Khorne Bloodreavers - Garrek's Reavers

Garrek’s Reavers Painting Showcase for Shadespire (Pictures)

I picked up Shadespire in February of this year (2018). I’ve been having a blast playing it, and since then I have slowly, ever so slowly, been working on painting up my Khorne Bloodreavers warband, Garrek’s Reavers.

Granted, it’s only 5 models, but I wasn’t in a rush, and I really wanted to take my time on the models and enjoy the process. I also wanted to continue pushing my ability to paint skin, something I’m historically bad at.

Another thing that took some time was quality. I wasn’t aiming at creating showpieces, but I also wanted something more than standard tabletop quality too. Once I worked that out, the process went quick, relatively speaking.

For the final model in the group that I painted, Garrek himself, I went a bit above the rest in the warband in terms of quality. I have been wanting to experiment with the loaded brush blending technique, so I took it as a chance to do just that.

I loved the results I got, and it made me wish I had done this on all the models, but Que Sera, Sera. Garrek was the last model, I wanted to spend some extra time on him, so I can’t afford to look back.

Anyway, enough blabbering, here’s some pictures of Garrek’s Reavers!

As always, click to make them larger.

Garrek’s Reavers






Painting Thoughts

Other than what I said above, I’m happy with how Garrek’s Reavers came out. I played around with skin tones a lot on these guys, each having a unique skin tone. I also really love working on darker skin tones. I find their easier to work with and more forgiving of mistakes.

Anyway, I think the skin overall came out well. It’s light years ahead of what I used to do at least.

I also wanted to play around with the Blood for the Blood God technical paint. I picked it up a long time ago and have used it on maybe one model so far. So, I did some experimenting with it on the Bloodreavers weapons. I wouldn’t normally do every model with a bloody weapon, but it seems fitting for these guys.

Oh, the eyes, yeah, they’re just white. I tried doing pupils, kept getting frustrated, so I gave up on the idea and left them white. I did try doing red eyes on one model and didn’t like it. The white stands out more and pure white eyes are eery anyway.

All-in-all I’m happy with how my Garrek’s Reavers warband came out.

Garrek’s Reavers Skin Painting Recipe

I’ve been asked a few times about some of skin recipes, so here they are.

Anything noted with (V) is Vallejo, otherwise it’s a Citadel paint.


  • Base coat Pale Flesh (V)
  • Wash with Reikland Fleshshade
  • Blend back up with Pale Flesh
  • Selective shading with Reikland Fleshshade


  • Base coat Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Wash with Reikland Fleshshade
  • Blend back up with Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Selective shading with Reikland Fleshshade


  • Base coat Gorthor Brown
  • Wash with Druchii Violet
  • Blend back up to Gorthor Brown
  • Selective shading with Agrax Earthshade
  • Blend up with XV-88


  • Base coat Rhinox Hide
  • Wash with Druchii Violet
  • Blend back up to Rhinox Hide
  • Selective shading with Agrax Earthshade
  • Blend up with Mournfang Brown
  • Light glaze with Rhinox Hide


  • Base coat Elf Skintone (V)
  • Glaze with Tan (V)
  • Blend back up with Elf Skintone
  • Selective shading with Tan (V)
  • Blend up to Pale Flesh (V)


Since these are now fully painted, I went and got myself a Feldherr Shadespire tray for the Bloodreavers. It’s a cool laser cut tray with slots for all your goodies.

Bloodreavers Shadespire Tray

The tray is actually pretty affordable and I highly recommend Feldherr.


So, really happy with how the Garrek’s Reavers came out. I’ve been having a great time painting up stuff for Shadespire.

If you want more Shadespire goodness then check out my painted Ironskull’s Boyz and Steelheart’s Champions.

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