I’ve always wanted to play Thousand Sons all the way back to 2nd edition, and these days it is a definite possibility. With that in mind, I recently acquired a couple of Thousand Sons Rubric Marines to join into the Kill Team and Grimdark Future fun at the club.

Those that know me well know that I don’t play with unpainted miniatures. I also like simple colour schemes that I can use to quickly paint large numbers of models. You can blame the fact that my first real army was Skaven back in 1998.

After assembling the plastic, I placed pins in their feet since I have plans for their bases I will document in a future article. I then went down to my local hardware store and picked up a tin of gold spray paint.

After I stuck the models onto an old box, I proceeded to undercoat the models in gold of all things. Yes, we normally uncoat in white, black, grey or with advanced techniques like zenithal undercoating. I had as Baldric would put it: A Cunning Plan.

Half of the Rubric Marines undercoated

I was going to undercoat my models in gold. Something that you need to look out for when undercoating with a gold spray can is that the paint is a lot thicker than non-metallic colours. Do a couple of test sprays on your newspaper or box if you use one like me. You will find you need to spray a little further than you’re used to.

Once the basecoat is dry you can start painting.

First up is a heavy wash of Citadel Reikland Fleshshade and light drybrush of Vallejo Gold.

The basecoat on the right with washed and dry brushed on the left

Next up we start on the blue. Citadel Talassar Blue contrast paint gives a great finish. Make sure you get into all the blue detail. I quite like the slight sparkle that shows through the layers of paint.

The blues done

Next, I painted Citadel Thousand Sons Blue over the base coat and tried to leave a thin line of the Citadel Talassar Blue behind to get that signature colour scheme of the Thousand Sons.

The cloth and any bone bits got a base layer of Vallejo Skeleton Bone, covered with Citadel Apothecary White contrast and a highlight of Vallejo Ivory. One of our previous chairs pointed out to me that white is rarely as pure in the real world.

All the areas I wanted gun metal like the body of the bolter, got Army Painter Gun Metal and a wash of Citadel Nuln Oil.

Finally, I touched up the gold where I messed one of the other colours on it.

Done for now

There you have it. A simple paint job ready for the table. It isn’t a professional-level job, but not all your models have to be. Sometimes effective is all you need.

Next time, I’ll cover how I built the bases, the decals and show the final product.