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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > Issue Eleven > PAINTING GUIDE: WARHAMMER 40,000: DARK IMPERIUM


We celebrate the launch of the legendary sci-fi miniatures game’s eighth edition by tackling the Space Marine and Death Guard forces included in its latest starter box

For this issue’s guide I’ve been working on something from possibly gaming’s biggest and best-known universe: Warhammer 40,000The advent of a new edition has brought on another great starter box, Dark Imperium.

It has been a few years since I’ve worked on a Games Workshop kit, enough time, in fact, to forget what I’ve been missing. After looking through and constructing the miniatures from the Dark Imperium box, there is no doubt in my mind that Games Workshop makes the finest plastic miniatures on the market.

Every miniature in this box is finely casted, even with the tremendous amount of detail involved, and sculpted with a unique character to them, especially the Nurgle forces.

The more you examine the miniatures the more interesting details you find. On the Poxwalkers, for example, I discovered one had a pouch full of maggots, with a trail crawling up his back. Or the Malignant Plaguecaster, who features a plethora of fly charms, cloth flowing from his backpack in the shape of fly wings and even some tiny flies within his cloudThese miniatures really tell a story and feel like they have a history to them.

On the other side, the Primaris Marines are a welcome addition to the Warhammer 40,000 lore. It’s not until you really look at the old Space Marines that you realise how much they needed an update and these do not disappoint. A head taller than the old Marines, they feature an updated armour mark that doesn’t look too bulky but definitely looks more armoured. Most importantly, it looks and feels like Space Marine armour.

The poses are one of the highlights, as usually the miniatures in a box like this are restricted to fairly two-dimensional poses. Thanks to the genius who designed these sprues, each model has a great, dynamic pose and sense of movement. Putting some of the miniatures together is not as intuitive as you’d think, but there’s a ‘click into place’ moment with some when you realise the ingenuity of how they’ve been designed to go together.

I’ve chosen to paint the Marines as Imperial Fists, as it is one of the bolder and trickier-to-paint schemes and I think it will really show of the power of the new Primaris models. For the Nurgle I decided on the Apostles of Contagion to show something different from the standard Death Guard forces.


Abaddon Black Spray

Agrax Earthshade

Averland Sunset Spray

Abaddon Black

Auric Armour Gold


Blue Horror

Cadian Fleshtone

Caliban Green

Celestra Grey

Ceramite White


Doombull Brown

Dorn Yellow

Drakenhof Nightshade

Druchii Violet

Evil Suns Scarlet

Fire Dragon Bright

Flash Gitz Yellow

Gehennas Gold

Genestealer Purple

Guilliman Blue

Hormagaunt Purple

Jokearo Orange

Karak Stone

Khorne Red

Kislev Flesh


Mechanicus Standard Grey

Mephiston Red

Moot Green

Naggaroth Night

Nuln Oil

Pallid Wych Flesh

Rakarth Flesh

Rhinox Hide

Runefang Steel

Runelord Brass

Screaming Skull

Sotek Green

Squig Orange

Steel Legion Drab

Stegadon Scale Green

Sycorax Bronze

Temple Guard Blue

Thousand Sons Blue

Trollslayer Orange

Ulthuan Grey

Yriel Yellow

Xereus Purple

Waywatcher Green

Warpstone Green

White Scar Spray



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