30K: Reasons to Fear the Custodes


INFERNO is brings us us new unseen Adeptus Custodes orders. Take a look at these guys:

These images from INFERNO are everywhere on the net by now, but take a look at B&C’s excellent INFERNO thread for even more.

Custodian Warder

So are you getting tired of painting gold all the time? Greak out your black, silver and gunmetal because the Warders of the Vaults of Rython, normally constrained to the deepest lowest vaults underneath the Imperial Palace are here to kick butt and look snazzy on your tabletop.

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Sagittarum Guard Squad

These guys aren’t the “little brothers” of the Custodes, they are the Heavy Support of the army.  Those aren’t simple bolters but nasty pieces of Custodes equipment.  If they look familiar, they are, hailing from the Horus Heresy card game.

These guys are 185pts for THREE dudes, have standard Custodes stats, and are armed with Adrastus Bolt Calivers.

These “combi weapons” can be fired as Heavy Bolters, or as a 12″ S5 AP2, Assault 1, Instant Death disintegration beam.  Also they can fire the disintegration beam multiple times per game.

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Here’s a final note on why one doesn’t mess with the Custodes.  Read this explanation of their simple close combat knifes, the Misericordia and what they represent.


It doesn’t matter if you an Imperial Governor, or a Marine, or even a Primarch. The Custodes actions ARE the word of the Emperor – by definition Imperial Law. No other Imperial law applies to them, save the Emperor’s word itself.

~You have been warned heretics!

  • Crevab

    I wanna see a Custodes and an Inquisitor in a slap-fight

    • Darth Bumbles

      That likely to happen in Raging Storm 3: The Hissy Fit of The Navigators.

    • Johan Strandh

      There is an argument between the Custodes and an Inquisitor in the The Beast arises: Throneworld. Well worth checking out that series, much better than I had hoped for.

      • 6Cobra

        There is also an “argument” between the Custodes and the Imperial Fists/Dorn in one of the HH short stories (can’t remember which right now). This info puts the Custodes self-restraint in that story in a whole new light.

    • Ravingbantha

      I want to see a Custodes try and get prissy with a Primarch.

  • vlad78

    The No’rad ice hive… lol

  • __

    Still no match for a unit of possessed

    • william timonen

      They were outnumbered, by the original Gal Vorbak.

      • KassIas

        After their ship crashing too.

      • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

        Wasn’t it only 3 custodes too?

        • nurglitch

          Plus the Possessed rolled lots of 6s.

    • 6Cobra

      The Gal Vorbak were armed with the fearsome weapon known as “plot” which makes you invincible. It’s the same weapon Lorgar-when-he-was-a-wimp was armed with when he curb stomped Angrath the Unbound in ‘Aurelian.’

    • Brian Griffith

      Take a look at the possessed statline, then take a look at the Gal Vorbak unit entry. Get back to us.

      • OldHat

        Yea, GV are disgusting. 😀 A shame in 10k years they just turn to garbage.

  • Donaldosaurus

    “the mass of humanity which toiled beneath their yolk”

    I just can’t get ova how bad the proof-reading is in the Forge World books. I could put together a whole albumen of spelling mistakes.

    • Andrew

      It must have been a real killer cooking breakfast for them!

    • Lord Elpus

      I suspect fowl play is involved.

    • amaximus167

      The yolk in my breakfast sandwich broke and ended up all over my beard. I toiled for minutes cleaning it off.

    • Arthfael

      Internet won for today.

  • Dragons Claw

    That wasn’t 30,000 reason it was 3 😂

  • Andrew

    Those new Custodes are some of the best stuff they’ve ever done. Easily.

    • Parthis

      It’s also a Resin upgrade kit to the GW plastic custodes. Win/win.

      • Roughneck

        It wont be sold separately by what was hinted at by Tony

        • Loki Nahat

          oh, it will.

          Maybe not by FW/GW, but it will

          • Roughneck

            I meant by official channels not eBay bits sellers

          • Loki Nahat

            I think China will do very well out of it

          • Roughneck

            wouldn’t touch Chinese recasts with a barge pole

          • Loki Nahat

            sure, you might not, but plenty of others will

          • Roughneck

            Why sacrifice quality?

