I decided to put my Red Corsair project to side for a moment and catch some waves with another project of mine – Inquisitor Valon‘s hunt party. Now some of you who have followed my earlier blog might remember Isaac Valon, the hero who was born in a whim of inspiration rather than in deliberately. With no certain plan he emerged from my imagination piece by piece and the outcome was more than pleasing.
When Valon was ready I knew what his purpose was. His story would be tied tightly with Inquisitor Cassar‘s and Pherion of Mars‘ fates (both of them featured few years ago in Blanchitsu). But that tale is still unraveled and might stay like that for some time. In the meanwhile I thought to expand Valon’s retinue with suitable characters. They are known as the Hounds. Here’s the first one on the side of Valon, ready for priming.
About the design aesthetics. Unlike with my previous Inquisitor retinue, the Rogues Malus, where all the characters were very different to each other in physical figure, it was my main idea to keep all the characters in Valon’s party very coherent.
The Hounds are a band of brothers, forged in the field of battle where they learned to trust each other no matter what. They were a special task force whose purpose was to hunt down traitors and deserters of the front. Punishment for such act was beheading, hence the large two-handed sword. Heads of the traitors and deserters were passed to the Priest of Mechanicus who made sure they would serve the Imperium better than their original hosts.
Valon had a chance to use the Hounds under his command during one of his campaigns. He was most impressed by the talent and the versatility of the pack and insisted to have them in his retinue. Ever since the Hound pack has followed Valon with great loyalty, from campaign to campaign, hunting for the sake of Emperor.
It’s still hard to see the coherent feel as there’s only one Hound in the picture along the side of Valon, but when the next one joins them you’ll know what I’m talking about.
But what’s up with the grayscale pictures? I know some of you hate when people use grayscale photographs for showing their work in progress. But I like to think that these monochromatic pictures capture the unfinished process with much more artistic touch, giving just enough to details, facts and idea to the viewer without spoiling the fun of viewing the finished piece. Besides, I use quite a lot of greenstuff in my conversions, so they tend to look pretty awful in colour before undercoat.