Step into the world of the Adeptus Custodes, also known as the Brotherhood of Demigods or the Golden Legion, and immerse yourself in the lore of Warhammer 40,000. These elite guardians of the Imperial Palace and the Golden Throne are the personal bodyguards of the Emperor. Their strength and willpower are unmatched, making them superior even to the formidable Space Marines. The Adeptus Custodes represent the pinnacle of human might and dedication, embodying the Emperor’s vision for humanity.
In recent millennia, these warriors have expanded their role. Once confined to the Imperial Palace on Terra, they now venture across the galaxy, bringing war to the enemies of mankind under the guidance of Captain-General Trajann Valoris. As members of the Adeptus Terra, they answer only to the Emperor, with a unique hierarchy led by the Captain-General and supported by Shield-Captains and other distinguished ranks.
The Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of The Gate box set is a remarkable collection that allows players and collectors to delve into the grandeur of the Adeptus Custodes. Within this set, you’ll find the revered Captain-General Trajann Valoris, the Chief Custodian to the Emperor, a symbol of immense power and authority. His leadership extends not just in battle but also in the political sphere of the Imperium.
Adding to the might of this set are the Vertus Praetors, jetbike-riding warriors who demonstrate the Custodes’ rapid strike capabilities and advanced technology. The Allarus Custodians, clad in Terminator Armour, represent the unyielding spirit of the Custodes, with options to be built as Vexilus Praetors or Shield-Captains, enhancing their versatility and leadership on the battlefield.
Furthermore, the set includes the Custodian Guards, the very backbone of the Adeptus Custodes. These warriors can be customized with a variety of wargear options, reflecting their diverse roles and ranks within the Custodian Guard. Each miniature in this set is not just a figure; it’s a piece of the grand narrative of the Adeptus Custodes, showcasing their role as the Emperor’s elite protectors and guardians of his legacy in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of The Gate Datasheets
Captain-General Trajann Valoris
What’s in the Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of The Gate box
- x1 Captain-General Trajann Valoris Model
- x3 Vertus Praetors Miniatures
- x3 Allarus Custodians Miniatures
- x15 Custodian Guards Miniatures
- x19 Citadel 40mm Round Bases (Trajann Valoris, Allarus Custodians, Custodian Guards)
- x3 Citadel 75x42mm Oval Bases (Vertus Praetors)
How to paint the Adeptus Custodes – Watchers of The Gate set
- Step 1: Basecoat the Miniatures
Apply a basecoat of gold paint to all the Adeptus Custodes miniatures using a brush or spray. For example, you can use a bright gold color like Retributor Armor (the spray variant may work even better) to establish the iconic Custodes look.
- Step 2: Detail the Armor
Using a smaller brush, carefully paint the intricate details on the armor, such as trim, emblems, and embellishments. You can use a darker gold shade like Auric Armor Gold to highlight these areas and add depth.
- Step 3: Highlight the Edges
With a fine brush, apply a thin line of lighter gold paint along the edges of the armor to create highlights and make the miniatures pop. Try using Liberator Gold for this step.
- Step 4: Paint the Weapons
Select the desired weapon colors and paint them accordingly. For example, you can use metallic silver like Leadbelcher for the blades and barrels, or add a touch of red like Evil Sunz Scarlet to the energy coils or power sources.
- Step 5: Shade the Armor
Apply a wash or shade to the recessed areas of the armor to enhance the shadows and give depth to the miniatures. Consider using a shade like Agrax Earthshade or Nuln Oil to create contrast and definition.
- Step 6: Paint the Details
Focus on painting the smaller details such as belts, pouches, and insignias. You can use various colors like browns(Mournfang Brown is a good option but feel free to experiment), Abaddon Black, and metallics, like Stormhost Silver, to add variety and make the details stand out.
- Step 7: Highlight the Details
Using a lighter color, carefully highlight the smaller details to make them more visible. For example, you can use Pallid Wych Flesh to highlight belts and Runefang Steel to add highlights to metallic parts.
- Step 8: Paint the Bases
Paint the bases of the miniatures to match your preferred theme or battlefield. You can use earth tones, gravel, or other scenic materials to create a realistic or thematic base.
- Step 9: Varnish the Miniatures
Once the paint is dry, apply a protective varnish to the miniatures to safeguard the paint job and add durability. Matte varnish will provide a non-reflective finish, while a gloss varnish can create a shiny effect if desired.
- Step 10: Finishing Touches
Optional steps include adding additional effects like battle damage, weathering, or freehand designs.
Finally, give your models a layer of Varnish.