Warhammer 40,000 Conquest Magazine - Poxwalkers

One of the poxwalkers painted using the method below

I have been working on the models that come with Warhammer 40,000 Conquest magazine. You can follow my work on the Space Marines in my new video series. In order to keep pace with the magazines, I am doing the Death Guard outside of this series and using a few more advanced tricks to see how quickly I can paint up a cool looking army.

This post is going to track what I've done with the poxwalkers. Partly to help others but also so I have a clear record of what I did for when more of them come in future issues (I think there will be 32 to paint in total).

  1. Assembly: (1hr)
    • Clip parts off of sprue
    • Scrape mould lines
    • Assemble and glue

    Primed Walkers ready to be painted

  2. Airbrushing: (2hrs)
    • Prime with chaos black primer.
    • Airbrush zenithal with Kislev flesh. (I used Army Painter barbarian flesh with these models but Kislev Flesh is a good proxy.) This should be a generous zenithal rotating down to almost perpendicular with the model.
    • Add inks to patches of skin. This is what really 
      • Drakenhoff Nightshade for tentacles
      • Carrosburg Crimson for wounds
      • Agrax Earthshade for wood (axe handle)
      • Biel-Tan Green
      • Athonian Camoshade
      • Cassandra Yellow

    Walkers after airbrushing stages

  3. Washing (0.5hr)
    • Apply a generous wash of Reikland Fleshshade.

    Poxwalkers after washing

  4. Detailing (1.5hr)
    • Loincloths, Teeth and Horns - Heavy Drybrush Skreaming Skull
    • Other Clothes - Drybrush Troll Slayer Orange (going for convict clothing)
    • Weapons - Drybrush Leadbelcher detail with Typhus Corrosion then Blood for the Blood God
    • Belts - Mornfang Brown - don't get too hung up on getting everything this just needs to give an impression of there being belts etc in place
    • Eyes - Leadbelcher then Blood for the Blood God for a glowing eye gem effect

    Detailing finished, now to hit the bases

  5. Basing: (0.5hr without detailing)
    • I added some details to my bases - this is completely optional and adds a substantial amount of time as these parts need painting. For this reason I will ignore them for this tutorial. 
    • I also don't paint anything under the Agrellan Earth as the black primer with slight overspray gives a good shade for the recesses of the cracks - you could use another colour depending on effect eg Orange for Lava, Black for deeper ravines.
    • Agrellan Earth applied heavily (about 2mm deep layer on each base) keeping the base rims clean.
    • Once this has dried and hardened, rim the bases with Abaddon Black.

    The finished mini.

  6. Varnish (0.1 hr)
    • Spray with purity seal


I painted 12 figures in this batch and have provided times for doing this number - remember if you do half this number you can't just half the times for a lot of these steps due to the set up and break down times (particularly for the Airbrushing stages).

In a couple of instances I didn't actually use GW paints however for consistency and simplicity all paints named here are Citadel for others wishing to reproduce.

I use regular paints for drybrushing, I take a small amount out of the pot and apply to some folded kitchen towel (instead of wet palette). I will often leave it for a few min to dry out a bit to make the drybrushing process easier.

So there you have it, a dozen poxwalkers painted in less than 6 hours. I do need to add that the timings don't include drying time. I split the work over three evenings (assemble and prime, airbrush and wash, detail and base) even so spending less than 30min per model and averaging 4 models/day working on these is a pretty decent output so give it a go!
- Raggy, signing out


  1. Hi mate
    Great tutorial.
    When you do the inks are you using an airbrush for it? That's for the patches of skin and then the overall reikland wash?

    1. Absolutely correct, I airbrushed on the various colour distortions in small patches and used a general wash of reikland to bring it together. This method gives bits of visual interest on each model same helps keep the repetitive possess a little varied.

    2. Awesome! Thanks mate. I'm going to try this tonight... Just finished a plagueburst crawler so I'm looking for something low pressure 😂


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