Inquisitor 28: Decius Freeman, twist bounty hunter

It’s been quite a while since I was last able to show you a finished INQ28 model, but now my – mostly – rediscovered painting motivation has allowed me to finally put the finishing touches of another character for this particular side of the hobby.

In fact, the model I would like to show you today really shouldn’t be a stranger, at least not to regular readers of this fine blog: It’s a model I already showed you twice: Once as an unpainted WIP and once during the later painting stages.

The original plan, as I might have mentioned before, was to build a model inspired by the original Quovandius artwork from the Inquisitor rulebook:

Quovandius artwork from the original Inquisitor rulebook. Image owned by GW, obviously.

Quovandius artwork from the original Inquisitor rulebook. Image owned by GW, obviously.

While the actual 54mm model for Quovandius is faithful to the artwork in many ways, the model itself ends up looking somewhat pitiful and sickly, while the guy pictured in the artwork above seems like he really means business. I also really wanted to incorporate the shotgun used as a crutch, since that has to be one of my favourite parts of the artwork!

Anyway, using an old Ork boy as a base model, here’s the model I came up with:

Twist Bountyhunter (1)
Not a perfect match, surely, but you should still be able to recognise where the inspiration came from, I believe. And, true to the artwork, this twist really looks like one mean mother, if I do say so myself.

And while painting him may have taken ages – he had been mostly finished for a long time, but I only went back for the finishing touches now – the model is now finally finished, and I am also quite pleased with the result. Take a look:

Twist Tracker (1)
Twist Tracker (2)
Twist Tracker (3)
Twist Tracker (4)
Twist Tracker (5)
You might think I am crazy, but making the loincloth look more vibrant on the finished model may have been my best decision while painting. I also gave some extra care to parts of his equipment, like his knife, to make them look well used but deadly:

Twist Tracker (6)
And finally, the model’s face received an extra layer of highlights, making the scars and seams slightly more noticeable. I really think he’s a bit of a character, to tell you the truth:

Twist Tracker (7)
All in all, the model looks scarred and malformed, but this twist is also clearly his own man: You may find him horrifying, but you certainly wouldn’t pity him like you do pity the awkward and sickly looking Quovandius, right? Even though he has a bad leg…

But what about the model’s backstory? How did he end up even more ugly than your average twist? And why does he look so angry? As is my usual approach, finishing the model also entailed coming up with a bit of background for it…

Twist Tracker (2)
Decius Freeman, twist bounty hunter

“Say, you ever heard of Decius Freeman?”

“Nah, couldn’t say I have. Wait, you mean that twist revolutiory riling up them workers on Silon Minor? The one sold out his fellow conspirators in the end, trying to save his hide before the cartels brought in the heavy hitters?”

“That’s the one, although that’s not the way I hear it told. Ask the right people, and they’ll say he was actually the one being sold out, only that, once that rebellion had been quelled and the dust had settled, no one was that all intent on finding out the truth of it.”

“What’s it to you, though? You turnin’ into some kind of historical expert on the matter of the twist freedom movement, or what?”

“Feth, I was getting to that, right? So, just the other day, a twist hunter came by the Virgo, down in sector eleven. One big fether, I tell you. Ugly too. All muscle and scars and gristle, and with a gammy leg. And I gak you not, he was using a mean looking shotgun as a crutch.”


“Said he was looking for Reuban Nonus. Said the two of them go way back. That he owed him. Only thing is, he got that look in that one good eye of his when he said it, made you feel like old Reuban wouldn’t be all too pleased to be paid back what he was owed, if you get my meaning.”

“And did you tell him?”

“Me? Throne, no. I reckon if someone needs to find me, they ought to know where to look. And if they have to ask others for my location, well, maybe I don’t want to see them all that badly. That twist didn’t get a word out of me, and he was putting on his best scowl too, by the look of it. Told me to come find him if I remembered. Told me he goes by the name of Decius.”

“But you didn’t remember anything?”

“Nah, course not. But you know how it goes in the hollows: Some Asher down on his luck musta told him where to find his old friend, because next thing you know, Old Reuban’s floating face down in one of them culture tanks, down at the hydroponics.”

“Gak! I hadn’t heard that! Say, didn’t Reuban used to work on Silon hisself?”

“That he did. Never did want to talk about his time in the mines, though. I figured it must have been terrible on that world during the riots.”

“And you think that twist did him in? The one with the gammy leg?”

“I’d bet my last cred on it. And you know what? If there are any more guys in the sector being owed by that Decius fellow, they had best keep out of sight. Throne, all that talking is giving me a sore throat. You still drinkin’ that?”


As always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

10 Responses to “Inquisitor 28: Decius Freeman, twist bounty hunter”

  1. The unpainted pic really doesn’t do this guy justice. Kinda looks like and bashed up Ork (or maybe I’ve been painting to many boyz recently and too used to close up of Ork torsos.)
    Of course scrolling down to the the first painted pic is all the sweeter for it, as the paint job really makes him come alive and he hits the nail on the head.
    I wouldn’t want to come across this guy in a well lit public place let alone anywhere in the grimdark….

    • Cheers, dan! Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it!

      Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but the model was originally a souped-up Ork boy that I still had lying around πŸ˜‰

  2. Seelensupergau Says:

    He looks like that kind of guy you wont mess up with. Also, because of his huge amount of weapons and the lack of catching-tools like chains or something, he truly seems to be the one who chooses “dead” over “alive”. Combined with his truly brutal facial expression and his bulkiness…yeah, I would say he is one hell of a badass! Excellent work again, Sir!

  3. Love the overall look of this twist and the painting is top notch!! But I don’t know why the way the knife is handed seems a little wrong to me, I can’t explain…btw it’s a small detail…

    keep up the good work and give us more Inq28 !!


    • Cheers, Keb! I am trying my best to come up with more INQ28 stuff, but the World Eaters and Plague Marinesvkeep getting in the way, unfortunately! πŸ˜‰

      Not quite sure what you mean about the knife: Maybe you’re right, though, and I just don’t see it.

      • It’s about the pose, if your guy is in a “ready” stance (as it seems) then the knife is too low and the hand too “open”. It seems wrong to me he’s hanging the knife with the palm turned up this way…

        my 2cts, Keb.

  4. […] tell you the truth: I just missed posting this last week, although I have to say that showing you a new model just seemed more important than celebrating […]

  5. The picture of Quovandius is one of the best mutie pictures GW’s done so yet set quite high expectations πŸ™‚

    But as usual you came through. The paint job is quite exquisite. When are you going to be featured in Blanchitsu?

    The only issue I have is that the gun doesn’t really work as intended. Is just sort of is there. It might have helped if the hand had be holding it. I don’t know. What’s done is done.

    Good over all work mate!

    • Cheers, mate! Glad you like the paintjob, although it’s not actually that special — it somehow just came together in the end, though, ending up more than the sum of its parts.

      As for Blanchitsu, there’s really only one person who can decide that, isn’t there? πŸ˜‰

      I see your point re: the shotgung: Maybe I should have pushed for the effect to work better, though I am just too damn lazy sometimes πŸ˜‰

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