Thursday, 2 July 2015

Inquisitor war band update

Life's been kind of hectic recently, but I have managed to squeeze in a bit of time at my hobby table.

About all I've managed to do is paint up a henchman type character, who is carrying a sniper rifle, and to put together a minor conversion based around the Tech Priest Dominus clam pack character (or whatever it's called).

Not really too much to say on the sniper rifle toting fellow, apart from I gave him a red mask. Not really sure why, but he reminded me in some ways of the Red Skull villainous character from the Captain America comics. I think maybe the way the mask lay against the top of his head? It's not really too important though.

The conversion was kind of fun.  I did away with the walking stick as I didn't really like it, and it seemed a bit unnecessary. The model is being ambulated by a series of mechanical legs, after all! I also got rid of the pointy finger on the pole-axe holding hand.Once again, I didn't like it.  The axe had itself didn't feel quite right to me either. After a bit of rooting through my bitz box, and a good think, I came up with an idea for him to be carrying a pole-mounted loud speaker. The thought behind this is that it would broadcast binary transmissions, either in the form of commands and/or a call of the faithful to prayer (kind of inspired by the call to prayer you hear several times a day if you live near a Mosque).  I'll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not this idea works...

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Inquisitor war band update: Daemonhost #2 & 40,000 views!

It's been a busy couple of months all in all, with many ups and downs, including a trip to America for a couple of weeks (which was a definite up!!), and a shitty return to work and bad news (a definite down). However, I have managed to get another model finished since I've been back...

Remember this character? I finally got around to painting him up.  I think he looks quite different painted up than he did as bare plastic - more threatening, perhaps? 

I had a bit of fun with glazes and washes etc. Please excuse my amateurish attempts at freehand, though!

And I almost forgot - I hit 40,000 views today. Grimdark, yo!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Inquisitor warband update - henchman #2 and new conversions

Work has been hell over the last three weeks. However, I have managed to find a bit of time to do a bit of converting and painting, which has proved to give some serious light relief.

I painted up the Master of the Psyber Menagerie, who also fulfils the role of Master of the Hunt. Pretty happy with how he turned out.  This chap has Inquisitor Daubenton's psyber falcon upon his wrist. The other arm features a psyber lure for the falcon, and on his gauntlet is an inbuilt data slate which receives transmissions from the falcon. I've also given him an auspex and one of those hefty looking rifles from the Tempestus Scions kit.

As for the two new conversions, the first is Floki Vikernes. Floki was an initiate to the Space Wolves chapter of the Adeptus Astartes. However, as the complicated surgical process progressed, his body rejected the implanted progenoid glands. From that point on he served in the Fang in a much more humble capacity. At some presently undisclosed point, Inquisitor Daubenton collaborated with the Wolves, and Floki became a part of his team.  Depressed and self-blaming over not becoming Astartes like his brothers, Floki now finds solace burning the impure of spirit with his flamer, and burning whatever else Daubneton insists should be burned. Realistically speaking, he has an unhealthy fascination with fire.

The second new conversion is most definitely a work in progress and combines two as yet unnamed individuals. The rough idea is that the female is some kind of seer / diviner that has visions, and then collapses. The male is just her bodyguard, and stoically carries her around once she has collapsed. I may not end up using this, as I can't tell if it's a good idea or not. I'll see how the rest of the conversion process goes, I suppose! Apologies for the blurry conversion pics, but you get the idea!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Inquisitor war band update - henchman #1 & new conversions

After finding it a little tricky to get some work table time in over the last couple of weeks, I finally managed to have a good session on Sunday afternoon.

I managed to get a henchman painted, as well as finishing conversion work on my 'blunter', Methuselah (based on a Black Scorpion miniatures pirate child with an Ungor head), and my rogue trader, Lady Dremelza Halifax (based on Isabella von Carstein, with some fancy xenos gadgetry).  I'll also add into this a non-converted model, who will act as a scribe (another Black Scorpion sculpt that I thought fit in quite perfectly).

Story-wise, the henchman will be one of Lady Dremelza's bodyguards, just some gritty dude. I thought the flintlocks added a suitable naval element to him. With the leather jacket and bandana, I wanted to create an impression of a wannabe Han Solo type meets old-skool Suicidal Tendencies fan kind of vibe.

I've given Lady Halifax an unusual mark of Eldar pistol, which I've re-modelled to resemble a futuristic flintlock (see the shape of stock/grip of the weapon and compare it to the henchman's). It was fiddly.  The blade she carries will have a bit of story behind it.

As for Methuselah, I gave a bit of vague story to him as part of the Inquisitor Daubenton ramblings I've been posting up. In case you can't be arsed to backtrack through the blog, he's basically a Pariah, as well as an abhuman, and to cap it all, he also exhibits Dwarfism (which is in no way intended to be offensive to anyone - it's just how I thought the character needed to be built as soon as I saw the model it's based around). He's also strapped with a flintlock.

The scribe, well, is just a typical busy-body bookish know-it-all repository of useless / useful information.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Inquisitor Ziegfried Daubenton, Ordo Malleus – what we know or are able to surmise part 4.

