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Van Helser's Retrospective
« on: August 02, 2009, 11:24:33 AM »
Good to see The Conclave back up and running.  Thought I'd add some colour to it with a selection of my past work.  Later on today I'll share some WIPs as well.

Can only really begin with Mikael Van Helser, my first ever Inquisitor figure:


My more regular tabletop inquisitor, Tomashek Goddard comes in two varieties:




Goddard is ably assisted by a large retinue of followers, including the stars of last year's Grand Tournament (psyche!), archeotech prospector David Burrell, gunslinger Hector Ganz and the sage Pret Hirschfield:






And finally, two of the inquisitors from the Istvaanian Sourcebook, Jan Kierys and Cillian Lyko Losporin:




Just realised these pictures cover 8 years of modelling 54mm figures - I'm getting old!

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 12:36:47 PM »
I love them all, but I have to say my favourites are Hector (or should I say Jack Carver?) with his wonderfully snazzy t-shirt and the sage - I can't believe I'd never thought of sculpting crossed arms before, genius!
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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2009, 01:16:09 PM »
Well, until now I didn't know who Jack Carver was - never played FarCry - but it's obvious that hard bastards wear Hawaiian shirts the galaxy over to emphasise their manliness!

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009, 02:51:28 PM »
You know Van, I don't think I have ever seen the pic of your first mini before. He is nice for a first 54mm, much nicer than mine was... lol.

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2009, 02:53:39 PM »
Van Helser doesn't get out much.

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2009, 04:10:09 PM »
Well, until now I didn't know who Jack Carver was - never played FarCry...
I get quite a lot of that, people suggesting that I used something as inspiration, and it's something I've only heard of in the most passing of circumstances. Very odd.
Doubly so when instead of it just being off the top of my head, I used something else entirely as inspiration.

I have to say though, I find Hector's model particularly appealing. They're all great work, but for some reason that's the one that catches my eye the most.
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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 11:43:34 PM »
Van Helser wins huge respect for having the only 40k model I have ever seen wearing a Hawaiian shirt (the rest are pretty damn cool too, but that shirt...)

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2009, 07:26:24 AM »
(the rest are pretty damn cool too, but that shirt...)
And the head on that model is just fantastic too.  Burrell is still my favourite though.
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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2009, 05:50:26 PM »
I am quite fond of Van Helser's Burrel model too (and jealous, as I have never seen one for sale anywhere.)


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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2009, 09:06:56 PM »
I am quite happily under the impression that Burrell is close to being unique.  I know of no one else online or in real life who got hold of the Messenger Boy from the second Citizens pack.  Thank goodness for a sharp eye on eBay the day the lot he came in turned up!

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2009, 10:17:41 PM »
Yeah, you're a very lucky man - the messenger boy & ratcatcher should have been two fantastic additions to the Inquisitor range, such a shame they were never properly released. :(

The same goes for the gimp warrior...
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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2009, 03:48:00 AM »
Is it me, or does the second version of Goddard look vaguely like Peter Falk?
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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2009, 09:56:39 PM »
hi there
wheres the hula shirted hard nut from?
loving the mini?
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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2009, 11:48:55 PM »
Losporin's kit is all really nicely done - I do like the chains and the gun-strap.
He looks suitably cluttered with devotional literature, and the Judge head always adds an air of dignity and authority to a model.

As everyone's already said, M. Bison is an inspired pose sculpt as well.

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Re: Van Helser's Retrospective
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2009, 10:36:45 AM »
hi there
wheres the hula shirted hard nut from?
loving the mini?
kerby

Ganz is Slick's legs, Stone's torso with a greenstuffed shirt and Von Castellan's holsters, with 40k ork arms and Stone's head with the metal clasps filed off.

Losporin's kit is all really nicely done - I do like the chains and the gun-strap.
He looks suitably cluttered with devotional literature, and the Judge head always adds an air of dignity and authority to a model.

As everyone's already said, M. Bison is an inspired pose sculpt as well.

Losporin hasn't actually had that much work done to him - the base model is Luriel Sacred Fist by Andrea, and he was liberally covered in parchment before I got my hands on him. 

Oh and his head is Tyrus's, not the judge!