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01-01-2009, 08:38 PM
Hello all,

A few years ago, precinctomega organised and ran the first Conclave Hobby Competition which I was lucky enough to win. Now I feel it's my turn to give something back to the Inquisitor community, so I have organised a repeat event. The competition is to create an original character for Inquisitor - this involves both building and painting a model, and writing background and stats for the character. The full rules and details of how to enter can be found here (http://www.kaled100.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index3.htm).

My hope is that this competition will raise the profile of Inquisitor across the internet (and hence the world), and encourage more people to try their hand at 54mm modelling. Inquisitor models make excellent display pieces for any collection, but I also hope that once people have designed, built and written background for their character they will be tempted to try them out in a game sometime and see just what it is that makes Inquisitor so much fun to play.

As you might expect, the competition is being run with zero budget, and although I'm sure you'd all enter anyway for the glory of being declared winner, I have managed to secure prizes from a couple of sponsors.

Pegaso Models (http://www.pegasomodels.com/) have kindly donated a few of their fantastic 54mm models (I will announce the exact details once they are finalised). Pegaso sell a wide range of historical and fantasy miniatures, many of which are perfect for Inquisitor - I hope you'll all take the time to browse their website, and I'm sure you'll find something to suit your taste.
Steve Buddle has generously offered a 54mm figure from his as yet unnamed new company. Steve is well known and respected in the Inquisitor community as the sculptor of the excellent Jena Orechiel and Abrites Judge models. More recently, he has sold his work under the name Spyglass Miniatures, and I trust that you will all support his new company when it is launched.
The competition runs for two months (closing date Monday 2nd March), which should give you all plenty of time to acquire the parts you need, build and paint your models, and write some background. If you're looking for inspiration, you might like to check out the entries to the 2005 competition (http://www.geocities.com/precinctomega/inquis/compentries1.htm).

- Dave

EDIT: Bran and the mods have given permission for this to be advertised. If you are interested please support the cause. Cheers, Dim

The Dim Reaper
01-01-2009, 09:46 PM
Silver can I ask you to delete your last post before I do it for you. This has mod approval.


01-01-2009, 09:47 PM
Silver can I ask you to delete your last post before I do it for you. This has mod approval.


You know how wary I am of advertisers ;)

The Dim Reaper
01-01-2009, 09:48 PM
Its cool. But there are mods herer for a reason. please don't forget that :)



01-01-2009, 10:16 PM
Greetings Kaled, first up a warm welcome. Nice initiative you got going here, Inquisitor is indeed a rather overlooked gem in the GW collection.

If I can find the time to read up on the rules I'll be very happy to try my hand at a 54mm scale mini again, love a good challenge ;)

Captain Castus
02-01-2009, 09:26 AM
Welcome to Astro! :D

I would love to play Inquisitor if I had the time/people to play with!

Took a look at your Gallery... Glorious stuff there!

Hope you get the interest you're after...


02-01-2009, 10:00 AM
Thanks, for the welcome. I've been lurking here for a while but as I only really play Inquisitor and there hasn't been any related threads I haven't posted before. This competition was last run in 2005, and is the thing that got me into Inquisitor. At the time, I thought of my entry as just a display piece and had no intention of playing, but after I was persuaded to give the game a try I realised just how good it was. My hope is that at least some of the people who enter will be tempted to give the game a go too.

If anyone is interested in playing, members of The Conclave organise Inquisitor events at Warhammer World in Nottingham every couple of months cumulating in the Inquisitor Grand Tournament in December. Newcomers are more than welcome. The IGT was especially good this last year (and I'm not just saying that because I won ;)) as Jervis Johnson, Gav Thorpe and John Blanche all turned up for at least part of the day to join in the fun and chat to players.

If I can find the time to read up on the rules I'll be very happy to try my hand at a 54mm scale mini again, love a good challenge ;)The rules basically boil down to you need to build a 54mm model and send me a photo (no larger than 640x480) along with stats for your character and up to 400 words of background.

It'd be great to see some new names and faces in the Inquisitor community, so I hope a few of you will be tempted to enter.

- Dave

02-01-2009, 04:43 PM
Hm... With the Inquisitor figures I have "recently" obtained, and this idea I had while driving back to Lyon today... I'll see what I can do!

02-02-2009, 06:17 PM
Evening all,

I'm happy to announce the third sponsor for this competition;
:D JMD Miniatures (http://www.jmd-miniatures.com/) :D

They have generously donated half a dozen of their rather excellent character busts including the Orc (http://www.jmd-miniatures.com/images_niveau2/11/zoom_1.jpg), Aviator (http://www.jmd-miniatures.com/images_niveau2/38/zoom_1.jpg), Ghoul (http://www.jmd-miniatures.com/images_niveau2/39/zoom_1.jpg) & Huri Khan (http://www.jmd-miniatures.com/images_niveau2/33/zoom_1-p.jpg). All are resin and the quality is excellent. Please take the time to browse their website, there really are some excellent models in their range.

