Inquisitor 28: Taking stock

After the recent post showcasing the current status of my World Eaters army, I thought it might be fun to prepare a similar post about my INQ28 collection — after all, the World Eaters and my Inquisitor-themed models have certainly been my two biggest projects, ever since I got back into the hobby: To me, the world of the Battle for the Emperor’s Soul continues to be one of the most fascinating parts of the hobby, and one that I always return to when looking for an outlet for my creativity.

Which makes it all the more regrettable that 2014 wasn’t a very productive year in that respect — at least not when it comes to finished models: I only managed to complete four pieces for INQ28:

INQ28 class of 2014
And while I like each of the models well enough in their way, one of my hobby resolutions for 2015 was to get more paint on my huge collection of INQ28 kitbashes. And while I am just as much of a lazy bum this year as I was in 2014, I have been reasonably successful with that:

Let’s start with the latest INQ28 model I have managed to finish, and one I am pretty proud of, mostly because it has been in my collection for such a long time: Quite a while ago, my cousin Andy let me have the pilot model from the “Battle for Maccrage” 4th edition boxed set, easily one of my favourite one-off special models produced by GW. I used the model to convert a Enforcer type of character:

Arbites Judge WIP (2)
This may not seem like the most obvious use for this particular model, but my inspiration came from one of the illustrations John Blanche made back when Inquisitor was first released. Take a look at his Enforcer design:

JB_Enforcer
I think we can all agree that the resemblance is rather uncanny — which is why I decided to turn the pilot into an Enforcer: A tough Hive Cop who has walked the beat on the wrong side of the monorail tracks a thousand times and knows the shadier parts of the Hive City like the back of his hand. As you can see, giving him one of the characteristic power mauls was really easy, and I also added some gloves on his belt, because I really liked the idea of him wearing some kind of riot cop gear for tough arrests.

But then it took me ages to actually settle on a colour scheme for the model. Maybe it was the fact that I knew I would probably not get my hands on another of those pilots, so I had to get it right the first time around? Anyway, it took my until fairly recently to come up with an approach that I think might work. But I did it, I finally sat down and painted the guy. And here’s the finished model:

Remus Ingram (1)
Remus Ingram (2)
Remus Ingram (3)
Remus Ingram (4)
Remus Ingram (5)
I went for a look resembling a steampunk 19th century Nightwatchman, since that seemed to fit both the character and the eclecticism of 40k. I also made one last addition to the model, as I felt a Skitarii Vanguard helmet would nicely complement the rest of his gear, so I added one to his belt. All in all, I am really happy with the model: The look I wanted is clearly there, and there is a weight of years and experience to him that I really like. I’ve already started to think of him as a character, which is always a good sign: This is Remus Ingram, veteran of the Riftyr Hiveguard on Saarthen IV, capital world of the Metyan Subsector of Velsen. After long years spent in the perpetually gloomy and rainy underhive settlement known as “Ashertown”, Ingram was recruited by Inquisitor Erasmus Gotthardt after a joint operation in the depths of the Hive.

Speaking of which, completing this model also means that Inquisitor Gotthardt’s warband now has one more fully painted member…well, two more fully painted members, to be exact:

Inquisitor Gotthardt's retinue (1)
The warband is far from finished, of course, with four characters still unpainted, but it’s getting there. To the left, you can make out another of my very first INQ28 characters: Captain Esteban Revas, former regimental champion of the 126th Haaruthian Dragoons. He’ll be getting a post of his own at some point in the near future, complete with a look at his backstory, which – interestingly enough – is probably the most expansive fluff I have come up with yet…

All in all, I am really happy to say that, when it comes to INQ28, I have already been more productive in the first half of 2015 than I was in the entirety of 2014. Case in point, here are the latest additions to my collection of INQ28 models:

INQ28 class of 2015 (2)
The obvious star of the show here is Praetor Janus Auriga, my true scale Marine. I am still extremely happy with this model! There’s also Sister Euphrati Eisen, of the Order of the Martyred Sword. And let’s not forget Inquisitor Brynn Yulner (the model that re-invigorated my passion for painting INQ28 characters), the wonderful, custom Arch-Deaconne Drone 21c donated to my cause and the brilliant Astropath conversion Ron Saikowski sent me (including that last model is a bit of cheating on my part, seeing how it already came beautifully painted). To learn more about these last three characters, head over here.

