Stand still, Guardsman, and listen up: in this tutorial I will show you how to paint the new Cadian Shock Troops with effective and straight-forward techniques to a beautiful tabletop standard. This painting guide is also a display case for the new Two Thin Coats paints by Duncan Rhodes, but don’t worry, you can easily follow along with Citadel paints as well.
This tutorial assumes you know the basic grips of painting Warhammer miniatures. Step-by-step I explain all the paints and techniques I used. I have a rather eclectic paint collection, so when I use a paint that is not from Games Workshop (or out of production), I’ll try to provide you with suitable alternatives from the current Citadel paint range [in brackets]. However, if you want to achieve exactly the same result as shown, I recommend expanding your paint collection. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.
How to paint Cadians
Flak armour & fatigues
For an even finish, paint over the flak armour and lasgun casing with Caliban Green.
Drybrush the armour with Warboss Green.
Glaze the armour with thinned Caliban Green to remove any streaks from the drybrushing, but don’t apply the glaze on the edges so you don’t remove the drybrushed highlights.
If you need to correct any mistakes on the dark green flak armour later on, mix a little bit of black into Caliban Green.
Once dry, deepen the shading by painting pure Poxwalker directly into the most prominent folds and creases and where the fatigues meet the armour and other details.
How to paint the details
At this stage, I also painted the eyes. Learn an easier way to paint eyes in this tutorial.
At this stage, I took a good look at the model and fixed any mistakes or uneven spots, I also decided to pick out the rivets of the lasgun and sharpest corners of the flak armour with little dots of Warpaints Goblin Green [or Skarsnik Green].
For a dusty appearance, smear the boots with Vallejo Pigments Dark Slate Grey and Light Slate Grey, then blow off the excess.
Finally, add some Farm Dark Earth pigments from mig to a few spots on the base to add some natural colour variation to the rubble.
Finally, I sealed the model with a coat of my favourite matt varnish, Mr Topcoat Premium Flat. If you struggle to find the perfect matt varnish, I’ve compiled a few of my favourites here. Remember that a varnish makes pigments wet and knocks down some of their intensity.
Painted Cadian Shock Trooper with dark green armour & green fatigues
And this is the completed model. I chose effective and time-saving techniques so you can pump out a lot of infantry quickly. However, the new Cadian models are pretty detailed, so they aren’t exactly fast to paint. If you want to save a bit more time, it’s fine to skip some of the highlights and leave the eyes as dark sockets – you can’t see really make them out once the models hit the table.
Or have a look at my Traitor Guardsmen tutorial, the paint scheme can easily be adapted for Loyalist Guardsmen:
Let me know if these tutorials have helped you out, either here in the comments or why not post the result over on our friendly painting Discord channel.
Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Two Thin Coats
Ancient Forest [or Gorthor Brown]
Wasteland Brown [or Gorthor Brown / Karak Stone]
Elven Skin [Kislev Flesh]
Vampire Fang [or Wraithbone]
Doom Death Black [or Abaddon Black]
Death Reaper [or Corbus Black]
Wizard Grey [or Eshin Grey]
Carcharodon Grey [or Dawnstone]
Plate Armour [or Iron Hands Steel]
Mythril Blade [or Stormhost Silver]
Spartan Bronze [or Brass Scorpion]
Flesh Wash [or Reikland Fleshshade or Guilliman Flesh]
Battle Mud Wash [or Agrax Earthshade]
Oblivion Black Wash [or Nuln Oil]
The Army Painter Warpaints
Gloss Varnish [or ‘Ardcoat]
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