I hope some of you will be tempted to enter - it'd be great to see more converts to Inquisitor and 54mm modelling.

- Dave

02-02-2009, 07:51 PM
I am very tempted, yet short on time to both make something and get back into the Inq ruleset. I'll do my best to come up with something though, no garantees I'm afraid.

02-02-2009, 10:33 PM
this really has got ne interested, i have never heard of this game before, so i downloaded all the gw sheets, rules etc and will read them tomorrow, basically can someone give me a run-down, are all the minis you buy on gw 54mm? and i take it that one really is no better than another, as they can be!"made" by yourself to be indestructable, so what? you make a mini of your fav, give it stats then how do you play?

03-02-2009, 06:04 PM
Good to see someone is interested - Inquisitor is a fantastic game but is often misunderstood by people who come to it with too many preconceptions.

This article/FAQ I wrote might be of some use to you - I think it answers most of your questions;
Make sure you check out the links under the heading 'Okay, I'm interested - where do I go now?' - especially the one to Dark Magenta, I think you'll find it a good read - there are some battle reports and a few scenarios designed for people learning the rules.

If you fancy giving it a try, check out the announcements forum below - we often arrange games at Warhammer World and everyone is welcome, veterans & beginners alike. For the more formal events like the Spring Conclave and Inquisitor Grand Tournament you'll need your own models, but for the informal ones someone will lend you some if you tell people you're coming.

Anyway, have a read through that article and come back and ask more questions - I'll do my best to answer them.

- Dave

03-02-2009, 06:16 PM
thanks for your help mate, dont worry we will have our own minis, the ones i just looked at on gw, site looked so cool, we will most likely buy them anyway, even just for display, i gotta get those 2 leather clad sisters!

03-02-2009, 06:30 PM
It's funny you should say that - the Devout sisters are always very popular! ;)

I always try to encourage people to give 54mm a try - about 3-4 years ago I bought four just as display pieces, but caught the bug and now have 60+ and haven't really gone back to 28mm since. Although GW cut their Inquisitor range a couple of years ago, there are thousands of excellent 54mm miniatures out there that can easily be converted to fit the 40k universe. This (http://www.the-conclave.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=982) thread lists a load of suppliers - it's well worth a look.

You should buy the Devout sisters, paint one, write some background for the character and enter her in the competition - don't worry about being a novice, I entered my first character in the competition back in 2005 and won (hence why it's my turn to run it this year).

- Dave

03-02-2009, 06:35 PM
so you can use any 54mm mini, cool, its funny that i was just looking at buying a 54mm as a display piece from andrea, ainaeriel i think was its name, from the warlord saga

03-02-2009, 06:54 PM
If you play at GW stores or WHW you're only supposed to use GW miniatures (although I've broken that rule a couple of times and they weren't bothered in the slightest), but otherwise there's nothing to stop you using any miniatures you like. I've got a few models from Andrea in my collection and I have to say they're excellent - easily on a par with the best that GW produce.

I've seen someone convert Ainariel into a death cultist with a bow - the main changes they made was to paint her as if she was wearing syn-skin and give her Sevora's head.

04-02-2009, 05:41 PM
Evening all,

Time for the second exciting announcement of the week - I'm finally ready to reveal the rather awesome models that Pegaso have donated as prizes.

Up for grabs are a Saracen Warrior (http://www.pegasomodels.com/productdetails_en.asp?id=93), Comanchero (http://www.pegasomodels.com/productdetails_en.asp?id=532), Samurai Warrior (http://www.pegasomodels.com/productdetails_en.asp?id=118), Roman Gladiator (http://www.pegasomodels.com/productdetails_en.asp?id=108) and last but not least the excellent Kuvar Reaper (http://www.pegasomodels.com/productdetails_en.asp?id=774).


I've got a few Pegaso models in my collection and they have always been excellent - I recently bought myself a Kuvar Reaper and it is every bit as fantastic as it looks in the photos.

- Dave

05-02-2009, 09:08 PM
That's some news indeed! Kaled, I have to say I'm impressed by the sponsoring you have been gathering for this contest.

I'll really try to enter!

05-02-2009, 10:19 PM
You might be impressed at the sponsorship I've managed to get, I'm amazed!. I thought I'd be lucky to get prizes for the top three, so the response from sponsors has been fantastic and it means there really are a lot of some excellent models up for grabs. The last time the competition was run there were only about a dozen entries - I hope there'll be more this year, but even so the odds are pretty good so I hope you will enter.

