INQ28: Unfinished business, pt. 2

Hey everyone, time for another update: I still have to spent way too much time on hospital visits, but I nevertheless thank you guys for all the well-wishes! It really means a lot!

If nothing else, I have managed to be a bit more productive in hobby terms, mostly thanks to another painting session at my friend Annie’s place.

So what do I have for you today? — More finished members for my Ordo Xenos warband, as it happens.

And that’s a good thing, really, because this particular retinue is one of my oldest INQ28-related hobby projects, and it’s always a great feeling to be able to cross some long-neglected models off my list of unpainted stuff!

Inquisitor Alvar’s warband was actually originally started in 2013, with several of the models also first conceived back then.

In hindsight, the warband almost seems like a primitive precursor to the colourful group of adventurers that would end up in the Blackstone Fortress boxed se:

— overtaken by GW’s own release schedule, now that is one for the news πŸ˜‰

But anyway, all the more reason to finally show this project some love! So I’ve managed to add two more finished members to the warband, and I have also taken some new photos of all the characters so far, so let’s start by going through the members of Inquisitor Alvar’s retinue:

First up, the Inquisitor himself: Titus Alvar of the Ordo Xenos Velsen — Inquisitor, socialite, adventurer:


There’s an as-of-yet unnamed sanctioned psyker who is also a member of Alvar’s warband. My vague backstory for him is that Alvar picked him up while he was under Inquisitorial audit for some psionic “friendly fire” caused by the presence of a Xenos artifact.



Next up,Β  Zekariah “Foreman” Lunn, Inquisitorial operative and veteran of the Eisenberg Factory Guard:



And T’L’Kess, Kroot tracker and scout, and possibly the last survivor of his kindred:


So much for the members of Alvar’s retinue so far, but what about the new blood? Well, let’s take a look!

First up is Inquisitor Alvar’s interrogator, Mamzel Millerna Acheron:

Now this is actually not a GW model, but actually Reaper Miniatures’ “Sasha Dubois, Time Chaser”, from the Chronoscope line of models. I will say, however, that it almost looks like a missing GW sculpt from the late 90s or early aughts, with maybe a dash of Chris Fitzpatrick, especially in the face. Anyway, I mostly picked up this model a couple of years ago because I liked the sculpt so much — but I quickly realised that she would go really well with the rest of Alvar’s warband, and she even mirrors some of the visual cues that appear on the Inquisitor. To wit, one of the most popular paintjobs of the model to be found online even uses a colour palette that is somewhat similar to my recipe for Alvar:

In any case, this was defnitely one of the paintjobs I kept putting off for years for fear of messing up. At the same time, I didn’t want the model to perfectly match Alvar’s look, but rather to complement it. Here’s what I came up with:

Seeing how several details appear on both Alvar and Millerna (such as the epaulettes, coat, the goggles on the forehead,…), turning the models of echoes of each other to a degree, I thought I could get away with a blue-ish/turquoise coat. I also see Millerna as the scion of a voidfaring family, so a slightly naval look did seem appropriate (and worked well with the golden elements on her coat as well).

I also took the liberty to not paint her with a bare-midriff, as that seemed a bit too gratuitous and risquΓ© for a professional Inquisitorial operative. Instead, I tried to achive the look of combat fatigues or an armoured bodyglove, which I think is a far better match for a character like this. I am really very happy with the finished model, if I do say so myself!

Here’s a group picture of Inquisitor Alvar and his interrogator, and I’d say they work very well together:

With one tough challenge behind me, I was feeling cocky enough to start painting one of the first conversions created for the retinue, and a rather involved one at that. Professor Abelard Marbray, renowned Xeno-archeologist of the Bastold Imperial Akademy:


To quote myself from back when I originally came up with the character:

“It also stands to reason that an Inquisitor exploring Xenos ruins would have need of a specialist in the field of archaeology. And indeed, while painting the model for Inquisitor Alvar, inspiration struck and made me want to convert one of the most underappreciated WFB plastic characters, the Empire Master Engineer β€” at least, it’s the only model that’s ALWAYS available at the FLGS and never sells out. And to be honest, it used to be the one model I couldn’t see myself using for anything. But it just seemed perfect for this:”

Using the – now OOP, ironically enough – Empire Master Engineer did make for a somewhat quirky model, but that was really just the look I wanted, even back then: Equal parts nutty professor and mad scientist, and also the look of an old gentleman academic going on a grand adventure in what he considers his best possible gear for the great outdoors.

It’s also a rather cluttered and busy model with lots and lots of detail to paint, so to finish the professor did take a while. But here he is, ready to travel out into the sea of stars — FOR SCIENCE!


