Forging the Empire of Humanity on the Corpses of the Emperor's Enemies

Welcome to Battle Group Amestris

This website chronicles the history of the Amestris System and the Imperial forces that are based there. These Imperial forces include the Imperial Navy, Imperial Guard, Inquisition and Mechanicum. Battle Group Amestris is comprised of two battle cruisers, two light cruisers and twelve escort ships of the Imperial Navy. Assigned to the battle group are elements of Imperial Guard units raised from the Amestris System including the 106st Mobile Infantry Regiment (The Imperial Raiders), 523rd Heavy Infantry Regiment (The Trench Dogs), 666th Heavy Infantry Regiment (The Freebooters) and the 23rd Armor & Recon Regiment (The Emperor’s Hammer). Battle Group Amestris has fought for the Emperor across the galaxy and has gained a reputation for combating the Xenos menace. Other Imperial forces in the system consist of the Inquisitorial Conclave headquartered in the Fortress Portus Lux on Amestris VI and the Mechanicum Shipyards and Research Outpost on Amestris VII. This data is based on official Departmento Munitorum records, Adeptus Mechanicum data archives, Inquisitorial reports and the Amestrian Prime historical archive as of the year 925.M41.

"History is not written by the victor. It is written by the side that takes the most records." - Ravis Levi (Departmento Munitorum Archivist)


Imperial Guardsman Pocket Watch

IMG_20130108_165125_918This Christmas my brother in-law wins the awesome gift award when he gave me this wicked Imperial Guardsman pocket watch.  I have no idea where he found it, but I love it.  I picked up a pocket watch chain from Amazon for $10.00 and it looks great.  On the watch face is the following quote:

My Armor is Contempt
My Shield is Disgust
My Sword is Hatred
In the Emperor’s Name
Let None Survive

 This is the kind of present you get from a brother who really understands a Imperial Guard fan!

“Inquisitors? They’re sneaky bastards. Useful, yes, even necessary, but I wouldn’t buy a used aircar from any of them.”

-Arbitrator General Bex van Sturm

Helmet Fureg – Ordo Hereticus Banisher

Name:  Helmet Fureg
Ordo:  Ordo Hereticus
Location:  Ultima Segmentum, Agosean Sector, Amestrian Subsector, Amestrian System
Age:  78 Terran years
Birth Planet:  World of Sinophia, Calixis Sector
Career:  Hemet Fureg was born the son of a Imperial Naval officer and a minor nobleman.  His parents were killed during an Inquisitorial expedition into the Halo Stars when he was eight years old.  The unknown Inquisitor who lead the expedition claimed the young Helmet and turned him over to the Schola Progenium.  After spending the next forty-two years honing his skills as a banisher he was assigned to the Inquisitor Niles Nix of the Ordo Malleus.  Helmet specialized in defending ships from daemon manifestations during warp travel.  He has a unique knowledge of Gellar Field theory and operation that rivals most Mechanicum Tech-Adepts.  Helmet’s five year service to Inquisitor Nix ended during a warp transit on the their way to Bakka in the Segmentum Tempestus.  Helmet was one of the few survivors of the accident.  Unfortunately Inquisitor Nix was not as lucky.  While on Bakka, Helmet encountered Inquisitor Cathis.  Inquisitor Cathis who had just recently been assigned to the Amestrian Subsector was greatly impressed by Helmet’s knowledge and skill and recruited Helmet as his first agent.  Since that fateful day Helmet Fureg has followed Inquisitor Cathis across the Segmentum Tempestus and Ultima Segmentum fighting daemons wherever Inquisitior Cathis digs them up.

Banisher Helmet Fureg

Ordo Hereticus – 25 Points


  • Flak Armor
  • Laspistol
  • Chainsword
  • Aura of Faith
  • Preferred Enemy (Daemons)

Total Points: 15 Points

Parts List:

  • Empire Free Company Militia Torso (Studded Leather)
  • Dark Elves Warrior Legs
  • Cadian HQ Officer Pointing Hand Arm
  • Cadian HQ Officer Chainsword Arm (Left Arm)
  • Cadian HQ Medic Backpack
  • Space Marine Belt Pouch
  • Cadian Canteen
  • Bretonnia Men at Arms Peaked Helmet Head
  • Cadian Holstered Laspistol

I picked up most of these parts from Black Dagger Games‘ Ebay store.  All of the Cadian parts are left overs from my IG army.

