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How to Speedpaint Space Marines: Painting Tutorial

Speedpaint a Space MarineDon’t miss our tutorial on how to Speedpaint Space Marines in about 20 minutes that looks awesome and doesn’t take very long at all!

The Army Painter is known for having some of the best and most affordable paints on the marketand their Speedpaints really feel like a game-changer. There were some people confused about how to actually use them for great results, so since Rob has had them for a while now, he shows the proper way to get good results fast! 

Rob is going to see how to use the new paints, what he thinks about them, and basically all the aspects, that way you can decide if they are worth your hard-earned hobby dollars. Let’s go! 

How to Speedpaint Space Marines: Painting Tutorial

Speedpaint a Space Marine 2People have been asking Rob about this for a little while now. Considering he’s had the paints for so long. He made two tutorials, one with a Marvel Crisis Protocol mini and a Space Marine.

There has been a little bit of drama there about Speedpaint by folks who seem to want them to do more than what they are designed for. These paints are designed to be a single coat solution. However, you can wait for around 6-8 hours to add more coats, but you really don’t need to. It’s meant to just get your minis on the table super-quickly and get playing!

If you want to do anything else than speed paint with the new speedpaints, just use regular acrylics or even the old Citadel Contrast paints (for double the price).

To see what all the colors look like with different undercoats and such, you should check out the Goobertown Hobbies video, as he goes super in-depth on that aspect, and it’s totally worth a watch…

Step 1:

Speedpaint a Space Marine 3To start, he does a full black primer on the model, then he’s going to do a value highlight. For the value highlighting, you can use, Daler Rowney ink, Pro Acryl White, or The Army Painter Cadre Grey, it’s really just up to you and what you like the best. He is going to do this with an airbrush but it can also be done if you don’t have one via a heavy drybrush which is shown above.

But with how many resources are out there for how to airbrush you should really think about learning to use one! If that doesn’t convince you though, again, you can just use a heavy drybrush to get the values you want like the picture above!

Speedpaint a Space Marine 4Now, when you’re doing the airbrushing, Rob puts just a little Flow Improver in there, then just throws in a few drops of the DR ink. He then sprays the white from a top-down, as where the light would hit, to start. Then, he hits some of the areas where you want to draw attention to, like the hands and such. Make sure to leave some deeper areas dark so there will be more contrast.

Step 2:

Speedpaint a Space Marine 5The next step is doing cutbacks. This stage is optional, but will really add that pop of color and will only take about an extra minute. Now he puts black into the airbrush and just makes some areas more pronounced where he may have gone a little too far with the white. This is usually done from the bottom up.

Step 3:

Speedpaint a Space Marine 6This step starts with a matte coat. Rob does this almost whenever he uses the airbrush. Rob uses the Testors Matte Coat and just sprays the whole thing. If you cant find the Testors, he uses the Tamiya version. This coat is super easy, he just sprays the whole model. Next, he wants to do some of the metals.

He just takes his favorite metal and does all the metal spots like the gun and etc… For this, he uses a synthetic brush from Monument because you don’t really need the benefits of the sable brushes.

Then, for the shoulder pads and gun, he uses bronze and black respectively. This will take the most time of the whole process!

Before you basecoat your model, if you want the edges more pronounced do a quick drybrush of the white over all the armor panels! That way the speed paint will pop them with no effort whatsoever.

Step 4:

Speedpaint a Space Marine 7He starts with a wash and does a Dark Tone Wash from the Army Painter and puts it in a bottle cap and some flow improver mixed with glazing medium. Just be sure to let your paints dry before going onto this step. Just mix it all up, get a bunch on your brush, and basically apply it to your entire model from the top down.

If you see anything too crazy, you can just take your brush with a little moisture on it and just dab off the excess.  Then wait for the glaze to dry, and you can optionally matte coat your mini at this point as well.

Step 5:

Speedpaint a Space Marine 8He’s using the Magic Blue speed paint for the armor and just fills up his brush with it. He goes over the entire thing and if you use too much or little in one spot, you can just rub it right off with your finger or a moist paper towel! Obviously, that won’t work forever but because it activates, you have a little time to fix your mistakes.

Unlike acrylics, this is meant to be a one-coat solution, so no need to do more coats! After that, he does a coat for the armor, some Blood Red for the eyes, Pallid bone for the Seals, black for the gun, and Hardened Leather for the pouches.

All just single coats!

Wait for it to dry and then matte coat your miniature, and it is ready for the table!

Final Thoughts

Speedpaint a Space Marine 9If you just let this dry and maybe do some value highlighting prior, this stuff will get you great-looking results super fast! Just be sure to coat your minis and let everything dry! Overall, Rob loves using this as you can get great results in a very short amount of time. For a one-coat solution, this is super hard to beat!

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