Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor & Wolfhound

Over the last week or two, I've steadily been working away at this representative of the Ordo Hereticus.  I bought the base model on a whim.  It's from the web store.  On taking it out of the packet and blue-tacking it together, I thought she could easily be accompanied by a hound of some kind on a chain.  After an abortive attempt to attach her to a Fenrisian wolf (far far too massive), I opted for one of these wolfhounds from the Orion King in the Woods model.

The casual, menacing prowling motion seemed to fit well with the Inquisitors strolling pose. I think they turned out well as a pair. It's also the first double-basing I've attempted.

C&C welcome as ever.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Inquisitor Ziegfried Daubenton, Ordo Malleus – what we know or are able to surmise part 5.

+++Accessing Ordo Abstruse Datacoils+++
+++Sub-designation: Ordo Malleus+++
+++Ident code: 4612 Alpha Epsilon+++
+++Access granted: Welcome Interrogator Ignatius Basildon+++
+++Thought for the day: Beware the mutant; they have many forms.+++
Log entry: 3501AC
Subject: Inquisitor Ziegfried Daubenton, Ordo Malleus – what we know or are able to surmise part 5.
It is a matter recent of Ordos Abstruse record that Daubenton first encountered Inquisitor Contrino of the Ordo Xenos and {name redacted} reportedly of the Ordo Seriphos during his searches for a way to breach the Warp storm, and either reach or re-establish contact with wider Imperial space. The exact details of what transpired are somewhat scant, and thus are the subject of much speculation. Contrino, as many will attest, is also considered to be of radical persuasion.  Of {name redacted} far less is currently known.
Around this time, it is a matter of record that Contrino had been investigating the reported comings and goings of Eldar vessels in the sectoral fringe region known as the Shawl of Felicitẻ. In the course of her investigations, Contrino had located an Eldar excavation site on the northern pole continent of Dreyfus’ Wolde. It is suspected that through covert observations of the xenos (may the Emperor smite them) activities, Contrino had discovered a dimensional ‘portal’ or stable warp passage of some kind.
I have recovered the following excerpt that seems to relate to this from Daubenton’s personal logs:
“After intercepting a coded data squirt designation {redacted} Ordo Xenos, whilst patrolling in close proximity to the world of Caspian III, in the Shawl of Felicit region, I decided to go planet-side with a team and investigate.  I deployed some of my abhuman agents to scout the region from which the data squirt had originated. Shortly, my scouts encountered a loose screen of Ordo Xenos agents. After some initial confusion and a very brief skirmish, inquisitorial idents were exchanged, and a meeting was set up with one Inquisitor Contrino (of whom I was aware by reputation) and another Inquisitor, {name redacted} reportedly of the Ordo Xenos (Ordos Seriphos).
Seemingly, Contrino had been investigating sightings of Eldar vessels in this region of space, which had led her planet-side.  She had covertly observed the Eldar activities, which seemed to focus around excavating an area at the foot of a landslip.  Thanks to the employment of some xeno-tech of Tau origin, the presence of her agents remained undetected by the Eldar.
Over the ensuing days, a large gateway was uncovered, and the Eldar had proceeded to employ some kind of grav device to force open the gateway. As it opened, this caused the scree above to collapse, partially blocking the gateway and slaying several of the Eldar. This caused visible consternation amongst the survivors, who had then recovered their dead and temporarily left the site.
The next day, the Eldar had returned and a group of them were observed entering the gateway, leaving behind a small force to guard the external site.  After 5 days with no activity to report, the small Eldar force appeared to become more and more relaxed, and were eventually ambushed and killed by Inquisitor Contrino’s team, in return for only minor casualties. Contrino proceeded to set up a defensive perimeter facing the gateway. It soon became clear to Contrino that the group of Eldar that had passed through the gateway had not been alerted by the fracas outside.
The interior of the gateway, upon investigation proved to be a steeply descending tunnel, approximately 300 metres in length, terminating in an immense archway containing an opaque energy field of some kind at its far end. Infrared and seismic scans showed that there was no further subterranean structure.
Simple scans of the energy field did not indicate that it would be harmful to carbon based life forms, and thrown rocks seemingly disappeared and did not rebound from it. Further testing involved sending servo skulls through the field. The first two passed directly through the field, and contact with them had been immediately lost. The third was programmed to perform a ‘U-pattern’ manoeuvre, which saw it pass through the field and return, with no apparent harm to its functionality. After some swift reprogramming, it was sent on a similar manoeuvre, with commands to perform a scan, and obtain visual recorded data.

Upon its return from this second manoeuvre, the data it captured was downloaded to a portable cogitator, and the results (which I have personally reviewed) were very interesting indeed. The archway, from a logical perspective should open into a subterranean area of some kind. However, the data actually indicates an above ground outside area, under the shroud of night (importantly, I would state that local time was at the middle of the daylight cycle). Analysis of the star scape indicates that the other side of this arch opens out somewhere in the Avignon region of the Seriphos Sector.
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