Inquisitor Ezekyal Cathis – Ordo Hereticus – Profile

Name:  Inquisitor Ezekyal Cathis
Ordo:  Ordo Hereticus
Location:  Ultima Segmentum, Agosean Sector, Amestrian Subsector, Amestrian System
Age:  65 Terran years
Birth Planet:  Unknown
Career:  Ezekyal Cathis began his career in the Segmentum Tempestus under the guidance of Inquisitor Camden Raen.  Inquisitor Raen recruited Ezekyal at the age of twenty five from the ranks of the Imperial Stormtroopers.  For the next fifteen years Ezekyal served under Inquisitor Raen until Raen’s death in 900.M41 and Ezekyal was raised to a full Inquisitor of the Ordo Hereticus.  Over the next ten years Inquisitor Cathis gathered a group of talented operatives to work for him as he made is way from the Segmentum Tempestus to his current assignment in the Ultima Segmentum.  Upon his arrival in the Amestris System he made his base of operations at the Inquisitorial Fortress of Portus Lux on Amestris VI.  During his fifteen years in the system he has developed a reputation for rooting out heretics throughout the Amestrian Subsector.  His most noted campaign was the purge of the planetary government of Oriphas Prime which was under the influence of Chaos cultists.  In recent years he has been active in the Bilos System working with the Ordo Xenos searching for any signs of Tyranid taint after Battle Group Amestris destroyed several hive ships of a Hive Fleet Gorgon splinter group in 905.M41.

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Inquisitor Ezekyal Cathis – Ordo Hereticus

A couple of weeks ago I was reading Scourge of the Heretic by Sandy Mitchell and I decided I had to create an Inquisitor and his band of agents for my Imperial army.  I happened to have picked up the new Grey Knights Codex a while ago and I figured I would see what options were available.  After reading the very short list of options which I have to say is a major injustice to one of the most powerful organization in the Imperium.  Yes the Space Marines are flashy and cool in their armor, the Imperial Guard is a never ending wave of humanity fighting across the galaxy and the ecclesiarchy preaching the word of the Emperor.  The Inquisition has more power than any of those organizations.  It is charged with keeping the Imperium safe from aliens, the Ruinous Powers most important of all they have to protect the Imperium from itself.  So how could I not create an Inquisitor to inhabit the Amestris System.

Inquisitor Ezekyal Cathis

Ordo Hereticus – 25 Points


  • Carapace Armor
  • Frag Grenades
  • Krak Grenades
  • Psyk-out Grenades
  • Psyocculum – 25 Points
  • Server-skull (1) – 3 Points
  • Plasma Pistol – 10 Points
  • Force Sword
  • Psyker (Master Level 1) – 30 Points

Total Points: 93 Points

Parts List:

  • Empire Free Company Militia Torso
  • Cadian Legs
  • Cadian Grenade Arm (Right Arm)
  • Cadian Sgt Chainsword Arm (Left Arm)
  • High Elf Archer Sword Arm (Left Arm)
  • High Elf Archer Cape
  • Space Marine Plasma Pistol (Right Hand )
  • Space Marine Command Servo-skull
  • Space Marine Purity Seals (2)
  • Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard Head
  • Cadian Grenades
  • Goggles – Victoria Miniatures

I picked up most of these parts from eBay at Black Dagger Games’ (Window-Box) eBay store.  The only part that is not a Games Workshop are the goggles from Victoria Miniatures.  Links to the sites for Black Dagger Games and Victoria Miniatures are in my list of links.


I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the assembly process, but I will quickly go through how I assembled Inquisitor Cathis and what problems I ran into.

1. I started with the Cadian walking legs simply because I wanted Inquisitor Cathis to be in motion.  Inquisitors are dynamic personalities so I wanted him in motion.

2. I selected the empire free company militia torso because I like the flaring half jacket.  There are some other interesting torsos in that set with quilted, studded leather and shirt armor torso which are also options, but I liked the chains and flaring half jacket torso the best for an Inquisitor.

3. The legs and the torso fit fairly well together but you do need to trim things up a bit to make sure the torso fits flat.  I had to use a little green stuff along the belt line on the back to make things nice and clean.

4. The right arm I took the grenade arm and cut off the hand at the wrist below the sleeve line and then attached the space marine plasma pistol hand.  I pin my wrist joints just to make sure it stays in place while gluing.

