Sautekh Canoptek Scarab Swarms

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Sautekh Canoptek Scarab Swarms

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    14 Apr 2023
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    05 May 2023
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How I paint my Sautekh Scarab Swarms, as a text supplement to my video tutorial.


  1. Start from a base of Leadbelcher . It may be smart to build, texture and paint your base before pushing the Scarabs in, or keeping them separate to paint.
  2. Wash entirely with Nuln Oil .
  3. Relayer the silver areas with Ironbreaker , taking care to leave some shade in the recesses.
  4. Edge highlight with Stormhost Silver . I also fully paint in the ball joints on the legs to make them look well used.

Dark Green

  1. Base the dark green sections with your black of choice. I use Matt Black in the video.
  2. Next use Caliban Green to both edge highlight and glaze towards the edges of the black sections. This tricks the eye into thinking it's a really dark green colour catching some ambient light.
  3. Edge highlight again with Warpstone Glow . You can also draw cracks across the surface at this point, taking care with your line thickness.
  4. Point highlight the corners, sharp points and intersecting cracks you drew earlier with Moot Green .
  5. As an extra step, you can bring your black back and add some depth to your drawn cracks and any recesses to make it look like it's been chipped.

Cold White

  1. Base their cute little faces with Celestra Grey .
  2. Completely relayer those areas with Ulthuan Grey . I use Celetra first as trying to get a solid covering of Ulthuan Grey over black is a test of sanity.
  3. Next I use Gryph-charger Grey . Recess the the divot around the eye, and pull some paint towards the bottom of each face to start a cold gradient.
  4. Tidy up the gradient and any overspill with Ulthuan Grey . If you're softening a gradient, be sure to water the paint down a little and keep it thin.
  5. Edge highlight with pure white. I use White in the video.

Green Glow

  1. Base the glowing orbs with Corax White . Be sure to get smooth, solid coverage with this, do a couple thin coats to help yourself out.
  2. Relayer the white orbs with Moot Green . Again, try and keep your result smooth.
  3. I gave the orbs on my Scarabs a coat of Green Fluorescent . They glow under the black light in the cabinet I keep them in!
  4. Glaze in a hot spot with Gauss Blaster Green . I prefer to thin bright colours like this with Lahmian Medium , as they have a tendency to break down pretty badly with just water. For the little eyes, a simple dot with a layer consistency is fine, don't go made trying to glaze a gradient on such little details!

Starred by Jaxopher



I'm a casual mini painter who's fallen into the tutorial space. Documenting my progress and recipes as I go!

Citadel Painting System 13
Base 4
  • Caliban Green
  • Celestra Grey
  • Corax White
  • Leadbelcher
Shade 1
  • Nuln Oil
Layer 6
  • Gauss Blaster Green
  • Ironbreaker
  • Moot Green
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Warpstone Glow
Technical 1
  • Lahmian Medium
Contrast 1
  • Gryph-charger Grey
FW Acrylic Ink 1
  • White
The Army Painter Warpaints
Acrylic 1
  • Matt Black
Vallejo Model Color
Fluorescent 1
  • 70.737 Green Fluorescent
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