Inquisitor 28: Long time no see…

Right, let me start by apologising for missing an update last week. Truth be told, I am just a bit burned out on blogging at the moment, sometimes struggling to come up with a post I consider up to my quality standards — whatever those may be πŸ˜‰ While I could probably merrily kitbash new models all day, it’s sometimes a challenge to actually sit down and write about them as well, but at the same time, I feel I want the posts on this blog to at least have a certain substance to them. Maybe I just need my own Remembrancer to chronicle my hobby work?

Anyway, to make a long story short: Don’t fret if the updating schedule gets a little scattershot for a while — I don’t want this to feel like work, but rather like a fun activity, and if missing a weekly update or two is what it takes to prevent this blog from turning into yet another deadline I have to meet, then that’s the way it’s got to be.

So, with that out of the way, let’s move on to more interesting topics, because I do in fact have something new to show you:

It’s been quite a while since I last posted anything related to the world of INQ28, so I think it’s high time I changed that. So let me share the progress on some of my INQ28 projects with you today.


I. Finally — paint!

Let’s start with something we haven’t seen in a while: Some actually painted models — yay! πŸ˜‰

First up, a model I already posted on this blog a while ago: A servitor/savant model that will be used as a painter in my planned mini-diorama of an Imperial Lord Militant having his portrait painted. See the original story here.

As you can see, the base model in this case was an older GW Savant model — which is easily one of my favourite Inquisitorial models. Unfortunately, the model’s face suffered from a rather serious miscast that I had to repair by adding a bionic eye. However, since the model came pre-undercoated, I only learned precisely how damaged the face was during painting. I did my best to return some of the lost detail through the deft appliance of washes and highlights, but there was only so much I could do.

One thing I am really happy with is the writing on the parchment: This was achieved by carefully applying a decal from the (very nice) Sisters of Battle decal sheet.

Oh, and the model’s base was left completely bare for now, seeing how the model will ultimately become a part of the aforementioned mini-diorama, so before I do anything with the base, I will first need to work out a recipe for the diorama’s “floor”.

The other model I managed to paint is a Sanctioned Psyker that I started working on a rather long time ago. For some reason, the model took me ages to paint, but it’s finally finished now:

Sanctioned Psyker (2)
Sanctioned Psyker (3)
Sanctioned Psyker (6)
Not award winning material, certainly, but I am rather fond of this guy, to be honest: I wanted him to look like a professional soldier, and I think it worked. No transhuman demi-god in baroque armour for once, just a guy doing his job — while the entire rest of his regiment hates him for being an abomination, no less πŸ˜‰

While I don’t yet have a perfectly worked out background for this character, the rusty and dilapidated stuff on his base shows that he will most likely end up in Inquisitor Alvar’s retinue: My current idea is that the Sanctioned Psyker assisted Alvar during a mission to investigate a Xenos artifact, and seeing a) how much the man was subjected to the disgust and fear of his fellow Guardsmen and b) how much of an asset he could be, Alvar decided to requisition him for his retinue.


II. A man and his bird

Next up, an idea I copied from a fellow hobbyist’s thread: I used a leftover eagle from Inquisitor Coteaz to build a familiar/objective marker. A simple but rather effective idea:

Aquila familiar
Following hot on the eagle’s heels is just the guy who would be using an ostentatious familar like this: An Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor I’ve already posted on this thread several times. Even though the model was basically finished last time, I just kept coming back to it for another round of detailing:

Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor WIP (15)
Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor WIP (14)
It has taken several touchups to get to this point, but with the last bitz in place, the model now finally has the presence and ostentatiousness I was going for. You may call me silly, but I think the flowing purity seals (mostly taken from the Imperial Knight kit) and new belt buckle (from the Space Marine Centurions) really make a world of difference.

Oh, and since Michael LeBaron requested a parts breakdown for this particular conversion, here it is:

  • head: Dark Angels Ravenwing sprue (old)
  • torso: Space Marines command squad torso with an Inquisitorial symbol shaved off Inquisitor Coteaz’ codpiece (no, really!) added on top
  • left arm: Sanguinary Guard arm with an IG flamer muzzle. The shoulder pad came from the WFB Chaos Knights
  • right arm: a regular CSM arm with the Grey Knight Terminator Justicar’s sword. The pauldron is a radar dish from the Space Marine vehicle sprue, IIRC
  • legs: WFB Warriors of Chaos, with lots and lots of purity seals added on top. Like I said, most came from the Imperial Knight kit, while the belt buckle came from the Centurions
  • odds and ends: part of a tabard from the WFB Chaos Lord on Manticore was used as a half cape across the model’s back. The shield came from the GK Nemesis Dreadknight.