5. The left arm I took the sergeant chain sword left arm and again chopped it off at the wrist below the sleeve line.  I did the same thing for the left high elf archer armor arm.  I then attached the high elf archer sword hand to the sergeant chainsword left arm.  Again I pinned this joint.

6. Next I attached the arms to the torso.

7. Next I took the Blood Angels Sanguinary Guard head and trimmed off the neck.  Space marine heads have a very large neck so you need to get rid of that.

8. Next I took the head and glued it to the torso so that the back of the neck sits well on the back collar line and then lifted the head up so that the chin was up off the his chest and he is looking up.

9. After the glue drys I went in with some green stuff to create the front of his neck.

10. I then put on the high elf archer cape, purity seals, grenades and servo-skull.  I used some green stuff to fill in the IV on the servo-skull’s forehead since the Inquisitor is not an Ultramarine.

11. Putting on the goggles was a test of patience to get this on right.  The method I found that works the best is get a rough fit around the head and then trim up the ends.  Then you want to glue the goggles (but not the straps) in place.  Then I finished wrapping the straps around his head and trimmed them nice and clean so they meet end to end.

I will be posting the rest of his retinue as I complete them.

Thanks for stopping by,


Paasche VL Dual Action Airbrush Set Review

Over the years I have purchased hundreds of cans of primer and various spray paints because I always saw an airbrush as an expenditure that I couldn’t justify.  After having a discussion with my father who is a long time model railroader he convinced me to stop being a baby and just go buy an airbrush and stop asking to borrow his.

After doing a lot of research I found that if I was going to buy an airbrush I had to make some tough decisions for someone that is pretty much an airbrush newbie.  The first and I think the most important decision is do I want a single action or dual action airbrush.  The difference between single and dual action airbrushes are how much control you need.  A single action airbrush supplies air and paint in one action of the trigger on the airbrush.  So when you hit the trigger the airbrush starts spraying paint right away.  On the other hand a dual action airbrush requires two motions of the trigger to start spraying paint.  The first action of pressing down on the trigger delivers air through the airbrush and then as you pull back on the trigger it draws the paint into the airbrush in a much more controlled manner.

My dad has been using an old Paasche single action airbrush for the last ten or fifteen years and has only had to replace a needle about once every couple of years.  He also paints train cars that have one or two color paint schemes that are easily masked off.  I decided I needed a bit more control than what a single action could provide.  That and I really liked that I could practice spraying a project with just air before starting to apply paint.

I then went out and looked at all of the various brands of dual action airbrushes on the market.  There a ton of them.  What became obvious was that there are a few brands that really stand out.  The brands that I narrowed down to were Iwata, Paasche and Badger.  The Iwata airbrushes are definitely top notch equipment and you end up paying a bit more for that quality.  Paasche airbrushes also have very high quality and are competitively priced.  Badger returned mixed reviews during my research.  In the end I went with Paasche simply because if an airbrush can go fifteen years with my father then have to make a quality product.

After looking through all of the airbrushes offered by Paasche I decided on the Paasche VL Dual Action Set.  It comes with the airbrush, paint cup, two bottles, air hose, hanger and wrench.  I purchased mine from TCP Global since they had a great deal for the Paasche VL Dual Action set, air compressor and regulator.  The TCP Global package also comes with a tutorial DVD, cleaning system and a bunch of Creatix airbrush paint all for $239.98 + shipping and handling?

The tutorial DVD is actually very good for people new to using an airbrush.  It is focused on painting t-shirts not models, but the beginning does have a great tutorial on how to assemble your airbrush and how to clean and care for it.  The instruction book included in the VL Set is also very detailed on how to disassemble and reassemble your airbrush.  It also gives you all of the individual part numbers for the airbrush so that if you lose or break a piece you can quickly get the right replacement part from Paasche.

It took me about fifteen minutes to have everything assembled, sealed up and tested.  I first tried the airbrush with just water in the spray bottle.  I practiced applying air and then slowly drawing back on the trigger to see how fine I could spray the water on a card board sheet.  The tension on the trigger allows you to have a very smooth and fine control over the spray.  It took me all of about thirty minutes of playing around to get a really good feel for how much air was needed and how to control the paint flow without just going full blast on the trigger.  I must say this again.  The trigger tension and action on the VL is very smooth and once you get use to the motion you will never want to use a single action airbrush again.

