Adeptus Custodes


Adeptus Custodes

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    03 Nov 2021
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    03 Nov 2021
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Prime the model with Chaos Black


  1. Base the Gold in Retributor Armour
  2. Wash the gold in Reikland Fleshshade
  3. Drybrush with Sigmarite
  4. Base the metal parts in Leadbelcher
  5. Wash the metal in Nuln Oil
  6. Drybrush metal and gold with Necron Compound (Lightly drubrush the gold parts)

Black Armour

  1. Base the black armour in Abaddon Black
  2. Wash with Nuln Oil
  3. Thick edge highlight with Dawnstone
  4. Pick out the sharpest edges with Administratum Grey

Red Armour/Cloth/Hair

  1. Base with Mephiston Red
  2. Shade the recesses of the armour with Nuln Oil , and a more generous shade on the cloth/hair
  3. Edge Highlight with Evil Sunz Scarlet
  4. Pick out the corners and sharp edges with Wild Rider Red


  1. Base with Rhinox Hide
  2. Shade with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Highlight with Gorthor Brown
  4. Pick out sharp edges/corners with Baneblade Brown


  1. Should already be based Leadbelcher , washed with Nuln Oil from the previous page.
  2. Layer back up with Leadbelcher leaving recesses with the dark.
  3. Add a dot of Stormhost Silver in the corners of the eyes.
  4. Wash with Waywatcher Green , add a second wash once dried.


  1. Base with Incubi Darkness
  2. Blend up to Temple Guard Blue towards the edges.
  3. Edge highlight with Fenrisian Grey , and add some lightning effects.
  4. Use Ulthuan Grey to to sharp edges and where lightning arcs cross


  1. Layer with Stormhost Silver
  2. Add thin layer of Soulstone Blue
  3. Add a second layer of Soulstone Blue in the shaded areas (where the light doesn't hit) once dried.


  1. Base with Zandri Dust
  2. Wash with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Layer with Ushabti Bone
  4. Edge highlight with Screaming Skull


  1. Base brass in Balthasar Gold
  2. Wash with Agrax Earthshade
  3. Base metals in Leadbelcher
  4. Base stone, ground affects with Mechanicus Standard Grey
  5. Wash metals and stone with Nuln Oil
  6. Use Typhus Corrosion on the metal parts to create rust affects
  7. Drybrush Necron Compound over all metallic areas.
  8. Use Nihilakh Oxide to create some additional rust verdigris
  9. Drybrush stone with Dawnstone
  10. Light drybrush stone with Administratum Grey
Citadel Painting System 32
Base 9
  • Abaddon Black
  • Balthasar Gold
  • Incubi Darkness
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Mephiston Red
  • Retributor Armour
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Zandri Dust
Shade 3
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Nuln Oil
  • Reikland Fleshshade
Layer 11
  • Administratum Grey
  • Baneblade Brown
  • Dawnstone
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Gorthor Brown
  • Screaming Skull
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Temple Guard Blue
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Wild Rider Red
Dry 3
  • Dawnstone
  • Necron Compound
  • Sigmarite
Glaze 1
  • Waywatcher Green
Technical 3
  • Nihilakh Oxide
  • Soulstone Blue
  • Typhus Corrosion
Air 1
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
Spray 1
  • Chaos Black
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