How To Paint Imperial Guard Praetorians

In this article I will show you how to paint Imperial Guard Praetorians to a good tabletop quality. These have always been my favourite type of Imperial Guard and it’s a shame they are no longer in production, however thanks to a certain online auction website I managed to pick up quite a few of these over the years. Below I will show you how I painted each different section of these. I started off by giving the models an undercoat of Chaos Black Spray from GW.


1. Basecoat: 2 thin coats of Cadian Fleshtone (layer)
2. Wash: Reikland Fleshshade (shade)
3. Drybrush: Elf Flesh (dry)




Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh (base)
Layer: Paint on Screaming Skull (layer) leaving some of the basecoat showing through
Highlight: Highlight with a 50/50 mix of Screaming Skull (layer) and White Scar (layer)


Red Jackets

Basecoat: Khorne Red (base)
Wash: Carroburg Crimson (shade)
Layer: Evil Sunz Scarlett (layer) As with the helmet paint on your layer and leave some of the base showing through


Yellow Areas

Basecoat: Averland Sunset (base)
Wash: Fuegan Orange (shade)
Layer: Flash Gitz Yellow (layer) Again leaving some of the basecoat showing through


Blue Trousers

Basecoat: Kantor Blue (base)
Layer: Altdore Guard Blue (layer)



Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh (base)
Wash: Agrax Earthshade (shade)
Layer: Karak Stone (layer)


Extra Details

The trim around the jacket was painted with Screaming Skull (layer)
Metal Areas were painted with Runefang Steel (layer) and given a wash of Nuln Oil (shade)