After playing around spraying just water I had to paint something.  Since I happened to have about ten miniatures that I needed to get primed I broke out my Testors Model Master acrylic primer and with a little bit of thinning was up and spraying.  After years of spraying miniatures with a spray can I can honestly say: What the hell was I thinking?  I should have picked up an airbrush years ago.  The paint flows so much more smoothly and the minis look clean after being primed instead of the spottiness of using a spray can.

I have to say buying my Paasche VL airbrush was one of the best hobby tool buys I have made in a long time.  I have been using it regularly for the last eight months and have not had a single problem.  It is easy to disassemble, clean and reassemble making clean up a snap.  I have used several different brands of paint including Testors acrylics, Railroad Colors, DecoArt Americana paints and Games Workshop paints.  It is all a matter of thinning out the paints to the consistency of milk with water (I only use acrylic paints so water works just fine).

I am still working on my airbrushing skills and I have found a great website for free airbrushing tutorials and videos.  It is also the site I use to research my airbrush purchase.  So if your interested in purchasing an airbrush or learning how to use an airbrush then check out, and definitely take a look at the Paasche VL Dual Action airbrush set.


Miniature Mentor (Painting and Sculpting with the Pros)

I recently decided to try and take my painting skills to the next step.  So I looked around and found the DVD The Complete Guide to Miniature Painting from Miniature Mentor.  This four hour DVD introduces you to Golden Demon Winner Laurent Esposito Mas who is a very talented miniature painter.  This video is aimed at people that have no problem spending eight or nine hours on a single miniature.  This is not for people trying to finish an entire army over a holiday weekend.  That being said it is a great way to learn some tips how to make special characters and units really stand out or how to paint a miniature for a competition.

The first thing you notice right away is that the narrator / host of the video likes to talk a lot.  Some times this is very helpful since Laurent is Spanish and does have a hard time with some English words, but many times I find myself telling the narrator to shut up and let Laurent talk.  This over all is a minor issue and really doesn’t hurt the over all quality of the DVD.

The important part is that Laurent covers almost all of the critical painting techniques that you will ever need.  Laurent goes through the very detailed process of creating shadows through the use of layers.  He shows you where to place your shadows and how to get a feel for painting different materials such as cloth, fur and claws.  Since the miniature they are using is not a human they do not really cover skin tones.  Omitting skins tones from the DVD is probably my biggest disappointment.  On the other hand they do cover how to paint metal without using metallic paint.  Laurent covers this with a sword and crossbow on the model.  He also shortly covers painting wood and glass in the form of the crossbow stock and a glass bottle.

On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this DVD a solid 7.  It would have been a 10 if they would have covered flesh tones and human faces at all and for a “complete” guide I would have liked them to go into a bit more detail on why they selected the colors for the shading and highlight areas.  I think a lot of painters fall back to using black or inks for shadows because they just don’t understand how to select the right colors to build the layered shadows that Laurent so skillfully teaches.  Describing how to select or mix colors for shading would have made the DVD a little more complete.  For the $30.00 I spent on the DVD, it was definitely worth the price.

Personally I picked up quite a few new techniques that I had a weak understanding of, but after watching Laurent demonstrate them in detail they made a lot more sense and made me decide to give them a try.  Now I know you can probably find something similar on YouTube, but nothing with the quality of these videos and nothing that maintains the smooth flow of this DVD.  Yes, YouTube is free, but in this case I believe you get what you pay for.,

-Patrick Griffis

Now a note about Miniature Mentor who publishes this DVD.  If you want to save some serious cash go to their website and check out their subscription service.  For a first month fee of $70.00 and $8.00 a month after that you can download all of their videos.  They have some great videos on sculpting and painting with some of the best sculptors and painters in the business.  They advertise that they plan on putting out a new video every two months, but I have only been subscribing for a little over a month so I cannot verify if they are sticking to that claim.  In their subscription service they have an advanced tutorial with Laurent that covers skin tones and faces along with how to paint black and white cloth which is a solid companion to The Complete Guide to Miniature Painting.  I have watched several of the sculpting videos and they are all very high quality.  On a whole Miniature Mentor really does have one of the best collections of Painting and Sculpting tutorials on the market.

“The meaning of victory is not to merely defeat your enemy but to destroy him, to completely eradicate him from living memory, to leave no remnant of his endeavors, to crush utterly his achievement and remove from all record his every trace of existence.  From that defeat enemy can recover.  That is the meaning of victory.”

-Lord Solar Macharius