Monday, 5 November 2012

Fast, effective, Space Wolf armour: tutorial - UPDATED

UPDATE: please note that the original photos I took for this tutorial were badly over-exposed and the colour appeared much too light. The above photo much better reflects the final outcome of this method.


One of the driving philosophies behind my Space Wolves army is to really focus on efficiency. To get the best results I can, with the minimum of fuss. This is somewhat of a departure from my Ultramarine army. New army, new style.

In this post I'll give a quick tutorial on how I am planning to paint my Space Wolves' armour. This is really quick and easy and should give sound results.

Stage 1: undercoat

Prime with Army Painter Uniform Grey.

Stage 2: drybrush

Drybrush with GW's Longbeard Grey.

Stage 3: wash

Wash lightly with a custom mix of (old) GW washes:
  • 2 parts Badab Black
  • 1 part Devlan Mud
  • 1 part Asurman Blue

And there you go! The photos make the scheme look a little paler than in the flesh, but I'm rather pleased with it.

Now, I know this isn't display quality work, but that's not what I'm trying to do. The aim is fast, simple, do-able in bulk, and I want a more gritty effect than my rather pristine and shiny looking Ultramarines. It's good and rather refreshing to try a new style. My future projects will move to yet another style again.

What do you make of this method? Something you would try? Something that makes you recoil in horror? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Really like this a lot! Thank you for making my painting life 10x more enjoyable ^_^

    1. You're very welcome! I'm totally sold on using drybrushing and especially washes to not only increase speed, but create some more muted and subtle effects.

  2. Amazing tut, I want to use this but dont have access to the old inks.What mix of new inks do you use?

    1. I still use the old ones I'm afraid. I mixed a big batch of it a long time ago and there's still loads left. However, I think you would be fine using the new versions of the washes – Nuln Oil, Drakenhof Nightshade, and Agrax Earthshade.

      Glad you liked the tut!