That bulky, voxcaster-based thing on his back is supposed to be some kind of portable cogitator, by the way, allowing him to file and cross-reference his findings even while working in the field. I imagine it even makes an old-fashioned “ding” sound when finishing with a calculation πŸ˜‰



I built the professor to be contemplating a rusty, dirty Necron skull, as you can see, unsure whether this is an artifact of a Xenos culture or actual part of an alien. There’s even a patch of bright silver where his fingers have wiped away some of the dust and grime of the ages (although you probably have to take a close look to see it):


This was another paintjob that I had been putting off for a long time — and to finally have completed these two characters really does feel like quite an achievement — silly, I know πŸ˜‰

In any case, this brings Inquisitor Alvar’s merry band of rogues and adventurers quite a bit closer to its completion. Here’s the entire retinue so far:

As for future additions, there are actually four more possible members for the warband. Take a look:

From left to right, there’s a Magos Xenobiologis of the Adeptus Mechanicus, now on permanent secondment to the Ordos, Professor Marbray’s research assistant, a Squat/Demiurg (or whatever you want to call them — I thought it would be a fun model to throw in) and Shiv Korlund, a female hive ganger, represented by one of Jes Goodwin’s vintage Escher models.

Looking at the retinue now that it’s starting to come together for good, I realise that the warband definitely owes a debt of inspiration to the Inquisitorial retinue fellow hobbyist Lamby is currently working on (and, to be exact, has been for a while). This wasn’t really a conscious decision on my part, but I cannot help feeling some of my models echo the design cues you can see in Lamby’s work, and there are subtle similarities here and there that must be due to my following his warband taking place over a similar number of years. So cheers, mate! And great to see you working on your stuff again!

I am also happy to finally be able to contribute something to one of Azazel’s community challenges again, as my attempts to finally finish Inquisitor Alvar’s warband should definitely qualify as a part of his Squaddie September ’19 challenge.

As is usually the case, I would love to hear your thoughts on the models, so please leave a comment! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

26 Responses to “INQ28: Unfinished business, pt. 2”

  1. This group looks fantastic so far. Zekariah is such a great conversion. Mrs. Dubios is really a nice model and ,funny coincident, I have it myself and want to put it into my first Ordo Hereticus Retinue. Your echo of Alvar idea works a treat!

    By the way, the Ondroma Event is taking shape and you can expect some lore and infos on my blog very soon ;-).

  2. Hi KS – many thanks for the shout-out in your commentary! You definitely hit the nail on the head when you said it’s been a long road to get to the latest retinue!

    As usual, your models and painting are top notch, and your posts are always an entertaining read!

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks a lot, mate! Seeing you working on your own retinue, and one with a subtly similar vibe, has definitely given me a bit of a leg up, so the shout out is more than deserved! πŸ™‚

  3. I think they’re brilliant! All different individuals brought together very nicely! Well done!

  4. What a great looking bunch!
    I’m always impressed by the imagination and care that goes into creating Inquisitorial Warbands – yours is no exception.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Bloody amazing – as always. I’m loving each and every one of these models. Ironically, for me each of the members of the retinue blow away the inquisitor himself. I’ve got Sasha somewhere myself, also purchased because she just looked like a cool model (and in a sort of limbo because I didn’t have anything “for” her – she may end up in an Inquisitorial Retinue eventually, after seeing this post).
    I love all those subtle details on Professor Marbray as well. And Lunn. And the look and posing on the Psyker (parts breakdown?)
    Yeah. Great stuff again, really nice.
    On the RL stuff, still hoping it works out as well as it can for you all. I know what it’s like and just how awful and stressful it can all be, so you definitely have my empathy.

    • Thanks for the comment, mate, and cheers for the kind words!

      I see your point RE: Alvar himself: He has the bad fortune of having been finished years ago, and I guess it shows. I will say that I am still fond of him, because he seemed so different, both as a character and a conversion, from what I had done before when it came to building Inquisitors.

      Oh, and here’s the parts breakdown on the psyker:
      – head: Power-armoured Grey Knights
      – torso: Cadian command squad (or tank crew?!)
      – spliced together from a High Elf bowman (the “skirt”) and a Cadian (the boots)
      – arms: an old WFB Empire cannon crew (that cannon kit is still available, I think)
      – and a couple of bitz and bobs for decoration.

      Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

      • He still looks good to me, just not as much as his followers. πŸ˜‰
        Thanks for the breakdown as well. I’ll be back to this post later…

  6. RookCorvus Says:

    Marbray is a stellar model! He’s easily my favorite of the bunch. He’s such a geezer that he would look out of place but for the long and storied tradition of bringing antique savants into the field.

    Warband is looking great! Glad you’ve had some time to unwind and hobby.

    • Haha, I remember Marbray getting a bit of flak back when I built him, for being so eclectic a model. I’m glad I stuck with him, though, as I think he works rather well, now that he’s been painted.

  7. Wonderful idea and execution. Brings to mind the very early Inquisitors book. The leader is particularly good.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  8. your inq28 warbands never stop to impress me! Professor Abelard Marbray is the embodiment of the 40k universe: a perfect mix of medieval and sci-fi looks (and details such us those on the necron skull are absolutely top!). At the same time, and much more important, hope things are getting better at home!

  9. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    The professor may be one of my favorite models that you’ve ever done.

  10. Brilliant mate – I especially love Marbray, and the detail of him wiping a clean spot on the old Necron head is just perfect! Very cool πŸ™‚

  11. Really good looking war band! Professor Abelard Marbray is the stand out for me, he just oozes character.

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