Ordo Sepulturum Inquisitor Raimi


The third Inquisitor to join my toy soldier ranks is this retro looking gent, Inquisitor Raimi.

Image from Solegends.

Image from Solegends.

The power (not terminator) armoured Inquisitor figures that Citadel released in 1989 are an odd bunch of models.  Some of them tread the line between “retro chic” and “kinda crap” rather too easily.  While nostalgia is inevitably a factor for toy soldiers getting close to thirty years old, I try not to let it blind me too much.  Usually.

Interestingly, the six models shown directly above and below are not generally well regarded by collector types: they have not proved to be classics.

Image from Solegends.

Image from Solegends.

My memories of working on Inquisitor Verhoeven (the “Inquisitor with Glove & Combi-Weapon” in the image above) two and a half years ago are good.  Painting the figure was a pleasant and fairly rapid process.

Since then the Verhoeven character has taken on a life of his own in numerous games.  Verhoeven has gone toe to miniature toe with various folks all over the country and abroad (including once making a transatlantic/transgalactic trip without me) making the figure possibly the one that I have the most fun with in my thirty or so years of toy soldier related activities.

Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Verhoeven

Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Verhoeven, veteran of many unlikely tales of derring-do.

It was the success in turning that peculiar sculpt into one of my favourite miniatures that encouraged me to pick up the other two models from that set not long afterwards.  I was determined to see if I could reveal the swan inside the ugly duckling.

It was a hard slog.

Inquisitor Raimi was one of those figures that caused me problems as soon as I started painting it.  I had a good idea of how I planned to paint the model before I started and I figured that it would be a fairly simple process.  It wasnt.

Artists impression of painting this miniature.

Artists impression of painting this miniature.

The models armour is asymmetrical in places that it shouldnt be.  Some armour panels just sort of disappear into other detail in ways that dont make sense.  Those facts made things awkward.

I made the process yet more difficult by deciding to paint the model white.  A darker colour would have been more forgiving and would have made hiding the dodgier parts of the sculpt easier.

Right up to the end of the process (several evenings, even though I thought that I would get the figure done in two or so) I wasnt sure if the model would be good enough to put on the table in the end, due to the limited colour scheme and the lacklustre sculpt.

In the end the gore that I had been planning to put on the figures feet since the start (Raimi is a hands-on zombie hunting type, so I wanted him to be ankle deep in zombie effluvia) did bring some interest back to the scheme.  That was the intention from the start, but the various problems throughout the painting process undermined my confidence in the finished product.  I think that I saved it, but it will never be my favourite paint job though.

The "mechanalysis pack" comes from the really rather brilliant Skitarii range.

The “mechanalysis pack” comes from the really rather brilliant Skitarii range.

Originally the power armoured Inquisitors were provided with space marine backpacks to represent the energy source that powers the armour.  Regardless, Im not keen on using those very recognisable parts on my Inqusitors: they are too familiar in my opinion and the Inquisitor loses some character as a result.

In Raimis case I added a backpack from the Skitarii range, as it ties him in with the Adeptus Mechanicus Genetors/Magos Biologis planned for his retinue (biological scientist types are required for investigating the zombie plague, and will also help Raimi in exploring his Thorian philosophy).

L to R: Ordo hereticus Inquisitor Jodorowsky, Ordo Sepulturum Inquisitor Raimi, Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Verhoeven

L to R: Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Jodorowsky, Ordo Sepulturum Inquisitor Raimi, Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Verhoeven

I didnt intentionally paint my three Inquisitors to date with white/cream schemes.  It just sort of happened.

Although Inquisitorial responsibilities are a burden that few can bear, there were times when Raimi did enjoy his work.

Raimi immediately took part in a three game campaign after I painted him.  A report on that should follow fairly soon.

23 Responses

  1. What a terrible model lovely paint job but a terrible model, but then I think that’s part of the charm with these older models, I’ve done one or two power amour models in my day Paul so I feel your pain.

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    • Yeah, its a pretty goofy figure Frank. I get accused of being something of a turd polisher from time to time, deservedly so in many cases.

      I gave this guy a fair bit of polishing and he worked out well enough to hit the table for a few games without making me cringe, so Ill count it as a success, but one which taught me a lesson or two.

      Thanks for the feedback!


  2. Whatever brain-destroying anomalies there are on him, you’ve hidden them well. He looks good, and the pack adds a LOT to him. He’s going to have a devil of a time getting those stains off though. That Clear Red again? That stuff is magic.

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    • Thanks Mr S, I think that I got the figure to an acceptable level without losing my mind completely, but it was a chore. Getting to play some fun narrative games with the figure almost immediately after painting healed some of the emotional scars 😉

      The pack does add a lot, even if its only visible from the rear. It makes the figure a lot more visually appealing on the gaming table, even if its only visible from a single angle in the shots here.

