Snake power armor.|
For the Iron Snake, I started by airbrushing the model with Gunmetal Grey (77.720) over a black basecoat. Next I did a subtle zenithal highlight of Duraluminium (77.702) with the airbrush. From here, I darkened some of the shadows with a combination of Black Templar Contrast paint and Black oils. With the brush, I further highlighted areas of the armor with a succession of light and lighter silvers: Duraluminium (77.702), Pale Burnt Metal (77.704), and Aluminium (77.701). Overall, I was really impressed with the Metal Color paints. All of the colors I used had great coverage and applied smoothly directly from the bottle. The wide range in silvers also made it easy to get a full range of highlights without mixing paints.
|The model’s base was created by modifying a Necromunda base with a thin piece of photo etch.|
The model also afforded me the opportunity to practice my free-hand painting. The Iron Snake chapter symbol is typically depicted as a blue serpent on a white background. After looking at some reference pictures of various snakes, I painted the head of the chapter’s serpent to look like a viper baring its fangs. I also painted a small serpent in white on the stock of his rifle. The chapter commonly uses the motif of a chain, so I painted one on his left knee pad. To represent that the marine was part of a tactical squad, I painted the characteristic arrow motif on his right shoulder guard.
|This model was a great opportunity to practice my free-hand skills painting his shoulder pads.|
|An Imperial Guard, next to the Iron Snake Space Marine, followed by an Inquisitorial agent.|
It was fun painting a Space Marine again. Although the process took longer than I anticipated, I think the scheme would be a good one for creating a Kill team, due to the excellent Vallejo Metal Color acrylic paint line. If I build another, I will likely experiment with converting another bolter variant! Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!
- Adam Wier