Cosplay Construction Spotlight: Inquisitor’s Weapons and Accessories

Nobody expects the Inquisition: Lets explore the leatherwork and weapon creation process of JAFantasyArt’s Inquisitor Adrastia!

Top image: Inquisitor Adrastia by JAFantasyArt. Image by Daniel Grove Photography

Welcome to the Cosplay Artist Spotlight!

My chief weapons are surprise and fear.

— Attributed to Inquisitor Adrastia, Ordo Hereticus

This week we dive deep into the Ordo Hereticus, taking a close look at the construction process for the Inquisitor Adrastia created by artist JAFantasy Art. This artist delves deep into her creation process and inspiration for us, so we’re doing a three part feature of her complete build and technique. Check out her Cosplay and contact her for your next Warhammer 40k Cosplay project!


The Inspiration

“Inquisitor Adrastia is a character I have wanted to cosplay since I first played Dawn of War 2 Retribution years ago in college. At the time, I knew I would not be able to do it the justice it deserved, so I put it in my list of costumes to make “eventually”. For PAX south every year, my partner and I make and debut a new costume and we usually end up rushing and getting them done in 3-4 weeks. The first step was collecting screenshots from different angles, which was easy with the game camera. The box art also gave me a lot of inspiration. I tracked the hours on this build and it totaled up to about 180 hours of work, and about 80 hours of 3D printing.”



The Belt Rig

The belts that form the base of the belts are 3 simple 1.5 inch leather blets that I cut, dyed, bevelled, and slicked from scratch.  I needed a way to make two belts lay slanted on the hips without slipping or falling, so the plan was to rivet them to a waist high belt that cinched tight and rested on my hips.  Once this was all put together, I could then build onto it, adding the accessories that went along with it. I had a pirate pistol prop laying around that worked well enough Adrastia’s sidearm.  You don’t really ever see it in the game so I wasn’t too worried about making it from scratch for accuracy.


The holster and sword sheath was similarly vague, so I put a simple edge decoration on it and matched the brown to the reference pictures.  The details of the shape and number of straps was the only thing I ensured was accurate to the design.  The holster wraps around itself and has 4 leg straps.


The chainmail is all hand woven by me, in anodized aluminum.  The drapery behind it is hand cut in a red suede.  The tricky part with assembly here was making it so the drapery hung from the center where the belt buckle was but could still be removed.  I had to rig a clip for one side of the chainmail and a snap on the suede, so it can come off and the belt can be unbuckled.The whole belt rig weighs about 16 pounds and I have to shimmy it up my legs to get it on if I don’t want to un buckle the two slanted buckles.  Most of the accessories are made to be non-removable.


The Sword

The Sword, inquisitor I, and the purity seals inside the coat are all 3d printed in PLA plastic.  The sword alone was 10 pieces, took over 40 hours to print, and 18 hours to sand and paint.

I did a lot of detail painting with an airbrush on the sword to give it a soft blue glow around the edges.


It has two steel rods in the center for strength and stability, giving it a very realistic weight.

The Tome

Adrastia has a tome on her left hip that allows her to cast her spells and wreck some chaos.  I make leather book sleeves and covers all the time, so this was no challenge.  The artwork has a hint of a skull on the book cover so that is what I tooled on, with cracks cut in around it.

The chain around the tome is fairly heavy and I riveted leather straps to it so it stays on the belt.


Inferno Pistol

Once again, I had to get screenshots for good pictures of this thing.  There is a miniature of an inquisitor with one of these that was an ok reference but the design was a little different.  I started by drawing it life sized on poster-board and trace it onto foam.

Three layers of foam cemented together forms the base and was then sanded down and rounded with a rotary tool and sanding.  Once all sides were smooth, I added some small cut out pieces and wood burned a wood texture onto the length of it.

The gas cannister is a smilple plastic bottle and the tubing is split tubing  from the hardware store.  We always joke that Lowe’s is actually a prop supply warehouse.  I plasti-dipped the whole thing to seal the foam and make the whole surface sohesive.  Different textures make paint settle differently, so this coating helps bring everything together.  The painting was a base of spray paint and some rub-n-buff wax paint with acrylic hand brushed details.

The Artist

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  • Aurion Shidhe

    Well done.

  • Inquisitor Valeria

    Always enjoy these cosplay articles. Keep em coming, Mayhem! =D

    • I have some AMAZING 40k cosplayers coming up soon. Look out for a Tyranid, an Ultramarine, and MORE!!!

  • Rasheed Jones

    I wish i could do half as good, then again every oppurtunity i havw to cosplay is in warmer months and id probably melt if i wore anything close to that.

  • euansmith

    The attention to detail is amazing; also the ability to turn foam in to just about anything.