Showcase: Blackstone Fortress: Traitor Guardsmen

Showcase: Blackstone Fortress: Traitor Guardsmen

Published 2022-11-27

Traitor Guard is a term given to the vast majority of disloyal mortals who have left the Imperial Guard and Planetary Defence Forces in order to fight for Chaos. They are not a single coherent force, but rather a faction of the infinite collection of warbands and hosts under the leadership of Chaos Champions and part of The Lost and the Damned.

Miniature Review

This is a 14 strong unit of Traitor Guardsmen, with 7 unique sculpts. First looking at them, I thought they were pretty similar to the guardsmen in the Assassinorum boxset. But looking closer there is actually quite a lot more detail on them.

Along with their regular armour they also have firmer armour plates, furs and metal spikes. They also have a range of ranged weaponry, surprisingly largely made of wood. Even the flamer is mostly wooden! Their load-out also includes a number of grenades, swords, clubs and even a shovel.

Personally I'd like them to be a bit more uniform, rather than a bit rough and ready, but the sculpts are decent, especially for the bulk unit of the box.

Painting Techniques

Black Leather

Black Legion
Agrax Earthshade
Dark Reaper
Thunderhawk Blue
Fenrisian Grey


Basilicanum Grey
Agrax Earthshade
Stormvermin Fur


Baal Red
Agrax Earthshade
Mephiston Red
Evil Sunz Scarlet

Fur Skin

Skeleton Horde
Agrax Earthshade
Morghast Bone
Ushabti Bone


Garaghaks Sewer
Agrax Earthshade
Tallarn Sand

Brown Leather

Garaghaks Sewer
Agrax Earthshade
Doombull Brown


Iron Warriors
Agrax Earthshade
Grey Knights Steel

Small patches of rust were finally applied using Dirty Down Rust.


Hashut Copper
Agrax Earthshade
Sycorax Bronze
Black Legion
Druchii Violet

The black and purple wash were only applied to the end of the flamers to simulate muzzle burn.


Guilliman Flesh
Agrax Earthshade
Bloodreaver Flesh
Knight Questor Flesh
Cadian Fleshtone
Kislev Flesh


Warpstone Glow
Moot Green
White Scar


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.


I'm glad I stuck to a fairly limited colour palette as painting 14 miniatures takes forever! The wooden weapons came out great, it's not something I've had to do for a long time. It was the first time I've properly used Dirty Down Rust too, while it's difficult to control exactly how it looks, the overall effect for the amount of effort is great.

I've painted them to fit in with the chaos guardsmen from the Execution Force boxset and will paint the remaining units with a similar colour scheme to keep everything tied together or a potential future army.