Canoness Veridyan (Warhammer 40k – Sisters of Battle) 2017

Games Workshop may have made some mistakes in the past, but releasing this kit was not one of them. In a line of “re-masters” that I (and I’m sure many other lovers of the Oldhammer) am gobbling up to the pain of my wallet, GW has hit true form again. It’s great to see them coming out with more “painter’s pieces” than simply churning out more gaming pieces.

Canoness Veridyan is one of my favourite kits to come out of Nottingham in years. Based on a beloved John Blanche artwork, this miniature captures everything Warhammer 40k should be: gothic, over-the-top, grimdark, a bit silly.

I decided to paint my model, against my first instinct, to match the original artwork. Working from the box art also allowed me to practice Non-Metallic Metal painting for the first time (tutorial will probably come on this, but I’m still learning myself, so… we’ll see!) I enjoyed taking it super slow, painting one limb at a time and lavishing attention on the detail and precise shading. While I’m not exactly happy with some parts of the finished product, in total, I think I’m going to go out there and say it’s probably one of the best paintjobs I’ve done!

But there’s no sense resting on laurels. This miniature actually opened my eyes to the possibilities of improving. Even after all these years of painting, there’s still so much more to learn, so much more to try to master. And if I don’t, it doesn’t really matter, as long as I have fun along the way and make some sweet minis.

So without any further ramble, here’s the Canoness, complete with small display plinth featuring the original artwork.

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John Blanche’s original masterpiece
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My take on the GW miniature
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Inquisitorial Domination Detachment (Warhammer 40,000 – Inquisition/Space Marines/Imperial Knights) 2013 – 2016

Upon the currents of the Empyrean, foul winds sweep through the Imperium. While most cow and grovel, some heroes stand up and take the fight to the seemingly god-like. They are Inquisitors and the human galaxy bends to their will, malefic or heroic.

The Inq28/John Blanche style came into hobby fashion a few years ago, renewed by the appearance of regular “Blanchitsu” articles in White Dwarf. Of course, this gritty, gothic-punk style resonated with me on a deep level. I love a bit of cybergoth horrror.

Creating unique characters and small warbands are my favourite ways to tackle the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It feels a whole lot more personal and creative than building armies of hundreds of faceless goons. And so I decided to hop on the horse of Inq28, creating an Inquisitorial army, along with a few powerful allies.

I ended up going a tad overboard, I admit. I bit of a lot more than I could chew at the time, and so ended up blasting through this army with a very messy style that has aged pretty badly, in my humble opinion. However, there are still a few diamonds among the rough. I hope the conversions posted below spark some new ideas in the minds of fellow Inquisitors.


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Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Haxa Soothtell and Retinue
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Ordo Malleus Inquisitor Heironymus and Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Gogh and Retinue

A squad of veteran Star Phantoms, painted in late 2015