- Dave

07-02-2009, 07:24 PM
I've been looking through GW's site... but where are the Genestealer Cultists? :(

07-02-2009, 09:25 PM
Unfortunately that conversion pack was discontinued along with half the range a year or two ago. They crop up on eBay fairly often. Shouldn't be too hard to convert some hybrids though - if you gave them hoods you could get away with using human heads, and 28mm purestrain arms aren't a bad size for 54mm hybrids.

13-02-2009, 02:22 AM
I rather doubt I'll have the time go through the Inquisitor rules to make a profile for the thing I have in mind. But in all honesty this contest is not about prizes, but about giving the Inquisitor game a boost of exposure and interest. So I'll get working on an interesting minin in a few days, to the Maelstorm with the prizes....conversion time ;)

13-02-2009, 06:54 AM
Page 15 of the pdf rulebook does a good job of explaining what the characteristics represent - I expanded on it a little in this (http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?autocom=ineo&showarticle=465) article which might be of some help to you (it's all human-centric, but should give you a base to work from). There are plenty of prizes, and you're being judged on three areas, model, stats and background, so even if you're not that hot on the rules you can still concentrate on the other two areas and hope that's enough to get you through. The only other general advice I can give is to have a look around The Conclave and see if anyone on there has created a character similar to the one you have in mind that you can use as a guide for stats etc.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

- Dave

15-02-2009, 07:10 PM
I may be forced to enter this with my Inq. scale Harlequin... Inferno pistol, check. Mask, check. Harlequins kiss... very check. Now all it needs is a decent paint job...

15-02-2009, 09:53 PM
Yeah, you should definitely enter - the more entrants the better. It's about two weeks until the deadline - plenty of time to do a great paint job.

I'm really looking forwards to seeing all these models that people have planned. :)

16-02-2009, 06:35 PM
Evening all,

I've got two announcements for you today. The first is that Steve Buddle has launched his new company, Eolith Miniatures (http://www.eolithminiatures.com/) so I can now tell you that he is offering a copy of his excellent new Selene model as a prize in this competition. As some of you no doubt know, Steve has sculpted for GW in the past and created some of the most popular models in the Inquisitor range - namely the Arbites Judge and Jena Orechiel. I hope you'll all take time to look at his new website, maybe buy a model or two, and encourage him to sculpt more 54mm miniatures.


The second announcement is that we have a celebrity judge for the competition - the Inquisitorial Representative himself, Gav Thorpe, has agreed to take part in the judging!

- Dave

17-02-2009, 10:57 AM
Gav... Thorpe... Judging...


Just wondering, can we put up minatures for the comp that have already been put up in the gallery of this site? 'Cause I was planning to put a few of my Harlequin to get a bit of C&C on it... But I don't want to do that if it was going to break the rules in some way.

17-02-2009, 11:04 AM
Just wondering, can we put up minatures for the comp that have already been put up in the gallery of this site? 'Cause I was planning to put a few of my Harlequin to get a bit of C&C on it... But I don't want to do that if it was going to break the rules in some way.The idea is that the model and background be original and not have appeared elsewhere. If it was just a passing mention of the character or an early work in progress shot then I can't see any reason to object, but I'd hate to be put in the (unlikely) situation where other competitiors complained that one of the entries had appeared elsewhere and should be disqualified. By the letter of the rules they'd be correct but I don't want to have to make that sort of call if it can be avoided.

I suggest if you want C&C from other members you PM people who you think can help and do it that way...

17-02-2009, 02:01 PM
Gav Thorpe, man Kaled you must have some contacts!

Now to decide what I'm going to build, hope you won't mind mine not having any stats and abilities. Writing 2 research proposals at this moment, so I hardly have any reading energy left in the evenings ;)

17-02-2009, 02:28 PM
You should give him some stats and abilities - after all, it's one of the things you're being judged on. I won't mind if you miss them out, but as the rulebook is free and there are some great sites out there dealing with Inquisitor, you might as well come up with something. Try the old Pangolin Saloon (http://members.fortunecity.com/pangolinsaloon/) - there are all sorts of rules on there that you could adapt.

17-02-2009, 05:14 PM
I'll see what I can come up with, no promises save for that I'll send in pic of my entry. Hope to narrow it down tonight and get some bits gathered while I'm at it ;) Good thing I have a few spare Inq figures for scale-comparisson purposes. Pretty sure I'm getting over over my head again here, but it is all in good fun!

18-02-2009, 01:36 PM
Right, paintjob is done and completed, inferno pistol has been replaced with a double-bladed, double ended power knife (functions as a power sword) Harlequin's kiss has been sharpened... Base. Poop. Well, I just found something to do tonight. Shuriken Pistol. Poop. Thats another thing... If I can find one. Ah sod it... no shuriken pistol it is. And then a profile and some background... and I need to steal a digital camera at some point...

