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40K: Adeptus Custodes Jetbikes Unboxed

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Feb 1 2018

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!

Author: Adam Harrison
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