Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Radical Ordos Xenos Warband of Akexis Krahni - Part 2

As promised, here is the second post showing the members of my Radical Ordos Xenos Warband. These two are the mercenary sisters Florence and Celeste Duvalier, thrill seekers who tag along with Alexis for the exciting life of hunting and tracking exotic alien breeds.

I've tried to keep orange and purple as the colours that link all the members of the warband without trying to make it a uniform.

The first miniature is from Hasslefree and its tone fits a rogue trader/space pirate vibe perfectly while the second is from the Street Violence range from War-games Foundry. It was fun to paint a purple afro!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Radical Ordos Xenos Warband of Akexis Krahni - Part 1

I think it's interesting how some painting projects grow and develop over time. Some are planned with a military style precision with set objectives and sometimes even deadlines, some develop organically like a plant stalks and leaves develop and branching off from a set of roots.

 My inquisitorial warband project is one of the latter - I read the mini codex for 7th edition of 40K for Inquisitors and captured by the background I decided to build a small warband. The creative freedom afforded by these groups is immense as in principle an Inquisitor will rope into service anyone he or she thinks will get the job done.

The idea sat in the back of my brain for a while until I read the 'Oldhammer Salvation Army' thread at the Oldhammer forum (located here - where the idea was that peeps show off their unfinished models and another volunteer is sent that model on the proviso they finish it. Asslessman from that forum showed this model and I eagerly took it off his hands to paint it up to be my Inquisitor.

And this is the final result.

A little back of back story (as who doesn't like backstory?) ...

Akexis Kranhni is of the Ordo Xenos. Secretly he has no religious faith in the Imperial Creed or the corruption posed by the Xenos but perpetuates these ideologies as he believes they are useful tools for the defence of mankind and the threats it faces. The rod he holds was acquired after the purge of a diminutively populated alien race called the H'chanti. He claims it emits a manifestation of the Emperor's Divine Will reducing those under its gaze to docility until they regain themselves but it is a composite piece - the globe was retrieved from the ruins of the devastated alien civilisation. Some other inquisitors suspect his heresy and would like to see him struck from the order or worse.

The fella to his left has the moniker Greener Creed, and is a vicious and brutish bounty hunter who puts his knuckles before his ethics. Akexis encountered him on the hive world of Burnstein III after he traced a significant haul of Tau tailored weaponry being illegally distributed through the Imperium and tasked himself with tracing every item down. 

Not wishing to blow his cover he won a knife fashioned using the circuitry of a Tau equalizer from Greener in a card game. Greener then ambushed him outside attempting to pummel the Inquisitor to give it back. The fist fight lasted twenty long minutes and eventually Akexis bested Greener and gave him an ultimatum.  Either join him in paid work or spend the rest of his life in a labour camp for his crimes.

  The rest of the warband will follow soon..follow this blog to keep yourself posted!

NB. I owe a big thank you to JB who not only contributed my Inquisitor model but has also given me much photography and lighting advice! 

His very excellent blog is here -

Friday, 4 September 2015

Halloween Horror Painting Challenge

Over on Facebook I run a group dedicated to the appreciation of the classic Night Horror and Gothic Horrors produced by Citadel Miniatures in the late eighties and early nineties. It's Halloween soon and in the run up to that I'm running a painting challenge for the best painted miniature of one of those ranges.

Best of all there's a prize of old lead for the lucky winner!

To enter you need to be a member of the Facebook group -


1. The mini must be newly painted and from one of the Citadel ranges Gothic Horrors or Night Horrors. Links to these ranges are referenced at the end of the post. ( from the Stuff of Legends website). If you're not sure check the links and as I'm not all-seeing and you have found a reference to these ranges I have missed then PM me.
2. Entrants should be submitted from the 4th September to 16th October 2015. A picture/picture(s) of the entry should be posted to the group clearly indicating it is a submission for the comp and the entrant should be a member of the group.
3. Once entries have been submitted the admin will set up an album of all entries and all members will be allowed to vote on one entry to win (members can't vote on their own entry)
4. Voting will finish at midnight 31st October.
5. The winner will be announced on the 1st November and the prize will be sent to them.…/numbered/le03gumshoes/index.htm…/cat1991bp310nighthorrors-02.htm…/cat1991bp311ethereals-02.htm

(note: there is a large crossover between the Night Horrors and Ethereals range and because of this these minis are admissable)