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"I Come To Set Straight That Which Is Twisted..."


"...To cleanse that which is unclean; to judge he who is guilty; to punish he who has sinned."

This pair of 15mm models are nowadays sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" range and can be found inside SKU:YocTwo Year Two Collection and IAF082 Taranis Repulsar Drones respectively. Quite embarrassingly, I have actually owned the Witch Knight since she was first released as a free miniature in November 2014, and at the time thought she would make an excellent proxy figure for a "Warhammer 40k" Inquisitor.


As a I intended to use these metal models as a character stand, they were super-glued upon a small-sized plastic "Flames Of War" base by “Battlefront Miniatures” and undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black. I then dry-brushed some "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal over the Witch, applied two layers of Gunmetal onto the robot, and later shaded them both with "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - These three Retained Knights are almost finished

I 'picked out' the Inquisitor's loincloth with "Vallejo" Heavy Red, the shaft of her rifle-turned-broomstick with Gunmetal, and her wide-brimmed conical crown with German Fieldgrey WWII, These areas were all subsequently washed using some "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The clandestine agent's straw brush was given a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Whilst her hair was treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and a splash of (more) "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.


So as to make the figure stand out even further on the tabletop, I applied some "Vallejo" Gold to her hat's buckle, and the edges of her shoulder-pads. These areas were shaded with (even more) "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Finally, 'Lady Garielle' had her bare midriff and face painted with "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Slowly working on the metallic areas of three Sons of Horus Tactical Marines

The two-piece automaton had a number of its buttons pigmented with "Vallejo" Sun Yellow and dashed with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. I also gave its repulsors a lick of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson to mark them out from the rest of its predominantly "Vallejo" Gunmetal body,


In addition to finishing my Witch Knight and Taranis Repulsar Drone, I have been working on another three-man base of "Alternative Armies" Retained Knights, as I want to fill out my 'Sons Of Horus' contingent a little more. I've also been slowly progressing my 28mm squad of plastic MK III armoured Tactical Marines by "Games Workshop". These figures are actually quite close to completion once I've done all their metallic areas.

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undercoat2670
Jul 22, 2022

I am not sure what to think of your Inquisitor proxy space witch. On one hand it is a cool idea and concept, while on the other hand it is weird! An interesting addition to your 15mm force though.

Your other marines, both but and small, are coming along nicely too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 22, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the Witch Knight is an awesome model, and I'm definitely hoping to paint another similar model up in the future. The Retained Knights are already finished (just being based), as is one of my 28mm SoH Tactical Space Marines.

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planetmut
Jul 18, 2022

I agree with Roger, the proxy Inquisitor looks way better than GW's models. It's more in the vein of them being 17th-century witch hunters than power-armoured supermen.


Great progress on your XVI Legion chaps!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 19, 2022
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Thanks ever so much, Matt. I'm really getting addicted to the Ion Age, to the point where I may well sell off some of my other 15mm sci-fi ranges, and simply stick to them.

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wsd50
Jul 18, 2022

Nice inquisitor proxy Simon, though he looks a little cheerful compared to the miserable "grimdark" models GW churn out, I like him the better for it. 😉


Nice progress too on you SOH figures.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 18, 2022
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Cheers Roger. I thought she'd make a great Inquisitor as soon as I saw her. I also thought the 'official' paint-job was a little all-black for me, hence I wanted to really break her up with some red, gold and the green-grey witch's hat. The Ion Age stuff is definitely keeping me sane whilst I slog through the 28mm SoH, LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 18, 2022

Great looking Inquisitor Simon, and the Sons models in both scales are progressing well as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 18, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Really enjoying these 15mm figs from the Ion Age range. They're a lot of fun to paint, and helping me push on with my 28mm models in the background.

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