Following the release of the new plastic Imperial Assassins I take a look at the drug crazed killing machine known as the Eversor in this how to paint guide.

Making use of the Citadel range of paints we have a step by step guide for painting your 40k miniature. In addition to the written guide we have also created a video that takes you through the steps from basecoat to finished miniature.

Video Tutorial

Paints Required

Below you can find the list of Citadel paints required for this tutorial.
  • Leadbelcher
  • Runefang Steel
  • Brass Scorpian
  • Mephiston Red
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Wild Rider Red
  • Fire Dragon Bright
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Baneblade Brown
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Dark Reaper
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Dawnstone
  • Administratum Grey
  • Caliban Green
  • Warpstone Glow
  • Moot Green
  • Caledor Sky
  • Bahharoth Blue
  • Ceramite White
  • Celestra Grey
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Nuln Oil
  • Seraphim Sepia
  • Agrax Earthshade


  • Basecoat: Black Spray Primer

I primed my miniature using Black as the miniature will consist of predominantly darker tones. I applied this basecoat with a generic Black Spray Primer such as those available from hardware stores. Alternatively you could use those available from Games Workshop or the Army Painter.


  • Basecoat: Leadbelcher
  • Wash: Nuln Oil
  • Layer: Brass Scorpian
  • Wash: Agrax Earthshade
  • Highlight: Runefang Steel

The first step of painting the metal is to apply a baselayer of Leadbelcher across all of the silver metal areas  (weapon, buckles, e.t.c), A wash of Nuln Oil can then be used to restore some shading over these areas. The next step is to paint Brass Scorpian onto the sword pommel, pistol vial and pistol crest. A wash of Agrax can then used to bring out definition in the brass. The final step is to highlight Runefang Steel across both the steel and brass areas.

Armor Plates & Backpack

  • Basecoat: Mephiston Red
  • Wash: Carroburg Crimson
  • Layer: Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Highlight: Wild Rider Red
  • Highlight: Fire Dragon Bright

The armor plates on the leg, the shoulder plates and the backpack should be basecoated with Mephiston Red. Being a Base paint should allow it to cover over the black easily. Once a nice and even coverage has been achieved a wash of Carroburg Crimson can be used to restore shading. A thinned layer of Evil Sunz Scarlert should then be applied to the more raised areas leaving the darker red in the recesses. The next task to highlight the edges of the robes with a thin line of Wild Rider Red. The final step is to then use Fire Dragon Bright as an extreme highlight on the corners of the robes as well as the upper edges. 

Leather Pouches & Straps

  • Basecoat: Rhinox Hide
  • Wash: Agrax Earthshade
  • Highlight: Baneblade Brown

Both the leather straps and pouches can be based with Rhinox Hide. Once a good even coverage has been achieved a wash of Agrax Earthshade can be applied to bring out the detailing. Following the wash, the edges can be then highlighted with a thin line of Baneblade Brown.

Skull Helmet & Iconography

  • Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh
  • Wash: Seraphim Sepia
  • Layer: Ushabti Bone

As Rakarth Flesh is a 'Base' paint it should provide some good coverage over the black however you may need a couple of thin layers to achieve a good consistency. Once an even base coat has been achieved a wash of Seraphim Sepia should restore shading. The wash can then be followed by a layer of Ushabti Bone which should cover nicely over the lighter starting color. 

Synth Suit

  • Highlight: Dark Reaper
  • Highlight: Fenrisian Grey

The synth suit should first be cleaned up with Abaddon Black if you have overspilled at earlier stages. Once the suit is completely black the next task is to highlight the edges of these areas with Dark Reaper. This can then be followed by an even thinner highlight of Fenrisian Grey to act as a slight reflection in the material. It is advised to take a look at the Games Workshop website to get an idea as to which areas should be painted exactly.

Sword Sheath & Weapon Stock

  • Highlight: Dawnstone
  • Highlight: Administratum Grey

The sword sheath on the backpack and the Executioner Pistol stock can first be highlighted along the edges with Dawnstone. This can then be followed by a another highlight of Administratum Grey on the upper edges and corners.


  • Basecoat: Caliban Green
  • Layer: Warpstone Glow
  • Highlight: Moot Green

The vials on the Executioner Pistol, Neuro Gauntlet, backpack and chest should first be basecoated with Caliban Green. Once basecoated a layer of Warpstone Glow can be painted, leaving the darker Caliban Green visible in the recesses. Finally a highlight of Moot Green can be painted on the areas of the Warpstone Glow creating a gradient effect from dark to light.

Optics & Sentinel Array

  • Basecoat: Caledor Sky
  • Layer: Bahharoth Blue
  • Highlight: Ceramite White

The optics (lenses, sentinel array, scope) can be basecoated with Caledor Sky. This can then be followed by a layer of Bahharoth Blue, ensuring the the darker blue is still visible around the edges. Finally a small spot of thin line of Ceramite White should be used to complete the glowing effect.

Wall Panel Base

  • Basecoat: Adeptus Standard Grey
  • Wash: Nuln Oil
  • Drybrush: Dawnstone
  • Drybrush: Administratum Grey

The ground and the bottom section of wall can first with be painted with Adeptus Standard Grey. This can then be followed by a wash of Nuln Oil to restore shading. The next step is to then drybrush the edges with Dawnstone followed by a lighter drybrush of Administratum Grey on the upper edges.

Wall Panel Upper

  • Basecoat: Celestra Grey
  • Wash: Agrax Earthshade
  • Drybrush: Ulthuan Grey

The the upper section of wall can be based with Celestra Grey. It is Base color but it may still need a couple of thin coats to get and even coverage. This can then be followed by a wash of Agrax Earthshade to create a dirty effect. The final step is to then drybrush the edges with of the wall panel with Ulthuan Grey.


While this tutorial focused on the Eversor Assassin some of the techniques discussed could be used on the Assassins aswell. If you enjoyed this tutorial or if there are any other 40k units that you would like to see a tutorial for let us know in the comments.