Deploy the Deathwatch: Part 1

So, this is incredibly exciting for me – for the first time in almost a year (and certainly the first time since I started this blog), I have some brand new, converted and painted plastic crack to donate to the Internet’s vast repertoire of Warhammer 40k models.

I could say a few words or rant or gush, but I think it would be more appropriate to jump straight to the eye candy, don’t you?

As such, here is the first model.

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This guy isn’t technically new, but I felt it was important that he be one of the first models posted on my blog – this is Inquisitor Mikhailovich, my warlord. The kitbash/conversion was heavily inspired by one of Kraut Scientist’s old Inq28 models. While I prefer his model in all honesty, I am perfectly satisfied with the way Mikhailovich turned out.

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His weapons are a little different – I chose to go with a wrist mounted flame cannon of some sort and a power halberd. Both are based on Grey Knight arms, and both are magnetized. I don’t currently have alternative arms to swap for them, although I would like to replace the flamer with something more elegant eventually.

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One thing that I’m particularly happy with is the helmet. It gives his armour a very archaic feel that most Warhammer 40k armour doesn’t have, while still retaining the feeling that it might have been designed in the future (relative to the twenty-teens we’re in now). In all honesty, it’s mildly heretical – with much bargaining, I obtained the helmet from my brother’s Chaos Raptors/Warp Talon sprue.

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One thing that you can’t see particularly well here is his right shoulder pad, which came from the old metal Deathwatch upgrade sprue and has an Inquisitorial “=I=” on it, with which I am very pleased.

However, what we’re here to see is not the Inquisitor, though I suspect that I will have to do a post dedicated to him in the future. What we’re here to see are the Space Marines who protect him through the most intense battles, when the Mikhailovichan Guard (I should have a post about them with plastic crack eye candy in the next couple weeks) are deemed insufficient. I am speaking, of course, of Killteam Technetium, the Redemptus Accords.

I have only completed four of the eleven models I received as part of the Deathwatch: Overkill box from my girlfriend for my past birthday (I sent the Tyranids on to my younger brother, which means he owes her thanks as well) in the past couple days. Five more are partially completed, stalled by a lack of gold paint, and two more are sitting in compartmentalized boxes, pending conversion bits.

However, let’s get down to it, shall we?

First up is my use of the Ortan Cassius model to create Chaplain Cassius Velthro of the Aquamarines, a direct successor of the Ultramarines.

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Honestly, this may be my favorite model I’ve ever converted.

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There isn’t much to say other than that he’s awesome. i did give him a different back pack and then spliced the Ultramarines symbol onto his Crozius.

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My favorite part of the model is the helmet though.

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I took the two wing decals from the Blood Angels Death Company kit, cut the blood drops off, and then glued them to either side of Vael Donatus’ helmet from the box (I’m not using him as an Ultramarine, so any wargear with Ultramarines’ heraldry is a no go). It creates a rather nice Aquila look, and also form a nice bit of consistency – the backpack and Crozius both have wings flanking inverted Omegas, so adding the wings does the same thing to the faceplate.

The element that I’m most excited about, though, is the fact that it cements him as a Deathwatch Keeper. While they’re a slightly more obscure element of Deathwatch lore, Keepers are awesome, and, between the Aquila faceplate and the book at his belt firmly establish him as a viable model for the role.

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The next model is Eryk “Phantom” Sylven of the Night Talons chapter.

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I didn’t really have much room for conversion on this model and, honestly, I didn’t really want to convert him. He’s simply gorgeous, in my opinion. The only thing I changed was his Chapter shoulder pad, giving him the Blood Ravens pad from the box with the blood drop shaved off, to differentiate his Chapter from their parent Chapter.DSCN1861

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One thing I do have to say is that, unlike the other models you see here, I have a bit of a vignette worked up displaying Phantom in combat. I have some additional point of view segments I need to add and, as it features what is perhaps the most prominent character in Khorne’s Eternal Hunt, it is pending approval from Kraut Scientist. As soon as I have the green light from him, you’ll have it.

Third, we have what is possibly my favorite vanilla model of the box, the Dark Angel.

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For this guy, I wanted to replicate a Chapter that had stuck out to me the first time I flipped through the 6th Edition Dark Angels Codex and that still is one of the coolest Space Marine color schemes in my mind – the Guardians of the Covenant.

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The red and silver just looks awesome, doesn’t it? (Credit to whoever painted this model. I found it on the Guardians of the Covenant wiki page.)

Now, I feel like I was able to reasonably approximate what a Guardians of the Covenant Deathwatch Marine would look like in my model, christened Michael Garyos.

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My sole issue with the model is that he appears to be firing his weapon randomly to the side, rather than deliberately aiming it. Then again, maybe he’s just as good as Hawkeye from the Avengers?

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Regardless, I’m very happy with how Michael turned out.

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I’m especially pleased with the robes, which were my first forays into the worlds of layering paints and mixing paints. They feel a little close to Mechanicus robes, but I think the rest of the model is sufficiently not-Mechanicus-y that it isn’t an issue.

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Finally for you today, we have the Terminator, whom I have dubbed Wyvernus Broilflame of the Hydragons Chapter.

