Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy and over to Toni!
25mm: Ictus Koper – root farmer and illegal weapons trader
40mm: The Prophet – blind old man of horseback
90x120mm: The Void vehicle – or how to breach the Immaterium and escape to live another day
The prophet was something I’d had lying on the shelf half-built for two years, with a loose story story around him. The Invitational came as a perfect excuse to finish him now. The character is based on a John Blanche painting, circa 2012, that he showed me while I was visiting the Warhammer World for the first time. So a pilgrimme based on my own pilgrimage.
He kind of came together almost from the warp, in a flurry of plastic and putty. The hard part was ornaments for his staff, and I actually ended up having to buy the Space Marines Master of the Rites specifically for that part.
For Ictus, there was also a clear vision inspired by the story. He is this almost Han Solo character, but way older and more 40k. Ruthless seeker of profit, trying to survive outside the imperial law. With really no religion at all, he is only helping the old man because he sees monetary value along the way. The hunched stance of the necromancer and resolute face of the empire greatsword make this guy. He’s seen some rough times, but is by no means close to quitting. The binoculars emphasize he is acting as the prophet’s eyes in the mortal realm. The account book swinging on his right is sign that his only religion is profit.
Now the Void vehicle. This is where it got slightly out of hand..
It is imagined as the last resort getaway of Ictus and the Prophet from the Adeptus Astra Telepathica. While it is obviously a weapons platform, it should also be able to generate a psychic charge strong enough to teleport the group onto another system, sacrificing the bound psyker. Somehow they were able to harness Ictus’s illegal weapons dealing network, and build something from the ancient times. And curiously, along the way, all the servitors and overseers working on this happened to perish. And there was a smile on the old man’s face, although his words did not make any sense at all..
It was an extremely fun process putting these together. The much needed kick that was the Invitational has helped me find a new gear. The plan to paint it all on the last week might have been too ambitious though. The colors are inspired by the Adepta Sororitas codex cover and the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer. There will most definitely be more to the warband and the story soon enough..