40K: Adeptus Custodes Jetbikes Unboxed

The Vertus Praetors are here with an awesome new kit from Games Workshop!

Who doesn’t love an awesome looking model? And who wouldn’t want to take a closer look at the fancy new Jetbikes of the Adeptus Custodes!? Well you’re in luck because we’ve got them and they are just as RAD as you think:

If there was one unit in the Adeptus Custodes that was calling to me, like a Siren Song for my wallet, it would be the Vertus Praetors. These models are pretty darn cool. I was actually surprised at the kit as well as it’s three unique sprues. At first glance, they all looked the same, but the arms are each different. It’s a small difference as the jetbikes are pretty stock and standard, but they were different sprues after all!

The kit itself does come with 3 models and it goes together fair well, as we’ve come to expect from GW these days. Watch out for those lances! Seriously, you could probably stab someone with those things…that goes doubly so when you’re actually playing with them on the tabletop.

Detail-wise, these are full of the little things that makes it such a cool sight to behold. The intricate engine, the armor plating, even the chassis of the jetbike are hiding cool bits to discover.

One thing we were curious about was the exhaust ports on these vehicles – aka the mufflers. Now if these are true JET bikes, then why do they have an exhaust system similar to that of a touring motor-cycle? We came up two reasons: either these were the exhaust ports for the anti-grav engine that causes them to float OR the Adeptus Custodes just wanted to be LOUD!

The Vertus Praetor kit can also be used to build a Shield-Captain on a Dawneagle Jetbike – and you’ll still end up with two more models which you can field as a legal unit  (Edit: it’s 3-10 for a legal unit, which means you’re probably going to want a second box to run a unit of 5. My bad). As for the load-outs, well that’s really up to you as they can get anti-vehicle shots or go with hurricane bolters as options.

These sweet Adeptus Custodes Jetbikes will be available this weekend at your FLGS/GW store.

Vertus Praetors $60

Squads of Vertus Praetors swoop into battle astride powerful Dawneagle jetbikes. Veteran warriors who have seen conflict on a hundred worlds, these Custodians know the true value of speed: not simply to bring the enemy to bear, but to direct their might precisely where and when it is needed most. Wherever they see their comrades hardest pressed, there the Vertus Praetors strike like golden lightning to bolster them. They scream across the battlefield, rapidly outflanking and encircling the heaviest enemy vehicles – even enemy aircraft are not safe, for by combining their fire Vertus Praetors are able to weave airborne webs of flakk into which hurtling enemy craft slam with terminal results.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble a squad of 3 Vertus Praetors. Astride their Dawneagle jetbikes, they wear somewhat less bulky armour than the other Adeptus Custodes warriors, in order to maintain lightness – while they are still protected by auramite chest plates, shoulder pads and helmets, they wear woven trousers, boots and robes. The armour that they do wear is covered in finely sculpted sigils of the Emperor, with Imperial eagles, lightning bolts, gemstones and filigree adorning every surface, with the jetbikes they pilot featuring similar details on the aggressively-shaped cowling. The Praetors carry interceptor lances and misericordia, while the Dawneagle jetbikes are armed with a choice of hurricane bolters or salvo launcher – whichever you choose, they’re visible at the front of the vehicle, with the engine and weapon feeds visible in gaps in the cowling. The controls feature a large screen, with plenty of dials and buttons. The kit can also make a Shield-Captain, who is distinguished by his bare head.

This kit comes as 111 components, and is supplied with 3 Citadel 75mm Oval stands, with flying stems.


If they were going for quiet, they wouldn’t have painted their armor so LOUD!

  • Tushan

    Anyone has pics of size comparison between these and FW custodes caddilac jetbikes?

  • orionburn III

    Seriously want to get my hands on one of these to size them up. Would love to convert one to use for Sammy for my Dark Angels. Have never wanted to mess with either the metal or fine cast version. This thing would look pretty sweet blacked out in Ravenwing colors.

  • Mr.Gold

    Sneaky tactic: use one as a Shield-Captain on jetbike (or 3 in a supreme command detachment) and give him the relic that gives a 3++ save. next take a separate detachment of Admech Stygies VIII (-1 to hit outside 12″) forgeworld. using sydonian dragoons to lead the charge with -2 to hit them they will be closer to the enemy therefore your opponant will be unable to target your captain(s) until the dragoons are gone. with a -2 to hit, T6 and 6W per dragoon this may take a while. the Dragoons can also be very fast so will be able to keep up with the captains (10″ + 2D6 advance if you spend a command point…). the dragoons are also S8 and D2 in combat so could go vehicle hunting once they have delivered the captains into combat.

  • ananoke

    “you’ll still end up with two more models which you can field as a legal unit.”

    Have they errated the unit size? I thought the minimum unit size for the Vertus Praetors was 3.

    • Huntard

      You are correct.

    • adamharry

      yeah my bad, I was thinking of the other custodes boxes. It’s fixed in the post.

      • BaronSnakPak

        Every Custodes unit minimum size is 3, other than characters.

        You can spend 2CP on “Unleash the Lions” to split an Allarus squad into single-man units, but the unit still has to start with 3 on the board.

  • Slippy

    Life must be hard for those vanilla Marines. Nowadays everyone is either supersized or golden.
    When there’re so many versions of ‘the elite of the elites’, I lose track.. and interest.

    Golden Space Marines, uugh, next please!

    • euansmith

      In the grim, dark world of the present, everything is ‘uge, golden, the best.

  • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

    I think it’s just remnants from the Judge Dredd bike they copied from :p

  • Muninwing

    compare to Sammael’s jetbike — the mufflers, the jets, some of the fiddly bits on the side of the engine… definitely from the same aesthetic, perhaps implying comparable design.