In this post, I’ll show you how to paint Corpse Rats and Bat Swarms from Warhammer Quest Cursed City in 16 easy to follow steps. You’ll find out how I highlight the black, paint pink tails and more. Find out how in this tutorial.


This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint Warhammer miniatures. With each picture is the corresponding instruction. Each step shows the Citadel paint(s) I used. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Corpse Rats and Bat Swarms

Undercoat the model black. You can use Chaos Black spray, I used Vallejo Surface Primer and my airbrush.

Drybrush the rats and bats with Eshin Grey.

Pick out the raised areas on the models and highlight the rats and bats with Mechanics Standard Grey.

Basecoat a couple of the rats with Steel Legion Drab. Paint the body and digits of the bat with Steel Legion Drab. 

Basecoat one or two of the rats with Dawnstone. This might take two coats to get a solid coat.

Wash all over the rats and bats with 50:50 mix of Basilicanum Grey and Lahmian Medium.

Pick out the raised areas and highlight the brown rat and the bats’ body with Baneblade Brown.

Edge highlight the black rats and bats’ wings with thin lines of Administratum Grey.

Edge highlight the grey rats with Celestra Grey.

Basecoat the rats’ tails and bat face with two thinned coats of Rakarth Flesh. (Thin with a touch of water).

Wash the rats’ tails and bats’ faces and the bats’ bodies and digits with 50:50 mix of Carroburg Crimson and Lahmian Medium.

Highlight the rats’ tails and bat face with Rakarth Flesh leaving some of the previous wash showing through. 

Paint the bone rat faces, exposed bones, teeth and bat teeth, claws and horns with two coats of Ubshabti Bone.

Wash the previous step with Skeleton Horde Contrast. 

Edge highlight the bone with Wraithbone. And dot the eyes with Wraithbone too.

Dot eyes with Wild Rider Red.


To paint the base I painted the rubble Sons of Horus Green, washed with Agrax Earthshade, drybrushed Dawnstone and edge highlighted Celestra Grey. The sand is painted with Dryad Bark, drybrushed with Steel Legion and then final drybrushed with Karak Stone.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

  • Black Undercoat
  • Eshin Grey (layer)
  • Mechanics Standard Grey (base)
  • Steel Legion Drab (base)
  • Dawnstone (layer)
  • Basilicanum Grey (contrast)
  • Lahmian Medium (technical)
  • Baneblade Brown (layer)
  • Administratum Grey (layer)
  • Celestra Grey (base)
  • Rakarth Flesh (base)
  • Carroburg Crimson (shade)
  • Ubshabti Bone (layer)
  • Skeleton Horde Contrast. 
  • Wraithbone (base)
  • Wild Rider Red (layer)

Paints you’ll need for the base:

  • Sons of Horus Green (layer)
  • Agrax Earthshade (shade) 
  • Dawnstone (layer)
  • Celestra Grey (base)
  • Dryad Bark (base)
  • Steel Legion Drab (base)
  • Karak Stone Layer 

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

Want to learn more about painting Warhammer Quest Cursed City models, stay tuned for more tutorials, in the mean time you can check out my review of Warhammer Quest Cursed City.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.

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