Tuesday, April 18, 2017

On the Workbench [April] - Adeptus Custodes and Munitorum Containers

Time to share what I've been working on this month.  I've been able to make progress on the Custodes as well as the six containers for my terrain upgrade project. In addition, the spring weather allowed me to get out the spray cans to prime the six Cities of Death builds I built not too long ago and the Void Shield Generator.  Expect to see some progress shots on those soon too if I don't get too carried away with the new Shadow War: Armageddon terrain and models! But that is a post for another time.

Here are the Custodes after the first highlights have been applied to the gold armor.  So far all paint has been from Vallejo with the exception of GM Agrax Earthshade used to shade the models prior to highlighting. As I did with the Deathwatch Squaduary 2017 project, I'll post a final paint recipe once I've completed these models.

First Highlights

And the dreadnought...

Steppign back a bit, a base coat of gold was laid down using the airbrush over black primer.

Base coat applied

After that, the gold was shaded using GW Agrax Earthshade.

Shaded with Agrax Earthshade

I was pleased how the new gold highlights brought the shine back while still leaving rich shading to add definition to the models.  By this time, I'm probably the last one painting gold armor like it is a new thing, but its still new to me!  Look for a separate post as I tuck in to the other base colors and get on with detailing these awesome models.

Next up is the container project.  All of the containers have been shaded and highlighted.  The red container with an open door had previously been detailed inside, but this month the blue container got similar treatment. 
Blue with highlights

With Shadow War: Armageddon in mind, I'm planning to leave both doors open on the Blue container to provide a tunnel through cover. I really enjoyed painting the interiors.

Blue with interior detail

Next up the red containers...

Red with highlights

And last the yellow containers

Yellow with highlights

The highlights are probably washed out a bit here, but hopefully clicking through the the larger images will reveal the work there. I've already started painting details on the red containers.  So a follow up article will be in order soon to show the progress there.  

That's what has been keeping me busy so far this month. I expect to have built a Astra Militarum kill team for Shadow War: Armageddon before the end as well...maybe the Space Marine Scout team too?  Definitely using the opportunity to make progress on my Red Hunters by painting up the Space Marine Scout Team in their colors. As a codex chapter, I'll use the Ultramarines rules for games of Shadow War. :)

Shadow war is going to be an excellent opportunity to build Harlequins, Gene Stealer Cult, Tau and perhaps even Chaos Cultist kill teams as well.  While not wanting to invest in those armies for 40K, I have the models already from recent boxed sets and other sources and it should be good fun to pain small forces of the Xenos and Chaos scum!  

Until next post...

Cheers and Happy Gaming!


  1. Great progress. Loving the look of the containers.

  2. Thank you! If anyone suggested I'd take pleasure in modelling shipping containers for 40K 10 years ago, I would not have believed it. Who knew?