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My Top 5 Warhammer 40K models

Greetings one and all and welcome to this week's article. Today I’m gonna discuss 5 of my favorite Warhammer 40K models that I've painted over the years. Obviously this is entirely based upon my own opinion, and therefore these will differ from many of your own choices. So in no real order, let’s get on with the list.

Space Marine Captain in Gravis Armour

When this model first came out in the Dark Imperium boxset in 2017, this was the first model that caught my eye. To my mind this is exactly how a Space Marine in heavy armour should look; the Gravis armour giving the bulk that is needed to give that sense of unstoppable motion. This model fixed what I considered the biggest issue I had with Terminator Armour: the legs. I honestly felt that the legs were too scrawny to give that sense that the armour could take nearly anything the universe could throw at it, and keep moving. Add on top of that the cool factor of the Boltstorm Gauntlet, with its ammo belt and all the extra details that just help to bulk this guy out, and to me this looks like an armour model that can take a beating and not even break it’s stride as it comes towards you.

Vertus Praetors of the Adeptus Custodes

I must have painted dozens and dozens of these guys. To me, the model looks amazing. You really get the feel of a hunter that will not be stopped by anything. Whatever their prey, is they will find you and they will kill you. However, for me it's the amount of personal growth that these models made me carry out to really do the model justice. If you look at the model as Games Workshop presents them, there are a number of different materials that require different techniques. The leather gloves I remember being a real struggle for me, as I’d never painted leather in that style before.

Belisarius Cawl

This model was my first for so many things I don’t even know where to start. He looks stunning, every part the ancient Tech Priest that used to be in the artworks of the books; cables everywhere, barely anything human about him, his form swelling with forbidden technologies from the dark ages of humanities past. When I got ahold of this model I watched hours of guides on the best way to go about building and painting this incredible model. This was the first time I really used sub-assembly effectively, spending hours on only one part of the model alone (in this case, his robes). On a side note, the habit of a friend calling him Bella-Babe certainly made the process memorable. Even now, years later, when I look at him in my display case I still feel proud of what I achieved.

Jain Zar

Ok, something not imperial now. This was a hard one as it was a toss-up between her and the Visarch, but the dynamic nature of this model, in particular, won out in the end. She looks incredibly fragile; the ribbons on the blade of destruction and the way her legs are leaping into the air give her an unrivaled sense of movement. She perfectly embodies the howling banshees as a lightning fast, athletic group of warriors. Everything about the model just flows. Now I love the model as I’m sure you can tell, but this is also on this list due to a friend one day knocking the table she was on, and her shattering as a result. I had only just finished the model and now, not even five minutes after calling her done, it was now in pieces in front of me. I was devastated to say the least, but after a moment (where I swear there were no tears, honestly) I pulled out my pin drill and wire and set to work restoring her. She is easily the model I’ve worked hardest to restore, and the most successful that it’s very hard to see where the damage even was.


Right, this last one is a bit of a wild card. I think I might be a bit odd because I find this model so bloody cute, and it fits perfectly within my Esher gang. The painting style I went with was something I had never done before as I was going with a raw muscle skinned look. My opponent was horrified when I showed him the labour of my work, and I think he was slightly disturbed when I exclaimed how cute I thought it was… The fact it tore through half his gang later that night is neither here nor there.

So there we have it, my 5 favorite models in Warhammer 40k. It’s a varied swath of reasons, but each one has brought me joy, improvement, and a lot of very fond memories. And that's why I enjoy this hobby so much.

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