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Hi everyone,

I’m Max posting from Germany. I mostly like building, sculpting and converting models for fun. Had many breaks in the last 25 years in which all the stuff spent months and years in storage due to many moves and jobs with limited private life. I love SciFi, especially the 40K setting and the Sisters of Battle are my favorite faction.

Towards the end of last year I decided to try and build an Adepta Sororitas Kill Team from a yet to describe order minoris. I know it would be easier to just convert the upcoming plastics, but I’m doing this mostly for the fun of building and maybe games with friends using homebrew rules, so I don’t think I need to wait for the plastics. My idea was to scratch build the entire team, because I was never too fond of the metal models and wanted more modern (especially in terms of proportions) and unique models for a long time. While doing so, it turned out to be that much fun I thought about building a little 40K force. I have unassembled Exorcist, Rhino and Immolator in storage anyways and they would finally find some use.

For the infantry I set myself the following goals:
- All basically scratch built or at least converted
- No two identical models
- All should look like official art and fanart and have typical equipment and insignia
- Proportions should be like Veridyan, SoS, Celestine and the Geminae and not like the metal models
- Usability in 40K games is secondary (I don’t play competitive)
- They should be as awesome (at least to me)

I’ll use this thread as a kind of log on the project and will introduce the girls in the following posts. CC, questions and discussions are welcome of course.

Cheers, Max.


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This is the first one I finished in Nov. 2018. A so far nameless Sister Militant inspired by this piece of art: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/02/37/ff/0237ff4320f34d5ee2fc9efaa5ff9151.jpg



Made mostly from Brown Stuff, Magic-Sculpt, press molds for many details. Scale is in line with Celestine, Veridyan and the SoS, so they should fit well with this year's releases. Detail press molds are from Celestine for the legs, left hand and the front of the torso, Shoulder pauldron eagle and fleur from one of the Geminae, face from a Raging Heroes Jailbird (not the hair though), backpack from Veridyan.

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The next minis I made were 3 Sisters Superior or Celestians. I know normal Celestians can't have the Power Sword / Pistol combination in official rules so far, but I think it would make sense if they could have melee weapons like Power Swords, Power Maul, Power Axe or at least a Chainsword in addition to a Bolter Pistol, Inferno Pistol, Handflamer or Plasma Pistol. Many Celestians probably were Sisters Superior before being raised to their new rank.

This one has a Plasma Pistol and a Power Sword.



This fine warrior is awaiting her enemies on a windy cliff.



This one is just turning around.



And here's group shot of the first four Sisters.

   
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Really nice work! Any armatures in there or was it all built freehand off your molded legs? Great project either way, I salute your ambition. Also, tip of the hat to "Sisters Superior."

   
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Thanks, MacPhail! On these I used no wire aside very few pins. Brown Stuff with Cyanoacrylate hardens quickly, I use this to combine parts molded or sculpted separtedly or to create internal support or a kind of 'armature' when needed. I'm curious how far my ambition gets me with this.
   
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Very nice! I wish I could buy some of your work. Alas.
   
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Thanks, Mmmpi! I guess in the course of this year it will become quite easy to make similar (or better ones) with the new plastic models. :-D



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The next models I made (Dec. 2018) are a group of Dominions with meltas and a Sister Superior with Power Sword and Inferno Pistol. Dominions have no specific models in the official metal range, so far you have to use standard Sisters (mostly with specialist weapons). I think Dominion models should be charging, attacking, breaking enemy lines being the most aggressive and hot blooded warriors of their order. So I tried giving them more active poses.



Briefly thought about giving all Dominions headbands, but had already sculpted the hair of the others.





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“I’m gonna need two Eviscerators for this heresy” - Palatine Sister Evie



As a martial arts mistress of the Order of the Cleansing Blade Evie wields a double bladed Eviscerator Glaive to mow down all those who refuse to repent. Countless men have lost their heads over and due to her.



She’s the last model I made 2018. Scratch built from Brown stuff, Magic Sculpt and also a little Green Stuff. Detail press molds from Celestine, Geminae, Sisters of Silence, Verydian, a borrowed earring (Fleur on the hilts) and the face of a spare Raging Heroes head. It’d be great if Palatines could become a HQ choice in the new Codex.
   
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Veteran Sisters Repentia Inferna and Nora

"The fog was thick as Cadian pea soup. Only when I heard their inspiring hymnals passing my desolate position, I became aware that an attack must have been ordered and left the trench. Out of a sudden hissing flames cut the fog apart and engulfed the traitor’s pillboxes, instantly silencing any defensive fire. The hungry growls of a few dozen super-sized chainswords rose all around me drowning the death cries of the incinerated. Then I found myself amidst this storming horde of wild furies in crimson red rags throwing themselves and their eviscerators into the smoldering breaches the flamers had cut." – Report of an unnamed Guardsman on an employment of Sisters Repentia



Idea behind the models: a few Sisters Repentia - only the strongest and incredibly lucky ones - do not die easily. They survive many battles and become veterans. Armed with a combination of Eviscerator and Heavy flamer they form the suicidal spearhead of their repentant force, breaking up enemy formations, which are then cut down by their junior comrades in repentance. They might also form the bodyguard of the Mistress of Repentance or other Sisters of elevated rank and most happily give their life to protect them.

