Around a year or so ago, I finally acquired one of my all time favourite miniatures, the Rogue Trader Adventurers Citadel Official on eBay – paying rather too much – and naturally he was immediately neglected and not painted until quite some time later.
I decided to paint him as an Inquisitor, as I wanted to use him in my games rather more than would be possible for a civilian figure (we play 2nd edition 40K battles rather than more role playing or narrative skirmish games). I also wanted to explore the more human side of the Inquisition, which they presumably mostly are (as opposed to the power armoured super human Inquisitors who really must be comparatively rare).
Being that my main army is Grey Knights he fit in quite well (in lore terms anyway) being represented rules wise as an Imperial Guard Colonel with a command squad comprising four melta-gunners mounted in a Rhino or Chimera. In actuality, the humans were a massive weak link in the chain and were promptly dropped. I am not a power gamer, but with a 2000 point army having only 23 models in it, one has to be rather ruthless.
Some time later, therefore, he was finally painted – and I am rather pleased with how he has come out. I am currently working on finishing off his bodyguards.
His space-suit/armour was painted by painting watered down black ink straight over a grey and white zenithal primer coat. It was drybrushed with white. The rest of the areas were base coated then the whole model was coated in a mix of GW Flesh Wash and GW ‘Ard Coat. It was then highlighted with GW Fortress Grey and White.
I liked him so much I even wrote some background for him (unusual for me) and I may continue the story when I post up pictures of his bodyguard squad and vehicle.
Hrodebert Garran, Adeptus Inquisitor (Ordo Scriptorum)
(*From Robert Garran, Australia’s first civil servant and first permanent head of the Attorney General’s Department, and a justly admired man. Hrodebert’s petty and wasteful bureaucratic meddling should not be taken as a comment against Garran himself [the name was chosen to tie this small story into a real slice of history and because it sounded sort of grimdark in itself] but as a satire against bureaucracy in general.)