Lion El’Jonson

Lion El'Jonson Model

Lion El'Jonson – a genetically engineered super warrior and leader of the Dark Angels. The Lion is a strategic leader who uses his mighty sword (fealty) and the emperor's shield to defend the Imperium.

Lion El'Jonson Model Specifics

  • Material: plastic
  • Height: 120 mm / 4 inches
  • Base size: 60 mm
  • Alignment: Space Marines
  • Faction: Dark Angels
  • Role: HQ

Buying a Professionally Painted Lion El'Jonson Model VS Painting It Yourself

So, you're thinking about getting a Lion El'Jonson model, huh? That's awesome! The Dark Angels' Primarch is such a cool figure to have. Here are my thoughts on buying pro painted miniatures vs. painting them yourself:

1. Skill Level: First off, how confident are you with your painting skills? If you're new to the hobby or unsure about painting such an intricate model, then a pre-painted figure might be the way to go. There are some really amazing artists out there who will do an outstanding job. But if you love the process and challenge of painting a miniature, then go for it yourself! There's a certain pride that comes with showcasing a model you've painted.

2. Personal Touch: By painting it yourself, you can customize and make the model your own. Whether it's a unique color scheme or a specific battle worn look, you get to decide how it turns out. A pre painted Lion El'Jonson model, while potentially very well done, might have a different personal touch.

3. Cost: Professionally painted models, especially high-quality ones, can be quite pricey. If you're on a budget, you might get more value from buying the model and the paints separately, even considering the time you'll invest.

4. Time & Patience: Painting a detailed model like Lion El'Jonson can take a significant amount of time and patience. If you don't want to wait and want to jump into gameplay, then buying a pre-painted Lion El'Jonson might be the best option. However, if you enjoy the painting process, this can be a meditative and rewarding experience.

5. Mistakes and Learning: Painting your own models means you might make mistakes, but that's also how you learn. With each model, you get better, and the process can be incredibly rewarding. And remember, mistakes can usually be fixed or painted over!

6. Display quality or wargaming: If you only want painted minis for wargaming, then tabletop standard painting is usually sufficient. However, if your after a display quality miniature and you don't have the skills to paint it yourself, then it would be best to check out the marketplace.

7. Community: One of the best parts about the Warhammer community is sharing battle tips and tricks and showcasing your painted models. If you paint your own, you get to be part of that experience, sharing your progress, asking for feedback, and learning from others.

In conclusion, it really boils down to what you value most. If you're after a top-notch, professional look without the time or effort and are willing to pay for it, buying a professionally painted Lion El'Jonson model might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you cherish the personal touch, the journey of improving your painting skills, and the satisfaction of completing a model yourself, then grab those brushes and get started!

Whatever you decide, we're sure you'll be happy with your painted Lion El' Jonson wielding his mighty sword!

Just make sure to share pics! Would love to see how it turns out πŸ™‚

Want to buy a pro painted Lion El'Jonson model? Head on over to our marketplace and see if there's any for sale. If not, you can always request to have one painted to your exact specifications.

Thinking About Painting Lion El'Jonson Yourself?

We've scoured the Internet looking for the best prices for the new Lion El'Jonson model, so you don't have to. Take a look at our recommendations below and see if there's any in stock. If you manage to see the mighty swordsman in stock, don't hang around. Lion El'Jonson miniatures sell like hot cakes!

If you'd rather buy a pre-painted Lion El'Jonson model, take a look in our marketplace.

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Wayland Games

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The Dark Angels: The Lion & Retinue Bundle

The Lion has awoken from his 10,000-year slumber, and he wants to bring all traitors to justice. The Primarch of the Dark Angels stands as an unbeatable duelist and a formidable leader on the battlefield. Seize the opportunity to buy an iconic character while you still can (stocks are short).

The Lion & Retinue Bundle comes with 3 elite Bladeguard Veterans – the perfect combination to create a formidable force. The bundle also includes a Dark Angels transfer sheet and 2 Lion El'Jonson artwork prints from Arks of Omen: The Lion.

Please note:

β€’ All printed items are in English.

β€’ Miniatures come unpainted, and some assembly might be required.

β€’ Suitable for ages 12 and above – Not appropriate for children under 36 months due to small components.

β€’ Assembly requires clippers.

Professionally Painted Lion-El'Jonson Model

How much does the new Lion El'Jonson Model Cost?

The cost of the new Lion El'Jonson model varies between $45 – $80, depending on the retailer. Take a look at our recommended retailers above to get the best prices. Lion El'Jonson miniature costs vary due to high demand and stock shortages. If you see one for sale in any of our recommended retailers, we recommend you grab it with both hands! 

Tip: Games Workshop is the most expensive; that's why it's not in our recommendations above.

What do you get inside the box of the new Lion El'Jonson Model?

Inside the box, you get the following:

1 X Lion El’Jonson Miniature

1 X Dark Angels transfer sheet, which has 220 transfers

3 X Blade guard veterans

1 X Lion El'Jonson art print which measures 145 mm x 209 mm

1 X Angron VS Lion art print which measures 145 mm x 209 mm

Lion El'Jonson Datasheets

If you're searching for the latest datasheets for Lion El'Jonson, we've got you covered. We've scoured the Internet looking for the latest datasheets for the Lion, and here they are in all their glory!

Lion El'Jonson Datasheets

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How to Paint Lion El ‘Jonson, Primarch of the Dark Angels

So, you're diving into painting Lion El'Jonson, eh? Awesome choice! Let me walk you through it step-by-step, especially if you're new to this.

