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The past year and a half has come and gone without much hobbying. Been recovering from several surgeries, some old augments needed replacements while others have been discarded altogether. It seems the proper time to set some new goals for myself. I request your forgiveness in advance if this moves at a slower than normal pace, but the flesh is weak you know. Being inspired by librisrouge's Ordo WIP, I have decided to resume a similar project of my own: The Ordo Machinum +==========+ +==========+ +==========+ +==========+ +==========+ IMPERIAL DATE CODE: 5/358019.M3 [approx. (GMT - 5:00 hours) 04:04:49 PM to 12:50:24 AM, May 11th-12th, 2019] By order of his most holy majesty the God-Emperor of Terra ARX TERMINUS LIBRARIUM SEQUESTERED ORDO MACHINUM DOSSIERS AUTHORISED PERSONS ONLY CASE FILE 1011:65E:GG7:BClg Please enter your authority code > • • • • • • • • • • • • Validating... Thank you, B&C Battle Brother. You may proceed. ORDO MACHINUM The Judicators of the Forge Just as the Ordo Hereticus pay close attention to the Ecclesiarchy, the Ordo Machinum scrutinise the Adeptus Mechanicus. Specifically, they are concerned with the reintegration of recovered STC variants into the Imperium’s armies and the rare adoptions of alien technologies into established Mechanicum protocols. The purpose here is twofold. Firstly, the Ordo Machinum ensure that laxness on the part of the Omnissiah’s worshippers does not permit a flawed technology to enter the Emperor’s service. More importantly, the Ordo Machinum ensures that no Magos is tempted to withhold vital systems from other factions of the Adeptus Terra with a view to increasing the Adeptus Mechanicus’ power within the Imperium. Inquisitors of the Ordo Machinum often accompany Adeptus Mechanicus archaeological teams to distant worlds, the better to see for themselves exactly what has been recovered. They often work in concert with the Ordo Xenos – especially when the world in question has been under alien control or there is any suggestion of non-human origin for the technology the Adeptus Mechanicus seek to recover. --- quoted from the Codex: Inquisition (6e), pg. 18 +==========+ +==========+ +==========+ +==========+ +==========+ Long Term Goal: My long term goal is to build, paint, and play an army of Imperial Agents. Using the Inquisition as their core organizer, I plan to slowly expand with other Imperial forces such as the Astra Militarum, Adeptus Mechanicus, Adeptus Astra Telepathica, and Officio Assassinorum. I would like to include the "Techwatch" (Deathwatch) as well. Optional Extras: I also have my share of classic Adeptus Astartes models, although completing a specific army has always eluded me. I have never done a specifically small army, let alone one requiring various allied factions, and the visceral drama of the Inquisition has intrigued me since Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn trilogy began in 2001. John Blanche's "The Inquisitor Sketchbook" (2005) was also a big factor. Thematic Choice: This army will be focused around the Ordo Machinum, as quoted above from the 6th edition Codex: Inquisition. As the Ordo operates within such close proximity of the Adeptus Mechanicus, even travelling with the Explorator Fleets to survey archeotech finds and recoveries, it would be possible for select elements of allied forces to accompany the Inquisitors. These allies, from whichever Imperial Faction, would have some ties to the Adeptus Mechanicus as well. These allies, for the most part, would need to be trusted and respected as working in the Omnissiah's best interests. Comparable to Astartes' Techmarines who make their vows to Mars and the Omnissiah yet still serve in their Chapter's service, so too do these Imperial Agents commit themselves in a similar fashion while serving the Ordo Machinum. I want to give any allied factions a "mechanicus-tech" look and feel to their models. I can see myself looking over much of John Blanche's artwork in the days to come. Ciao!