Hi folks, a quick post for you today with just the one dude in it. Forgeworld's tasty Inquisitor Solomon Lok:
As the current batch of models I am working through have that bizarre "resist-being-finished-and -seem-to-take-nine-times-longer-then-they-have-any-right-to" quality that some models have; I needed a quick win to balance my humours. Enter stage left Solomon! The sculpt is a lovely one, they've balanced ostentatiousness with practicality, the hood over the face is good and intimidating and the armour peeking out from under the robes is a treat to behold. Likewise the little details like the Inquisition =I= as the sword hilt are very nice. Simon Egan knocked this one out of the park. My only gripe is that the casting I was painting had slightly soft detail on the chest and belt. Small thing, barely worth worrying about.
On the painting front, I knew that the hood was going to be black, that was a given as all the Inquisitor head coverings in the Inq28 commission are black to help them hang together as a conclave. I wanted to emphasise the practical ostentation so a leather coat to attach the armour to seemed a win. In this case the leather being supplied by Rhinox Hide shaded with Agrax Earthshade, highlighted with increased amounts of Mournfang Brown and then scuffed with some drybrushed edges and a mix of the top highlight colour and some Val Deck Tan. In order to provide some delineation between the gloves; belt; pauldron armour straps and the coat I used Val Leather Brown for these, also highlighted with Deck Tan and with Agrax Earthshade as a shading a toning wash.
Of note is the lining of the coat visible most clearly on the far left image. I was using red as the main spots of colour (he hangs out with these guys at the bottom of the post) and thought that a dark wine red would look nice in the lining. Trouble is, there is no sculpted texture to show where the turned back leather meets the lining. So we fake it with some paint effects. First we shade the red down toward the edges of the lining. Then we paint a bright edge highlight around the border where the leather meets the lining (I used the scuffing Deck Tan mix for this). Finally, add a darker line between the edge highlight and the red lining. It essentially fakes the "depth" of the leather. The following early 90's era CGI image should help explain:
No expense spared there... none at all. Not a lot more to talk about on this fellow as everything else is mostly fiddly painting to bring out the lettering on the cloak edges (the camera has not been kind to these) and some basic metalwork. Fun quick project. Onwards! These six will not beat me, they will be painted...