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So I've been building, painting and playing Warhammer of various flavours for the best part of 25 years, and over that time I've collected a range of armies that are in various states of completed-ness. With the current lack of ability to get out and about to show them off and get advice on them, I thought it was about time I stopped lurking and actually contributed to Dakka!

I'll be the first to say that my painting isn't top notch, and I've got some limitations, but I try to be a decent table top level painter, and any comments and criticism is greatly appreciated.

I've got a range of armies that are in various states of finished I'll be documenting throughout this, whilst I continue working on a couple of armies that are much more in "in progress".

My current list of armies to document are in no particular order:
40K:
  • Deathwatch (Following a rather radical inquisitor)

  • Inquisition (of various flavours, with various hangers on)

  • Astra Militarum/GSC (the Desert Rats, a rag tag bunch of mechanised guard)

  • Gluttonous Emperor's Children

  • A small second edition Eldar Biel-Tan force

  • Space Wolves Combat Patrol

  • 2nd Ed Blood Angles

  • Rogue Trader Grey Knights

  • Necrons (from Indomitus)

  • World Eaters

  • Adeptus Mechanicus (Lead by a rather radical Magos Biologis)

  • Assassins (based off of a Van Saar gang)

  • Renegade Guard (an Astra Militarum force to support the death guard)

  • Renegade Sisters of Battle (who's hymns will make ears bleed)

  • Dark Angels (3 Companies and Counting...)

  • Horus Heresy:
  • Death Guard (a mid heresy army starting to turn to Nurgle with a knight support)

  • Age of Sigmar:
  • Stormcast Eternals (Celestial Vindicators that got lost in a Silver Tower)

  • Maggotkin (Alice in Nurgle-land)

  • Goblin Sky Pirates (With flying Orruk support)

  • Legion of Grief (What happened to Bretonnia...)


  • If anyone has any particular requests for which to get to sooner rather than later, I'm all ears, and I'll try to update this with page links when I do get around to each army.

    (I decided to tidy up this first post so moved the Deathwatch that were here to my next post.)

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    Welcome!

    Quite the characterful batch of models. The Librarian works particularly well.
       
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    (original bit from first post


    First up here's one of my more recent "completions", my Deathwatch.

    Seconded to a rather radical (cough *heretical* cough) Inquisitor (we'll no doubt see him later), they've taken to the use of some questionable weapons in order to purge the aliens.

    It all started with this guy: A Black Shield Librarian that turned up at the Watch Fortress:



    Not long after I completed him, he was swiftly joined by a Chaplain, from the Aurora Chapter:



    And a Apothecary from the Exorcists:



    Ably backed by brother Ismael, the Redemptor dreadnought seconded from the blood angels (he does love his dakka):



    I've recently finished up two small kill-teams for them to lead, so they'll be joining in soon!

    (and now onto the second post)

    Thanks youwashock, I've worked on some bigger armies, but I'm trying to spend more time on individuals in this army to make them more characterful, so I'm glad to see it's working. I've been raiding my bitz box to try and make their chapter recognisable even without the shoulder pads, with mixed success.

    Here's the first kill-team, Fortis Kill Team Vega, kitted out for close range fire-fights:

    Lead by veteran Telamon Vega from the Crimson Fists, with his trusty plasma pistol and massive axe:



    Intercessor Zakeal Astelan, from the Dark Angels, a rather stoic battle brother, and second in command of the kill team:



    Intercessor Olaf Orksbane, from the Space Wolves, who regularly runs through all of his ammunition in any fire-fight:



    Intercessor Marius Belmont, from the Black Templars, who definitely prefers his sword to his auto bolt rifle:



    Intercessor Claudio Moriar, from the Knights of the Chalice, Marius's regular sparring partner:



    With some additional fire support provided by Hellblaster Decimus Castus, from the Angels of Fury:

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    Nice group. Big fan of all the rusty blades.
       
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    Thanks, I wanted to try and tie them all together, so everyone gets a rusty blade of some kind. I haven't yet worked out how to fit one to the Redemptor in a useful way. I think I'll either add some rust to him directly, or he may get a rusty bayonet on his cannon. Although a thought just occurred to me that I may be able to give him some rusty claws instead of his fingers...

    Anyway, onto more pictures!

