Inquisitor Syman Kant, Ordo Digna

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The only thing more horrifying than the Inquisition succeeding in our goals is our enemies succeeding in theirs.

– Inquisitor Kant, Ordo Digna

This is Inquisitor Syman Kant, founder of the Ordo Digna. The Ordo Digna is a (very) minor Ordo of the Inquisition charged with overseeing the quality and purity of religious art in the Imperium. You can read more about Inquisitor Kant in my short story A Matter of Time on the Cold Open Stories website. As you can see I’ve incorporated my usual LED flourishes (more on this below) in the form of a wrist-mounted data slate and a bionic eye for Zelial, Syman’s servo skull.

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I imagine that all Warhammer 40K players have an archetypal Inquisitor that they picture when someone mentions these sinister agents of the Imperium. They might picture Eisenhorn, or perhaps Draco from the Inquisition Wars trilogy, or even the venerable Inquisitor Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau. But for me, it was this anonymous black-clad Inquisitor from the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook that really captured my imagination when I first got into the game.

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As you can see, Syman Kant is a reasonably close copy of this Inquisitor, even down to the heraldry. This is a model that I’ve wanted to recreate for years, and now I’ve finally found the time!

LEDs

As regular readers will know, I normally like to build my LED circuits from scratch. But in this case I used a Warhammer 32/40mm Base Lighting Kit. This is a pre-built circuit from Small Scale Lights that they kindly sent to me for evaluation. The kit can be seen in the photo below. It comes with two nano LEDs in a colour of your choosing – the LEDs on the one I received were both red. Both LEDs must be the same colour, presumably this is to keep the circuit simple. It runs from a single CR1220 button cell, which is not included. According to the Small Scale Lights website this battery will power the LEDs for 40 hours. The circuit is switched on and off by a magnetic reed switch, which is a slightly more compact solution than the slide PCB switches I often use. A single 3mm magnet is included to operate the reed switch.

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As the name of the product suggests, it will fit into a 32mm base. That’s what I used for this model. I just followed my normal technique (as seen in my LED Eye Lenses tutorial) of cutting out the top of the 32mm base…

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…and inserting the circuit in the gap.

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Next I used some modelling putty around the rim of the circuit to secure it in place while I made the rest of the model. At this point it’s worth checking two things:

1. That the base sits flush to the table with the circuit in place, the battery inserted and the activating magnet attached to the reed switch (although I understand that the magnetic switch is latching in the latest version of this product and the magnet does not need to remain in place). If you don’t check this your finished model may be wonky!

2. That you have offset the circuit to the side of the base enough so that you can still access the battery when the time comes to change it. This should be easy enough in a 40mm base, but in a 32mm base it will require careful positioning.

Once the circuit was in place I then drilled 2mm holes in the legs, torso and arm of my model to run the nano LED cables through.

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One LED went into the servo skull (the wire is disguised as one of the skulls trailing leads), and the other went into a resin arm data slate that I custom cast. Once I’d finished assembling the model I coiled up slack from the wires beneath the model’s feet, covered the circuit with modelling putty and then basing text medium. Then it was ready for undercoating – but don’t forget to cover the LEDs with blu-tack when spraying!

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Here’s a 360 degree video of the finished miniature. I’m very pleased with the effect. The Small Scale Lights circuit has held up very well so far and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get into LED model kits but doesn’t fancy doing any soldering!

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That’s all for this week, I hope you found that interesting, thanks for reading!

Crimson Fists Judicar

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Judicar Gistaín wears a Iron-pattern helm recovered from the rubble of Arx Tyrannis. A skull is painted on the front of the helmet to remember all those who gave their lives in defence of Rynn’s World, and the mouth vents are sealed shut as a symbol of Gistaín’s vow of silence. The Judicar will not utter another word until he has fulfilled his oath of vengeance and laid low the enemies of the Chapter.

This Judicar is a relatively simple model by my recent standards. I picked the Judicar as the next model from Indomitus that I was going to paint since it was a “low hanging fruit” in terms of LED work. Plus it’s just a badass looking model!

The LED work on this model is just a simple LED helmet, using the techniques set out in my LED Eye Lens Tutorial. Like many other people I’ve seen posting their Indomitus work, I’ve chosen to swap out the standard Judicar head. It’s not that I dislike the standard head as such, I just felt the MkIII helm was a better fit for my force. Plus I had the clear vision of ‘sealing’ the mouth vents and adding a skull image in their place. One of my games club friends described the model as having “resting Punisher face” when he saw the WIP shot, which I thought was a brilliant way of putting it!

