|Confrontation on the red wastes!|
Games Workshop has come a long way in the past 10 years in terms of miniature production, taking advantage of new technology to create more dynamic models that are easier to assemble and trim. You would have a hard time arguing that the older metal Keeper of Secrets holds up to the newer plastic one. Despite this, I often find myself looking back at many of the older models, from 2nd edition 40k and Rogue Trader, with special fondness. This is partially due to nostalgia from back when I started with the hobby, but also due to the wonky charm present in many of the earlier sculpts, sculpts that were not aided by computer design or even the internet for reference material. Recently, I have tried to incorperate some older models into some of my conversions, as a way to celebrate the venerable models, particularly with my my Pilgrym warband. You can imagine my excitement when I found a local shop that was selling a whole assortment of old Rogue Trader blisterpacks! It seemed to be an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and I purchased a whole bunch of them, ranging from Imperial Agents to Orks. I have long admired the work of exemplars in the “oldhammer” community like Don Hans (Realm of Citadel), Alex (Leadbaloony), Axiom (Magpie and Old Lead), and Warburton (Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition), just to name a few. And having found all these Rogue Trader models I decided it would be fun to build two small warbands of the models, with the goal of playing some games of Rogue Trader in the future!
|The old blister design stayed relatively unchanged for many years until the introduction of the plastic clampacks for the multipart plastic character models.|
|Mad Morris in all his oddly proportioned glory. Back in these early days, rifle stocks were not heresy ;)|
|His paint scheme, white/grey armor and pale blue fatigues, was inspired by Weirding Way’s Navigator House Akuhm.|
|When starting to paint the “Beakie” tinboy, I knew I needed to paint him as a Ultramarine circa 1995.|
|I made sure to paint some checkers and Ork glyphs on the Tinboyz’ oversized shoulderpads.|
|To paint the models’ bases I used Games Workshop’s technical paints Martian Ironearth and Ironcrust. I also tried to add a little of the dark ork humor with the addition of a Skitarii foot.|
|The next few Rogue Trader models I am working on! I particularly like the chaotic ork with the Left Hand of Doom. ;)|
While this is only the first two models, I hope to paint a lot more of these Rogue Traders models over the year, including a few more Ork Tinboyz! Let me know what you think and if there are any particular classic models you love!
- Adam Wier