Friday, December 16, 2016

Heresy Era Adeptus Custodes - Custodian Guard squad begins

Wait! Put down the pitchforks and torches, it's not technically another project, honest! Hah!

The main reason I chose the Imperial Fists for the Prospero plastics was primarily to give me the ability to run an allied force of Custodes - How exactly that's going to work remains to be seen within the upcoming Inferno book from Forge World, but there are some preliminary rules available to allow for test games. I started off just building a basic Custodian Guard squad, as I'm assuming they'll be the 'basic' troop type for the force - hard to go wrong with the basics!

I was pleased to see they were given a size boost over the basic marines, they are appropriately imposing! They were fun to assemble - The first five were built right out of the book, and I'm looking forward to trying some mix-and-match parts on the next five to see what sorts of alternate posing may be possible.

On to the painting! First things first the models were given a basecoat of Vallajo's Brassy Brass. This is a nice, rather opaque metallic that covers well and prevents the blotchy look a more translucent lighter gold can get painted over a black basecoat.

Next the models were given a heavy drybrush of Glorious Gold, then given an all-over wash of Reikland Fleshshade (still wet in this pic) then left to thoroughly dry overnight..

Taking the day off (Star Wars day, baby!) so this morning I was able to put in a quick session and gave the now-dried models a couple light drybrush passes with Shining Gold to bring the luster back up a bit. Next up will be a few silver highlights on the uppermost surfaces to really push the shine! Planning on getting some more work done on them today - Queuing up the Original Trilogy to run in the background, and looking forward to seeing Rogue One in the theater later on!


  1. Hmm you are closer to being off the watch list now. Nice work so far :)

  2. They looked better without the fleshshade IMO. I hope that the basic squad'll be 3+ and a HQ of one model, that way you could use them as allies straight out of the box. Beisdes in books like the first heretic there's just a squad of five.

  3. Enjoy Star Wars!

    I plan on getting three squads of these, two spears and one set with shields. Maybe the tank. Well I wish anyway ;)

  4. Brassy brass eh ? I may have to get some... Gotta do the trim for The Rout.

  5. I hate you... How are you so quick? These will look so bomb when finished!

  6. Having just finished reading Master of Mankind I'm looking to get myself some of these.

    Brassy Brass and Tinny Tin are brilliant colours by Vallejo.

    Interested to see how these guys respond to the silver edge treatment. Are the details really sharp edged or rounded- i find that makes ask the difference at that stage

  7. Love the size of them, they look great dude!

  8. @Zab: Hah! I recognize my failings and will strive to correct them. :)

    @Francesc: Aye, looking forward to seeing how it plays out in the upcoming book.

    @Rory Priest: Nice! I do love the look of the Caladius, will definitely be getting one at some point!

    @Zzzzzz: Indeed, it and Tinny Tin are both great paints!

    @Col. Hertford: Haha! Little bit of painting every day! To be fair, all of this was done with a big ol' tank brush, some really quick and dirty drybrush passes and a wash. About an hour's worth of work over a couple days. :)

    @Frothing Muppet: Nice! I'm in the middle of Master of Mankind m'self, rather enjoying it! There's a mix of both sharp and rounds on the models, I'm not 100% sure I like how the silver pass ended up (pics soon)...

    @Jugger: Thanks very much!

    I appreciate the kind words, everyone!

  9. That might be one of my fav lines from the whole HH series ;)

  10. Like where these are headed. Some very interesting sculpts.

    Rogue One kicked arse!