WARNING! Huge post incoming!
Even the most crazed follower of the blood god needs some variety from time to time. And frankly, I’m a sucker for being distracted by side projects anyway, so I guess it was just a matter of time…
I have always been interested in the background laid down by the game Inquisitor, ever since it was released in the late 90s. For those of you not in the know, Inquisitor is a game about the shadowy wars between members of the Holy Inquisition and various heretics, aliens and other undesirables. It is also a game about the wars between loyal Inquisitors and their fallen brethren. Or between two Inquisitors of merely different philosophies. Inquisitor is firmly rooted in 40k lore, perhaps, it might be argued, even more so than regular Warhammer 40k, but it’s not a game about large scale warfare. It’s about the shadows, the places in between the cracks. It’s about the strange and sometimes demented characters that can be seen lurking around in the background of John Blanche’s illustrations. It is also utterly fantastic.
But I feel a bit like I am preaching to the choir here. So, long story short, if you don’t know anything about Inquisitor, shame on you! 😉
There are many ways to catch up though: Look here and here for starters. Or go read the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies by Dan Abnett…you should probably do that in any case. Also, the fact that GW has more or less cut Inquisitor loose means that the rulebook can be downloaded for free. As of this writing, it seems to be gone from the GW website, but it’s really still there: Just google “Inquisitor rulebook”. I recommend you download that book immediately. The artwork and fluff are great, even if you’ve got no intention to ever play the game. It’s also a book very much worth tracking down on ebay!
The original Inquisitor was played in a 54mm scale with very big, detailed models. And this is probably the reason why it took me so long to catch on: Those models were great, but they were all metal and there was only so much variety. As an avid converter of plastic models, I wasn’t too impressed.
And then I happened upon several websites advertising playing Inquisitor at the 28mm scale. Either by employing a hybrid of the Inquisitor and Necromunda rulesets called “Inquisimunda” or by using the original rules. And suddenly, a whole new universe opened up: I could build characters for Inquisitor in a scale I was already comfortable with, using all the great bits from the Warhammer Fantasy and 40k lines. Or from anywhere I liked. I was immediately hooked!
At the same time, I discovered the work of a number of truly spectacularly talented people who had built their own Inquisior models at 28mm: Commissar Molotov, migsula, PDH and JRN, to name just a few extraordinary artists. When I saw those models, I was sure that I absolutely HAD to build my own Inquisitor retinues. Here’s where I was after a couple of months:
You may have seen this image already on Molotov’s blog, Inq28. This is the motley crew of misfits accompanying the radical Inquisitor Lazarus Antrecht. In the future, I will be showcasing each of my Inquisitor models in more detail, describing the conversion work as well as the general background for the character. We’ll start off with the big man, the Inquisitor himself:
Inquisitor Lazarus Antrecht, Ordo Malleus
There is no simple truth when it comes to Inquisitor Lazarus Antrecht of the Ordo Malleus: Some say he is a loyal servant of the Throne. Some call him a dangerous radical. Others maintain that he has turned, fallen away from the light of the Emperor and come to worship the ruinous powers.
Many have tried to ascertain which school of thought within the holy Inquisition Lazarus Antrecht follows. It seems reasonably certain that he was once an Amalathian, but his ideals seem to have changed somewhere along the way. There are those who now call him an Istvaanian, perhaps even with Xanthite leanings, while more jaded members of the Inquisition argue that Antrecht is the sole follower of the philosphy of Antrechtism, a true army of one. The truth is that Lazarus Antrecht would probably laugh at all of those attempts at classification: It is for him alone and for the God Emperor of Mankind to know where his true allegiance lies.
The fact that Antrecht shows only disdain for those who question his loyalty to the Emperor and the secrecy with which he surrounds himself have convinced more puritan elements within the Ordos that he is a dangerous heretic who must be taken down for the good of the Imperium, and many have tried, among them his former friend Inquisitor Gotthardt of the Ordo Hereticus. So far, he has managed to elude his pursuers, but he has been forced ever deeper into the shadows, manipulating and plotting where other Inquisitors would conduct their work more openly. This suits him fine, however, for Lazarus Antrecht is a true puppetmaster, highly intelligent and with piercing insight into the inner workings of the Imperium. By sheer necessity, Antrecht has become well aquainted with the shadows, and it is no wonder that his retinue comprises many colourful indivduals from the somewhat …darker corners of the galaxy.
Accordingly, there are few means that the Inquisitor would refrain from using. He is convinced that every tool has its use. And in Lazarus Antrecht’s world, almost everything can become a tool at the right time.
Whatever it is that the Inquisitor truly seeks, one thing is clear: Those who find themselves between him and his goals have to face a formidable and resourceful opponent.
The model for Inquisitor Antrecht was very much inspired by Phil Kelly’s Inquisitor Liechtenstein (who in turn is a conversion of the original Eisenhorn model). I really wanted to create a model that, while not clad in ornate Power armour, would convey a sense of confidence and experience. I have always loved Phil Kelly’s retinue for Inquisitor Liechtenstein, so that was the perfect place to go to for inspiration!
Antrecht was built using mainly parts from the Cadian Command Squad. The puny Laspistol was exchanged for a suitably bulky Boltpistol. His secondary sidearm comes from the Kroot kit. And finally, his daemon sword is a standard sword from the Warhammer Fantasy Warriors of Chaos. I wanted something clearly chaotic without going totally overboard, so I think the sword was a nice compromise.
The most important part of the model (and basically of any Inquisitor) was the head: I chose a bare head from the Chaos Terminator Lord box. Not only did it resemble the original Eisenhorn head, but it also had an expression of slightly haughty amusement – very fitting for an Inquisitor who has seen quite a lot in his career and feels he knows something that most of his critics don’t. The base was done using a resin piece from the 40k basing set.
I wanted Antrecht to look somewhat distinguished, even regal, but without being to gaudy in the colour department, so I went for luxurious tones that were still slightly subdued. The below average freehand =I= symbol on his shoulder admittedly was a moment of weakness – I might replace it with a decal somewhere along the way.
So, that’s my rundown on Inquisitor in general and my own Inquisitor Antrecht in particular. Let me know what you think!
Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!