Silver Sons

Silver Sons

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    29 Jun 2021
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    30 Jun 2021
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This is my take on the paint scheme of the Silver Sons warband, featured in the Thousand Sons Codex for 8th Ed. 40k.

The main colours are dark blue and silver.

General Information:

My general method is to lay down all the base colours for the model, then do all the shading in the recesses before moving on to the highlights.

I don't own an airbrush, so the recipe will mainly consist of brush on paints.


I find the metallic sprays from GW tend to be a little on the transparent side, so an initial undercoat of grey helps.

  1. Prime the model lightly with Mechanicus Standard Grey
  2. Prime over that with Leadbelcher

Silver (Armour Trim):

I generally start with the armour trim so that any time I get paint on another piece its easy to cover later.

  1. For grenades, replace Nuln Oil with Athonian Camoshade
  2. Base with Leadbelcher
  3. Shade the recesses with Nuln Oil
  4. Highlight the edges with Stormhost Silver

Dark Blue (Armour Panels):

  1. Base with Kantor Blue
  2. Shade the recesses with Nuln Oil
  3. Highlight the edges with Caledor Sky

Red (Details - Lenses, Gems):

  1. Base with Mephiston Red
  2. Shade the recesses with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Layer the middle with Wild Rider Red
  4. Add fine points with Fire Dragon Bright

Turquoise (Details - Wraps, Cloth):

  1. Base with Celestra Grey
  2. Shade over with Nihilakh Oxide
  3. Highlight the edges with Ulthuan Grey

Black (Details - Armour Ribbing, Weapon Casing):

  1. Base with Abaddon Black
  2. Highlight the edges with Eshin Grey
  3. Add fine points with Dawnstone

Brown (Details - Leather Pouch):

  1. Base with Rhinox Hide
  2. Shade the recesses with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Roughly highlight the edges with Skrag Brown
  4. Add a fine highlight with Ushabti Bone

Yellow (Details - Headcrest):

  1. Base with Averland Sunset
  2. Shade the recesses with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Highlight the edges with Yriel Yellow

Tan (Details - Bones):

  1. Base with Rakarth Flesh
  2. Shade the recesses with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Highlight the edges with Pallid Wych Flesh



Amateur tabletop painter of Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar miniatures.

Citadel Painting System 25
Base 9
  • Abaddon Black
  • Averland Sunset
  • Caledor Sky
  • Celestra Grey
  • Kantor Blue
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mephiston Red
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Rhinox Hide
Shade 3
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Athonian Camoshade
  • Nuln Oil
Layer 10
  • Dawnstone
  • Eshin Grey
  • Fire Dragon Bright
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Skrag Brown
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Wild Rider Red
  • Yriel Yellow
Technical 1
  • Nihilakh Oxide
Spray 2
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey
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