Vindicare operatives are the most skilled snipers and marksmen in the Imperium of Man and are usually directed to assassinate targets who are believed to have been possessed by daemonic entities or to have been corrupted by the Ruinous Powers of Chaos.
The Vindicare was the first assassin miniature I had back in the 90s and is largely what lead me to buy this boxset in the first place. I've always liked the Inquisition and the Officio Assassinorum, so always used to run them alongside my Space Wolves or Grey Knights.
The Vindicare is always what I think of first when assassins come up. The sniper gives him a great silhouette and the syn-skin gives him a rally sinister look, while still appearing fully human. Having various ammo strapped all over his body is also a nice touch, showing how prepared he is for any target.
My only criticism of the miniature is that he's fairly boring compared to the others. I think the older mini had a cooler pose, and all the others in the box are far more dynamic. Something more stealthy would have been great.
After applying the Agrax Earthshade wash I mixed Dryad Bark 1:1 with Balor Brown and applied several thin layers to highlight.
I mixed sand with glue and applied it to the base. I then drybrushed it with Dawnstone, then Administratum Grey. I then painted the outer base with Rhinox Hide, then added a layer of Mournfang Brown. Finally, I applied some grass tufts and some Leaf Litter by Green Stuff World.
I've always struggled with highlighting black, as if you go too dark you lose all the details of the miniature. However, if you go too bright it stops looking black and tends to just look grey.
I decided to go with blue-greys this time and slowly highlighted up. Although I think I still overdid it I'm happy with the effect as it looks a lot more realistic. At some point in the future I might decide to apply a wash or dark glaze to the amour, which hopefully will help tone down the highlights and blend everything together a bit nicer. For npow though I don't want to mess up and ruin all the highlighting work I've done, so I'll leave it how it is and try to improve on the next ones!