Today I was able to finish painting my 3rd character for the warband, with a few alterations to make Tech priest Intarnix IV look unique. I’ve also been able to write up his backstory for the warband too, hope you guys enjoy the post!
Intarnix IV, Tech priest and ambassador for the Silence of the Shroud inquisition warband
Joining the Silence of the shroud warband collection today is an ancient tech priest by the name of Intarnix IV. Not only is he a representative of the Adeptus Mechanicus on the forge world of Tritonicus XXVI, but is also part of the inquisitions tech expert for the warband.
Records of his apotheosis to the grace of the Ominssiah is vague, considering all records on the forge world of X11-XX was purged by traitor forces of the Nightlords and Alpha Legion. Having witnessed the horrific events that doomed his home world, he lectures on about his vivid memory’s from time to time, detailing the horror as his whole family were being assassinated from the shadows. The emotional response was cold and plain, his humanity was all but erased by his transition to the Mechanicum, during the latter half of the Horus Heresy.
Since that day, Intarnix vowed to protect the ancient knowledge in his new position as tech priest, as part of the Omnissiahs great plans. His devotion to tech alterations and taking the flesh away for machine parts is clear to see, a living abomination of machinery blessed by the machine god. Intarnix did all he can to protect the inhabitants and artefacts under his bionic gaze.
This isn’t necessarily a path of righteousness for Intarnix, for even he himself is a sadistic and cruel being in the eyes of human citizens, although he believes that his causes are true to unification. One such act was when the Halfling, Salvador, had his face melted by acid gas grenades by renegade imperial guards during the hollow pits of Hive city, Vandalisicore. Intarnix kindly moulded a new iron skull face for Salvador, with augmetic upgrades and improved vision. Sadly, the tech priest overdid his work, erasing the Halflings memories and filling half of his grey matter with static vision. Salvador, in a sense has had his mind wiped, having to re-learn how to talk, walk and regain shards of memory’s for over ten years. The Halflings views on the priest with his recovering memory’s is a bitter note, always keeping his distance from the priests grasp to tinker his head even more.
Another act of malice was the fate of beggar priest Hugos, a heretic in the eyes of the tech priest for denial of the Omnissiahs existents. When Intarnix was visiting a hive city with the inquisition warband, ‘Silence of the Shroud’, he saw the priest shouting and bellowing lies to the masses about the none existents of the Machine god. Intarnix decided to drag Hugo away from the hive city’s slums to be ‘repurposed’, gone from existents, such irony. Today, Hugos is now known as Crunch, a rotting corpse of a servitor who Carries his electro whip, following his handler, Salvador.
His current occupation is sorting and maintaining the spirit engines on a expedition vessel named Maria’s spear, making sure the ship runs at an efficient state for warp travel across the outer rims of imperial territory. His robes are black in cog red trim to represent his affiliation with the Mechanicus and the Inqusition. This is a position that is highly regarded as an ambassador role of two organisations. When his services are needed for wytch hunting, he’ll crawl out in his station to help Inquisitor Heralock with her hunting warband. Providing technological means of stunning and crippling rouge Psykers and heretic spies.
Ive had a lot of fun painting this model for the warband, it’s not as difficult to paint as it looks if you do it in sub assembly of the top and bottom half separately. Although I really found the face to be difficult to paint, the eyes are always an issue for me paint.
However, this was a smooth task that didn’t have much backfire from the end result for a 40k model (unlike the Chaos Spacemarines ‘cough’ ‘cough’). If I could improve the model, I would have probably tried to use more time to finish the face and red trim off, as they still needed a bit more layering and contrast.
This colour scheme was inspired by Forge Worlds Horus Heresy paint style, where the colours aren’t as vibrant like GW models, but rather more grim and dirty looking. I was also inspired by the current edition of White Dwarf, specifically the Pylgrim article featuring Kari Hernesniemi’s warband, House of Marguardt.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has liked and commented on the first part post on the project, and encouragement about the warband that I’m currently working on. I’ve made sure to put all my creative efforts in getting this project done, as a lot of people have taken an interest at my work. So I hopefully I’ll be able to reveal the next character very soon.
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Hope you all have a great day!,