Some love for the Ministorum

The last week was full of news and exciting teasers and it is somehow easy to lose track of it all. Today, let’s take a closer look at the Blackstone Fortress, for there may be some hints to the future of the Adeptus Ministorum – or some wishful thinking at least.

For those who don’t know, Blackstone Fortress is an upcoming stand-alone game from Games Workshop, following the Rogue Trader “Janus Draik” and a hand full of companions into the depth of an old Blackstone Fortress.

Blackstone Fortress was a massive, alien-constructed star fort and Warp-based strategic weapon employed by both the Imperium of Man and the Forces of Chaos during their more recent conflicts. According to some Imperial savants, the Blackstone Fortresses were constructed and first used during the war between the Old Ones and the Necrons remembered in Eldar legend as the War in Heaven. The Blackstone Fortresses were known to the ancient Eldar as the Talismans of Vaul.

Blackstone Fortress in all its glory

The game includes a lot of awesome miniatures, tons of material and is surely a great deal for a lot of fun in the grim dark. But two models in particular caught my eye – a Ministorum Priest (Taddeus the Purifier) and a Missionary Zealot (Pious Vorne).


Being part of a classical group of Rogue Traders is not a big deal, but the models reminded me of some old counterparts.

Taddeus the Purifier and Redemptor Kyrinov in direct comparison
Taddeus the Purifier (l) and Redemptor Kyrinov (r)

As we can see, Taddeus looks extremely similar to old Redemptor Kyrinov. Power Mace, Book in hand, Mitre (hat) and pompous robes. Having such a cool model done, I could totally see rules for Taddeus in 40k as well. Especially since there was once a similar character in game.

Now let’s take a look at Pious Vorne, the Zealot.

Pious Vorne, an old female Inquisitor and a Redemptionist in comparison
Pious Vorne (l), an old female Inquisitor (m) and Redemptionist (r)

If we look back at this old female Inquisitor model, we can see the familiar flameweapon and the attached chain sword remindes me heavily of an eviscerator as the old redemptionists and priests wielded them.

So GW clearly brought back some old styles and fashion, just like they did with Inquisitor Greyfax some while ago. And that made me thinking. Greyfax seemed to be some kind of foundation for the upcoming Sisters of Battle. We saw the same Bolter-Crossbow in the weapons preview, we have similar armour pieces and the same overall aesthetics.

And many people believe, that Greyfax was one of the models to get feedback on new female miniatures (among others as a test for Sisters.)

Size comparison of a Battle Sister and Inquisitor Greyfax.
Size comparison of a Battle Sister and Inquisitor Greyfax.

So is it odd to believe, that there might be some Ministorum action coming? I think not. Re-using existing parts like weapons and armour is a smart move. And let’s be honest. A whole unit of Eviscerator-wielding, flame-throwing maniacs IS pretty cool 🙂

The question is, where will they appear? And in which size?

The two models would fit in both armies, the Inquisition and the Adeptus Ministorum. Right now, these armies are only represented in the Index Imperium Books. Knowing that a Sisters of Battle Codex is on its way, leaves several options I guess.

  1. The Ministorum will be part of the Sisters – We saw a Penitent Eninge in the preview video of Chapter Approved 2018 / Sisters Codex already. But I still think it would be the other way round … Codex Ministorum with Sisters as a big part of it. Just like in the Index.
  2. The Ministorum will get their own book – No hints about that for now, but I guess there’s a lot of potential since we also have units like Crusaders, Priests, Assassins and so on.
  3. We get an Ynnari like book, where you can choose a lot of imperial units and mix them up, with some special units only available right there. (Sisters of Silence for example?)
“Death to the Traitors!!!”

These are of course wild speculations, but I’m really excited to get a first look into Chapter Approved 2018 and the Beta Codex for Sisters of Battle. Even though I share the assumption, that it won’t contain any (or at least all) new units – since there are no such models out yet – it might give us a final conclusion on what is happening with the Ministorum in the future.

What do you guys think? Is there hope for new Ministorum models?

See you soon and may the Emperor be with you!

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