Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ciaphas Cain - Hero of the Imperium!

Taking a little break from the Leviathan to do some painting - gotta let the modelling batteries recharge for a bit! My buddy Dave let me know about a miniatures company called Cadwallon that I hadn't seen before, and lurking in their "Legendarion" section was a rather striking model of the greatest (least), most heroic (stinking coward) Commissar ever to wear the cap and greatcoat - Ciaphas Cain!

Dave had ordered up their model for the Salamanders Primarch Vulkan and was kind enough to add Cain to the order for me as well. The models arrived quickly, though the ordering process was a little convoluted with some odd PayPal redirects that didn't make either of us feel too confident, but all was well in the end.

I was rather pleased with the quality of the cast and the pose was very reminiscent of the cover art from the second Omnibus. I took some cues from the art for the paint scheme but also wanted to match it somewhat to the rest of the dozen-plus Commissars I've painted so far (no, I don't have a good reason for having that many).

I really liked the base that came with the model as well, as Cain has numerous run-ins with the Tyranid menace throughout the series. Definitely enjoyed painting it up, the blue, purple and green added a splash of color to the otherwise somewhat dour color scheme of Cain himself. Now I think I need to come up with a model to represent his personal dogsbody Jurgen, and perhaps a squad of Valhallans for him to lead!

In other news, I'm going to head down to Feast of Blades on Saturday night to have a game with Tim Toolen, owner of the Miniature Tim blog and an extremely talented modeler and painter. I'm fully expecting to be wiped off the table in short order, so just listen for the screams of dying guardsmen and you'll find me! :)


  1. Um, you don't need a good reason to have all those commissars. They're commissars. So when they tell you to buy & paint them - you do it!

  2. Thats such a cool mini!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Thanks folks! It was definitely a fun model to paint - glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Like that sculpt a lot. Very nice paint job too.

    Sounds like you're in for a fun trip - take the Leviathan and surprise him with a sound thrashing! ;)

  5. Very cool! I might have to order from them!

  6. Thanks folks!

    @Dai - Indeed, the Leviathan is going down there with me. We'll see if it comes back! Heh.

    @Sir Tainly - Other than the hinky (in my opinion) paypal hoops we had to jump through, I'm quite pleased with the model and the transaction, and will very likely order from them again in the future.

  7. That's a great looking conversion Mordian. But still not as awesome as your Leviathin.