The Hydragons are a Chapter my younger brother created for his character in the RPG Deathwatch. While I may be posting a more in depth description of them in the future, suffice it to say that they really like fire. For comparison purposes, next to the Hydragons, the Salamanders aren’t even mild pyromaniacs (there was one Tech-Marine, for instance, who modified a set of lightning claws to set themselves on fire during combat. The weapon now sees widespread use.)

Unfortunately, I lacked any sort of useful Terminator bits, so the model is entirely vanilla. If you have any that you’d like to donate for a redesign, feel free to let me know. πŸ˜‰

Without further ado, the plastic.

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My absolute favorite part of what I’ve done with the model is the flame on its back. Somehow (don’t ask me, because I didn’t even realize I’d done it until afterwards) I managed to get a smooth blend from blue to green along the flame which doesn’t communicate terribly well over the pictures (what I do know is that I painted the whole flame green and then the base blue, and that after I noticed the effect, I drybrushed silver over the top to cement it). I’m just happy with the effect it creates of being an unorthodox chemical fire, and, hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

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I’m also very happy with the way the flamer muzzle and melta barrel came out. I feel like I managed to make them look suitably charred for weapons that see constant use.

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As far as Warhammer 40k goes, I don’t know if I’ve been this excited in a very long time.

As always, comments, suggestions, praise, and criticism are welcome. Every word that helps improve my models is a good word, so don’t hesitate.

Expect more models of this nature in the near future, and (hopefully) fluff to go with them!

The Emperor protects, and have a nice day.

2 thoughts on “Deploy the Deathwatch: Part 1

  1. Alright, you called, and here I am πŸ˜‰

    I clearly recognise the inspirations you drew on for the Inquisitor, and I am both amused and honoured by the shout out! That being said, I think you have done a very good job of turning the overall design template into a character of your own. I love the massive flamer!

    My least favourite part about the model is, unfortunately, the thing you like most about it: the helmet. I think it’s too chaotic by far, and combined with a chaos warrior’s body, it makes this guy look like a Chaos Space Marine to me or, at least, a very radical Inquisitor. I also think that not showing the Inquisitor’s actual face is a bit of a missed opportunity, as Inquisitors are all about character and individuality. Sorry, but I want to give you my honest opinion about this part.

    Regarding the Deathwatch team, I think you have done a good job of differentiating them from the stock models: I really like the helmet on the Aquamarine! It’s over the top and brilliant! I agree that the Raven Guard Marine is beautiful and needs little conversion work (and while I’ll still be getting back to you about that story vignette, rest easy in the knowledge that, by and large, I already like it quite a bit! πŸ˜‰ ).

    I really appreciate the use of the Guardians of the Covenant colour scheme, as I have always liked that one as well!

    Regarding the paintjobs, I think you have a couple of pretty successful ideas going, but I also have some critique to offer: One, the group as a whole seems very homogenous. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing in and of itself, but I’d take some steps to slightly individualise the different members of the group while also remaining within the bigger aesthetic framework — the Guardian of the Covenant is a first fairly successful attempt at doing just that.

    The other problem is that the models lack some pop. The easy solution would be to introduce some spot colours and minor points of visual interest, such as eye lenses, oath papers, seals, pouches. You’ve already gone a ways towards this on some of the models, but overall, they still seem very dark and somewhat monochromatic.

    Anyway, hope this helps! Looking forward to seeing more from you! πŸ™‚

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    1. First, I’m honoured that the first comment on my blog is from you. That means a lot.

      Second, rather ironically, the flamer is the element of the Inquisitor that irks me the most – it seems rather too cumbersome to be a viable weapon, in my personal opinion. The fact that I made a Storm Bolter and two Hand Flamers into a single gun seems rather overkill to me (although, that is the name of the Deathwatch box, now that I think of it…).

      Your point about the helmet is definitely viable, and is now frustrating me slightly. I’ve always pictured Mikhailovich as radical, but not chaotically radical. However, a headswap is a bit out of the question at this point, and I doubt I could find a helmet I liked even if it wasn’t. While I do agree with your thoughts about the bare head, I HATE bare heads on models – while it does look cool, they’re also more vulnerable from a logical sense. I have been wanting to do an unarmoured Mikhailovich for a while, though, so maybe we’ll get to see his face if I get around to that.

      Third, I’m excited to hear that you liked my story, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

      Finally, the Deathwatch. I’d actually been having the same thoughts myself, but, unfortunately, my lack of bits and paints at the point in time has made that rather difficult to remedy. At the first opportunity I intend to get some Blood for the Blood God paint – I’ve found that it makes for simple and convincing lenses. Most of the other points you referred to I did paint, but got dampened severely when I washed the models with Agrax Earthshade. One thing I tried to do was make the black elements of the models’ armour the same dusted red of Mikhailovich’s, but I’ve considered adding isolated plates of armour in their respective Chapters’ original colors. Any thoughts on that idea?

      Again, thank you so much for the feedback – it rather means everything! I love your work and suspect I will be inspired by it for years to come, so keep up your work and I’ll keep up mine.

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