And what about the big picture? Well, here’s the collection of painted models I have managed to complete since circa 2011:

INQ28_alltogethernow (2)
Not a massive pile of miniatures, certainly: Merely some thirty models. But still, I am really happy with these, because each of them is a handcrafted character exploring a particular part of the 40k lore. And they make for a rather interesting menagerie, don’t you think?

The bad news, obviously, is that there are just as many, if not more, unpainted INQ28 models in my cupboard of shame:

INQ28_alltogethernow (1)
But I think all that I can do is to slowly keep working away at these, completing one model at a time — after all, INQ28 isn’t about huge model counts for me, but rather about tweaking each and every conversion and paintjob until I am happy with them. These are characters, first and foremost, and not merely playing pieces.

At the same time, the fact that kitbashing new INQ28 models can be so much fun certainly doesn’t make the task any easier. Just let me show you some of my recent kitbashes, starting with some quick and dirty projects like this Hive Ganger/Punkette,…

40kPunkette WIP (3)
…a Mutant Witch Doctor from the underhive…

Twist Witch Doctor (2)
Twist Witch Doctor (1)
…or this Cyber-Famililar that just came together in about half an hour one day:

Cyber Familiar WIP (3)
Cyber Familiar WIP (1)
I actually really love familiars, cherubs and servo-skulls, because they are such an integral part of the 40k lore and imagery. Which is why I am slowly assembling a small collection of these critters, I suppose…

Cyber Familiar WIP (4)
On the other side of the spectrum, we have conversions that are quite a bit more involved and take more time to come together. Like my recent attempt at kitbashing an Adeptus Arbites Enforcer, based on Tempestus Scions parts:

Arbites Judge early WIP (1)
There were several parts of the model I really liked: the (Skitarii) power maul, the spliced-together head, complete with a classic lantern jaw of justice and the riot shield. Yet the model just didn’t seem to come together, becoming less than the sum of its parts. It took several attempts and some feedback by the awesome people over at the Ammobunker’s INQ28 board until I ended up with a model I was much happier with: A blend of 2nd edition Arbites and Judge Dredd elements that I think really works for me:

Arbites Judge WIP (7)
Arbites Judge WIP (6)
Arbites Judge WIP (8)
Big and small projects like these are really one of my absolute favourite parts of our hobby, because they give me the chance to figure out new and interesting ways to use all the plastic crack GW gives us — at the same time, these projects also lead to a neverending stream of unpainted models, but that cannot be helped, I guess πŸ˜‰ And we haven’t even talked about the AdMech kits — although we’ll be getting to that in a future post. After all, I am already hard at work, producing yet more models I will have to paint eventually πŸ˜‰

For now, while my productivity may wax and wane, I am still pretty pleased with my INQ28 collection, both when it comes to the painted and unpainted parts. Coming back to these models is always a blast, even if it takes years. And working on a single character until everything just falls into place always feels like a breath of fresh air!

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

INQ28_alltogethernow (3)

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24 Responses to “Inquisitor 28: Taking stock”

  1. You are still getting paint down quicker than I am, so bravo there.

    Personally I am jealous of the free time you have to actually tinker with conversions. I need to get my army to a useable size before I start to play around with things.

    • Kebekoi Says:

      In fact it’s exactly what Kraut was pointing out, with INQ28 no need of “useable size” every one and each model is a character so you take time “with” him… tinkering, thinking, building, tacking together pieces, then going back to another model or concept!!

      Trying to do this with a regular 4OK army you play with is such a hard task!! I try for years playing full converted army, I do achieve one such army once in 10 years…

      Wanna do some kitbashing? let’s try INQ28/INQUISIMUNDA/NECROMUNDA/MORDHEIM well a skirmish specialist game or just converted your boss and squad sergeant in your regular army!!

      Keb.

      • 100% agreed, Keb. Although, like I’ve said above, one thing every hobbyist can take away from specialist systems like INQ28 or Necromunda is to approach their 40k army with similar care — we do spend an insane amount of money on those little plastic men, after all. Might as well make the most of them! πŸ™‚

    • Cheers, mate! As for the time I spend on conversions, there’s the fact pointed out by Keb below: Tweaking each model until they feel right to you is what INQ28 is all about — although I try to approach my 40k models from a similar perspective. The reason I spend so much time on conversions is probably that building and converting are my favourite part of the hobby by far.

  2. Edmund Normal Says:

    Absolutely terrific work – you are a great inspiration.

