In this post, I’ll show you how to paint Kosargi Nightguard from Warhammer Quest Cursed City in 27 easy to follow steps. You’ll learn how I paint rusted weapons, faded red rags 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 Kosargi Nightguard

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

Basecoat the trousers and cuffs with Barack-Nar Burgundy.

Highlight the trousers and cuffs with Khorne Red.

Paint the tunic  and gums with Word Bearers Red.

Highlight the tunic with a 50:50 mix of Word Bearers Red and Squig Orange.

Highlight the tunic with thinned Squig Orange. A couple of thinned coats will help build up the transition from the previous layers.

Paint the beard and tunic straps with Dawnstone. 

Paint the metals with Leadbelcher.

Create a 50:50 mix of Basilican Grey and Lahmian medium and wash over the entire model. Once dry, apply another layer of this mix to darken areas of the blade and the recesses of the robes.

Basecoat the leather belt, boots with Doombull Brown. 

Paint the wooden handle Steel Legion Drab. 

Paint the fur trim, finger nails and teeth with Wraithbone. This will take a couple of coats.

Wash the fur trim, finger nails and teeth with 50:50 mix of Skeleton Horde and Lahmian Medium.

Carefully paint Gor-Grunta Fur into the recesses of the fur. Shade the metals with Gore-Grunta Fur. Once dry repeat to increase the intensity of the shading on the blades. 

Paint the shoulder pads with Liberator Gold. This will take a couple of coats. 

Wash the gold areas with Aggaros Dunes. 


Carefully shade recesses of the gold and metal areas with Creed Camo Contrast. Use this sparingly. 

Wash the leather belt, boots and wood and roots with Wyldwood Contrast. Carefully paint Wyldwood into the deepest recesses of the fur. 

Edge highlight the leather belt and boots with Skrag Brown.

Edge highlight the wood grain with Baneblade Brown.

Edge highlight the trousers and cuffs with Mephiston Red.

Edge highlight the tunic with Jokaero Orange.

Edge highlight the gold and metals with thin lines of Runefang Silver.

Paint the skin with Rakarth Flesh. This might take a couple of coats to ensure it’s a solid coat. Highlight beard and fur with Rakarth Flesh.

Mix 3 parts Lahmian Medium with 1 part Contrast Graph-Charger Grey and wash over the skin to give it a lifeless look.

Highlight the raised areas of the skin with Kislev Flesh, leaving plenty of the shaded areas showing through.

Apply thin edge highlights of Pallid Wych Flesh to the skin and beard. You can also add a few tiny highlights to the edges of the fur.

Paint the edges of the skin with uneven, splotchy patterns of Carroburg Cromson. Repeat this step once dry to increase the intensity. This will be matte and look like dried blood.

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. To paint the rat follow my guide for painting Corpse Rats here.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

  • Black Undercoat
  • Barack-Nar Burgundy (base)
  • Khorne Red (base)
  • Word Bearers Red (layer)
  • Squig Orange (layer)
  • Dawnstone (layer)
  • Leadbelcher (base)
  • Basilcanum Grey (contrast)
  • Lahmian Medium (technical)
  • Doombull Brown (layer)
  • Steel Legion Drab (base)
  • Wraithbone (base)
  • Skeleton Horde (contrast)
  • Gor-Grunta Fur (contrast)
  • Liberator Gold (layer)
  • Aggaros Dunes (contrast)
  • Creed Camo (contrast)
  • Wyldwood (contrast) 
  • Skrag Brown (layer)
  • Baneblade Brown (layer)
  • Mephiston Red (base)
  • Jokaero Orange (base)
  • Runefang Silver (layer)
  • Rakarth Flesh (base)
  • Contrast Graph-Charger Grey (contrast)
  • Kislev Flesh (layer)
  • Carroburg Crimson (shade) 

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.

Check out my previous tutorials on How to Paint Corpse Rats and Bat Swarms, Ulfenwatch Skeletons and Deadwalker Zombies. 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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