Painted Reivers

This is a squad of Reivers, a Primaris unit for the Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines) within Warhammer 40,000. Rules-wise, Reivers a bit of an oddity. They can deep-strike and have various rules around affecting morale of enemies nearby; however they’re not particularly good at fighting and morale has been hilariously ineffective in every game I’ve played of 40K. I suspect that there is some value in a big game to taking the smallest and cheapest squad of these ladies, parachuting them in late game and scoring a few VP doing actions in a quiet corner. Reivers can also be added to Spectrus Kill Teams in Death Watch, but doing so makes the rest of the team lose most of their cool special rules so I’m not really sure why I would want to do so.

The Reivers were painted in the same white, green and black scheme as their sister Space Marines. I actually assembled this unit first when I was testing out the alternative heads, though I somehow failed to make any further progress with the painting for almost a year! The heads are a fractionally bigger scale than the ones I’ve ended up using for the rest of the Space Marines, which I think makes it look more like they are big warriors in normal sized armour instead of being normal sized warriors in big armour. I find with these squads of Space Marines that I get about halfway through the painting and find it a bit of a grind, then somehow turn a corner (usually when I apply the main Nuln Oil wash!) after which it becomes a joy once more.

Next on the painting table: Beast.

Categories: Painting and modelling, Warhammer 40000 | Tags: , , | 10 Comments

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10 thoughts on “Painted Reivers

  1. All right, I have to ask. You paint a lot of white, which is very hard to get smooth and even coverage, what’s your secret? Lot’s of thin layers, oil or enamel paint vs. acrylic, airbrush?

    • My approach is probably very simplistic compared to some of the great artists blogging. I do a few thin layers of whatever Citadel’s current white is called until I’m happy with the coverage. Then I apply the magic of Citadel Nuln Oil, finally I tidy up or lighten a bit with more white. So it’s all acrylics applied with a regular brush. Like most of my painting techniques it comes at the intersection of ‘good enough results’ and ‘practical to do in a reasonable amount of time’.

  2. Nice job on these, mate! Its always cool to get a squad done and it sounds like they will be an interesting challenge to use on the tabletop as well.

    • Thanks! Gaming-wise I think that better players than I have struggled to make them work. But they are part of a fun hobby project so it’s not a big deal if they never perform for me on the tabletop.

  3. That’s a nice looking set of figures mate. 🙂

  4. They look great 👌🏽

  5. By far the best looking armour out of all the NewMarines – shame they’re pants in game, but they look fab mate 👍

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