Showcase: Blackstone Fortress: Taddeus the Purifier

Showcase: Blackstone Fortress: Taddeus the Purifier

Published 2023-02-05

Taddeus has spread the Imperial Cult across the Galaxy for many years, working alongside both Planetary Governors and Imperial Guard commanders. Known for his incorruptible nature, in truth bringing the justice of the faithful to those loftiest of individuals is the one true joy Taddeus indulges in.

Taddeus sees images in the pyre-flames of the heretics he burns, and whilst burning a Imperial Navy Sailor for spreading rumors of a Blackstone Fortress witnessed a vision that demanded he travel to the Western Reaches to carry out the Emperor's mission. This has led him to Precipice and the Seventh Blackstone Fortress.

Miniature Review

Taddeus the Purifier looks like a futuristic space Pope. He's well built with a large flowing robe and a bionic hand. He doesn't bother with a gun, instead depending on a servo-skull. This frees him up to preach with his holy book while he bashes enemies of the imperium with him mighty mace.

I really like the design. It looks very regal but hasn't gone overboard on the details. His face and book really draw your attention, then the servo-skull and bionic hand draw focus and it makes you want to search around further to find more missed pieces of interest.

Painting Techniques

Robes, Cloth & Skull

Ushabti Bone
Seraphim Sepia
Agrax Earthshade
Pallid Wych Flesh

Black Leather

Black Legion
Thunderhawk Blue
Russ Grey
Fenrisian Grey

Brown Leather

Cygor Brown
Agrax Earthshade
Doombull Brown
Mournfang Brown


Mephiston Red
Agrax Earthshade
Wazdakka Red
Evil Sunz Scarlet


Gal Vorbak Red
Agrax Earthshade
Screamer Pink


Iron Hands Steel
Nuln Oil


Retributor Armour
Reikland Fleshshade
Liberator Gold


Castellax Bronze
Reikland Fleshshade
Sycorax Bronze

Blue Gem

Caledor Sky
Teclis Blue
Lothern Blue
White Scar


Guilliman Flesh


I mixed sand with glue and applied it to the base. I then drybrushed it with Eshin Grey, then Mechanicus Standard Grey. I then painted the outer base with Rhinox Hide.


The robe came out great and I'm really glad, as I think if it's not right the rest of the paint job would fall apart. The reds and golds go really nicely for the regal look, and the mace and servo-skull being mostly silver helps to blend them into the background. This helps to keep the focus on the face and book.

Not only am I happy with the finish, but I did achieved it spending less time on highlights. Normally after applying the wash I reapply the base color before applying highlights to help with blending. I skipped that step this time and it looks just as good, so I will cut down on doing that in the future.