1. Preparation: You want your miniature's surface to be as paint-friendly as possible. If there are any mold lines or unwanted bumps, just gently file or scrape them away. Give your miniature a gentle wash with some soapy water. This will remove any residual oils or mold release agents. Let it dry thoroughly. Then, hit it with a primer – either spray or brush on. Primer gives your paint something to grip to. Depending on your color scheme, black, white, or gray are popular primer choices.

2. Base Coating: Here's where ‘Caliban Green' enters the scene. Before you get painting, remember to shake that pot well. Paint consistency is essential. Think “milk-like.” If it's too thick, just add a drop or two of water. Apply a thin coat, let it dry, and then give it another one. Thin layers prevent obscuring those lovely details.

3. Layering: Layering is basically building up colors to create depth. Imagine you're making a gradient. Start with your base color, then add lighter tones for raised areas and slightly darker shades for recessed parts. Don't overload your brush; you want control over where that paint goes.

4. Shading: Alright, Picasso, think of shading as adding depth and contours. Citadel has some great washes that flow into the miniature's nooks and crannies, emphasizing detail. Apply the wash, let it settle in the details, and then wipe away the excess from raised areas.

5. Highlighting: Here's where things get lit – literally. Take a lighter color (often a lighter tone of your base coat) and gently brush it over the most prominent parts – think edges of armor, ridges, and facial features. This is like when you catch the sun's edge in a selfie – pure magic.

6. Detailing: This can be a bit meticulous but oh-so rewarding. Think eyes, insignias, emblems, weapon details, and any unique features that make Lion El'Jonson, well, him. You might want to use a finer brush for this step.

7. Basing: The world is your oyster here. Consider using sand, flock, or even little props to bring the scene to life. Glue them down and then paint them to match your envisioned setting.

Finish: Once all the paint is dry, think about your final vibe. A spray-on matte varnish can give it a smooth finish. If you want that rugged, just-out-of-battle look, consider some weathering techniques – dry brushing with metallics or adding some “mud” with browns.

Some More Friendly Tips:

  • A wet palette can help keep your paint moist, especially if you're taking your time.
  • For details, consider investing in a fine-tip brush. It can make a world of difference.
  • Patience, my friend. If you rush, you might miss the joy of watching your miniature come to life.

Lion El'Jonson FAQs

Who is Lion El'Jonson? 

Lion El'Jonson is one of the 18 Primarchs, the genetically engineered “sons” of the Emperor of Mankind. Each of these Primarchs led a legion of Space Marines during the Great Crusade to bring the galaxy under Imperial rule. Lion led the Dark Angels, the First Legion.

How Did Lion El'Jonson get his name?

He got his name from a combination of two places: “Lion” because he was found in the wild, being raised by a giant lion-like beast in the death world of Caliban. “El'Jonson” is from the old Terran (Earth) tale of Don Quixote; it's essentially “The Jonson” which sounds a lot like “the Don.”

How Tall is Lion El'Jonson?

Lion El'Jonson is a superhuman being with enhanced physical attributes, making him immensely powerful, durable, and of course, quite tall. There's been some debate about the specific height of Primarchs due to the lore being a bit inconsistent at times. But, to give you a ballpark figure, most Primarchs are around 10 to 12 feet tall (around 3 to 3.6 meters). Lion El'Jonson would fall somewhere in that range.

What are Lion El'Jonson's Main Character Traits?

The Lion is complex. He's:

  • Tactical and Strategic Genius: He's known for his brilliant mind, especially in warfare. Few can match his ability to see and exploit weaknesses in the enemy.
  • Stoic and Reserved: He's not one for big speeches or wearing his emotions on his sleeve. Some might even say he's secretive.
  • Loyal but Distrustful: This is a weird one. He's fiercely loyal to the Emperor and the Imperium, but he doesn't easily trust, not even his own brothers or sons.
  • Unique Abilities? Besides the general superhuman abilities that come with being a Primarch (like super strength, speed, endurance, etc.), Lion is known for his legendary swordsmanship. He's one of the best duelists among the Primarchs. He's also got a psychic defensive ability – an innate sense that allows him to counter or deflect psychic attacks, making him highly resistant to warp-based assaults.

What's his Historical Significance in the Lore?

  • Fall of Caliban: After the Horus Heresy, a tragic event took place on his homeworld, Caliban, leading to its destruction. The planet was riddled with Chaos-tainted beasts and a faction of the Dark Angels turned traitor. In the aftermath, the Dark Angels became obsessed with hunting down these traitors, known as the Fallen Angels, to redeem their honor.
  • Status in 40k: The Lion is currently in a deep, healing sleep in a hidden chamber within The Rock (the remnants of Caliban that now serves as the Dark Angels‘ mobile fortress-monastery). Only a few know of his existence and wait for the day he awakens to lead them again.
  • Legacy: His impact is largely felt through the actions and culture of the Dark Angels. They are a mysterious lot, driven by their quest to find and redeem or destroy the Fallen, and this all stems from the Lion's leadership and the events of Caliban.


We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, and we hope you found it helpful. Trying to choose between buying a professionally painted Lion El'Jonson model or painting it yourself can be a difficult choice. Whatever you decide to do, take some pictures and share them with us, and we'll show it off in our gallery! But be warned – it has to be painted to a high standard. We don't want this place looking like a garage sale!

If you're a wargaming fan, you might be interested in checking out Adepticon to see if they have any upcoming events near you. They often have pro painted Lion El'Jonson models for sale, cosplays of him, and lots of merchandise like books and art available. Fans are actively discussing his lore and comparing him to other Primarchs. Well worth a look!