+ Eyes of the Emperor – The Untold heroics of the unnamed wars +


A Mountain sat quietly in the darkness, trails of vapor rose from it’s top, disappearing into the night  like puffs of smoke. Dozens of moons shone the faint, grim reflection fof the sun against the hard edges of the mountains silhouette. 

Thoughts the density of steel were pushed a side. Supernatural senses engineered to be always alert were shut down one by one. All six of them silenced with immense mental discipline. 

This Ātman is an insignificant being. Smaller than a grain of rice. Smaller than a Khalef seed. Smaller than an atom. This Ātman is a mountain. Greater than the world. Greater than all the spaces of the universe. Greater than its every dimension. This Ātman that lives in the mountain, is one with the universe, has attained all the knowledge. For him there is no doubt. 

Seconds, hours, months, aeons passed and flew to all extents of the universe. Each exhale of steam longer and sparser until it was time for the six to return. One by one they came to life, sucking in the flows of the realms, expanding out to caress its souls and voids, to predict its intentions. Lastly light was allowed in, wavelengths orders of magnitude larger and smaller rushed in through what the Terrans might have called the “Eyes of the Emperor”.

The mountain grinned. Inspecting its growing assembly with satisfaction. These warriors and their heroics would go untold into eternity.  



Glowing in the gratitude and creative energy of the Thorn Moons crusade exceeding all my expectations, and resolute to not linger in its very personal glory, it is time to embark on the next phase of the Untold. The 8th edition Warhammer 40000 is simply the game they spent too many decades coming up with. A system that is enabling, entertaining and energizing.

I am absolutely positive there will be many excellent reports and pictorials from my Sleet brothers of War of Thorns and the demise of the Thorn Moons and I will also post my thoughts and learnings from the mayhem. But for now, here is something future forward.

The Untold was born from a near accidental creative spark and artistic rebellion and has ended up delivering more craftsmanship flow and fun to me than any single previous project I have worked on. The scary unruliness of the oil paints approach, coupled with not hiding behind elegant color schemes to elevate the whole endeavor has produced something so austere that many may think I’ve lost it, and others have kindly offered advise for my resurrection from color theory to alternative approaches.

When the Custodes came out I was torn between the gorgeous models and a strong sense that releasing that army being a terrible narrative and conceptual mistake for the universe. How ever, this passage captured my attention immediately.

“The Eyes of the Emperor have chosen to end their service with the Adeptus Custodes, after their advanced age or physical wounds prevent them from serving at the same ability as their brethren. Some have lost limbs, artificial eyes, or augmetic organs lessening there abilities. Afterwards they surrenders all their equipment to the Hall of Armaments and vanish into the void of the galaxy, clad in hooded black robes. However this is not the end of their service to the Custodes, as wherever they travel the Eyes of the Emperor constantly watch for threats that could harm Terra and the Emperor. They do this by either working alone, or by cultivate networks of informants and agents, using fear and intimidation to secure compliance where loyalty and honour will not suffice.”

And hence I’ve grown more and more intrigued by a lone and venerable Adeptus Custodes assembling an army to defend the mankind where the cries for help are not heard, where the response is too slow or too inadequate. This is the Specialist’s true identity.

The trajectory for the army is set. But I’m sure you and I will be both surprised for what spins it will take. I know the army will be mostly black, with some white, intense burning heat and washed out industrial orange – a color itch I’ve loong wanted to scratch. The warning chevrons will obviously cameo.

I also want to continue creating Terrain. The push to enable Thorn Moons gaming was all draining, and I had a vintage moment of insanity and decided to repaint an entire 6’x4’ worth of it between the two campaign days, as I felt the finale deserved a consistent and striking finale table pairing with enough contrast. Now I get to savor the new kits and add to a fantastic existing set of urban and forest moon terrain.

I’m leaving you with some pictures. First three of the models that largely describe the vision for the army to come. And then a set of art that inspired them and will continue to push the imagery I set out to create.

The three faces of the Untold



Paintings that inspire the Untold



Thanks my friends. Your interest and support over the years has been such a joy and even with the rise of Instagram hobby accounts continues to be the most rewarding interaction.


PS. Here’s the original kick off musings for phase 1 of the Untold for context.