      Tamiya Clear Red featured in the bloodstains, but the are a few other steps too. I think that the blood spatter was actually the extra ridiculously named Blood for the Blood God GW paint.

      Thanks for the feedback!


  3. I like the goofy power armour, particularly the huge chest/collar piece, but I can see why it doesn’t really stand the test of time. Unclear detailing is one of the hallmarks of the pre-1990 Rogue Trader sculpts in some cases it’s dodgy, in others it’s downright poor quality. Nostalgia can offset a lot though 😉

    I like Raimi, he clearly has a bit of strut (hence the white armour), but is more than happy to get his hands (and armour) dirty. I particularly like the creasing on his face by the way. Really enhances the character.

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    • Thanks Axiom. I am happy enough with the finished model and the face does have some character. The face along with the bombastic pose does generate a certain sort of atmosphere, and that really is what I am looking for in a toy soldier.
      I cant help but think that spending the time on a different model might have been smarter though, but the heart wants what the heart wants sometimes.

      As for why my heart wanted a toilet seat wearing, Pixar pre-empting blood soaked zombie hunter miniature… ask my therapist 😉


  4. Lookis alright to me mate, it can be so frustrating when a sculpt is just plain wrong, (and Buzz Lightbeer is deffo a wrong’un), but hey, silk purses and all that 🙂

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    • A goofy to the point of crap model, polished to as much of a shine as I could manage. The guy has character and has been in three games already. Additionally, due to the state of him, the model is rarely seen, so I get obscure kitsch value too.

      Im calling that a win 🙂

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  5. Haha- just noticed ze arrow on ze codpiece, and ze very humerous placement of ze backpack dangly bit… very amusing!

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    • I know, as if the entire thing wasnt ridiculous enough, then an arrow was sculpted pointing at where his wang should be, the mind boggles.

      I hadnt even noticed that I had added a suspiciously shaped addition to that motif until you pointed it out…

      Thanks for the feedback Alex!

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  6. Nice work on a rather dire miniature. The new backpack and the paint job make it rather more than serviceable, but that miniature should never have been approved.

    #2 from that same set looks interesting, do you have it as well?

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    • I have to agree with you Lasgunpacker. Im glad to have the miniature ready for battle, but I am equally glad that it is behind me.

      I have the third miniature in the set. I feel a strong urge to paint it now, purely out of stubbornness, even though I suspect that it is the worst of the three figures. I will approach it with that in mind however, no more white for example…

      It will show up here eventually I suspect 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback!


  7. I kinow how ungreatful the painting of this one was but I still think you got the best of it really. All things aside, it’s a godd model and one I’d like to see on my table.
    It also kind of gives me a masochist will to try and paint it myself… which kind ofsays what a good job you made.

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    • Turd polished and ready for battle.

      If you do paint that model Asslessman I will be right there (virtually) with you, (virtually) rubbing your shoulder cramps out, (virtually) giving you nods of approval and thumbs up as you grind your teeth to stumps.

      I do hope that you do it actually and hopefully you can learn from my mistakes. Its totally ridiculous, but I have a weird urge to paint it again, to make it better. Madness.


  8. Great job on a sub-par miniature in my opinion! I hate that feeling when a model start to be a chore to paint, and then you just want to get it over with and move on, yet can’t really excuse a half-assed paintjob. All part of this lovely hobby of ours.

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    • Absolutely. You get the rough with the smooth at Chateau Sho3box. Many folks just show their successes and never the work that it takes to get to that and the inevitable sub par projects. Not here.

      I reckon that this figure worked out acceptably in the end anyway. Thanks for the feedback Mikko!

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  9. Hum, you did it outstandingly well with this one. I have this very mini awaiting for its time to be repainted and never found the willpower nor the inspiration to get with it. Your work here is inspirational!

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    • Thanks!

      It is a dodgy figure Suber and I am hesitant to recommend that you get working on your copy of it. That said, I would enjoy seeing what you do with it.


  10. Any difficulties you may have had in painting are not apparent in the final product; great work 🙂

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  11. Of the three inquisitors in that blister he was always my least favorite . . . which is doubtless why I seem to have traded him away. Now I need to buy him again for completeness. But I love what you did with the paintjob. The white actually looks more distinctive and interesting to me in many ways than the black, and I’m normally quite the fan of dark paint schemes. (As you can doubtless tell from my offerings.) This one works quite well. Excellent addition.

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    • I think that the guy with the plasma gun is my least preferred of the three David. Something about how the pose is utterly compromised in an effort to make sure that the model is easily cast. Again though, like you, I feel an urge to paint it now, just to tick a box, to call that set “finished”.

      I very slightly regret not going for the full Buzz Lightyear treatment on the model since someone pointed out how much like Buzz the sculpt looks. A missed opportunity perhaps.

      Thanks for the feedback!


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