There are a number of different inspirations you can use when looking at costume for Inquisition Chronicles, but here are a few that stand out from the Warhammer 40,000 cosplay community and the Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying games and books.
Warhammer Time! Inquisition Cosplay by alberti
This fantastic cosplay by alberti and her acolytes has so many of the right elements for Inquisitorial roleplay from the oversized hats and guns, to the plethora of purity seals, skulls, and Inquisitorial seals. It’s not at all hard to believe that Inquisitor Imperia and her acolytes mean business whatever the matter at hand. There’s a collection of the images on her DeviantArt page though this image is one of my favourites.
Warhammer 40000 Inquisitor Cosplay by my99reality
This is how you do power armour properly. I don’t even want to think about how many hours he’s had to put into that build but it’s absolutely gorgeous. No doubt at all that it could be anything but power armour and that might even be a built-in psychic hood. Thunder hammer covered in purity seals is a classic as well, but it’s the armour that steals the show in this photo set by my99reality. There are a couple of other costumes featured on his DeviantArt, but it’s this shot that steals all the glory for me.
I haven’t been able to track down the original source for this image, but it showcases a much cheaper yet still effective option compared to the previous images. While this Inquisitor doesn’t make as much thunder when he enters the room there’s little doubt that this young Inquisitor has earned his seal.
Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor
I’ve not been able to find out who drew this fantastic piece, but I believe it originally featured in the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay books. As before, you can see the staples of Inquisitorial costume here – long coat, big hat, skulls and purity seals. It also features a rosary cross – showing this Inquisitor is particularly pious. It’s also a rare example of a female character in the 40k universe who isn’t pushing her breasts out in front, instead keeping them sensibly contained within her armoured vest. Oversized shoulder-pads are standard issue in 40k of course.
This isn’t a particularly complex costume to bring across to reality, though it’s wonderfully effective. The shin and kneeguards can be replicated using brushcutter’s shinguards with a bit of customisation work. Overall, it’s a costume that could be started quite simply and then improved over time towards the finished ideal.
Eisenhorn by Clint Langley
Where would we be if we didn’t include Inquisitor Eisenhorn, one of the most famous of all Inquisitors and envisioned here by Clint Langley for the Eisenhorn Omnibus. From the ridiculously ornate pistol to the belt festooned with trinkets and the oversized shoulder pads, you get clues as to how you can take basic kit to superb kit by the addition of small details.
Something we’ve taken from Empire is the theory of aspirational kit. We all want to look as good as the illustrations and the amazing cosplays, but doing so is expensive and time-consuming and we don’t all have the time or the money to do so. Because of this, we ask players to do the best they can and keep improving it between events. Whether it’s getting a bigger hat or adding another trinket to your belt, the aim is to continue improving your kit – never saying “this is good enough” and never saying anyone else’s kit isn’t good enough. We all do the best we can – storytellers included – and some people’s standards and abilities may be better than others, but the only ideal we hold people to is continual improvement of each person’s kit.
We do encourage people to work together to coordinate kit within their retinues, and having something – be it a badge or a sash or a symbol painted on your sleeve – demarking your retinue can be a real binding element to your group as well as making your retinue’s kit look better in the process.
Something that I find helps is finding a reason why you have each bit of kit. It adds depth to the character as well as giving you roleplay opportunities if anyone asks why you have a strange compass hanging from your belt.