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Brother Gistaín leads his fellow Crimson Fists comrades from the front.

I’ve never been keen on the ‘all one colour’ scheme for space marine specialists. I prefer the Rogue Trader/Horus Heresy approach of just a portion of the armour – normally the arms and helmet – in the specialist colours, and the rest in normal chapter colours. In this case I painted the arms, shoulders, helmet and power pack in the black of the reclusium, and the rest of the armour in the blue of the Crimson Fists.

That’s it for this week! More Indomitus models and various other bits and pieces on the way soon.

Lamenters Sergeant with LED Power Sword

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Why make your point with words when it’s so much faster to make it with the tip of a sword?

– Sergeant Lugeo of the Lamenters

Sergeant Lugeo is the third member of my (slow growing) Lamenters kill team. If you missed the previous members of the kill team then you can find previous posts on the MkVI Lamenter here and the Lamenter Breacher here.

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If you’re wondering exactly how the power sword was made, then good news, I’ve just published a brand new LED Power Weapon tutorial here.

True Scaling

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My Lamenters kill team is intended to be Badab War themed, which of course means no Primaris Marines. However I do love the Primaris scale and proportions, so you may have noticed that Sergeant Lugeo is based off a Primaris model, like the other members of the team. I took some time to remove a lot of the Primaris-specific detail, like the ankle stabilisers, backpack and some of the chest detail. I then sculpted replacement detail with modelling putty. Hopefully he now looks like he is wearing MkVII power armour rather than the distinctive MkX armour of the Primaris Marines.

So that’s three Lamenters down, and four more to go!

Indomitus Crimson Fists Primaris Lieutenant

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CHOOM!

– Lieutenant Alehoc

A week ago today I received delivery of the wonderful Indomitus boxed set. Normally I wouldn’t start a project with an HQ model – I feel that’s something you have to build up to! But the new Lieutenant is my favourite model in the Indomitus set, plus it was the one that I had the clearest vision for. I’ve known what I wanted to do with it from the moment I saw the previews.

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This model was not only a record build and paint for one of my LED models (less than a week), but also one of the rare occasions where a model ends up looking exactly as I imagined! I’m very pleased with how it has turned out.

 

To achieve this volkite effect I simply followed the process that I used in my LED muzzle flare tutorial, except rather than sculpting the standard muzzle flare, I tried to capture the distinctive volkite muzzle flare seen in the artwork. You can see what the resin effect looks like the the LED off in the pictures below. The LED I used was a TruOpto 1.8mm Red LED.

 

That’s all for today. More Indomitus models to come soon!

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Crimson Fists Hellblaster Sergeant

My plasma incinerator is like the sun I never had.

– Ordoñez, Hellblaster Sergeant

Almost two years after finishing my first Crimson Fists Hellblaster, I’ve finally returned to add another member to this unit. I did start assembly work on this model quite a while ago, but rage-quit after accidentally breaking the last two pink 1.8mm LEDs that I had in stock!

The details and pose of this miniature are largely unaltered from the stock Dark Imperium model, although as you can see in the WIP image below I added an extra purity seal to the plasma gun. This was to help conceal an area of the gun I had to resculpt after installing the LED.

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The LED plasma effect was achieved using the techniques described in my original LED Plasma Weapon tutorial. If you’d like to have a go at plasma weapons but are worried this method is a bit too complex, I also have my Simple LED Plasma Weapon tutorial.

I’m sometimes asked “why pink for plasma?”. As I explain in the designer’s notes of my tutorial, there are a number of reasons I chose pink as my colour for plasma. Firstly, the range of miniature LEDs I use only has a finite selection of colours available, and I’d used a lot of the other colours already. Secondly, I’ve used argon plasma in semiconductor fabrication processes in a previous job, and that was pink, so I tend to associate pink with plasma. Thirdly, it’s pretty eye-catching, and tends to stand out among the other LEDs.

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That’s it for this week. Hopefully it won’t take me two years to get the next member of the squad finished! I’m trying to get through as much of the Dark Imperium box as I can before the Indomitus box (presumably) arrives in July. I’m really looking forward to adding the Primaris Space Marines from this new box to my Crimson Fists!