Had this idea when I saw the Pious Vorne model from Blackstone fortress. The weapon looks impractical, heavy and without power armor, you’d better not skip gym to often to use it. That’s why I made them quite buff. As usual made from Brown stuff, Magic-Sculpt and also a little Green Stuff (head cloth and some seals). Detail press molds from Pious Vorne, Prodos Crusader torsos and Escher arms. Heads are failed attempts from other models, which I hid under the red cloth. Also rotated the flames to make them parallel.
   
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Awesome order
That back and red hits the spot!
And that dual-chain wielder looks supremely badass. Well done!

Same color scheme I have for my inquisition force https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/761474.page
I have small sister force to support the IG AM army, haven't got to them yet.

The Order of the Cleansing Blade would look appropriate leading my Strelets

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Thanks Mothsniper! It's basically the color scheme of the Order of Our Martyred Lady (from which the Order of the Cleansing Blade descended) with some minor changes for the higher ranked Sisters.
   
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 Max Moray wrote:
Thanks Mothsniper! It's basically the color scheme of the Order of Our Martyred Lady (from which the Order of the Cleansing Blade descended) with some minor changes for the higher ranked Sisters.


Order of Our Martyred Lady indeed.
As oppose to creating uniquely new organizations, I am more likely to create the Chapters, Ordos, Kabals, Groups that are very very close to the standard organizations with just a slight branching, a kin to a mini-expansion.
That way it is deeply rooted in the lore and has strong base. Keep up the work!



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“I love the smell of burning heretics in the morning” – Legatine Sister Xandrine

Xandrine is not only one of the most skilled warriors of the Order of the Cleansing Blade, she also serves her fellow sisters as a shining example and spiritual leader. Into battle she carries the legendary Eviscerator ‘Sweetteeth’ and an antique hand flamer she calls her ‘Little Lighter’.



Built out of more than 25 individual parts made from Brown stuff, Magic Sculpt and very little Green Stuff. Detail press molds from Celestine, Geminae, Sisters of Silence, Verydian, Pious Vorne and the modified face of a spare Raging Heroes head.

She is based on this illustration by Lars Bundvad: https://www.deviantart.com/vanagandr/art/Sororitas-433554528
   
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This is amazing. Scale-wise, they're 32mm? 35mm?

If you're making the models from 25 individual parts, maybe sculpt the larger individual "hard" armor pieces (thigh, forearm, shoulderpad, backpack) and cast sets of them in resin - then, you could just assemble the joints and other "soft" stuff to speed the process.

   
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Thanks, JohnHwangDD!

They are between 32 and 36 mm from Sole to top of their hair depending on their pose. They are leaner and much taller than the offical metal Sororitas, but in scale with modern releases such as Escher gang, Celestine and the Geminae (at least 35 mm when they were standing), Greyfax, Sisters of Silence, Verydian (37 mm!) and e.g. Pious Vorne (33 mm). So I think they might coincide in scale with the upcoming plastic sisters.

Thanks for the suggestion. Your are certainly right about resin casting of some parts making this more time efficient in the long run. I'll consider that. So far I use surplus putty (I always mix too much) to make pieces such as shoulder pads or backpacks by pushing it in some press mold and cleaning it up later.
   
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Was asked if I did’t want to make a Sister with a helmet. I did. Here she is.

   
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The latest three members of the Cleansing Blade represent the Holy Trinity of Bolter, Melta and Flamer.



They are inspired by an image by Anna Steinbauer: https://warhammerart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/AST001-Sisters-Of-Battle-Cover-650x975.jpg

Some more pictures:

   
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I am really liking the red cloth!

   
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Holy Trinity indeed!
So good. Damn it now I want to play (DoW - SoulStorm) !

Hey man, what do you think about adding a bit of green-stuff underneath the foot to "extend" the base a bit. Just a little piece of brick or tile for the bolter sister.
I like those long sleeves! Gives me an idea to make a long gown style tabart-tunic with extra long sleeves for my sisters




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I had tried to put a skull under the foot, But I did not like it and removed it before painting. Found it better as it is now. Do you think it looks bad or wrong the way it is? Could have also simply put her on a 32 mm.

Yes, I like these red gowns, too. Might try to make some battle torn ones (as often illustrated) in the future.
   
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I had tried to put a skull under the foot, But I did not like it and removed it before painting. Found it better as it is now. Do you think it looks bad or wrong the way it is? Could have also simply put her on a 32 mm.

