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Armed with a pyrithite spear and an ornate praesidium shield, the new Adeptus Custodes Shield-Captain stands as a solitary bastion. Few can match his prowess in close combat, making him a formidable leader on the Warhammer 40K battlefields.
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The Shield-Captains epitomize the ideals upheld by the Adeptus Custodes, embodying the fusion of strength, wisdom, and strategic brilliance.

They stand as beacons of leadership, inspiring their fellow Custodians to rise to the occasion and excel beyond measure.

Their voices echo with authority and reason, guiding their forces with a profound sense of purpose and a deep understanding of the Warhammer 40K tabletop battlefields.

Each decision made by a Shield-Captain carries the weight of their experience and expertise, and their fellow Custodians entrust them with unwavering confidence.

A New Shield Captain Model in 2024

The Custodian Guard and Custodian Wardens kits offer the flexibility to assemble one of your esteemed warriors as a Shield-Captain.

However, as of March 2024, this fresh plastic figure introduces an eye-catching independent option, equipped with a novel arsenal and the option between a helmeted or unmasked visage.


In close quarters, few adversaries stand a chance against a Shield-Captain, especially when these seasoned leaders carry a magnificent praesidium shield into the fray, transforming them into solitary bastions capable of withstanding entire armies.

True to the adage that the best defense is a strong offense, the addition of a formidable pyrithite spear significantly enhances the Shield-Captain’s combat capabilities.

The Stats of the Shield Captain’s Pyrithite Spear

This lavish weapon, hailing from the dawn of the Imperium, is a sophisticated power spear that eschews the customary Custodian bolt caster in favor of a potent melta beam, ensuring devastating effectiveness at close range.

The Auric Champions Battleforce will be the initial opportunity to obtain this new Shield-Captain.

Shield-Captain Datasheets

Datasheets from the Adeptus Custodes Free Index released by Games Workshop with the 10th Edition:

W40K Shield-Captain Miniature Box Contents

  • TBA when the new model will be released

How to paint the Shield-Captain Set

  1. Step 1: Prepare the miniature
    Clean the Shield-Captain miniature using warm, soapy water to remove any mold release residue. Once dry, assemble the miniature according to the instructions provided.
  2. Step 2: Prime the miniature
    Apply a thin and even coat of black or white spray primer to the entire miniature. This will provide a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.
  3. Step 3: Basecoat the armor
    Use a gold paint like Retributor Armour to basecoat the armor plates, ensuring even coverage. Apply multiple thin coats if necessary, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
  4. Step 4: Paint the details
    Use a silver paint like Leadbelcher to paint the metallic areas such as weapons, helmet, and accessories. For the shoulder pad trim and other decorative elements, use a brass paint like Runelord Brass. Apply multiple thin coats for smooth and consistent coverage.
  5. Step 5: Add color to the cape and robes
    Choose a color scheme for the cape and robe,, such as a blue paint like Macragge Blue or Calgar Blue for a blue cape or Mephiston Red for a red one. Apply thin layers, building up the color gradually to achieve a smooth finish.
  6. Step 6: Highlight the armor
    Using a fine detail brush, apply a gold paint like Liberator Gold to highlight the edges and raised areas of the armor plates. This will add depth and definition to the model.
  7. Step 7: Paint the face
    Use a flesh-tone paint like Kislev Flesh as the base color for the face. Add shading with a wash of a flesh-tone shade like Reikland Fleshshade, and highlight the raised areas with a lighter flesh-tone paint like Pallid Wych Flesh. Paint the eyes using black for the pupils and a small dot of white for the reflection.
  8. Step 8: Detail the miniature
    Using smaller brushes, carefully paint the smaller details such as the insignias, purity seals, and gemstones using appropriate colors like red or blue, such as Mephiston Red or Spiritstone Red.
  9. Step 9: Apply washes and shades
    To add depth and shadows to the model, selectively apply washes or shades like Nuln Oil or Agrax Earthshade to recessed areas, joints, and crevices. This will enhance the overall appearance of the miniature.
  10. Step 10: Highlight and edge highlight
    Using a fine detail brush, highlight the edges of the armor and other raised areas with a lighter shade of the base color. For example, use a silver paint like Stormhost Silver to edge highlight the metallic areas.
  11. Step 11: Base the miniature
    Choose a suitable base color for the Shield-Captain, such as a textured paint like Astrogranite or Armageddon Dust. Add texture using basing materials like grass or rocks to create a finished look.
  12. Step 12: Varnish and protect
    Once the paint has dried completely, apply a coat of varnish specifically designed for miniatures to protect the painted miniature from chipping and wear.

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