The Untold

“Sapiens rule the world because only they can weave an intersubjective web of meaning: a web of laws, forces, entities and places that exist purely in their common imagination. This web allows humans alone to organise crusades, socialist revolutions and human rights movements.” 

Y.N. Harari – Ancient Terran Philosopher

It’s nothing like you imagine. No grandeur. No fanfare. No heroes. Just the stank of piss and blood. Darkness and hushed words. Assassins and twists. The flicker of dying glow globe and the slow whine of the hab systems. Nothingness in the middle of nowhere.

The children of the Emperor, clad in black armor of contempt, arming to kill his subjects, in his name.

Non Original Normal.

The hobby before seeing the original Sisters of Battle codex cover and after. Before the Inquisitor rule book and after. Before and After Rosethorn. Before and after Pilgrym. Before and after the Forge World Primarchs. Before and after the plastic Witch Huntress.

The Inquisitor in black and retinue. Done to death. Nothing to add.

This is what I’ve decided to do next. Necromunda is back and Iron Sleet is priming for the epic war in the Thorn Moons. The Ordos are going in. There will be plenty of 40k devastation, but also the untold war in the shadows to murder truth.

And I want to play with these new incredible miniatures – these brilliant gestures from Games Workshop that still feel  hard to believe exist – Sisters of Silence, Plastic Necromunda gangs, Huge gods of war in resin… Build a little collection of exquisite miniatures and paint them largely with oil paints.



6 thoughts on “+ Eyes of the Emperor – The Untold heroics of the unnamed wars +

  1. I’ve been avidly following the progress of the Thorn Moons, positively devouring all the photos that fuel a wellspring of inspiration. When I first stumbled on the INQ28 movement (following on from its larger pater on The Conclave) I was astounded by the artistic ethos many hobbyists had captured (despite having been heavily sceptical in the beginning when Mol first proposed it – I was expecting naught but space marines).

    The sheer scale of the Thorn Moons has vicariously invigorated my soul in a way I never thought possible. Long ago when I read Welcome to the End on the aforementioned Conclave for the first time, which depicted beautifully the final battle against the emerging godling Amon Dull and the fall of the craftworld Aithol, I was struck with a longing to see something of that scale, that imagination, that vision played on the table-top…. and yet I feared I never would.

    Everyone’s marvellous work on the epic Thorn Moons gives me a renewed hope. Thank you.

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  2. The Thorn Moons and everything leading up to it have been something truly spectacular to witness. I don’t want to seem trite when I say that watching everyone’s progress on their projects in the lead-up have been something I really looked forward to and would constantly revitalise and rejuvenate my love of the miniature hobby.

    When I first started in the hobby as a youth, it was the freedom and creative energy in the art and miniatures of Mr Blanche that truly captured my heart. And I would while away my evenings converting and personalising all the miniatures I could spend my pocket money on… They were good times.

    At some point along the way I lost that energy and enthusiasm. Painting by rote, building armies to just keep up and play my friends. It just became lacklustre and I found myself pushed away from the hobby for ever lengthening periods of time, until it eventually became years.

    Then falteringly I came back, just to have a peek, I still had my hobby supplies stored away. I didn’t know what I was looking for but needed something to release my creative energy on. And I discovered the Inq28 movement, Mr B still being a creative maestro, all the blogs and forum posts from all of you pre-Sleet.

    I started to cut, sculpt, paint, create and experiment again. And I found it, the heart of the hobby I was missing.

    I’m really tired and I’m rambling on far too long.

    I just wanted to say thank you to you all for being a constant source of inspiration. Keep up the amazing work, I’m going to go off and catch up on all the posts about the Thorn Moons.

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  3. So the ‘Third Face of the Untold’, looks to be a Necromunda Escher. But with some conversion work and paints that made me ask ‘where is that familiar piece from’ at first. Very nice.

    She also reminds me of a Simon Bisley painting, can’t really explain why, but seems like she would fit in nicely with some of the female characters he has drawn.

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  4. That my friend is a brilliant read!

    The entire endeavor of this project now make much more sense. The ex-Custodes narrative is a gorgeous context and fits very well into your other explorations of the Astartes as more-than-human behemoths, giants among men. As such, I see this project as a journey into the dark corners of the 40K universe driven by the same curiosity that made the Pilgrym, the Alpha Legion, the Vlka Fenryka and the Crusade – just from a different angle.

    Let the show begin…

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