  3. Kebekoi Says:

    Keep up Kraut !! Sure you’re not so far from the end of the painting schedule !! ^^

    Paint, paint, paint!!

    Ok, I maybe not the best example, knowing that 80% of my personnal collection is rather PIP or unpainted but one thing that help me to paint is grouping model together and applying coherent colour shem to this group. Am I clear?

    Anyway go on, mate !!

    Keb.

    • Kebekoi Says:

      I’ll try to give an example of what I want to say: your Revas mini, if I remenber well as a Sidekick (conscript Kurtz?) right? Painting this sub-group together would have make sense… as their bond together by their backgrounds, they surely show some similarities in their colours…

      That’s the way I’m thinking when I envision painting: I divided my minis into small sub-group of 2 to 4 minis and painted them together with the same basic colour… just trying to applied some small changes from one to another (red pants becoming red torso on the next mini…or a darker/lighter shading on some parts) to add diversity without loosing coherenty!

      Keb.

      • Oh, I understand you perfectly. Alas, that’s not how painting works for me — at least when it comes to INQ28. I can be fairly organised when it comes to painting models for my 40k armies, but with INQ28, I have to paint whatever takes my fancy at the moment, because that’s the only way for me to end up with finished models that I am truly happy with — even if it takes years to finish a warband… πŸ˜‰

  4. InqMikaelovich Says:

    krautscientist, tell me – where did that Inquisitor model I fell in love with forever back go? (He’s here, in the power armour and half cape – https://eternalhunt.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/inquisitor-28-kitbashing-spree-pt-1-with-fire-and-sword/) I want to see him painted! Or, if the sea of grey is overwhelming, could I, perhaps, buy or trade for him?

    • Oh, don’t worry: He’s one of my favourites as well, so I’ll get around to finishing him eventually. I’ll just need a good idea for a paint scheme, and we’re off. Right now, I am thinking black armour, off white robes and red and gold details? He already has a name, which is always a good sign: Inquisitor Nabreus Arslan, the Lion of Velsen.

  5. Awesome work, Kraut! It’s great to see them all together like this.

  6. InqMikaelovich Says:

    So, I was looking at your Inq28 stuff on zetaboards, particularly the AdMech, and felt compelled to suggest that you check out some of the stuff here – http://puppetswar.eu/category.php?id_category=230 . There’s some great weird stuff and (maybe) you could use the weird tailed things to create a Legion-in-the-making type model, hearkening back to your Space Hulk AdMech conversion from a while back? Just an idea ^-^

    • Hmm, while some of this stuff does seem pretty cool, I have this strange compulsion to try and stick with using plastic models for my conversions. Strange, isn’t it…?
      As for Legion, I don’t think I’ll be revisiting that particular concept: I really gave it my all back when I created that piece, and to reiterate the idea would seem like an irreverence, if that makes any sense.

      • InqMikaelovich Says:

        Fair enough, on both counts. If you don’t mind, I’ve taken a sampling of the Legion concept for a tory I’m writing, though…

      • Oh, go right ahead! And make sure to provide a link, once the story has been finished! πŸ™‚

      • InqMikaelovich Says:

        Of course! It’s set in the Doctor Who universe thought, so you may have to do a little research to understand what’s going on… ;D

  7. Ive not picked up any of the Admech stuff, is the Skitarii kits good for kitbashing? The Maul there works beautifully. And whats the shield on his back from? Keep up the good work.

    • The Skitarii kit is beautiful and well worth the price of admission, but you’ll need some careful planning beforehand to make it work for kitbashing, at least when it comes to the bodies and legs. There are lots of super useful bitz, of course, like the extra heads and weapons. All in all, it’s a great resource. It is not, however, as easy to use as conversion fodder as, say, a Space Marine kit.

      The shield on the Arbitrator’s back came from the Bretonnian Men-at-arms. And I added an aquila badge from the Imperial Knight kit to the shield.

  8. Beautiful work here! I like how you present your impressiv collection with the help of the rulebook (front and back), that is a nice twist. The pilot – now enforcer – is a great addition! Why did not I think of that? I know the artwork and own the model myself. So I might steal this idea πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, mate! I cheated a bit, though: The unpainted models have been placed on top of the Astra Militarum Codex πŸ˜‰

      If it’s any consolation, it took me ages to decide on a use for the pilot model myself. I knew I loved it, but only when I stumbled upon that Enforcer illustration when browsing through some old issues of WD did things fall into place.

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