Category Archives: Inquisition War

Deathwatch Dreadnought


I decided I wanted to take my Deathwatch to the Adepticon combat patrol event, which meant I needed a little bit of reinforcements. I had wanted to do the dreadnought from the strike force box for the Inquisition War, but didn’t have a chance before the campaign ended. Here was my excuse!

Deathwatch Dreadnought
Deathwatch Dreadnought

The dreadnought model has always struck me as a little static, so I wanted to try to fix it. I figured tweaking the legs ought to do it. I also repositioned the toes to try to make it even more dynamic, but it didn’t really come through.

Deathwatch Dreadnought (arm detail)
Deathwatch Dreadnought (arm detail)

Hopefully the parchment on the arm conveys a sense of motion. I had considered putting another ork getting punched out, but decided that one would be enough.

Deathwatch Dreadnought (rear detail)
Deathwatch Dreadnought (rear detail)

As I’ve been doing for the rest of the Deathwatch, this guy gets all the bling, from every angle.

Deathwatch Dreadnought (base detail)
Deathwatch Dreadnought (base detail)

2014 Hobby Year in Review

It’s almost the new year, so I think I’m contractually obligated to write up some kind of retrospective.  I started tracking my backlog (and therefore all hobbying) in January, and blogging in May, so I actually have a pretty good record.  In the last few weeks I’ve caught up with all the projects I completed in 2014 but hadn’t yet written up.

Overall stats

I started the year pretty deep in hobby debt, with a significant backlog from a store closing sale, and went deeper after buying a Space Marines Strikeforce for some Inquisition War projects.  I dug myself out, though, and worked all the way through the backlog.

Hobby Progress Burndown (Nov 2014)

  • 60 projects completed
  • 131 individual models
  • 94 infantry models (including 55 40k dudes, 6 40k characters, 17 Malifaux models and 16 Reaper Bones models)
  • 18 vehicles (14 40k, 4 non-game airplanes)
  • 19 markers, tokens, and the like
  • 6.7% of the Bones Kickstarter models completed
  • New workspace, with much more functional desk, shelves, and paint racks
  • Exclusively used painted models in every game

Warhammer 40,000

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The Warzone Harat three-part campaign finished up in January.  The finale was an apoc-style event, which got me to buy and paint up a Revenant Titan, my first experience with Forge World.  The other big ongoing event was the Inquisition War campaign at Endgame, which gave me the excuse to paint up old Necromunda models as the Inquisitor and retinue, and finally do the Deathwatch Kill Team I’ve been considering for ages.

In addition, I had a pretty large backlog to work through, which meant quite a bit of Ultramarines, Dark Eldar, and Eldar got hobbied.

Malifaux

terrortot_headerI’d been contemplating adding a second miniatures game into the mix, but had never pulled the trigger.  Early in the year I got a demo of Malifaux.  Then, Wyrd’s summer painting contest convinced me to pick up and paint a box.  Once that was done, I had no choice but to play.

Since then, I’ve built up a decent selection of models.  I still don’t really know what I’m doing, but I get more confident with every game.

Reaper Bones

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I participated in the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter back in 2012, which was delivered in 2013, and I finally started painting in 2014.  For a while I was trying to do one per Thursday (Random Rursday), but that stopped being fun, so I stopped.  I’m still painting them when the urge hits me, and keep a couple primed on standby.

Scale Aircraft

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I got back into miniature wargaming a few year ago through scale models.  The nice thing about wargaming is that it has a built-in excuse to show off your work.  I only found a little time for it this year, but like the results.

Looking to 2015

Malifaux is occupying most of my miniatures brain these days.  I’ve got a pretty decent backlog already which will probably take me through February or so.

I’m going to Adepticon in March.  I’m signed up for a mix of 40k, Malifaux, and hobby seminars.  I haven’t decided what, if any, hobby goals I have ahead of the con.  If I want to do anything special (build out my Deathwatch for Combat Patrol, maybe?), I need to get serious about it soon.

Beyond that, it’s hard to say.  I have a hard time imagining myself starting a new 40k army at this point, but I can see myself building my existing ones out.  I have an desire to complete the Neverborn faction in Malifaux (well, the plastics, anyways).  I get to play few enough games that I worry I won’t understand all the rules, much less actually play with them.  Or maybe I should collect masters instead of factions.

I’ve also got my eye on both Dropzone Commander and Firestorm Armada, but I’m pretty sure I already have too many games…

Inquisition War: Callidus Assassin

Things are heating up in the Inquisition War.  The High Lords of Terra have started dispatching assassins to remove the heretical inquisitors.

This is one of the models that I’ve had lying around, unpainted, since the 2nd edition days.  When the new dataslate came out, I knew I needed to get her battle-ready.

Callidus (front)
Callidus (front)

In the first outing, she took out the retinue, but died before removing the last wound on the inquisitor in terminator armour.  She faired better in the second game, removing a squad of Arbites which had been hastily recruited, before getting to the Inquisitor and retinue hiding in a building (netting 5 victory points – Slay the Warlord, the bonus Assassin point, plus a 3 on a D3 maelstrom card).  Her primary job complete, she went to the roof and eliminated the company command squad stationed there.  Unfortunately, I misplaced her for Linebreaker at end of game, resulting in a tied match.

Callidus (rear)
Callidus (rear)

I based this model in the same way as my Deathwatch, so it fits in with the Ultramarines, but can also stand alone with another army if needed.

Callidus (detail)
Callidus (detail)

The edge highlighting does’t always look so great this close up, but I think the highlighting in the crystal in the gun is pretty nice.

Inquisition War: Deathwatch Vehicles

As part of the ongoing Inquisition War campaign at Endgame, I needed some rides for my Inquisitorial retinue and Deathwatch Kill Team.

I decided on a Razorback for the retinue.  I wanted to use something that could double as a vehicle for the Deathwatch when the campaign is done, which eliminated the various IG options.  Plus, psybolt ammo.

Inquisitorial Razorback (side)
Inquisitorial Razorback (side)

I used the Forge World Rhino doors and brass etch set, plus embellished with a few bits from the bits box to really pimp it out.

Inquisitorial Razorback (front)
Inquisitorial Razorback (front)

The whole think was primed black, then airbrushed from the top with a dark gray.  This gives a slight gradient, and makes the tank look a little less flat.

Inquisitorial Razorback (top)
Inquisitorial Razorback (top)

The turret is magnetized, although I haven’t anything with any other options.

Inquisitorial Razorback (rear)
Inquisitorial Razorback (rear)

The Deathwatch generally ride to battle in a Drop Pod.  This is, of course, awesome, although they often don’t survive to see turn two.  I should probably adjust my tactics.

Deathwatch Drop Pod (closed)
Deathwatch Drop Pod (closed)

The Drop Pod got the same gray airbrush treatment as the Razorback.  I wanted to make this thing look Deathwatchy.  Since the thing is five-way symmetric, it took most of the small brass etch insignia to get it done.  Five each on the door, above the vent thing on the sides, on the top, and on the floor in front of each pair of harnesses.

Deathwatch Drop Pod (open)
Deathwatch Drop Pod (open)

Again, the weapon is magnetized, and both storm bolter and missile launcher are painted up.

Deathwatch Drop Pod (top)
Deathwatch Drop Pod (top)