|Innocence proves nothing.|
My biggest priority with the model was distancing him from a Space Marine. When you say power armor, you think of a Space Marine, so I decided to focus most of my efforts on making the armor look unique. The first order of business was to create a powerpack for him. I wanted to create something entirely different from the standard marine backpack, because it is so iconic. I decided that I wanted to try to incorporate the generator/battery directly into the torso, to make the armor seem like a refined custom suit for the inquisitor. For this, I removed one of the generators from a Militarum Tempestus Scion backpack and glued it in place of the standard marine powerpack. Additionally, I integrated some exhaust ports into his back, which I carved off of a space marine power pack and two chainswords.
|One of my first tasks was to create a powerpack for his armor that did not look like a Space Marine one.|
|A good deal of effort was taken to remove all of the original detailing on the model's breastplate. I am still trying to decide if I want to add any Inquisitional iconography.|
For his head, I decided to use a leather capped head from the Empire greatswords. With a little cutting and greenstuff work I fashioned the leather cap into a tight-fitting hood. To this, I also added a cable snaking from the side of his head to reinforce that he is wired into his suit of armor. I had entertained using a Space Marine head, either one of the praetor ones, or perhaps Sevatar’s, but decided against it due to their large size. The Empire and Imperial Guard heads are slightly smaller, which emphasizes how bulky the suit of power armor is supposed to be.
|Is is amazing what the careful addition of a cable or two can do!|
As a member of the Ordo Machinum, I got to thinking how it might be interesting to explore the idea that, despite his constant access to the greatest technology the Imperium has to offer, he has an odd fascination with simple, pragmatic designs. His preferred sidearm, an ancient custom revolver rumored to be from Terra itself, is a perfect example of this. Rather than the complex, gas-blowback automatics, like autoguns and bolters, he values the tried and true revolving mechanism seen in double-action revolvers. The massive sidearm also allows him to deal with calibers wholly unsuitable for automatic pistols. His favored round is the antediluvian .454 Casull, a magnum cartridge that he loads by hand, with silvered bullets and maleficarum hexes, each more than enough to stop anything that moves. With this in mind, I decided to put the revolver that I initially created for the Naval security officer to use. His larger stature, afforded by his armor, makes the larger framed weapon much more manageable than it did on the security officer.
|A revolver of such prodigious size looks ridiculous on a model with anything smaller then power armor.|
In addition to the revolver, I decided that it would be cool to give him another weapon mounted to his shoulder. I opted for a las weapon such that it could be powered by the generator on the back of his armor. The base of the weapon came from one of the plastic cultist autopistols which was augmented with all manner of other components. As a final weapon I decided it would be neat to equip him with a set of digi-laser on the knuckles of his left hand. To do this I replaced the Militarum Tempestus Scion hand with that of the new Harlequin Solitaire. I might have to go back and do a little greenstuff work to bulk out the hand because I think it is a hair smaller that the original one. Overall however, I am happy with the effect.
|The Inquisitor's shoulder mounted las weapon! The little sensor on the side was actually taken from an Infinity model.|
|The inquisitor in all his ceramite encased glory!|
|With all the main elements in place, I plan to start adding little details and touching up parts with green stuff.|
- Adam Wier