    Here's the second (and final until heavy Intercessors are released) kill-team, Fortis Kill Team Drusus, kitted out for longer range fire-fights, but have gained the rather morbid (and deserved) nickname of "The Skull-Takers":

    Lead by veteran Ollonius Drusus from the Scythes of the Emperor:



    Intercessor Aelius Otho, from the Mortifactors, who collects rather a lot of trophies, including skulls:



    Which puts him in direct competition with Intercessor Tiberius Acastian, from the Silver Skulls, who also collects...well skulls..



    And then there is Intercessor Kaljyk Gal, from the White Scars, who currently only has a couple of skulls.



    The only non-skull obsessed (at least in public) Intercessor in the squad is Solaro Kaed, of the Raven Guard.



    Their fire support is adeptly handled handled by Hellblaster Cato Vertus, from the Ultramarines, who doesn't really know what to make of all the skull taking:



    As that's currently the whole of the Deathwatch patrol I've got done at the moment, I think I'll be digging out the Inquisitor and lackeys that have lead these guys down a rather dangerous road...

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    Just a quick update to Introduce the humble Inquisitor Skaldir. An ordo Xenos inquisitor that's gone a bit off the deep end in using any means at his disposal to purge the alien...



    This guy was originally built at least 5 years ago for a weekend event one of my friends runs each year. The event is Inquisition themed, so everyone brings along an inquisitor of any flavour, from strict puritan to... well Skaldir. There's a range of acolytes, bodyguards and other hangers on, to build a small, squad sized inquisition warband, and then you bring an army to back them up so they could carry out their task.

    Skaldir had the misfortune to try and bring along a Death Guard force and swiftly became a puppet of Grandfather Nurgle. It didn't end well for him, or the Death Guard, funnily enough.

    Next up will probably either be the Death Guard that he brought along with him, or my latest endeavour in the inquisition event: a new inquisitor and the Desert Rats, her rag tag bunch of mechanised guard, which unfortunately haven't seen play due to the current circumstances.

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    Yeah. That guy probably has a few infectious bats in his belfry. Great stuff, though. Anything =][= related really breeds creativity.
       
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    That’s a characterful bunch, their inquisitor seems to have brought some intriguing afflictions with him! Great idea

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    Thanks for the nice comments! As the inquisition seems to have taken people's fancy, I'll continue down that path. Here's the group that I assembled for the 2019 Event:

    Inquisitor Lord Exorcizandis. A significantly less radical inquisitor than Skaldir.



    The conversion is based off of one of the images in some stunning Ecclesiarchy conversion ideas by John Blanche from way back in White Dwarf 212, which is from 1997, now I feel old :(.
    I had been really keen to do the conversion at some point, and it had always sat on the back burner of something I would get around to do. So I finally bit the bullet over 20 years after first seeing the ideas and I think he turned out okay, although obviously not as well as the artwork

    Working under him was his interrogator Gunther Rendlsen, a sanctioned abhuman, but I advise against telling him that to his face:



    They were both aided and often patched up by the chief Medicae, Dr. Mirea (using slightly modified rules for a sister of battle hospitaller):



    And their trusty Ad-mech robot Rho-27 (who stood in for UR-025 from Blackstone Fortress):



    And then a small gang of their general grunts (Using the rules for Nitsch's voidsmen squad, from Kill Team: Rogue Trader)



    So that was the gang for 2019. They did moderately well achieved most of their objectives, and didn't die horribly, unlike Skaldir, which is always a plus.

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    The Inquisitor is so Blanchian. Great job bringing your inspiration to life. The syringe is a wonderful touch. The grunt with the assault cannon is awesome.
       
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    Thanks for the nice words. I realised I had so much fun making that inquisitor, that I've just snagged a couple more bodies off ebay to make some more of the ecclesiarchy conversions, which I found a picture of here:https://gothicpunk.tumblr.com/image/8644549267(I hope linking to tumblr is okay, if not let me know and I'll remove it)

    I'll have to do some work in progress shots once they arrive and I start work on them.

    On the other hand, I currently have my 2020 Inquisitorial warband sat and ready to go, so may I introduce Inquisitor Helenya Phorio, a modestly radical Inquisitor by most measures, one of the members of the newly reformed Ordo Chronos, and a member of the Ocularians, a faction that is obsessed with prophecy and divination. Much about her recent past is shrouded in mystery, and the more someone digs into it, the less there seems to be...