I actually have quite a lot left to do... o.O

21-02-2009, 01:57 PM
Just a reminder that there are only about 10 days to go (closing date is Monday 2nd March). If you have any questions or need any help, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I will send a receipt when entries are submitted so you know that I have received it, If you don't hear back from me within a day or so of sending your entry, please PM me to check I've received it.

21-02-2009, 02:18 PM
Oh crap, I'm running out of time and I still haven't decided what to make....deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. Two quick questions am I allowed to post of some wips pics this weekend as I have 2-3 ideas I'll be trying my hand at. And secondly do I remember correctly that I also had to register for the conclave forumto be able to participate. My internet connection is shot again today so I can't open half the pages due to my connection timing out >_<

21-02-2009, 03:18 PM
Two quick questionsFor the first question, see my answer to Rider above. For the second, yes we're asking all entrants to register at The Conclave (that was the agreement for them allowing me to use their name in connection with the competition). If you register and your account isn't activated, PM me and I'll get that sorted. If you're having problems registering in the first place, e-mail the competition address and we'll see what we can do.

- Dave

27-02-2009, 10:20 PM
Quick reminder - the deadline is this coming Monday (2nd March). I've had a few entries, but there's still time if you want to submit a character.

28-02-2009, 09:01 AM
Submitting mine tonight or tomorrow...

28-02-2009, 09:17 AM
Excellent, I'll keep an eye on my inbox. :-)

02-03-2009, 04:58 PM
Submission ends later... Good luck lads!

02-03-2009, 05:48 PM
Can't make it in time I'm afraid, havn't made it further than the pre-green stuff wireframe stage. My apologies, seems like I underestimated the amount of work it would take and I would actually have free.

02-03-2009, 06:45 PM
I've got about a dozen entries so far, and it sounds like quite a few people are doing some last minute painting in order to get their entries done in time...

As the deadline is fast approaching, I think it's time to let you know what will happen next. Tomorrow I will process all of the entries, and put together an online gallery. You will then have about a day to check that I haven't made any mistakes in uploading your characters before I invite the judges to look at them. (Note, this will be your chance to correct my mistakes NOT any of your own that you spot.)

At this stage the gallery will be anonymous so I'd ask you to refrain from discussing about who has submitted each character. After the judging has been completed, I will add usernames to the gallery so everyone gets the recognition they deserve.

The winners will be announced as soon as the judging is complete. The judging process will take as long as it takes - it might just be a day or two, but it may be that the judges take longer to reach a consensus. Afterwards, the winners can contact me about how they can claim their prizes.

I can't guarantee feedback from the judges about each entry, but I will provide feedback to anyone who asks for it. If you want feedback from your peers, I suggest you start a thread in the appropriate forum(s) - but please wait until judging is complete.

- Dave

03-03-2009, 07:55 PM
Evening all,

All of the entries are now online. The gallery is anonymous at this stage, so please do not discuss who created which character until the judging is complete.

+++ Competition Gallery +++ (http://www.kaled100.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index4.htm)

Two of you will notice that portions of your entries have been omitted due to you exceeding the word count by an amount that I considered excessive. If you are one of these people you will have an e-mail from me asking you to resubmit your character background/rules.

If you spot any mistakes that I have made while uploading your character please e-mail me and I will correct them.

- Dave

03-03-2009, 09:19 PM
After looking at the other entries, I have concluded... I'm boned. 4th place at the very best.

14-03-2009, 08:03 PM
After much deliberation on the various merits of the entries, the competition results have just been announced.

Drum roll, please...

The Conclave is delighted to announce the;

Conclave Modelling Competition 2009 Results

After careful deliberation, the final placings in the event have been determined to be:

First Place - Bibliothecary Kendal
which wins not only the most glory, but the bumper haul of the Eolith miniature, one miniature from Pegaso and three of the JMD busts.

Second Place - Eldreth Dramathire
whose creator takes home two Pegaso Miniatures and two JMD busts.

Third Place - Zaya Vane
which wins one Pegaso miniature and one bust from JMD Miniatures.

Fourth Place - Aleksey Dmitrinov
who marches away with a single Pegaso Miniature.

Finally, there's an honourable mention for Davos Adscrati, which doesn't win a prize, but comes home as "the best of the rest"!

You can see all of the entries here (http://www.kaled100.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index4.htm).

The standard this year was a joy to behold, and the final placing of the miniatures was thought about long and hard. Our commiserations to those of you who have just missed out on a prize - there was much to commend about all of the entries, but winners had to be picked in the end.

We are indebted to Dave Knowles for his organising of the event this time around, and also to all of our kind sponsors - Eolith Miniatures, Pegaso Miniatures and JMD Miniatures.

Dave will be in touch with the winners to discuss your selection of prizes, and the delivery of said gorgeous models. We want to see them all painted up as soon as you can!

Let the dissection of the results begin!

Head on over to The Conclave (http://www.the-conclave.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=882&start=15) for more discussion...