How to paint Stormcast Eternals Castigators

Stormcast Eternals Castigators are the vertical crossbow (Thunderhead Greatbows) wielding counterparts to the Sequitors (Painting guides for Sequitors here, here and video here. I covered painting one of the Castigators in a video previously, but as I’m painting up a lot of Stormcast from the Mortal Realms magazine at the moment, I thought it’d be worth posting up a few how to guides for them all. They’re all in the Hammers of Sigmar colours for no other reason than I like blue and love painting gold.

To begin with, the Castigators were all sprayed with Citadel Retributor Armour. Once they have a smooth coat of this, you can start adding the base colours. For this I used:

Golden Armour – Citadel Retributor Armour
Front robes, scrolls and torso robes – Citadel Rakarth Flesh
Rear of front robes and helmet plumes – Citadel Mephiston Red
Rear cloak – Citadel Kantor Blue
Silver Metallics – Vallejo Model Air Chrome
Forearm armour, rear pouch, Greatbow casing, Fabric between armour – Vallejo Black

Once all the base coats are in place, the shades can be added.

Golden Armour – Citadel Agrax Earthshade
Front robes, scrolls and torso robes – Citadel Seraphim Sepia
Rear of front robes and helmet plumes – Citadel Druchii Violet
Rear cloak – Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade
Silver Metallics – Citadel Nuln Oil
Forearm armour, rear pouch, Greatbow casing, Fabric between armour – NA

The gold on the Hammers of Sigmar Stormcast Eternals was initially painted with Citadel Retributor Armour before being shaded with Citadel Agrax Earthshade. Once dry, Retributor Armour was added again, leaving the shade in the recesses before being highlighted with Citadel Liberator Gold. To finish, an extreme highlight of Liberator Gold and Vallejo Model Air Chrome mixed together was added to all the extreme edges of the armour, to highlight the areas where light would be catching.

The pauldrons follow a very simple process too. After the Kantor Blue has been applied, the pauldrons were washed with Drakenhof Nightshade before the Kantor Blue is reapplied. It’s important to leave the shade in the recesses, and also in the wider concave section on the end nearest the Stormcast’s head.

A highlight of a Kantor Blue and Vallejo White mix was applied. After adding a little more white to the previous mix the extreme highlight was applied, and finally, White was used to paint the symbol on the left pauldron.

With the robes, it’s important to ensure that you’re only highlighting the raised areas of the robe, so that the creases are always the darkest point of the robe as less light would be reaching it.

The blue robe on the rear follows the same technique as the pauldrons, with Kantor Blue being shaded with Drakenhof Nightshade, before Kantor Blue is reapplied. A Kantor Blue and White mix was added to the raised areas of the robes, with a final extreme highlight added to that, by mixing a little more White to the previous mix.

The kind of rosary beads and ‘anvil’ are simply painted with Model Air Chrome, shaded with Nuln Oil before reapplying Model Air Chrome. The diamond shapes are painted with pure White. For the shoulder hammer and lightning bolts on the right pauldron, I used Model Air Chrome on the hammer, and White on the lightning bolts.

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