Sunday, September 4, 2016

Curse of the Alabaster: the Beginning

I am the Law!

We are excited to announce that we will be taking part in an Inquisimunda event in Los Angeles later this year called “Curse of the Alabaster!”  The event is being run by the talented Shibboleth, from the Sumptown Chronicles fame, with a host of notable participants including Migsula (Iron Sleet) and Weirding Way.  The premise of the game is that the geller fields of a Black Ship, filled with psykers, failed during warp transit, leading to the ship disastrously materializing within a hive spire on the planet Tarantus, leading to utter chaos and death on a unparalleled scale.  Although there has already been quite a lot of activity and excitement over the project on the official thread over on the ammobunker, we wanted to introduce the premise of our warband here, an elite group of hardened Arbitrators from the Adeptus Arbites.

She carries the portable null-generator on her back, a defense that may prove invaluable in the coming engagements.  

Aquilas were added to their shoulders to parallel those of the Judges of the Megacities.

It had been 56 days since the Alabaster catastrophe.  In the initial days following the incident, planetary officials had hoped that the local Arbites precincts, coupled with the standing Astra Militarum forces, would be able reestablish order in the devastated hive city.  Such was not the case, and the situation continued to spiral into Warp-addled madness, with every relief effort ending in abject failure.  As the days and weeks slipped onward, the hope of resolving the incident without lasting planetary damage became nothing but a naive dream of the Noble Families and Administratum officials of Tarantus.  But with each failed attempt to quell the disaster, the fear of Inquisitorial rebuke increased.  With resources dwindling and planetary unrest reaching unprecedented levels, representatives from each major hive spire met and devised a desperate effort to save [redacted], and possibly their planet.  Pulling specialists from Adeptus Arbites precincts all over Tarantus, they assembled a team with a simple mission.  Infiltrate the condemned hive and establish a beachhead for further intervention by installing a series of high powered psi-null generators.  Any and all psykers they encountered in the process were to be terminated with extreme prejudice.

Elysian heads were modified, extending the visors to mirror those seen in the 2000 AD Judge Dredd comics.

Sidearms, knives, and other equipment were added to their waists, necessary for protracted operations.

We have been wanting to build some Adeptus Arbites for a long time now. My recent work on the Order of the Crimson Hour for Church of the Red Athenaeum for the Pilgrym project, gave me a lot of ideas of how I might make some true Arbites (particularly with making more compact shotguns).  I wanted to give them a very Judge Dredd vibe, while still retaining an efficient tactical feel for the models.  I decided on using the Death Korp grenadier models as the basis for the conversion due to their functional plate armor and awesome long coats.  One of the most iconic features of the judges in Judge Dredd are their helmets, so I needed to mimic this in my arbites.  I ended up using Elysian drop troop heads for the task, due to their excellent helmets and glare-visors.  A little green stuff work to extend the visors and add a small crest on their foreheads was all I needed to achieve the effect. While I still have a lot of work to do to finish the five arbites I am planning, they have been going really well.  I will be sure to keep everyone updated with my progress, but any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

- Adam Wier

12 comments:

  1. Very nice conversions... Looking forward to seeing more of this project! I recently bought a bunch of bits for Arbites conversions, coincidentally, using old metal space marine scouts with shotguns,sternguard eagle shoulder pads, and 3rd party judge dredd style heads.

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    1. Good to hear you are attempting some conversions yourself! The old metal scouts are excellent, superior to the plastic ones I think. Metal can be a little hard to work with, but I wish you good luck!

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    2. Thanks. It's tough but it's what I grew up with so I'm used to it!

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    3. Yeah, I hear you there. I worked with a lot of their metal models. Pretty happy they switched to plastic though and stopped with finecast. I much preferred metal to that.

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  2. Fifteen years in the academy
    He was like no cadet they'd ever seen
    A man so hard, his veins bleed ice
    And when he speaks he never says it twice
    They call him judge, his last name is dredd
    So break the law, and you wind up dead
    Truth and justice are what he's fighting for
    Judge dredd the man, he is the law
    Drokk it!

    Ehemm ;)

    Instant fan of this but hope you add some bikes at least :D

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    1. Anthrax! Ha ha. I am glad you like the models! We will be showing a few more soon. We have not make any on bikes yet, but have certainly considered it. There are some nice bikes from the Infinity range that might be suitable...

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  3. Those are looking sharp - awesome work, man!

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    1. Thanks! Although it took us a little while to figure out how we wanted to make the Arbites, once we started working on them, things fell into place pretty quickly.

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  4. Wow, very nice work on these. The helmet is very evocative of a sort of Dredd/future police look, so perfect! The holstered pistol is great of course, so much closer to scale... is it a cut down IG pistol holster? Not much left to identify it by...

    What color are you thinking of painting the uniform? Blues or blacks? Something else (worn leathery brown would be pretty interesting too)

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    1. The pistols are actually from one of Wyrd's Through the Breach/Malifaux multipart kits. They come with a bunch of small pistols, which by themselves look pretty bad, but they are pretty tiny, and good to work off to create a better looking pistol. As for the color scheme, we have not quite worked out what to do. Possibly trying to parallel the Judge Dredd scheme. I think a worn brown would look good though, like you suggested.

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  5. I was going to say that using Malifaux stuff is cheating, but then I have a number of Reaper figures on my desk at the moment... ;)

    "Future cop" color scheme in white and blue might be interesting too, if only because it gives a good background for weathering.

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    1. We don't tend to use other companies parts unless they are really not available with gw. And small pistols, or any weapons for that matter are not a thing gw does well...

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