Tome Keepers - 3rd Company

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Tome Keepers - 3rd Company

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    19 Apr 2021
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    12 Aug 2023
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Here is how I paint the main components of the armour for my Tome Keepers Space Marine Kill Team. A video guide is available on my YouTube channel.

Bone Coloured Armour

  1. I would recommend priming with Wraithbone or any other light and slightly warm colour. This will make getting a nice tone to the armour easier.
  2. Basecoat armour with Ushabti Bone .
  3. Either zenethal highlight with thinned Screaming Skull from a downward 45 degree angle or glaze in where the light would hit.
  4. Recess shade with Skeleton Horde thinned with Contrast Medium 1:1. Don't be too neat, the contrast should pull towards the recess and give something like a transition. Now is also a good time to paint the under-suit/tubing by your preferred method.
  5. Recess shade everything again, this time being careful, and using Agrax Earthshade . I used is straight out of the pot, but you could mix in a little contrast if you wanted to make life a little easier.
  6. Add a chunky highlight of Screaming Skull to all edges.
  7. Edge highlight everything again with fine lines of Pallid Wych Flesh .
  8. Selectively edge highlight the most exposed curved edges and corners where highlights meet with a pure white of your choice, like White Scar .

Optional: Battle Damage

  1. Add small patches of Mournfang Brown using dots with a fine brush. Try to stick to edges and corners where damage would occur, mostly towards the front of the Space Marine.
  2. Underline the damage from the last step with fine lines of Pallid Wych Flesh .

Dark Grey Undersuit

  1. Basecoat the tubing with Administratum Grey .
  2. Wash the tubing with a 1:1 mix of Black Templar and Contrast Medium .
  3. Edge highlight most of the raised tubing with Dawnstone .
  4. Highlight a smaller portion of the tubing with Administratum Grey .
  5. Add specular highlights of Ulthuan Grey to the centre of the previous highlights.

Dark Red Chest Device

  1. Basecoat with Khorne Red .
  2. Pop a little thinned Agrax Earthshade into deep recesses, to darken them.
  3. Edge highlight with thinned Mephiston Red .
  4. Selectively edge highlight curved edges and corners with Squig Orange .
  5. Add dot highlights of Lugganath Orange , where it seems appropriate.

Black Armour Trim

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Edge highlight everything with Eshin Grey .
  3. Edge highlight most of the edges again with Dawnstone .
  4. Selectively edge highlight curved edges and corners with Administratum Grey .
  5. Add dot highlights of White Scar to points corners and more exposed edges that were highlighted in the last step.

Red Eye Lenses

  1. Basecoat with Khorne Red
  2. Paint everything but the recesses with Mephiston Red .
  3. Paint the two thirds of the the previous highlight closer to the nose with Evil Sunz Scarlet
  4. Paint the third closest to the nose with Wild Rider Red .
  5. Add a dot highlight of Lugganath Orange , right next to the nose.
  6. Add a dot of White Scar to the corner furthest away from the last highlight.

Rookie Brushes


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Citadel Painting System 21
Base 4
  • Abaddon Black
  • Khorne Red
  • Mephiston Red
  • Mournfang Brown
Shade 1
  • Agrax Earthshade
Layer 12
  • Administratum Grey
  • Dawnstone
  • Eshin Grey
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Lugganath Orange
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Screaming Skull
  • Squig Orange
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Ushabti Bone
  • White Scar
  • Wild Rider Red
Technical 1
  • Contrast Medium
Spray 1
  • Wraithbone
Contrast 2
  • Black Templar
  • Skeleton Horde
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