Thursday, 19 May 2016

Inquisitor Augustus - RT7 - Mercenaries

Hi, today's Rogue Trader miniature is from the  Inquisitor Augustus from the RT7 Mercenaries range, this miniature sculpted by Bob Naismith, he is a very popular character with the Oldhammer 40K crowd and appeared in the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook in a photographed dioramma, artwork (see below) and the occasional appearance in the Heavy Metal section of golden age White Dwarf magazines.  To me he is the archetypal Inquisitor infiltrating intergalactic gun runners for absent Marines and bringing them to the Imperium's justice before the grimdark Inquisitors of the Dan Abnett era i.e. Eisenhorn.


Inquisitor Augustus 1
I aimed to paint him the classic grey colour close to the original that appeared in the White Dwarf advert and many collectors examples out there on the web, their paint jobs don't seem to deviate from the grey colour scheme either.  I am not sure but the Inquisitor Augustus miniature pictured in the advert appears to have some slight variations to the miniature we all have, it looks like it has some sort of vent on the breastplate and possibly a skull on the helmet.  He has all the classic Rogue Trader adventurer trappings, a scanner, binoculars and a communications device, Bolter and what appears to be carapace armour on top of a uniform but that is debatable as the uniform also appears to have the contours of armour in places.  In the Rogue Trader setting this character would have been kitted out with tons of equipment and I think this miniature is one of the few that accurately represents this.


Inquisitor Augustus 2
I painted a 'M' as his badge thus belonging to the Mercenaries he has infiltrated, the 'M' badge appears sculpted on a couple of Judge Dredd Rogue Trooper miniatures and maybe a Rogue Trader era miniature or two and maybe illustrations.


Inquisitor Augustus 3

The M symbol is rooted in a old 2000AD Rogue Trooper story  'Eye of the Traitor' where the main protagonist the Traitor General has put together an army of deserters calling themselves the Marauders and all wearing the 'M' emblem.  Like other 2000ad references that found it way into Rogue Trader so did this before being quickly replaced as the Warhammer 40,000 evolved it's own universe.


Inquisitor Augustus 4

Inquisitor Augustus infiltrating a band of mercenaries his prey destined for the black ships stands just in front of him.

Illustration from the Rogue Trader rulebook


I really wish Citadel had made a set for this miniature with the Imperial Army deserter in chains as depicted in the  Rogue Trader rulebook.

Here are my efforts.

Thanks
J

12 comments:

  1. Impressive job, most of the copies I've seen are rather poor and don't seem like a joy to paint. I see you mention Bob Naismith as the sculptor but I think I recall Ed Gladdis from the Shaitan blog mentionning it's a conversion with the body from a chaos warrior with the traitor general's head on top and other bits plus putty.
    Your version is amongst my favourites with Bulldog Lopez' one.

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    1. I had no idea it was a mashup JB! But now that I look at it you can see how different the armour is. Learn something new every day :)

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    2. @JB thanks, I have always thought the head was from the traitor general, I couldn't find the article on Ed's blog, I studied the miniature closely but it's tough place the body parts, I would say 'C' series Chaos Warrior 'Mighty Zog Arkwright' is a contender for a base miniature though.

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    3. I went and checked out Bulldog Lopez's blog only to find my works internet filter has blocked all the images, ahhhhhh!

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  2. Nice job mate, and good shout on the green tint to the skin, looks so appropriate!

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    1. thanks mate, I wanted him to look a bit radical, corrupt or aged by the void

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  3. Well done! I especially like the face :)

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    1. thanks Kat, I did spennd a little extra time on face and personal computer :)

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  4. Your painting of his face has to be the best version I've seen. I used to have this fig but donated it to a doomed project of a friend and regret the day I let him go.

    Lovely work sir.

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    1. thanks Dai, Doomed project I demand you seize that miniature back now :D

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  5. He's a top mini, I've yet to paint mine up.....there's a lot more where he came from :)

    Great paint job!

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    1. Come on dude we need more Inquisitor Augustus's on the web :)

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