Of course, it didn’t end there. Within whatever edition 40K boxset, I remember that a series of plastic marines were all the rage. Because I was stuck in my Golden Inquisitorial rut, I could think only of how those plastics could, nay would, come to represent yet another possibility of allies for my growing Inquisitorial force.
To the credit of the codex, it encourages options, opens opportunity, finesses creativity. I just got a little bit caught up thinking about how I might touch upon all those options. In the end, unfortunately, the option-to-tabletop ratio worked distinctly against me (and has since), so that I had created quite a few options that were never, ever really going to get onto the table in any meaningful way –Radical Inquisitors, IG allies, pure Grey (Gold) Knights, and now SM allies? too much is never enough.
I’m reminded of the expression –“when all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.” That’s how I was with the Inquisition at this point, and specifically with the color Gold. Every square peg was summarily pounded into that round hole and, while I still actually quite like the experiment, I am pleased to report that there are a few more tools in the metaphorical (and the literal, now that I think on it) hobby toolbox these days.
So, these plastics got me moving on a SM allies contingent for the Inquisition –although this was actually a speed-spru-painting test that I presented myself. All of the plastics in these photos were painted in one run (cleaned, but still on the spru). It was an interesting challenge that I am distinctly tempted to revisit in the reasonably near future. The method works, I think anyway, for rank and file.
Once they were sorted, I then thought about how I might expand the allied ranks a bit by digging through the drawers a bit. This week is dedicated to what I found.