Ultramarines Blue: My Guide

This is a guide on how to get my flavour of Ultramarines Blue. Now keep in mind, I’ve found this to be one of the most varied colours in 40k.

Everyone has their own method of achieving the colour they like, and all seem to have different taste.

For me, I wanted a very rich blue with a lot of depth and I wanted to stray slightly from the traditonal approach.

The result came out like this:


It’s a bit of a lengthy process and there are probably easier ways to get the look you want, but hey. I’m happy with it.

Step 1:

This is the easiest step – after priming black, spray with Macragge blue. Barring that, you could make-do with painting a base coat of Ultramarines blue (vallejo).

The result looks like this:



Step 2: Wash with a dark wash.

I used Army Painter Dark Tone, but you can use GW Nuln Oil if you want. Because I stay in a humid climate, I find i get problems with the GW inks fogging up.  You can see how it looks in the picture of the Sergeant below.



Step 3: Layer up the Blue

In this step, your goal is to apply a nice, smooth coat of Ultramarine Blue (Vallejo Ultramarine Blue is my choice). Keep in mind, a key to this is to leave a space where there would be shadows, so that some of the dark undercoat shows through. It should look something like below. You can see especially on the shoulderpads, a very thin line of dark blue showing through between the white ridge on the pad and the regular blue of the pad itself.



Step 4: Edge Highlight

This is just to be done on the very key edges. I don’t edge highlight the entire model. Focus on the edges that would normally catch light. I use Vallejo Sky Blue. Normally you will be very careful to edge highlight, but because you will be inking over later, you can have a little leeway and don’t need to be SO perfect. Anyway, below is an example focus on the jump pack.


Step 5: Area Highlight

The marines have a lot of curved areas that won’t really catch light as much as the edges. For example, the legs curving, or the shoulderpad. So rather than use full sky blue, i use a 1.5:1 mix of sky blue and ultramarines blue for this part.  Here is how it looks:



Step 6: Ink

Finally, apply a layer of Vallejo Blue Ink. Try to keep it even. Enough blue so that your highlights show through, but still to give that deep, rich blue look. It can be a bit tricky to get it even. You can see the final result of my Ultramarine Blue below:


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Hope you found this guide useful. Either to use as your recipe, or if the steps can be used to create your own recipe for Ultramarine Blue.


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2 comments on “Ultramarines Blue: My Guide
  1. 40kterminatus says:

    Nice guide.

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