Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Guardians of the Emperor - First Custodes Squad Complete!

I made quite a few leaps since my last Custodes post, getting the full squad assembled and painted! These guys are quite challenging to paint, needing quite a lot of time to get each one done. I painted each one individually as batch painting these guys would've been a bit of a crushing task!! I also think painting them individually is quite 'fluffy' as each Custodian is said to have their training personally overseen by the Emperor.

In all I'm very happy with this squad! There are a few things ill change for next time. I need to make the red's pop a little more, so some more push on the contrast will be good. I also think i over cooked the final white glaze on the guardian spear, so they'll be a little less of that next time. I did use a purple wash selectively in the recesses to help deepen the shadows which i think worked quite well.

The 10,000 are well underway. Still a way off 10,000 but hey ho! more soon!

Oh, and what do you all think of the new black photo background? Better/worse than the old navy blue one??

The GunGrave


  1. Those look spectacular! I kinda like the highlight up to a hard white at the speartip, gives it a good focus.

    The black background works well with these, the blue works well with other colors - good to have the options!

    1. Cheers Mordian. While I'm happy with them, I don't think I'm COMPLETELY happy with them yet!! (See Kahuna's comment below!) Still want to push that cibtrast a bit more to make the metal look more metallic. Think I may have a solution though...

  2. Contrast, contrast and contrast. Glad the purple wash is working out too. I think they look great. A green glaze on the red can work too bud.

    1. I know I know! Lol!! Decided to give the base coat 2 washes next time, then apply the purples to the recesses, then begin a 3 stage highlight. Still need to let more of that washed base colour show through.

  3. Those look spectacular! The black background works well with these.

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  4. Looking great mate. Great to see the new custards on the blog 👍

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