+++Accessing Ordo Abstruse Datacoils+++

+++Sub-designation: Ordo Malleus+++

+++Ident code: 4612 Alpha Epsilon+++

+++Access granted: Welcome Interrogator Ignatius Basildon+++

+++Thought for the day: Contempt is the armour of the righteous.+++

Log entry: 3389ZD

Subject: Inquisitor Ziegfried Daubenton, Ordo Malleus – what we know or are able to surmise part 4.

As mentioned in my previous entry, as time crawls relentlessly on, more data relating to Inquisitor Daubenton is slowly (painfully so) being restored. By virtue of this, I am able to confirm the nature of some of his research at the Ordos citadel during the dozen or so years following the Grand Inquisitorial Synod of Addiscombe Vulgaris. Seemingly, he was putting a great deal of time into seeking out further knowledge of the art of divination, the causes of minor daemonic incursions along the fringes of the warp storm, as well as ways to pierce through.

As to the results of this research, it is unclear at this point what his specific findings were. Toward the end of my previous research note, I briefly referred to the matter of faint astropathic communications originating from core-ward sectors of the galaxy that mentioned both the Path of the Martyr, and the legendary Tomes of Thrixis. It is in respect of these subjects that Daubenton was to dedicate the subsequent 33 years of his career.

A brief overview of the Abstruse sector follows:
The ‘Path of the Martyr’ is a string of shrine worlds and moons linking the rim-ward fringes of the Seriphos Sector to the core-ward fringes of the neighbouring Abstruse Sector.  The ‘Path’ is so named as it marks the route of successful campaign of reconquest undertaken by Imperial forces led in part by Saint Felicitè, during M37.

A series of shrine worlds were erected in ensuing centuries, marking out key sites of victories, designed to act as lasting monuments to the sacrifice of millions of Imperial lives. At the end of the ‘Path’, lies the world of Felicity, which marks the site of the eventual doom and ultimate sacrifice of  Saint Felicitè, where she was stricken down as she concluded rites of banishment which ended a Daemonic incursion, and paved the way for a decisive victory against the more corporeal forces of the Archenemy.

After commandeering a small portion of the Administratum’s astropathic choir, Daubenton and his entourage made ship for the core-ward fringe of the sector (and the warp storm) aboard the Bounty of Croydius under the aegis of the controversial rogue trader, Lady Demelza Halifax. Fruitless attempts were made over a period of several months to pick up clearer astropathic transmissions. It is rumoured that one of the astropaths was driven mad and began to exhibit evidence of warp taint, and had to be executed. Other rumours indicate that the astropath in question was used (against their will, one would presume) to become host to a warp entity of considerable power. Evidence to confirm or disavow either of these rumours is at the current time unavailable.

Following these initial failures at astropathic communion with the wider galaxy, I would hypothesise that Daubenton decided his investigations would then follow a different route.  Over the subsequent 27 years, Daubenton is known to have had extensive interactions with senior Adepts of the Mechanicum on a number of forge worlds, including Krokus, Danelaw, and Whit’s Gifte.  It is noted that on many occasions during this period that Daubenton had been accompanied on extensive voyages along the fringe of the warp storm and the outer rim of the sector. I would speculate that they were seeking something (or things) that would be of benefit to either Daubenton, the Mechanicum or both.  It is clear that bargains of some kind had been stuck. As to who got the better side of these bargains (the nature of which we do not fully understand), it is impossible to say, and of course it is likely that both sides may feel that they did (do the mysterious Adepts of the Mechanicum possess the capacity to feel? They have always struck me as devoid of emotion to the point of soullessness). It seems likely, based on past incidents throughout the galaxy, which the Mechanicum might take particular interest in archaeotech, biotech and xenotech that could potentially be discovered in the course of Inquisitorial investigations.

Speculation asides, there were reports from {name redacted] and {name redacted}, who encountered and worked cooperatively with Daubenton during the {mission name redacted} approximately 6 years ago, of the presence of strange constructs and arcane machines being tinkered with by Mechanicum Adepts that were accompanying Daubenton. At least one of these was biomechanically linked to an astropath, and also seemed to be dispensing ream after ream of nonsense script (if these reports are to be believed as accurate – given the rivalries that often pervade the Ordos, this could be simple slander). I would hypothesise that the device or construct in question must have been put together to assist with Daubenton’s attempts to decipher the astropathic transmissions from beyond the warp storm.

It is in the ensuing 5 years (leading us to the present day), that things become somewhat less clouded, and more pivotal events begin to coincide with Daubenton’s activities.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Inquisitor war band update: Heavy servitor #2 & progress so far.

Despite being a bit busy recently, I have managed to complete work on this second servitor.

Overall I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out, but looking at the pictures, I think there are a couple of places that could be improved... namely the eyes, which seem a bit indistinct and the bandages on the left leg, which need dulling down a bit.

I also thought I'd take the opportunity drop in a couple of pics of the overall progress on the crew so far.

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