Here we go, the completed Asmodai Dark Angels Interrogator Chaplain in all his grim, dark glory. I did try and do a few things with this model from working on the banner to improving on another method for painting black armour.
The only direction I was given was to make him look like the picture in the Codex and match the basing to the existing army color scheme. Easy enough right? The banner was optional, but since the backpack with the banner pole was included, I decided to do the extra work and add it on. My way of saying thanks for letting me do the project.
This guy was a big boost for me when it comes to painting black armour and getting something that is not so flat, but at the same time doesn't look like another color that's just really dark. The picture below shows you what I mean. The black has some color to it, but it still reads as black.
Maybe even better, it reads as black armour that has faded slightly due to wear and tear and old age. That would be a nice effect to be able to achieve.
I also added a tiny bit of freehand and put the chapter symbol on his shoulder there too. Not that I was going to skip that little detail, but it's not something that jumps out and it's cool when you're looking at the model and notice it on there.
Along the same line, I tried to make his beat stick (crozius) look like it is made of a finer quality wood like mahogany since that's the best to extract confessions with. A few passes with GW Baal Red over Scorched Brown gave me the look. I just didn't want it to have a "regular brown" look. Brown-red was ok, just not straight brown.
If you shoot back up to the top picture, you might notice I made his eyes glow. It's a cool effect, but not the most pronounced on this guy. He's wearing a hood for starters and his head is tilted downward slightly too. You almost miss the effect completely unless you pick him up and look at him.
Another tiny detail is the script on the purity seals. I know I've mentioned before about adding that to models. Do NOT use black for your script. It's too dark. I use GW Charadon Granite when I add it to models. It's dark enough to stand out, but not so much that it draws attention.
And last but not least is the base. I tried to make it match the existing scheme based off of a pic that was sent me, but I'm not sure how close I got. I used what he did with his stonework where he had a few spot colors on there as designs that were inlaid into the stone. I tried to mimic that here and added a tiny bit of blue across the front stones.
Hopefully it works well and makes a nice addition to his Dark Angels force.
Now if they would just bring Asmodai back in the next Codex.
You can see the Asmodai WIP post here.
Make sure to check out these posts as they might help:
Creating cardstock banners for your HQ models
Did I build and paint my HQ wrong?