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I want there to be a coherent visual theme linking all my units (i.e. I want to paint them all the same). The problem is, I think that plastic Cadians painted black and red look quite similar to clowns (maybe the fact I'm a crappy painter has something to do with it :lol. The question is this: how out of character would it be for my Inquisitor to be wearing Imperial Guard style colours (either Forest or Urban, not sure yet). Can this be fluff-justified? What do you guys think? Would the Inquisitor models look too muted?
I've painted my inducted guard camo but with black and red highlighs. The idea is that some of them have started painting there armor red because of their new offiliation with the inquisition. So if you wanna make an inquisior with camo, and then just a touch of black or red, that might look cool depending on the model. As for the fluf of it, i'm not sure but remember, it's your fluf so make something up for it. Affiliate him with the guard somehow
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This is copied from my post at Command Tower:
My fluff has my Inquisitors as being twin brothers (I'm too cheap to buy two Inquisitor Lords , and my modified Coteaz looks really cool) trained as Commissars at one of the Schola Progenita (?). Their psychic powers manifest, they're shipped off to an Inquisitor, instead of being put on the black ships, the Inquisitor puts them through the tests, and makes them acolytes. Fast forward a few centuries, they are both (puritan) Inquisitor Lords (one Mallus, the other Hereticus). I don't use Grey Knights and I don't have any SoB's yet, so the Imperial Guard background works well.
Based on this, my paint scheme is going to be commissar-influenced. Black uniforms with silver or gun-metal armour. Simple to paint, not bright but not muted. I was taking a good look at my models, and I think this paint scheme would work.
My inducted regiment are "employees" of the Inquisition. Fluff line is they're from an unknown homeworld (records suppressed) and they've been "inducted on a permanent basis" by the Inquisitors. They are dressed in the same livery, and will have no regimental markings, only the =][= (right shoulder) and purity seals (left shoulder). (Maybe the Inquisitor brothers are working on some sort of mass-hypnosis technique so as not to require the purging of their stormtroopers and the IG Regiment?)
Although the fluff is that the IG regiment is Inducted, I use them as my primary army and simply add the Lord Inquisitor and Stormtroopers on to them (I like the doctrines I chose for them).
I don't see any problems with Camoflauge on IST's, personally.
Mine are indeed all black and red, but as those are the "official" =I= colours, i went with them, however, i think Camo with subtle =I= markings also works really well, as does black/silver - a very stentorian look, but quite in keeping with the feel and fluff.
By the same token, look at Officio Assassinorium operatives - all black, where light-shifting is more appropriate for the Vindicare, Camo for the Callidus, something to hide all the blood for the Eversor, and well...yeah, Black for the Culexus.
In short, if you like it, and it looks good, go for it.
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Our two weapons are fear and surprise... and ruthless efficiency....
Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...
and an almost fanatical devotion to the Emperor....
Our four... no...
Amongst our weapons... Amongst our weaponry...
are such elements as fear, surprise...
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My IST's have a red/white jumpsuit and dark grey armor. Like, left arm and right leg are red, right arm and left leg are white. Rather cool looking, actually.
I painted my Stormtroopers in urban camoflauge. Fortress & shadow Grey jumpsuit with dark grey shoulder pads and black helmets. I kept the guns in camoflauge as it gave them the image of a well equipped fighting force, as an Inquisitor's Stormtroopers should be. I used the Cadian Kasrkins though, not the bog-standard stormtroopers.
To justify not using the red & black (as I didn't like it) I said they were inducted from a hive-world where they excelled at urban fighting and wanted to keep their camoflauge the way it was because of superstition and the like. Plus the urban camo looks flash.
On the Inquisitor question though, I would think that its inappropriate to dress an inquisitor in the "colours of cowardice" as the Space Marines put it. Ruins his character, his cockiness, air of superiority.
Bahhhhh... Marines used to have camo
I think my fluff justifies my color scheme (although not my original camo idea) since they were trained as Commissars. The Inquisitor models will be a bit more colorful than the rest of the army (even though they have the same base color scheme), what with all their tacked on gear. I think it works well, gives a good balance between looking like Catachans and looking like Eldar Harlequins. (I'm sure many people could pull off a more traditional Inquisition colour scheme, but mine always look stupid.)
I decided to make them twins because many people who believe in all that psychic nonsense think that twins have some sort of increased psychic ability. (Also, as Iâ€™ve said, I donâ€™t want to buy and convert another Coteaz)