Painting Space Wolves Grey Hunter Tutorial

By Rafael Mattick

 

This was first featured on Rafael’s own blog and is available in English and German.  His space wolves were painted for armies on parade and have featured on Games Workshops website a number of times.

I have always loved these wolves, they were painted in a darker grey which suits them so much better than the blue grey that Games Workshop prefer.  His attention to detail is terrific and there is so much character to his army.

You will need the following paints

Chaos Black, Skull White, Blood Red, Hawk Turquoise, Scorched Brown, Bestial Brown, Adeptus Battlegrey, Astronomican Grey, Dheneb Stone, Charadon Granite, Khemri Brown, Mechrite Red, Devlan Mud, Badab Black, Gryphonne Sepia, Dwarf Bronze (Brazen Brass), Boltgun Metal, Mithril Silver, (Brown Ink) & Gloss Varnish.

These are the old paints but just use the GW comparison chart to find the newer versions of download the app called paintRack from Google Play or the Apple Store if you don’t like using GW paints.

This tutorial covers how to paint a Grey Hunter Space Wolf

 

STAGE 1

Undercoat the model using Chaos Black Spray from Games Workshop.

STAGE 2

Basecoat the armour with Adeptus Battlegrey.
Paint a mixture of Adeptus Battlegrey and Chaos Black (1:1) into the armour recesses.
Highlight the edges of the armour with a mixture of Adeptus Battlegrey & Astronomican Grey (1:1).
Highlight the edges with Astronomican Grey.   


STAGE 3

 

Paint the soft armour with Astronomican Grey.
Wash the soft armour with Devlan Mud and Badab Black.
Highlight the soft armour with Astronomican Grey.


STAGE 4 

 

Basecoat the eyes with a mixture of Chaos Black and Blood Red (3:1).
Highlight with a mixture of Chaos Black and Blood Red (3:3).
Highlight with a Chaos Black and Blood Red (3:5).
Mix Skull White into the mixture of Chaos Black + Blood Red (3:5).
Mix more Skull White in the mixture.
Mix more White in the mixture. Finally paint two scores with pure Skull White on the eye lens.
As an optional last stage just paint the eyes with Gloss Varnish


STAGE 5

 

Paint the shoulder pad inset and the right knee with Mechrite Red.


STAGE 6

 

 

Paint the Space Wolves Chapter Symbol with Dheneb Stone.
Wash the chapter symbol with Gryphonne Sepia.
Highlight the chapter symbol with a mixture of Dheneb Stone and Skull White (2:1).
Highlight the chapter symbol with Dheneb Stone and White (2:3).


STAGE 7

 

Now its time to paint the space wolf pelt, this part of the guide will help you loads when it comes to space wolves and its so simple to get effective results.

Layer all wolf pelts with Dheneb Stone.
Wash with Gryphonne Sapia.
Wash with Devlan Mud
Wash a watered-down mixture of Scorched Brown and Chaos Black (1:1)
Wash a watered-down mixture of Chaos Black
Layer the top level of the coat with Dheneb Stone
Highlight with a mixture of Dheneb Stone and Skull White (1:1)
Highlight with a mixture of Dheneb Stone and Skull White (1:2)


STAGE 8

 


Painting the metal areas

Layer the metal area with Boltgun Metal
Wash with Badab Black or Nuln OIl
Highlight with Mithril Silver

Painting battle damage
Layer with Boltgun Metal some scratches on the Bolter Casing
Wash the scratches with Badab Black
Highlight the scratches with Mithril Silver


STAGE 9

 

This part of the guide will show you how to paint the bronze parts of your Grey Hunters armour.  This method is also good for bronze armour.

Layer the armour decoration with Brazen Brass
Highlight with a mixture of Brazen Brass and Mithril Silver (3:1)
Highlight with a mixture of Brazen Brass and Mithril Silver (3:3)
Wash with Brown Ink into the recesses
Highlight with Mithril Silver

Follow these steps and you will have a full painted Space Wolf Grey Hunter miniature below.  Make sure you check out the tutorial on painting Space Wolves faces also by Rafael Mattick.  If you like this article please follow his facebook page and he also does commission painting.