Well. To be fair, these Grey Knights are distinctly bluish silver. As it is, you may have noticed that this creates a kind of visual tension in the army. These Grey Knights are all distinctly blue in disposition. The IG Storm Troopers and Steel Legion allies, are distinctly red and black. To be candid, I didn't know what I was doing, and just tried to paint as I was able or otherwise moved to do so. The army, as a result is a bit of ramshackle thing. No worries. I pulled it all together later by getting even further off the path... well... not really.
As surely as one step follows the other, my initial interest in the Inquisition landed me directly in the path of these Grey Knights. Initially, I wanted them to blend with the red/black stripes of my Inquisitorial force, but subsequently rethought this for fluffy reasons. Surely, these Grey Knights should stand apart as beacons of purity, courage, honor, and the rest of that guff.
So while the first unit looks almost standard in its inquisitorial demeanor, these terminators appear as if the many layers of blue ink have yet to dry nearly ten years later. It’s important to understand one’s shortcomings –and I’ll readily confess that I had no idea what I was doing with the inks back then.
I remember, in fact, bringing these fellows into my (not exactly) local GW store at the time to show them off (I was quite proud of them then, even if I’m not exactly now) to the manager who had been instrumental in my reintroduction to the hobby. He took one look and said, “wow…” pause while thinking for a way to structure positive feedback… wait for it… slightly longer pause… “that’s an aggressive blue wash.”
Hmmm. I thought. Perhaps it is time to rethink my approach to metallic paint.
As an aside, that thinking led me directly to the first “blog” (website really) in which I ever took interest. If you don’t know him, I highly recommend having a gander at Jacob Rune Nielsen. His work is amazing, and he’s got the swords to prove it. As importantly, he has been kind enough to post several genuinely helpful and amazing tutorials and recipes.
Finally, for those of you that will be attending AdeptiCon this year, Jacob Rune Nielsen has just recently been added to the cast of visiting talent, and will be running a series of hands-on seminars for your edification.
Well. I’ve said enough for today. See you Friday when we take a look at how the Inquisition, and my interest in it, began to spiral out of hobby control.