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Inquisitor Blacktalon (7) – Finished

Wolf Alice – St Purple & Green 


I’ve finally finished Inquisitor Blacktalon:


It’s a lot brighter and cleaner than the Blanchitsu aesthetic tends to be – but I think that’s okay; as my painting style is usually quite drab, and this was intended to be a step outside my personal comfort-zone.

The main aim for painting this was to practice non-metallic metals – although I definitely haven’t mastered them, I think I have improved.


I was going to continue the Inquisitor warband that I left off last year, in order to paint the Typhus model – but I’ve decided to do something different with the Quaranin figure; which I will go through in the next post.



Inquisitor Blacktalon (6)

The Shop Assistants – Somewhere In China 


Just a work in progress update, as it’s been a while since the last post – and there’s still a bit to go:


I had problems with the sword and the cloak, which is why it’s taken so long to get this far.

I’m also going to rethink the base – as the original idea seems too plain.


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XTC – Love At First Sight 


The non-metallic golds proved as tricky as I expected, which is why it’s taken so long between updates.

I definitely haven’t mastered non-metallic metals – but I think my technique has improved.

I aim to practice intermittently over the upcoming year; and will hopefully be able to put tutorials together, eventually.

These were the paints used for the gold areas:

And for the silver areas:

Non-metallics are much brighter and warmer than true metallic paints, so a few areas need rejigging slightly. I will see if I can go through these in the next post.

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Loof – Sleepy Sheep 


I’ve made a start on the non-metallic areas – beginning with the silver parts:

This is not a technique I’ve had much success with in the past – but I think I have improved; which is the main aim here. 

I also modified the sword blade – oddly enough, glazing it with a bright yellow colour brought out the blue much better than before.

Onto the golden areas – which are quite tricky; if memory serves. The last time I painted non-metallic gold, it tended to look like caramel.

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Wool – Coalinga 


I’ve finished most of the main figure; but I decided to paint the metal parts with non-metallic colours – which is not a method I’ve managed to master, previously.

So, it may take some time to get the gold and silver sections right. I think the sword blade needs adjusting slightly, as well; because the coloration is too subtle.

I wanted the face to look feminine, but quite austere.

I also opted for a blue-grey colour scheme, rather than the pristine white armour I was initially going to paint.

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Taproot – Sumtimes 


I’ve painted the basecoat colours on this model:

I’m going to make the paint scheme a bit brighter and cleaner than I usually do:

And keep the base fairly simple/unadorned, to emphasise the sense of motion:


I think this series of posts will just be work in progress shots, as my health isn’t great at the moment; but if anybody wants specific colour recipes, please feel free to ask.

Christmas Project – Inquisitor Blacktalon

Digitalism – Circles


Having finished Typhus, I’m going to recontinue painting the Inquisitor-themed group which I started earlier this year; but I need a short break from painting.

So I decided to work on a kitbashing project.

I liked Peter Hudson’s conversion of Neave Blacktalon into an Inquisitor – and wanted to do something similar; but without just making a direct copy:


I’ve given her a bionic arm:

I’m still putting this together – and will probably make it a stand-alone model. But we’ll see.

The thought of zombie hordes is sometimes quite alluring.