    With her familiar, carrying her "Book of Prophecy":



    Magos Douglass, and his two servitors, who joined Inquistor Phorio under questionable circumstances, when Douglass realised it would be better if he did not hang around his current location. Neither of the servitors are named, as Magos Douglass goes through that at an alarmingly fast rate. He sees them entirely as disposable tools, and why would someone bother naming a wrench?



    The Corpuscarius Electropriest, who arrived with the Magos. He has never mentioned a name, only continuously chanting litanies to the motive force:



    The medic Zuri Wyrick, not approved by any form of official training, but has fixed up plenty of people regardless:



    The Astropath Valeris, the less anyone knows about what's in the box the better:



    And (my favourite) Truck the Ogryn Bodyguard, who may have earned his name because that is what he hits like:



    Inquisitor Phorio also 'acquired' these two guys for her team, Krast and Mahrke, through some dubious Inquisition contacts. Neither will admit to where exactly they originated from, and they've moved through so many inquisitorial retinues tracking it down would be impossible, but they are both extremely competent and have helped Inquisitor Phorio out of a couple of tricky situations.



    As that's the current end of my Inquisition warbands, I'll be moving onto the Desert Rats, the army to go with Inquisitor Phorio.

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    So whilst I was waiting for the parts to arrive to make more conversions, I decided I needed to update my current model to more closely match the artwork.
    The plasma pistol is in fact about three different space marine pistols cut down and glued together in various ways, but I think the end result was worth the hassle.
    I've tried attaching the images to this post this time, so lets see how that works.
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    Lord Exorcizandis Art

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    Phorio's band is fantastic. The medic is a personal favorite. Always glad to see old Escher minis.
       
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     youwashock wrote:
    Phorio's band is fantastic. The medic is a personal favorite. Always glad to see old Escher minis.


    Glad you like them. The old necromunda minis have so much character, so I've mixed the rest of the gang into one of my guard armies. The juves were just a bit small and only had pistols, so I was at a loss what to do with them as they didn't fit into the army, and this just jumped out at me.

    If you like the old escher mini's then you should like the next one, Sister Sabine. She's not completely finished, but can sit in the "done for now" pile whilst I work on some more and decide how much more highlighting/shading I want to do:
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    There's a direct translation if I've ever seen one. Sideways seals and all. Love it.
       
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    Cool inquisition conversions, great job replicating the inspiration!

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    youwashock wrote:There's a direct translation if I've ever seen one. Sideways seals and all. Love it.

    I couldn't possibly make it and miss off the sideways seals, they were about the only thing that needed added

    gobert wrote:Cool inquisition conversions, great job replicating the inspiration!

    Thanks, I'm going to try and keep as close to the original artwork as I can, however nearly all of parts are out of production, so whilst I've managed to source the main bodies, some of the smaller bits will be switched with the closest I have.

    So onto the next member of the team.

    Brignadius the Pious, based on an Eldar Warlock. He's going to get a Storm Shield strapped to his back so that he can be used as a Crusader and I've just ordered one of the other poses of warlock with sword to give him a buddy.
    For anyone that struggles with purity seals in future, I can strongly recommend the Staedtler pigment liner 0.05mm in black. No way I could have done the book and the seals with a brush. I picked it up a while ago for under £3, and it meant I could do the writing on the book and purity seals in about 5 minutes.
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    Loving this blog and especially the Blanche-SoB project. Great homage!

    My only comment would be can anything be done about the little hairs (cat hair?) that are very visable in the close ups?

     
       
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     Kid_Kyoto wrote:
    Loving this blog and especially the Blanche-SoB project. Great homage!

    My only comment would be can anything be done about the little hairs (cat hair?) that are very visable in the close ups?


    Ah, that would be the puppy. I'll try and clean off the models and replace the photos over the next couple of days. So far I've manged to keep her from eating any of them, so at least that's a positive.

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    I've seen one or two other renditions of that Blanche Inquisitor concept page, and I've loved them every time. Your models are no exception! Brignadius is my favorite, makes me really want to get a Warlock model of my own..

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    Deathwatch are looking great! I like your additions to make them feel like their own chapters and the Blachitsu styled inquistor models are looking awesome. Keep it up.

