This month, Ann’s Immaterium issued the “Neglected But Not Forgotten” challenge for finishing up those minis that haven’t seen any love in a while. The model I have selected is none other than Inquisitor Coteaz, who has been in my possession for a long time!
He’s just one of those instantly recognisable badasses- a mascot for the Inquisition and, back when I bought him, he was the key to taking heaps of Inquisitorial henchmen as troops. Coteaz remains a badass even today, with his trusty Nemesis daemon hammer and the Spy Network rule, which sounds like it can really wind up your opponent, making them spend 1 additional CP (once per game) when trying to play a stratagem.
The model himself is quite detailed, fitted in Inquisition armour with an hourglass, bolt pistol, tome and a two-headed psyber-eagle. I painted him in a colour scheme closer to that of how he looked in the Daemonhunters codex, making use of a darker shade of his cape mantle and eagle, as well as Leadbelcher paint for armour details in place of white.
I bought this figure maybe 9 or so years ago. Talk about neglected! I was working a horrendous job at an ISP doing tech support, where the managers were useless, the training was non-existent and the customers were awful. And they really were, not just from an employee’s point of view. Rude, impatient, aggressive, 9 hours a day. On one of my days off, I wandered into the GW in my town and chatted with the guy instore about starting a new army, where I looked over the codices and ended up buying the Grey Knights book and Inquisitor Coteaz.
Walking through town afterwards on what was a sunny day, I recall bumping into one of the guys from my desk, who none of us had seen for weeks. My colleague told me about how the stress of the job was crushing him and I came to the realisation that I was doing the same to me- I just hadn’t admitted it to myself, or couldn’t because I thought that this was what working was meant to be like. I didn’t know any better at the time.
In the weeks that followed, I would find another job and be right out of there. Though they were dark times, I did learn a lot during that period and feel that I gathered a lot of strength from my colleague, Stewart. Perhaps I even took some from the stern face of Coteaz. I ducked in and out of the hobby for years but this model has always been a constant, and I’m happy to have had the push to finally give him the treatment he deserves.
I apologise for the emotional baggage dump that came with this post, it’s just one of those models that conjures a heap of memories!
Thanks for reading, and take care.