Painted Primaris Librarian

This is a Librarian, my first HQ choice for my Space Marine (Adeptus Astartes) force in Warhammer 40,000. Librarians in Warhammer 40,000 are more interested in exploding fools using the power of their minds rather than collecting late fees, though I imagine that someone out there has modified one to be doing the ‘shush’ finger pose. Now that I think of it, Space Marine wizards have been called Librarians for as long as I can recall and I don’t think I ever got to the bottom of why that is the joke. If anyone out there can illuminate me I’ll be very interested to find out what it is.

The Librarian has a classic pose, using the ‘reaching out to zap with magic from my fingers’ look beloved of wizard miniatures everywhere, and I absolutely loved painting her. The bulk of the armour is, of course, in the same style as my other Space Marines but I enjoyed the extra bling she’s carrying such as the locked book and associated key hanging off her belt. I went for anime-style pink hair after a bit of discussion with my son as it tied in nicely with the pink on the tubes (what are they even for?) hanging off the Librarian’s armour. For the record, he though it looked silly and felt that I should give her brown hair.

Next on the painting table: Kustom Boosta-Blasta.

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4 thoughts on “Painted Primaris Librarian

  1. Nicely done mate! I think the origin of the term Librarian has its roots in 1987’s Rogue Trader… There was a diagram of the Spacewolves ‘Fortress-Monastery’ which had a Librarium, described as the records office & main seat of communications. Given that Astropaths were (and are) the instruments of communication, the Librarium was by default a place where psychic stuff happened. The Chief Librarian ran the joint, but wasn’t specifically called out as being psychic until the Book of the Astronomican in 1988, and the rest is history… and to think it was just a page filler & a bit of fluff at the time 😁

    • Thanks – every day is a school day.

      I know exactly what you mean about the throw away bits of fluff. They seem to come back now as plot points or Easter eggs for old-time fans.

  2. She looks great and I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for librarians. They just seem a bit cooler than the rest of the marines 🙂

    • Thanks. I reckon that being able to explode your foes’ brains with the power of your mind is a handy ability in the 41st millennium.

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