How To: Paint Dark Angels Tactical Squad (Cloth)

Hello and welcome to the continuation of my posts on how to paint Warhammer 40,000 Dark Angels. If you haven’t been keeping up, you can read the first post here.

In this post I am going to demonstrate how to get a beige cloth on Dark Angels sergeants and Veterans. It could also be used for Deathwing characters.

The first stage is to paint a basecoat of Citadel Zandri Dust. This your paint with a little water and paint two coats if needed to make sure it is a consistent covering. As demonstrated here on this Dark Angels Sergeant:

Dark Angels Cloth

The next stage is to shade the cloth. You want the shade to run into the recesses, but not to pool, so make sure that any excess is soaked up with a wet brush. For this I used Citadel Agrax Earthshade, as demonstrated below:


For the next stage, I would suggest being very careful. This is more of a layer than an edge highlight, meaning that you want to paint onto the peaks and folds of the cloth, leaving the shade in the recesses. The best way to do this is to make sure that the paint isn’t too thick and to build it up in layers. You can always add more, but it’s difficult to take it away. The colour to use is Citadel Ushabti Bone:


Once you are happy with the layering on the cloth, you can add an edge highlight. For this I used Citadel Screaming Skull. For this, just add a thin line to the very peaks in the fold of cloth:IMG_2821

As with all highlights you can add a final highlight of white. However, in this image there is no white highlight. I may suggest this is kept for characters in the army.

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