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Ninjabread Inactive Member05 Dec 2018 6:27 a.m. PST

Golden Demon! Games Workshop's prestigious painting competition I've dreamed about winning since I was an eleven year old boy. Like the Oscars there's big statuettes. Like the Nobel Prize the winners are selected by internationally respected judges. Like the Turner Prize there's a no contribution to the actual world of art. It's the ultimate battleground for miniature painters. And these Sisters of Silence Prosecutors took home the bronze statuette at the Warhammer 40,000 Vigilus Open Day.

Silence is golden (demon).

I spent three weeks of hobby time getting these miniatures from sprue to plinth, sweeping all my ongoing projects aside to focus solely on these Sisters. The pressure of an immovable deadline and the harsh scrutiny of the judges meant I pushed myself hard to make the squad's copper Vratine armour truly shine.

Prosecutors in early November, broken into sub-assemblies and looking intimidatingly unfinished.

The Prosecutors are each designed with one fixed pose your only real choice is the way you point their head. Assembled out of the box, all have their Boltguns held across their chest. Reposing is a challenge, but with lot of cutting, putty and spare arms I opened up three of the poses to make the squad more action-packed.

Silent. But deadly.

I was itching to introduce a bit of component variety into the squad, such as a heavy weapon, or a fancypants sword for the Sister Superior, but the Index Imperium wargear options forbade it. To get the squad to (silently) scream "LOOK AT ME" I added a massive banner from Wood Elf Eternal Guard kit. The original detail has been carved off and sanded away so I could paint on my own Adeptus Astra Telepathica designs on both sides.

"Exigua est virtus praestare silentia rebus, at contra gravis est culpa tacenda loqui."

I wracked my brains for a phrase to freehand onto the banner. I considered Latin versions of "Enjoy the Silence" and "Hello darkness my old friend" but tongue-in-cheekiness didn't suit these dour space nuns. So I found two high-minded lines in Ovid's Ars Amatoria which translate as "Slight is the merit on keeping silence on a matter, on the other hand, serious is the guilt of talking on things whereon we should be silent." I'll save the Depeche Mode for some goofy Rogue Trader or Blood Bowl nonsense.

Patterns in the Ivy

The ivy on the banner was originally a Captain Crooks suggestion. I used swirly ivy creepers on the breechcloths and cloak outsides, and angular ivy leafs on cloak insides. In folklore, ivy is taken into the home to ward off evil spirits much like Sisters are taken in your Imperial force to ward off evil. Aaaaand, ivy is mildly poisonous to humans, in the same way Sisters of Silence and their Pariah gene are psychically unsettling for humans to be around. I'm so happy with the symbolism of the plant that I might spin it out to the iconography of the whole Sisterhood Vigil (equivalent to a Space Marine Chapter), if I do any more. Call them "Crimson Ivy"? Mmm, no, too burlesque. "Ivy League"? Mmm, also no.

The skullrific bases are from a Shadespire warband (Magore's Fiends) with their footholes sculpted over. To ground them in the Warhammer 40,000 universe I added a helmet from a Thousand Sons Scarab Occult Terminator.

Squad Philomela supporting the Nemesis Chapter battlelines.

Patreon Painting Tutorial

Last week the Patrons of Ninjabread got access to a detailed stage-by-stage write up of the paints and techniques used to paint the copper armour.

If you become a supporter today and you'll get access to this in depth masterclass tutorial, and also the back catalogue that also covers two varieties of Space Marines power armour, and human flesh. Thanks to everyone's that signed up to date, I'm really enjoying spending the time sharing the secrets.

Now the competition is over, and the intense focus has ended, I'm enjoying picking at preslotta odds and ends on the painting desk, toying with possible future competition entries. I need to blast through some gaming level paintjobs for a bitand get back to my Space Marine armies over the Christmas break. Watch this space!

More of my minaitures at:
Painting tutorials at:

45thdiv Inactive Member05 Dec 2018 7:09 a.m. PST

These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.


mad monkey 105 Dec 2018 7:16 a.m. PST

Congrats on the win. The paint job is simply, fab.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine05 Dec 2018 7:45 a.m. PST

Congrats great job.

Silurian05 Dec 2018 8:05 a.m. PST

Beautiful painting. A well-deserved win!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

Wow well earned and congrats! Fantastic work and I love the Latin motto

Oberlindes Sol LIC05 Dec 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

Well done!

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2018 12:06 p.m. PST


El Nato05 Dec 2018 12:33 p.m. PST

Well done!

DOUGKL05 Dec 2018 1:31 p.m. PST

Congratulations, beautiful work.

Lion in the Stars05 Dec 2018 1:51 p.m. PST


Those are beautiful minis, well done indeed.

Cotton Eyed Joe Inactive Member05 Dec 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

Great job on the Sisters. I hate the new look of the models themselves but love your brushwork. Very impressive.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2018 7:37 p.m. PST

Nice work

Baranovich05 Dec 2018 10:22 p.m. PST

Inspiring, stunning work! Should have gotten higher than a bronze!!

Platybeladon06 Dec 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

Agree with Baranovich. Which begs the question – If they're a bronze what were the silver & gold winners like??

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2018 7:52 p.m. PST

My first thought was, they look plastic. It's the smooth lack of textural contrast, even paint can't hide it. Pity.

Syrinx013 Dec 2018 9:45 p.m. PST

Very nice work.

Borderguy19017 Dec 2018 5:14 p.m. PST

Beautifully painted.

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