From the legendary Wier brothers, of between the bolter and me, comes an installment of Inquisitors. This entry makes us perhaps happiest of all of them, as after many long years Adam has picked up the brushes again spurred by the Invitational and really delivers. For us to help make this happen is an honor and absolute joy. Over to Adam.
For the Emperor’s Soul – Invitational
When asked to take part in the Iron Sleet Invitational, I knew I wanted to explore the Inquisition. In a game (Warhammer 40k) that is so focused on massive armies battling against one-another, it is often easy to overlook the plight of individual characters. The personal struggles and inner turmoil, the conflicts of ideology, and shadow wars present in the clandestine world of the Inquisitors is the aspect of the game that interests me the most. Therefore, in this Invitational, I wanted to Focus on the Battle for the Emperor’s Soul. Recent Games Workshop publications (see Codex Inquisition) make the Inquisition into a black and white organization of good Puritans and evil Radicals, more caricatures than actual characters. With this Invitational, I wanted to go back to the more nuanced and interesting aspects of the Inquisition. Afterall, everything you have been told is a lie!
I ended up creating a confrontation between two Thorian inquisitors who do not see eye-to-eye on the God-Incarnate enigma (if a man (the Emperor) can become a god, could not a god become a man?). The power armored one, Lucanus Molnár is fixated on the belief that through genecrafting and the uncovering of techno-arcana from the Dark Age of Technology, he might create a vessel for the God-Emperor to be reborn, or failing that, perhaps repair the fabled Golden Throne, hence his close ties to the Mechanicum. He is the more bombastic of the two inquisitors, quick to extol the virtues of his beliefs, and display his Inquisitorial rosette. The other, Anton Soljic is a more conservative, practical man who still believes in a second coming of the Emperor, but thinks it is great folly to entertain the idea that anyone would bring this about directly. As such, he is almost an Amalathian at heart, believing everything is proceeding as the Emperor sees fit, and seeks to maintain the status quo of the Imperium. He is more discreet, and rarely displays his credentials (over the years he has found that many people act differently when they know an Inquisitor is in their midst). The two inquisitors’ divergent views have always put them at odds, but they have never come to blows. This might change, however, as they meet in a recently uncovered tech-vault that appears to date back to before the Age of Strife…
=] Anton Soljic [=
Inquisitor (Ordo Xenos)
Soljic was the first model I created for the trio, and sort of embodies my vision of an inquisitor, a pragmatic individual that does not flaunt his influence and tries to blend in with Imperial society. Instead of power armour, storm bolters, and thunder hammers, he carries only essential items that would not arouse caution, a leather coat, a holstered sidearm, and a power sabre. The entire Invitational entry formed around the pose and reserved tone of the Death Korp Commissar model the conversion was based on. The simple drawing motion shaped my idea of a confrontation breaking out between two inquisitors. To enforce the undercover notion of Soljic, I painted everything in dull earthy tones instead of the common black and red color scheme commonly seen on Inquisitors.
+ Nils Fernow +
First Security Officer
Saudor 23rd Imperial Navy (Voidstalkers)
Nils Fernow was the second model I planned out and built for the Invitational. The model is sort of a continuation of the themes and ideas seen in Soljic. He too dons a trench coat and is in the process of drawing a weapon. Instead of a sabre, Nils is drawing his holstered sidearm. Since none of the standard 40k pistols are really at a believable scale, I ended up converting a pistol reminiscent to a modern polymer automatic. In addition to the pistol, I pushed out of my comfort zone for this head, using the helmeted Karl Franz one as a base. It required that I shave away the majority of his helmet, and then sculpt his ears. Although it was a lengthy process of resculpting and repositioning, I am quite happy with the result.
=] Lucanus Molnár [=
Inquisitor (Ordo Mechanicum)
For the final model, and second inquisitor, I wanted to go in the opposite direction. I wanted him to be less cautious about his identity as an inquisitor. Instead of wearing run-of-the-mill fatigues and an overcoat, he would be wearing a custom suit of power armor. Despite a more brazen appearance, I still wanted to ensure the model had a reserved quality, giving no indication towards his placement along the thin line of radicalism.
My main concern with the model was distancing him from a Space Marine. I did this by removing the characteristic backpack and shoulder pads of an Astartes’ power armor. I also made his leg and arm armor much thinner than normal power armor, giving the model more finesse rather than simply brute force. To emphasize his ties to the Mechanicum and contrast with Soljic, I decided to paint his armor red.
There are still several small details that I have not finished on Molnár’s paintjob. I want to do some freehand work on his left shoulder guard. Additionally I am unsure of what to do with the blank screens on his armored bracers (simple text?, an =I= to represent a kind of screensaver while not in use?). Finally, his armor might benefit with some form of battle damage and scarring.