Thanks to some recent work on updating the blog I unearthed this unfinished post about the Inquisitor Rosette I made a few years ago. It was half written in 2018 and deserves to see the light of day.
The main parts had been laser cut for me and the cog parts went on to become part of my Mechanicus Purity Seal. The bits have been glued together and then the skull was donated from the normal purity seal casting by using enough resin to mould just the skull. It was a nice way to keep a similar design motif going. Oh who am I kidding, it was to cut down on the effort of making a new one.
It was pretty quick to prime and prep for casting.
I then had a go at casting in brass, bronze, copper, cast iron and two in a white finish. One to stain as if it was bone or ivory, the other to paint up in Inquisitorial colours. Already to kick ass for the lord Emperor.
The crux terminatus is one of the seemingly endless honours that space marines can get just for breathing in the 40k universe. I’m surprised there aren’t any chapter that go into battle just wearing seals, honours, medals and awards.
Anyway, this prop came about after I was asked to make one so thought it would be a nice prop to put together. I based it on a classic piece of artwork which crops up all over the place whenever crux terminatus get a mention.
The basic back plate was designed in 3d and then I printed it. I’ve always felt a bit funny about 3d printing things as I think it defeats the point of me sculpting but its just another tool in the kit. Once printed I sculpted the skull over the top with Aves Epoxy sculpt and I am getting more and more attached to that stuff. It’s nice to sculpt with and sets in a hardness which is just right for carving back if needed.
Once I had the basic shape done it was a case of priming and sanding. Then priming and sanding again. Before priming and sanding… You know the drill. The rivets are brass furniture pins with the void underneath filled with milliput to ensure no silicone slipped in at the casting phase because, yup, next was moulding.
Casting was easy. I primed a few in gold to paint while other I cast with a mix of marble powder and resin to get an off white colour. These white ones are then weathered with oil paint to give them a bone like finish.
I then also tried a few different companies sprays of gold to see what works best for the painted one. The GW citadel spray is easier to paint over but I really like the Wilko gold as a colour.
The final ones when painted all came out well even if I had to go over the other two a couple of times to get the paint to stick as their not formulated to have paint adhere.
Each was weathered and sealed with a spray of matte varnish to protect them.
So what do you call a group of them? A gaggle of crux terminatus? An award of crux terminatus? A marine of crux terminatus?
A few months ago I bought a pack of Aves epoxy sculpt to try out as I keep hearing good things about it. After a few trials with some small pieces I thought I’d have a go at a larger thing to get an idea how it could be worked and carved. I picked a design that I’d seen and really liked, which was the Amulet of Domination from the cardgame Hearthstone, and had a go at sculpting one of them.
It took about 5 hours in total to make over a couple of days. I would do a bit, then let it set, before sanding or carving it back a bit, then sculpting a bit more. It does carve really well and makes a nice sharp edge when worked. I was quite impressed with how it could be worked. Smoothing was easy as well when it was still setting. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. Its like using Milliput for sculpting but its much firmer and a bit cheaper for the volume.
Once it had been painted I made a mould and cast a few, mainly for practice but also because I’d had a couple of people ask if it would be available to buy. I’m sure it would make a nice paperweight or .
Its now available in my Etsy Store as both painted and unpainted versions.