Hope this helps! πŸ™‚


III. Femmes militantes

I am sure many INQ28 aficionados will agree with me that coming up with female members for Inquisitorial retinues can be a bit of a challenge, partly due to GW’s somewhat spotty record when it comes to female models. That said, making sure that there is a certain gender diversity in my warbands has become a fun little challenge, and I am happy to be able to present you WIPs for two more Femmes Militantes, if I may just borrow the name ofΒ  a particularly great and eclectic series of designs by John Blanche πŸ˜‰

First up, here’s someone who would fight right into the retinue of such an imposing servant of the Ordo Hereticus: A female operative that could be used as a Crusader type or even an Interrogator:

Ordo Hereticus Operative WIP (3)
Ordo Hereticus Operative WIP (1)
Ordo Hereticus Operative WIP (2)
The model is based on a – severely damaged – Sister of Battle PDH let me have as part of a rather impressive bitz drop (come to think of it, this is already the second time Peter gave me a model missing its lower legs — maybe there’s a story behind that… πŸ˜‰ ). I provided the lady with some new feet (courtesy of a Dark Eldar model) and a new head (from the Wood Elves Glade Guard). I think she would really work as an associate of the Hereticus Inquisitor above. And I have a feeling that she would look really dashing in crimson armour — we will see…

And, last but definitely not least, a little project made possible by a donation: A while ago, fellow hobbyist Steifer let me have two of his very nice female sculpts for experimentation purposes (that did sound pretty weird, come to think of it…):


So far, this is what I have come up with for the first of them:

Female Operative WIP (5)
Female Operative WIP (1)
Female Operative WIP (2)
Female Operative WIP (3)
Female Operative WIP (4)
As you can see, I have given the – very nice – base model some arms and a head of hair. I actually took a stab at sculpting the hair myself, thanks to some gentle nudging from DexterKong. While it’s far from a spectacular effort, I am reasonably happy with the result:

Female Operative WIP (6)

As for the model’s background, I see her as a professional assassin specialised on working from within Imperial high society — like a grimdark Femme Nikita, if you will πŸ˜‰ The model is still WIP at the moment, of course, but I think I may be on to something here!


So, as you can see, I am not dead — and neither are my INQ28 projects! As always, I’d be happy to hear any feedback and suggestions you might have! Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

13 Responses to “Inquisitor 28: Long time no see…”

  1. Wow, very nice work. The painting on the Savant and Psyker are excellent, and in particular I wouldn’t have known about the repair work on the Savant’s face if you hadn’t pointed it out. The converted Seraphim looks very good with new legs, but the head somehow looks a touch too big. Is that the camera angle, or is there a small difference in scale? I look forward to seeing the assassin with some paint on her.

    • Cheers, mate! πŸ™‚

      Hmm, the head on that converted Sister of Battle doesn’t strike me as too big on the actual model, but maybe I’m just in denial πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though: She does have some rather big hair, so if your consider her face as a point of reference, it seems pretty fitting to me from a scale perspective.

  2. Michael LeBaron Says:

    Thanks! i hope I can find those bits on ebay or something…

    • You’re welcome! I think it’s safe to say you could replace several of the bitz with different alternatives without causing too much damage. Just to give you an idea…

      – a lone WoC body should be reasonably easy to get hold of.

      – for the torso, you could really use any ostentatious Marine torso (although one with some kind of gorget).

      – the same goes for the arms and, arguably, for the shoulder pads

      • Michael LeBaron Says:

        I think I’ve got a plan. I’m going to get the Sanguinary Guard Plasma Pistol to convert to a conversion beamer, and I’m going to give him a staff in the other hand.

        On a totally different note, I’m writing lore for my warband, and my Inquisitor has requisitioned an Imperial Knight Titan for bigger engagements. However, I want to have his son pilot it, so the original pilot has to have died without excessive damage to the suit. I thought it would be awesome if a Traitor Knight had smashed through the hull to kill the pilot from above, and immediately thought of your Knight. Would you be ok with my using Khorne’s Eternal Hunt as part of my lore?

        If not, it’s totally fine. I just think it would be awesome to have my meager work connected to something as awesome as yours. πŸ™‚

      • Oh, I am pretty sure that there’s nothing Knight Baron Harrowthorne would enjoy more than taking down a misguided vassal of the False Emperor in a Knight on Knight duel — I’d be happy to read anything about him and his World Eater pals you can come up with πŸ˜‰

      • inqmikaelovich Says:

        Here is the Knight story. This is Michael LeBaron, Inqmikaelovich is my WordPress account, I only created it last Saturday and it didn’t switch to it automatically for some reason.

  3. Michael LeBaron Says:

    Sweet! Thanks so much! Will post a link as soon as I get it figured out. πŸ™‚ Your work is inspiring!

  4. Glad to see you still posting – I’m in a similar “slow down” period myself!

  5. Hey Buddy just wanted to pop by and say thanks for the inspiration , and your right about keeping the hobby a hobby , it can very easily become job when blogging – one of the reasons i take down opus maius on a regular basis is to take control back of my hobby and concentrate on making minis as opposed to talking about making minis πŸ˜‰ its a tough one though as having a blog is so very addictive. either way its always good to see your models painted or unpainted ..regards Neil

  6. These are all awesome and again your writing style is captivating. I like that you did a break down on parts/bitz used. How do you break down your bitz box? I have one big tray that is full of bitz. For some time I’ve been thinking about separating everything. Would you advise having a head section leg section weapon section etc or separating by faction? Again, very good work. Oh and one more question, do you write fluff for every model? I really like fluff and my friends laugh at me because I even name the lowliest of grunts. I think it makes the whole thing more realistic. After all we have a story.

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