Designer Insights: Inquisitor Eisenhorn

We think it’s safe to say that being a Citadel Miniatures Designer is a pretty awesome job – after all, they’re the people who help populate the worlds of Warhammer with a rich cast of characters to play on your tabletop or bring your favourites from the fiction to the game. When the studio started planning the Eisenhorn miniature, super-fan Maxime Corbeil was offered the opportunity to bring this iconic Inquisitor to life. He jumped at the opportunity and has generously shared his notes on designing him [note: slight spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the Eisenhorn trilogy]:

Maxime: The pose is inspired by the omnibus cover by Clint Langley. I simply changed the head orientation to have him look more purposeful. Eisenhorn is not someone you stop easily, this is his main feature to me, and so I really wanted to show that through the model.

On top of this, Langley did this cover as an homage to the old Eisenhorn art by Adrian Smith in the Inquisitor rulebook, so it seemed perfect, as I intended to design the model with the Inquisitor game in mind. I loved this game that I had first started to play shortly after discovering the hobby. Brian Nelson’s Eisenhorn model is a lesson of sculpting, especially the rendering of different clothes with different textures. I took this 54mm model as reference for everything, redoing most of the details and adapting them to the right scale. I gave him the same type of “electro-bane” grenade, which has since been added to his profile for Warhammer 40,000, which is a nice nod to Inquisitor (though he used grenades just once in the whole trilogy)! The rest of the details came from the artwork: the chained Malus Codicium, the aiguillettes, the protective scrolls…

Reading the trilogy (again. You should see the state of my copy) during the design helped me figure out “when” I was representing him. I like to think he is from the end of Malleus, leading the assault against Quixos. With his freshly made runestaff (by Magos Geard Bure from Ryza), Barbarisater and his protective scrolls, he is ready to face daemon-hosts! I think we want heroes with all their special gear, so I choose to bend the timeline a bit (heresy!) so I could give him the Malus Codicum that he retrieved after the battle with Quixos, as well as giving him his artificer bolt pistol (offered by Deathwatch Librarian Brynoth) even though he had lost it before the assault.

I also wanted to have some symbolism on the model, something hinting toward his terrible future. The base was the perfect opportunity, on the rubble of Quixos’s inquisitorial fortress. Eisenhorn is literally walking on the line that divides the Inquisition, between puritan and radical, between blessed bullets and Cherubael’s skull. The novels are so well written that you never really know when Eisenhorn turns, and every lector has a different opinion. Was it when he called Cherubael the first time? Or when he bound him? Or was it precisely after the assault on Quixos’s fortress, when he doesn’t destroy the book?

Maxime’s Favourite Eisenhorn Quotes

Special bonus: my favourite quotes, both from the first chapters of Xenos:
“To feel pain, or fear or grief is to allow myself a luxury I cannot afford.”
“My patience isn’t limitless… unlike my authority.”
They’re even better with the voice of Mark Strong, in the Xenos video game!

Thanks, Maxime! If you haven’t ordered Eisenhorn for yourself yet, pick him up online and read about his exploits in The Magos – the long-awaited latest story in the critically acclaimed Eisenhorn series.

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