Preacher with Eviscerator

I’ve finished another bucket list model! This time, it’s GW’s out-of-production Preacher with Eviscerator.

I actually had a hard time finding info or a picture of the studio paintjob of this lunatic (maybe someone can help me out here?). The model’s tab said it’s from 2002, but even with a couple catalogues from the era I couldn’t find an official image of him. Rules-wise, I don’t know which faction he belongs to these days, but I’m guessing Sisters of Battle. Not that it matters too much, it’s just an awesome model! I’ve wanted it in my collection for a long time, and after seeing Heretic Tom‘s awesome (and growing!) collection of Imperial Cult miniatures the temptation just grew too strong. I bought the model from eBay and it arrived around Christmas.

My goal with the model was to achieve a “blanchean” color scheme, with mostly warm palette, a lot of red and some classic motifs like the checker pattern. I also wanted to try and push my skills on certain areas, as well as try out new things. The main things were the red robes – I wanted to push the contrast by shading with purple and highlighting all the way to orange; and the face – adding a bit more color than I’ve previously done. I also tried painting marble on the base, and experimented with some new metal paints.

There’s not much to say about the red itself, but painting it was surprisingly fast and I really like the result. I got to say though, that it’s amazing how much each successive highlight, or the final details, add to models. Each little dot and hash adds so much to the final model, and as you’re always painting smaller and smaller areas, it takes almost no time at all! Looks like the law of diminishing returns does not apply to miniature painting.. Case in point, I painted the face first as I normally would (base/wash/layer/highlight), but then added some thinned down washes below his eyes (purple) and nose/cheeks (crimson), as well as a couple of lines to his lower lip to imply cracks. A lot more character with very little effort!

Now, the metallics. I recently stumbled on an arts/crafts store that stocked some Vallejo Metal Color and bought myself two pots. I had heard good things about them from Vince Venturella (as in, they’re the only metallics he’s using), and I can confirm that they’re totally worthy of the praise. So thin and smooth, but the coverage is still unbelievable. I actually already used them on the Farstriders, but thought that I needed to experiment further to say anything. With the chainsaw blade I got to do some rudimentary wetblending, which works pretty well. I’m definitely getting some more Metal Color pots in the future, and changing to them instead of GW’s steel paints.

I wanted the preacher to have a thematic base, and what could be a better fit than a crumbling chapel? I cut down some thin plasticard to make the stone tiles, and glued down a few patches of sand so that the base wouldn’t look too sterile. I was a bit unsure about the skull at first, as it’s a bit bigger scale than the preacher, but in the end I really wanted it there and just called it a space marine skull! The tiles got a marble effect following an old WHTV tutorial, and I added a roman numeral on the skull for a bit of extra detail. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for ages, as a reference to some amazing old pieces of 40k art such as this one. To finish the model off and tie it to the base I drybrushed and stippled some bone color on the robes/parchment/base, which was as harrowing as ever, but seemed to work as it always has.

As has thankfully been the case with all my other models this year, I can claim a square in the hobby bingo with this one as well. I’ll take the “model from a faction that I don’t already own any painted minis for”. Although I’m not exactly sure which faction this model belongs to! πŸ˜€

15 thoughts on “Preacher with Eviscerator

    1. Many thanks Steve! Fun fact: I actually painted the bottom part of the scroll twice. I first painted an inquisitorial “I” there, but was not satisfied with it and changed it to the aquila. And added the fancy big letter and tidied up the script:)

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      1. It’s the aquila that really stands out- then your eyes are drawn to the rest of the script, it’s fantastic. I love how you’ve painted the eyes as well- I’m always too afraid to try!


      2. No reason to be afraid! Just get a brush with a good tip and go for it! If you make a mistake, just paint over it. It’s such a small area that it doesn’t take much time! Also, it’s easier to repaint the eyelids after painting the eyes than trying to only paint the eyeballs.

        And yeah, the eyes on the priest weren’t perfect on the first try either πŸ™‚

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  1. A very lovely paintjob! Actually makes me want to see a whole Inquisitorial warband from you πŸ˜‰

    Speaking of which, if I remember correctly, the model originally came as part of an (Ordo Hereticus?!) retinue set — maybe that’s why you couldn’t find an original picture from back in the day?

    Keep up the great work!


    1. Cheers KS! I’d love to have an Inquisitorial warband in my collection, so you might just get your wish! πŸ™‚ There’s actually a certain missionary on my painting table right now..

      Viterbi over on dakka actually found a picture of the set from a collector’s quide, titled “Inquisitor Lord Raiven and Retinue”, though I’m not sure if it was sold like that. But it showed me the studio paintjob so that’s good.


  2. Another amazing job on this sculpt. You’ve inspired me to take an extra step on a …similar model that I’m working on getting done now. πŸ™‚


    1. I’ll gladly take the blame! πŸ™‚ I’m really looking forward to your model, and what counts as an extra step for you, what with your consistently awesome detail work on most of your models!

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