Yes, I like these red gowns, too. Might try to make some battle torn ones (as often illustrated) in the future.


It doesn't look bad, plus you are building the force for your self so the only thing that matters is how you think it looks, I just mentioned it because I know that would bother me. But at same time having a "none-circular" base that looks different from other bases would bother me more.
I do have some models that go from edge to edge of base, and plan to address that during dressing-up base stage... somehow.
For example, For this rocket team a quick plate was a quick solution that would leave me mind at ease, and allow me to move on.

Ooo battle torn gowns! Oh and billowing in the wind pieces of fabric and holy parchments! So much cool stuff to do, so little time in a day.
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I think bases are a good way - aside the style and the color scheme of the miniatures themselves - to forge models into an army. As long as they do that and have something in common, things like skulls, rocks or plates to enlarge a base are ok and sometimes even beneficial as you show. Didn't like it on the Sister mentioned above, though. The skull looked like it was about to roll of the base.

Also, got a new Sister...



Sister Hospitaller Edwina from the Order of the Healing Fire. She is deployed to the Order Militant of the Cleansing Blade as a Combat Chirurgeon. Edwina and her Sisters have taken a vow to preserve life. However, witches, xenos and heretics are not seen as life, but as a disease that needs to be purged. Therefore, the Sisters of Order of the Healing Fire are just as capable in dealing mortal wounds as healing them.
   
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Very nice! I recently got the "regular" one assembled, and she's really nice, aside from the rebreather which should have been a surgical mask.

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Thanks JHDD!

I had the regular (metal) one, too. Thinks it's one of the best minis, maybe the best mini of the old Sisters range. I couldn't find it recently, though, when I went through the boxes of shame for hours. Hope it's not gone and just hiding somewhere.

I liked the face as it is (from Rogue Trader's Sanistasia Minst), so I decided not to add a mask.
   
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A group shot, while assembling some more of them.

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Nice group shot!

Question: Will you be doing a Repentia? If so, what style?

   
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Thanks! I hope I will!

I'm thinking red long skirts (Delaque or Pious Vorne like) or long loin cloth, purity seals, somewhat muscled (Jailbird or Escher like), bald or with red cloth executioner masks, no power armor (but probably SFW), mighty Eviscerators, scars, cool poses, screaming, ravaging, repenting. Not too far off the standard design and in line with Veteran Sisters Repentia Inferna and Nora pictured above.

They are currently not my priority, though. Still building Heavy Bolter Retributors and some Stormbolterettes, also have released two Rhinos from storage for Repressor conversions and there are still some half-arsed converted Saint and Geminae mid-paint as well as a Melta Dominion I forgot on the desk... Many ideas, days are too short.
   
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 Max Moray wrote:
Thanks! I hope I will!

I'm thinking red long skirts (Delaque or Pious Vorne like) or long loin cloth, purity seals, somewhat muscled (Jailbird or Escher like), bald or with red cloth executioner masks, no power armor (but probably SFW), mighty Eviscerators, scars, cool poses, screaming, ravaging, repenting. Not too far off the standard design and in line with Veteran Sisters Repentia Inferna and Nora pictured above.

They are currently not my priority, though. Still building Heavy Bolter Retributors and some Stormbolterettes, also have released two Rhinos from storage for Repressor conversions and there are still some half-arsed converted Saint and Geminae mid-paint as well as a Melta Dominion I forgot on the desk... Many ideas, days are too short.


Thanks, I was curious what the "basic" Repentia would be like vs the Veterans.

I look forward to more of the "regular" armored Sisters

   
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Well placed backdrop!
Any of these be perfect for action diorama.



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Saint Sepherine and her two Geminae Superia. Sepherine once was a young Novice Advance of the Order of our Martyred Lady, a Novice of ardent zeal as well as highest purity. She was trapped, tortured for weeks and at last burned alive by an infamous witch cult millennia ago. Whenever times seem hopeless for the Order of the Cleansing Blade, she may appear on the battlefield as an avenging angel cutting and burning heretics and xenos alike. She often is accompanied by two long gone canonesses of the Cleansing Blade, who merciless ravage and ignite all enemies of the Emperor while defending their Saint.







Every order needs some Saints, so I converted a set of Celestine for the Order of the Cleansing Blade and painted them in the order’s colors to make them fit in. I wanted blades and fire. Celestine got two flaming swords and the birds had to move. The Geminae are supposed to be former canonesses in the official lore, too, however the models looked almost like standard Seraphim. Therefore, I added a torch, changed the weapons to different swords (Dreamforge) and homemade Stormbolters. They also got Verydian or Ephrael like skull boobs to make them more canonessy. The swords of all three are Incinerator swords, which set anything they touch on fire, even matter that usually does not burn such as steel, ceramite or the stone cold heart of your ex.
   
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So good.



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