The State of the Hunt, Week 33/2018: The Ordos are recruiting…

Hey everyone, I am pretty busy at the moment, but I do have some new models for you to look at — just a couple of INQ28 kitbashes for today, however — that will have to suffice πŸ˜‰ So what is this about?

The first pair of models I want to share with you has actually been around for a while, but I don’t think I have posted them over here yet: Last year, fellow hobbyist BubblesMcBub was amazingly generous enough to let me have most of the Death Guard models from the Dark Imperium boxed set, and as a way of paying him back for that great kindness, I promised to convert some models for him. I already sent him a converted Iron Warriors champ late last year…

…but Bubbles also wanted meΒ  to build him an Ordo Xenos Inquisitor.

Now it did take me a while to do this, both because I wanted to come up with something cool, but also because I couldn’t quite decide which general approach I wanted to go with: A massive, towering monodominant Inquisitor of the “Suffer Not The Alien To Live!” school of thought? Or a rather more subtle, sneaky and shadowy Inquisitor who is not above using the odd Xenos artifact himself? Both are pretty cool angles, and I realised in the end that the only right way was to actually build both πŸ˜‰

So here are the Inquisitors I converted for Bubbles:

 

First up, the hulking monodominant Inquisitor:

Now this guy is actually a refurbished model of sorts: He began his existence as a champion for my old, kitbashed Legio Custodes army, but with official Custodes models now available, he wasn’t likely to be used for his intended role anytime soon. I rather liked the kitbash, however, which is why I made some changes to him (adding a different sidearm, backpack and shoulder pad) to make him look even less Space Marine-y. And I think that, after a final round of minor cleanups, he should work as a fine puritan Inquisitor for Bubbles’ collection.

The second guy, on the other hand, was built completely from the ground up, and represents the more subdued (and maybe ever so slightly radical) side of the Ordo Xenos. Take a look:

The Inquisitor uses a Genestealer Hybrid body, because I felt the retro-futuristic spaceman vibe of the suit fits the Ordo Xenos rather nicely (it is also heavily reminiscent of the kind of industrial design you see in the Alien films, which is another great match. I gave the Inquisitor an AdMech sword, because its very sleek, modernist look seemed like a good fit. And he’s also wielding a Harlequin’s kiss, to show how he’s definitely not above making use of Xenos artifacts.

I also have to admit that I may have taken a teeny tiny bit of inspiration from DexterKong’s excellent Inquisitor Falx, one of my favourite models of his.

So these two guy will soon be a part of BubblesMcBub’s part of the 40k galaxy, and I hope he likes them — once I finally manage to send them off to him, at long last, that is. Sorry, mate! I know I’m terrible! πŸ™‚

 

So, with those two guys finally documented over here on the blog, I also have a current kitbash to share with you. Now you may remember my kitbash for Inquisitrix Elianu, of the Ordo Malleus, from recently:

The Inquisitrix was based on the Easy To Build Stormcast Sequitors — in fact, I only really bought that kit to get my hands on this one model. But I still had those other Sequitors, so I thought it was time for another INQ28 conversion based on the kit. So I made a Crusader for Inquisitrix Elianu’s retinue:



As you can see, it’s a rather simple conversion from a structural standpoint, although it did require some detail work when it came to picking out the right bitz to take the model into the 41st millennium — and to replace some of the more overtly AoS inconography.

One bit that I really think makes the conversion is the head, a leftover head from the Datasmith that comes with the Kastelan Robots. Nothing says 40k like a face full of cables, isn’t that right? πŸ˜‰

I also went through several weapon variants and surprised myself by using the Custodes sword blade in the end — I actually really don’t like those clunky swords when they are used as swords, but as some kind of weird tech-spear-glaive thing, it really works rather well with the Crusader feel, wouldn’t you agree? Prompted by fellow hobbyist Naryn, I even included a small trigger mechanism close to the model’s right hand, to show how the integrated boltgun might be fired.

One thing I did think long and hard about was whether or not to replace the model’s shoulder pads with something a bit less Stormcast Eternal-ish, but the pauldrons seemed like such an integral part of the lines that define the model that I decided to leave them like that, as everything I would have come up with wouldn’t have looked better in the end.

All things considered, I am also rather fond of him right now, to be honest — I think it has something to do with the fact that I only really purchased the box for the female Sequitor, and the other two models were basically chaff. To see one of them transformed into something useful and cool does feel pretty cool! πŸ™‚

 

Here he is, along with his mistress, Inquisitrix Elianu:

So that’s it for today! Please feel free to let me know what you think! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! πŸ™‚

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16 Responses to “The State of the Hunt, Week 33/2018: The Ordos are recruiting…”

  1. Holy crap, HOLY CRAP! Look how cool that Inquisitor looks!!! He might be even closer to my original concept sketch than Falx’s final model! Oh man, what an amazing piece. I absolutely love it. You do me great honor, buddy.

  2. Mojo_jojo Says:

    Definitely liking the skulking inquisitor more than the monodominant one. Not a fan of the chaos warrior legs for some reason. Something about the center of gravity being off? Nevertheless great conversions for both as always. The crusader really steals the show though, all the bits really really came together nicely on that one.

    • Thanks, man! I personally prefer the sneaky guy as well, but that’s probably because a) the Monodominant is really an older conversion at this point and should be mostly treated as bonus, whereas b) the other guy was built from the ground up with the knowledge and bitz I have now,

      Cheers for the kind words about the Crusader! Really fond of that one myself! πŸ˜‰

  3. Bloody amazing mate. I can’t believe how talented you are in taking what can be a ton of parts or only a few and then creating new, unique and amazing looking models.

  4. I do like that crusader. Nice use of parts.

  5. Pandoras Bitz Box Says:

    These are great, i know it was circumstancial because you already had the big guy knocking around but i really like you you want for the two different styles of inquisitor. They do come in such a variety its great to see it executed.

    I thought my luck was in the other day when my wife and brother cam home with 3 easy-fit stormcast, one of which was the female one i was hoping to make my own inquisitor out of… Only to discover they got them as part of a local Games Workshop promotion! Giving out one free stormcast minis to people to paint up and be part of a 300 model display.

    So not only cant i convert it… But i still have to paint it up ready for the display or they both screwed the poor guy over for 3 models! And my brother was visiting, so isnt even painting one!!! -sigh-

    • Aw, man, that’s rough…can’t you just keep that one model for yourself, though? Or pretend the model had a terrible accident? πŸ˜‰

      Or maybe you could explain your predicament to the store manager and swap some of the models so you get an extra one?

      • Pandoras Bitz Box Says:

        Im going to paint them up but im under the impression that we get them back after the display. So ill just have to take it as an extra Challenge that they are fully assembles and glued, pre-conversion… IF we get them back. πŸ˜‹

  6. These are all great, like all your work, but the slightly radical inquisitor is amazing. That kiss and sword pose is perfect, and the head and body posing are amazing.

  7. Stormcasts really are an excellent base for Inquisitors aren’t they! I admit I don’t comment often, but your original post about stormcasts as Inquisitors made me go out and buy a box to kitbash!

  8. That Crusader is looking great. I don’t normally go in for Stormcast based conversions because they often end up still looking like Stormcasts, but it really hasn’t taken much for you to effectively transform both of these into denizens of the 41st millennium. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the third model now πŸ™‚

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