       
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    mcmattila wrote:I've seen one or two other renditions of that Blanche Inquisitor concept page, and I've loved them every time. Your models are no exception! Brignadius is my favorite, makes me really want to get a Warlock model of my own..

    I do like Brignadius, it's a relatively simple conversion that works really well. You should definitely give it a go!

    Tyranid Horde wrote:Deathwatch are looking great! I like your additions to make them feel like their own chapters and the Blachitsu styled inquistor models are looking awesome. Keep it up.

    Thanks very much, I tried very hard to make the Deathwatch members match their chapters, even without their shoulder pads giving it away.

    Next up is Guido Noctula. He's a fairly easy conversion, however rather than replace his torso as recommended I just filed away his waistcoat. I've tried to photo him several times, but can't get a good image. The paint is a lot let streaky/brush marked, but it's the best I can do for the evening.
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    Keep 'em coming! This is an awesome stroll down memory lane. Great style.
       
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    LOL a priest named Guido... I am shocked they resisted the temptation to give him the last name Sarducci.



     
       
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     Kid_Kyoto wrote:
    LOL a priest named Guido... I am shocked they resisted the temptation to give him the last name Sarducci.


    I had never seen that. I'm not sure it was intentional, but considering some of the other tongue in cheek naming conventions we can't really rule it out.

    Next up is Tortus Bubonicus, a priest with a flamer. I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick a sheathed chainsword on the offside (if I can find one, anyone know if a kit has one?), and run him as Pious Vorne from Blackstone Fortress.
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     ManSizedTarget wrote:
     Kid_Kyoto wrote:
    LOL a priest named Guido... I am shocked they resisted the temptation to give him the last name Sarducci.


    I had never seen that. I'm not sure it was intentional, but considering some of the other tongue in cheek naming conventions we can't really rule it out.

    Next up is Tortus Bubonicus, a priest with a flamer. I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick a sheathed chainsword on the offside (if I can find one, anyone know if a kit has one?), and run him as Pious Vorne from Blackstone Fortress.


    I guess it depends how popular SNL was in the UK circa 1997.

    Tortus is looking great, I just worry he's gonna get bonked on the head by his own spiky incense burner


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    Oh you might want to post some pics, here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/729113834110813

    FB group dedicated to Blanche-inspired minis

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     Kid_Kyoto wrote:

    I guess it depends how popular SNL was in the UK circa 1997.

    Tortus is looking great, I just worry he's gonna get bonked on the head by his own spiky incense burner


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    Oh you might want to post some pics, here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/729113834110813

    FB group dedicated to Blanche-inspired minis


    I'm young enough (but only just) that I've no idea how popular SNL was back in the 90s And thanks for the link to the group, I'm taking a break from mainstream social media (hence coming and joining Dakka), but I'll make sure to keep it in mind when I go back on.

    Regarding the incense burner, I'm pretty sure he'll have been smacked round the head by it a couple of times, but I doubt it's knocked any sense into him

    I've been working on the last three members, but they've required a significant amount of conversion work, so none of them are finished yet, but here's a (very rough) WIP:



    And the art for them is here:


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    Barbosa Malificarum Art

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    Bishop of Metallica...

    Remember kids this is a GRIMDARK game, serious business! No room for frivolity here!

     
       
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     Kid_Kyoto wrote:
    Bishop of Metallica...

    Remember kids this is a GRIMDARK game, serious business! No room for frivolity here!


    Now I'm really tempted to make the original Inquisitor, Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau, wearing his skin tight power armour that looks suspiciously like jeans and a t-shirt...

    Next up on the Ecclesiarchy conversions is Heironymous Vulcanis, based on the old Fabius Bile model. The amount of greenstuff required on him was a challenge, as I'm not great, but I think his furry shoulders worked ok, although they don't show the texture as well in the photos.

    To be completely honest he's actually the first one I've finished and been disappointed at how he came out. He may well get some more work done to him later, but I'm not sure what needs done (apart from improving my painting ) so I'll leave him be until I work out what needs changing, rather than fuss with him and make it worse.
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    Heironymous Vulcanis Art

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    Nice! There’s a test amount of heresy in making Imperial Preachers out of Chaos Space Marines. I love it!

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