We turn our paintbrushes towards Warhammer 40k for our next painting tutorial. For a debut grim dark video painting tutorial we take a look at the Imperial Fists and show you how to paint one of
their Terminators.

Making use of the Citadel range of paints we have a step by step guide for painting your 40k miniature. In addition to the written guide we have also created a video that takes you through the steps from basecoat to finished miniature.

Video Tutorial

Paints Required

Below you can find the list of Citadel paints required for this tutorial.


  • Basecoat: White Spray Primer

I primed my miniature using White as the miniature will consist of predominantly bright tones. I applied this basecoat with an airbrush, however if you don't have access to an airbrush you could use a White Spray Primer such as those available from Games Workshop or the Army Painter.


The first step of painting the armor was to apply a basecoat of  Averland Sunset across the entirety of the miniature, excluding the helmet (if you wish to paint it red) and the Storm Bolter. A few thin layers may need to be applied here to achieve an even coverage. Once this was complete, a wash of Seraphim Sepia was then used to bring out definition in the armor plates. We then move on to a layer of Yriel Yellow to achieve the indetifiable Imperial Fist yellow. This should be done across the whole armor but leave the darker shades visible in the recesses. A final, thin highlight Dorn Yellow was then used around the hard edges of the armor paying particular attention to the upper edges.

Helmet, Chest Icon, Wax Seals

A base coat of Mephiston Red should first be applied as basecoat followed by a wash of Carroburg Crimson in order to achieve definition. A layer of Evil Sunz Scarlet can then be applied however the dark red should remain in the recesses. Finally a thin highlight of Troll Slayer Orange can be used along the edges of the red areas.

Vents, Gun Stock & Joints

The vents on the back of the armor, the gun stock and the joints at the back of the knee and crook of the elbow can be basecoated with Abaddon Black. The next task is to highlight the edges of these areas with Dark Reaper.


The metal areas should first be painted with Leadbelcher taking care to avoid getting the paint on the previous areas. A wash of Nuln Oil should then be used to help bring out the detailing. A final highlight of Iron Breaker can then be applied along the edges of the metal sections.

Shoulder Icon

The crest on the shoulder should first be painted with Dawnstone followed by a thin wash of Nuln Oil in order to restore the detailing. The icon can then be finished off with a final highlight of Administratum Grey.


To achieve a parchment effect on the purity seals we will start with a base of Karak Stone. This can then be wash with seraphim sepia followed by a highlight of Ushabti bone along the more pronounced areas.


For a green glass effect the lenses over the eyes and on the sensor array should first be based with Warpstone Green. The outer edges can then be darkened with a wash of Biel Tan Green. Once the wash has dried a thin line of Moot Green should be added to the bottom of the lens. The final step is to apply a small dot of Ceramite White to act as the reflection.


While this tutorial used a terminator the same techniques could be used on the normal rank and file marines.

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