Friday, July 14, 2023

The Rot of Hondious: Spyrehead conversion

When all antibiotics become useless.

Later this month, Martin McCoy and Bill Ford are running a narrative Inq28 event called The Rot of Hondious. It centers around a backwater feudal planet largely shunned from the Imperium. Its isolation has escalated into a strict quarantine in the last twenty years as the planet has been wracked by a curious plague. The Red Joy seemingly takes hold of its victims central nervous system, compelling them to dance with joyous abandon, a rictus smile on their face until they collapse dehydrated, blood leaching from their pores. The Inquisition has recently taken an interest in the phenomenon, and the plague has started to become sentient having infected the planet's meager psykic population. We thought it would be fun to create a small Red Joy warband centered around a wayward pilgrim that got stranded on the planet and got infected by the plague. We always wanted to convert a Spyrehead based on Stygian_thorne's concept, and decided this was a great time for it!

The Spyrehead conversions was built around one of the Sisters of Battle from the Triumph of Saint Katherine boxed set. The head actually contains a metal lock from one of the old 54mm Inquisitor models!

Below is a summary of the Spyrehead cult, based on Stygian Thorne's work:

While there are many eccentric Imperial Cults in the known galaxy, Spyreheads are some of the most bizarre. While there are many divergent Spyrehead sects across the Imperium, they all exhibit some manner of veneration of spyres, cities and architecture, which leads them to build miniature replicas of these to wear, hence the name Spyrehead. These cults are often harassed and oppressed by other more dominant sects of the Imperial cult. As a result, those of Spyrehead faith often develop a sense of submission to others, knowing their faith in Him will be rewarded in death. Their beliefs tend to align with an Amalathian philosophy of things, trusting that the Emperor has a plan that is unfolding as it should. Who has the arrogance to second-guess the will of the All-Knowing Emperor of Mankind?

I removed some of the more obvious Sisters of Battle elements like the backpack to distance the model from the original.

The Spyrehead is holding a heart that came from the Dark Elf Blood Bowl team boxed set.

There is not much time left before the event, so I need to get to painting!

- Adam Wier


  1. You bet your bottom dollar you need to get painting!
    Great article as always, guys. Can't wait to see it in person!

  2. Very nice and the background is interesting. Looking forward to seeing it painted and seeing what happens with the event.