These were my first ever Cadians, let alone Imperial Guard, that I have ever painted.
I needed to do some research and went on YouTube and Google to research regiments, look up colors, and all of that.
I ended up just printing some patterns out and trying my best!
I did end up making the Cadians a part of the Gate Keepers, the Cadian 8th.
On to the painting
First the legs
For the camo, I used wraithbone, death guard green, ork flesh, and cyborg brown contrast.
Literally whatever I had that could look similar, I used.
Then the arms, to save paint and do the camo all at once.
Then the belt and boots, and the chest and shin guards.
I use cyborg brown contrast for the boots and belt.
Retributor Armor for the insignia and belt buckle.
Then I mix Kantor blue, leadbelcher, and a little abbadon black for the chest and shin guards.
Highlights in whatever "baby blue" you have or some silver to shine.
Onto the head.
I didn't have any Cadian skin tone paint so I created this color with Wraithbone, Rakarth Flesh, Mournfang Brown, and a little white scar.
After dotting wraithbone on the eye, I add black templar black contrast for the eyes, it was easier to dot on.
I do these steps to all 3 to a full build.
Brown highlights with mournfang brown.
Camo lighting highlight with super watered down celestra grey.
Onto the masks!
I start with a strip of a paper bag.
Then I roughly measure by looking at their face and cutting.
Double-check it fits and then paint it.
You may have a better way to do this.
What worked for me was to modge podge the paper to prevent it from dying.
Then, use micro sol to conform to the face. I used tweezers to press on and held for forever.
Some didn't hold as well, but I didn't want them permanent.