Sky Raiders (Aeldari Corsairs)

Sky Raiders (Aeldari Corsairs)

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    07 Aug 2023
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    15 Aug 2023
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The new Kill Team models have a way more involved design that the old artwork, but I have tried to stay as true as possible with mine. I think the additional colours make sense.

Blue Armour

  1. Basecoat with Steel Grey .
  2. Shade recesses with some thinned Thunderhawk Blue .
  3. Add fine lines of Dark Reaper in deep recesses.
  4. Chunky highlights and glaze highlights with Grey Blue .
  5. Fine highlights with Pastel Blue .
  6. Selective highlights with Blue Horror .
  7. Spot highlights of White , where needed.

The armour looks nice in blue, but since the camoflage on the originall artwork adds so much, I decided to give it a go. I just used Abaddon Black and a long thin brush for the lines. Where these lines ran over edges, I added a chunky highlight of Dark Reaper and a fine edge highlight of Thunderhawk Blue .

Black Armour

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Chunky highlights of Dark Reaper .
  3. Fine highlights of 1:1 Dark Reaper & Administratum Grey .
  4. Selective highlights of Administratum Grey .
  5. Specular highlights of Administratum Grey & White .

Pale Skin

  1. Basecoat with Pallid Wych Flesh .
  2. Wash with Reikland Fleshshade , pulling pigment away from areas that would catch light.
  3. Re-establish Pallid Wych Flesh where needed.
  4. Mix in some White to the Pallid Wych Flesh and add selective highlights.
  5. Finish with small highlights of pure White .

Drab Leather

  1. Basecoat with Steel Legion Drab & Rhinox Hide , mixed 2:1.
  2. Glaze general shading with Rhinox Hide .
  3. Mix Rhinox Hide & Abaddon Black 1:1, then shade small amounts in very deep recesses/folds.
  4. Glaze raised areas with Steel Legion Drab .
  5. Mix the Steel Legion Drab 1:1 with Karak Stone and apply chunky hightlights within the glazed area, towards folds.
  6. Kith pure Karak Stone apply fine highlights.
  7. Now lighten the Karak Stone by mixing in an equal amount of Wraithbone and add very selective highlights.
  8. Finish with very small/specular highlights of pure Wraithbone .

Cream Cloak Lining

  1. Basecoat with a 2:1 mix of Wraithbone & Rakarth Flesh .
  2. Shade with glazes of Karak Stone .
  3. Shade deeper areas with thin glazes of XV-88 . Be carefull with the colour, the pigment is pretty strong.
  4. If you have some very deep folds, consider a final smade of 1:1 XV-88 and Rhinox Hide .
  5. Glaze highlights of pure Wraithbone .
  6. Lighten the Wraithbone with White and edge highlights.
  7. Finish with selective highlights of pure White .

Warm Leather Pouches

  1. Basecoat with Mournfang Brown .
  2. Wash with Agrax Earthshade thinned with an equal amount of Contrast Medium .
  3. Glaze all raised areas with Skrag Brown .
  4. Mix some Skrag Brown 1:1 with Ushabti Bone and edge highlight.
  5. With pure Ushabti Bone selectively highlight corners and curves.
  6. Mix White into your Ushabti Bone and add specular highlights.

Gold Details

  1. Basecoat with Retributor Armour .
  2. Glaze shading in, using Gore-grunta Fur .
  3. If you need to darken the shading, mix some Rhinox Hide into it and do another (more selective) pass.
  4. Mix increasing amounts of Vallejo Model AIr Silver RLM01 Metallic into your base mix and add some highlights. Ideally, you will finish with specular highlights of pure Silver RLM01 Metallic .


  1. Basecoat with Leadbelcher .
  2. Wash with Nuln Oil .
  3. Edge highlight with Ironbreaker .
  4. Add fine highlights with small amounts of Vallejo Model Air Silver RLM01 Metallic .

Bone Mask and Weapon Casing

  1. Basecoat with Ushabti Bone .
  2. Recess shade with Skeleton Horde thinned 1:1 with Contrast Medium .
  3. Run a thin line of Agrax Earthshade into deep cracks.
  4. Chunky edge highlights of Screaming Skull .
  5. Fine edge highlights of Pallid Wych Flesh .
  6. Selective edge highlights of White .

Red Cloth

  1. Basecoat with Khorne Red
  2. Shade defined recesses with Khorne Red and some Abaddon Black .
  3. Glaze/Soft Shade: Evil Sunz Scarlet
  4. Fine highlights of Wild Rider Red & Fire Dragon Bright on folds, mixed 1:1.
  5. Selectgive highlights of Fire Dragon Bright .
  6. Small/specular highlights of 1:1 Fire Dragon Bright & White .

Black Cloth

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Chunky highlights of 1:1 Abaddon Black and Skavenblight Dinge , if the folds in the sculpt are distinct enough.
  3. Fine highlights of Skavenblight Dinge .
  4. Selective highlights of Stormvermin Fur .
  5. Specularhighlights of Karak Stone .

Black Rubber Tubing

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Paint chunky highlights of Incubi Darkness onto raised details.
  3. Mix the Incubi Darkness 1:1 with Deepkin Flesh and add fine highlights onto edges.
  4. Add selective hihglights of Deepkin Flesh on courners and points that would catch the light.
  5. Mix a little Ivory or Pallid Wych Flesh into your Deepkin Flesh and add specular highlights where needed.

Rookie Brushes


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Citadel Painting System 33
Base 11
  • Abaddon Black
  • Incubi Darkness
  • Khorne Red
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mournfang Brown
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Retributor Armour
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Steel Legion Drab
  • Wraithbone
  • XV-88
Shade 3
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Nuln Oil
  • Reikland Fleshshade
Layer 15
  • Administratum Grey
  • Blue Horror
  • Dark Reaper
  • Deepkin Flesh
  • Fire Dragon Bright
  • Ironbreaker
  • Karak Stone
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Screaming Skull
  • Skavenblight Dinge
  • Skrag Brown
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Thunderhawk Blue
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Wild Rider Red
Technical 1
  • Contrast Medium
Spray 1
  • Wraithbone
Contrast 2
  • Gore-grunta Fur
  • Skeleton Horde
Vallejo Game Color
Base 1
  • 72.102 Steel Grey
Vallejo Model Air
Base 1
  • 71.063 Silver RLM01 Metallic
Vallejo Model Color
Base 4
  • 70.901 Pastel Blue
  • 70.918 Ivory
  • 70.943 Grey Blue
  • 70.951 White
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