          • Loki Nahat

            You’ve never tried then I take it, the quality is far superior to FW

          • Roughneck

            Your having a laugh right?
            I’ve seen plenty and put plenty together for friends and the quaility is no where near as high.
            I take it you’ve never used forgeworld at all from such a comment

          • Loki Nahat

            I would imagine your friends are buying the bottom of the barrel variety, its the standard easily purchased type. That I will agree is urination poor, the ones above however are much better than FW, yes

          • Roughneck

            Not even close,
            I know people who have bought from all over and a fair share of commission studios who have had customers do the same and it stands FW is the gold standard.
            If you think otherwise it’s quite obvious you have New bought from FW or ever encountered legit products as no one will say any recaster is better that has

          • Loki Nahat

            they will, 1. storm eagle, 2. fire raptor, 3. spartan, all those are better from C rather than from FW, because he actually refreshes his molds, Z is terribad, for sure, don’t disagree but C > FW

          • Roughneck

            You do realise forgeworld get 10s of each mold made right?

          • Muninwing

            many will — it’s what organized crime counts on.

            there have been a number of investigations and stings on luxury counterfeits (though it’s usually jewelry or purses or clothing). these are the low-end illegal actions (product counterfeiting) that are easy to get away with and hard to prosecute. the money made usually goes into supporting and laundering for the heavier and far less legal aspects — like human trafficking and serious drugs.

            maybe the one you can find is not run this way. but most in parallel markets are.

          • Loki Nahat

            Which banks do you use, and which governments do you pay your taxes to? Think about it for a minute

  • Josh Sands

    I thought Primarchs still had rank. Isn’t Dorn the one calling the shots without the Emperor?

    • Parthis

      Not sure what you mean; at this point in the narrative the Emperor is still ‘alive’

      • Josh Sands

        The Emperor was indisposed for a long time during the Heresy, I think while fiddling with his Webway. During that time, Dorn ran the show. Afterward, it was Guilliman.

        • Parthis

          Ah, I see your point. I think it’s a grey area. While the Emperor was indeed shut away working, he was still involved, just not massively from the perspectives of the Astartes. I’d be confident that the Custodes knew his wishes and still carried his authority.

          • Josh Sands

            I remember the triumvirate was Dorn, Valdor, and Malcador, but Dorn was definitely the first among equals.

          • euansmith

            Now that would make a cool boxed set.

          • ZeeLobby

            Not gonna lie, that would be amazing!

    • mgdavey

      No sure if you read Master of Mankind but (no spoiler) it seems that the Emperor directly communicates his wishes to the Custodes, even from the Golden Throne. Dorn has no apparent authority over them and accepts that they act on the Emperors authority.

      • Iconoc1ast

        I thought i had read something to that effect somewhere but as usual the grey matter fails me.

    • Brian Griffith

      There are several stories in which the Custodes and Dorn lock horns.

    • Jim Collins

      Dorn – terra defense, Malcador – everything else, Russ – Whatever he feels like atm.

  • Iconoc1ast

    Heavy bolters and disintegration beams? Hell yes!

    • Muninwing

      yeah, that’s pretty hardcore…

      but 3 for 185 points? that’s 60 (plus a 5-point sarge upgrade) each.

      • Remember those guys have full Custodes stats:

        WS5 BS5 S5 T5 W2 I5 A2 Ld9 Sv2+, multiple grenades, the super gun, Misericordia, oh and let’s not forget the Refractor Fields…. Yikes! Eat your heart out Devastator Marines.

  • SilentPony

    So are the vaults of rython the vault where the Emperor first created the Primarchs?

  • Rajak

    This is a weird thought but I wonder if the Custodes are really Thunder Warriors? They are created differently than the Marines and by all rights are more powerful. We assume they are functionally immortal and it would make some sense that the Emperor would keep his trusted powerful warriors at hand just in case.

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      I think in lore they established the Custodes are separate. Custodes are super unique and powerful, hand made by the emperor, the thunder warriors were intentionally made to live short lives and pretty much all expired by the end of the Unification Wars.

      • nurglitch

        Or were wiped out by the Custodes.

        • Jim Collins

          The future world eaters and iron warriors did the deed with emps in the lead.

    • Muninwing

      i imagine like this:

      Thunders = Emp makes humans more like him

      Primarchs = Emp tries to recreate parts of himself in new superhumans

      Space Marines = emp makes humans more like primarchs (thunder warriors one step removed)

      Custodes = Emp creates true “children” from his genetic code in a different undisclosed manner

      Grey Knights = (rumored) using the geneseed idea from himself, steps into the primarch role and creates space marines of more refinement but also more directness to him

  • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

    I like the addition of this Vault of Rython and hope it remains unanswered as to what it is. I personally think they need to add more new mysteries while fleshing out the HH.

    • nurglitch

      They’ll be available separately, eventually. I think FW is selling sets of them already, packaged with the appropriate transport canoe.

    • Brian Griffith

      You can also get squads of the plastic Custodes bundled in with the grav tanks from Forge World.

  • Talos2

    THE sheer amount of instant death shooting coupled to a contemptor that can hit you with d weapon combat attacks is pretty frightening