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Abaddon the Despoiler

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Abaddon the Despoiler is the epitome of a Chaos character, possessing frighteningly impressive abilities on the battlefield.
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Whether wreaking havoc on the front lines or imbuing nearby troops with invaluable aura abilities, Abaddon the Despoiler has the power to transform any army of Chaos Space Marines into a much deadlier fighting force.

With his imposing presence and terrifying capabilities, he’s an ender of worlds, a destroyer of hope, and a true bane to the galaxy itself. But as formidable as he is, he still can’t resist the call of battle and leads his Black Legion into acts of pitiless slaughter against worthy foes.

The attention to detail on this model is absolutely incredible, with intricate mechanical details, grisly trophies, and baroque armor that is a joy to paint. It’s a real showstopper that will stand out from the rest of your collection.

And the customizable options are a great touch, allowing you to model your Abaddon with or without his cape and choose from three different heads, each with its own unique expression. Overall, this is a must-have for any serious Chaos player looking to add some serious firepower to their army.

What’s in the box?

  • x31 plastic components that make this outstanding figurine
  • x1 60 mm round base, making it easy to assemble and display on your battlefield.

How to Paint Abaddon the Despoiler miniature?

Quick guide on how to paint the Abaddon the Despoiler miniature from Games Workshop, including all the paints used and how they should be used for a battle ready miniature:

  1. Clean and assemble the miniature as per the instructions provided by Games Workshop.
  2. Prime the miniature with Chaos Black spray primer or use Abaddon Black base paint. This provides a good base for the other paints to adhere to.
  3. Use the Medium Base Brush to paint the armor plates with Leadbelcher. Be careful to avoid other areas of the miniature, as you don’t want to accidentally paint over any details.
  4. Use the Small Drybrush to apply a highlight of Dawnstone to the edges of the armor plates. This helps to give them a metallic sheen and adds depth to the model.
  5. Use the Medium Base Brush to paint the trim of the armor with Balthasar Gold.
  6. Use the Small Layer Brush to highlight the gold trim with Retributor Armour. Apply the paint to the edges of the trim to make it stand out.
  7. Use the Small Layer Brush to paint the face, neck, and hands with Abaddon Black. Be careful to avoid the eyes and other details on the face.
  8. Use the Small Layer Brush to highlight the black areas with Eshin Grey. Apply the paint to the edges of the black areas to create contrast.
  9. Use the Small Layer Brush to add finer highlights of Administratum Grey to the black areas. Apply the paint to the most prominent edges to create even more contrast.
  10. Apply Agrax Earthshade to the entire miniature. This will add shading to the recesses and help to bring out the details.
  11. Use the Large Drybrush to dry brush the entire miniature with Dawnstone. This will help to highlight the edges and create even more depth.
  12. Apply Nuln Oil to the recesses of the miniature, including the eyes and other details. This will add further shading and help to bring out the details.
  13. Finally, use the Small Layer Brush to paint the eyes and other details with the appropriate colours. For example, you can use Mephiston Red for the eyes, and Auric Armour Gold for the details on the armor.

That’s it! With these steps and using the paints listed, you should be able to paint Abaddon the Despoiler miniature from Games Workshop. Remember to take your time, work in thin layers, and have fun!

Looking for more inspiration? Here’s a video tutorial on how to paint Abaddon the Despoiler!

List of paints needed to paint Abaddon the Despoiler:

Miniature AreasBattle Ready
(quick and accessible)
Parade Ready
(increases costs for more vibrant colours)
BlackBase: Abaddon Black
+Layer: Eshin Grey & Dawnstone
GunmetalBase: Leadbelcher
Shade: Nuln Oil
+Layer: Stormhost Silver
Warm BrownBase: Mournfang Brown
Shade: Agrax Earthshade
+Layer: Skrag Brown & Deathclaw Brown
BoneBase: Zandri Dust
Shade: Seraphim Sepia
+Layer: Ushabti Bone & Screaming Skull
Pale FleshBase: Rakarth Flesh
Shade: Reikland Fleshshade
+Layer: Flayed One Flesh & Pallid Wych Flesh
BronzeBase: Balthasar Gold
Shade: Agrax Earthshade
+Layer: Gehenna’s Gold & Auric Armour Gold
Dirty BlackBase: Abaddon Black+Layer: Skavenblight Dinge & Stormvermin Fur
CrimsonBase: Khorne Red
Shade: Agrax Earthshade
+Layer: Evil Sunz Scarlet & Wild Rider Red

Citadel Colour brushes used:

  • Large Drybrush
  • Medium Base Brush
  • Small Layer Brush
  • Small Drybrush

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