Over the last few years, I built up five different Warhammer 40,000 (WH40k) armies, with about 2,000 points for each army (in order of acquisition): Orks, Ultramarines, Grey Knights, Blood Angels and Chaos Daemons. Yeah, a bit heavy on the power armor, I know. As I started the Chaos Daemons (are there any other kind? Lawful-good daemons?) army, I wound up buying a few Reaper minis, and realized that - while they're not particularly detailed - they are still just as fun to play as highly detailed, resin-cast minis that cost four times as much. And, I didn't mind painting them quickly to get them to the table for some dice rolling.
Then, just as I was getting my head around the changes from 5th edition to 6th edition - 7th edition came down like a ton of bricks.
Since the advent of 7th edition, I've been more interested in looking back instead of keeping up. So, I've gone rogue.
I already had a few random WH40k minis in my old collection and recently acquired a few more. There's lots of painting to be done, but here's a work-in-progress overview of how my forces are shaping up:
First up is my oldest space marine. I believe he's from Bob Naismith's 1988 sculpts:
|This is from when Space Marines wore bloomers. How do you go into battle without pants? Maybe you make up for it by attaching a huge machete to your laspistol.|
|Nice backside. This sculpt is significantly smaller than modern space marines.|
Next up is a set of plastic Space Marines from around 1991:
|Got these guys for about a dollar each. I loved the old school paint job, but the bases had more grass than James Franco in Pineapple Express.|
|So, into a Simple Green bath. They took two rounds of soaking and scrubbing and, even then, still have some paint in the nooks and crannies.|
|All clean and ready for a new coat of paint.|
|Target acquired. Fire at will.|
|This looks like an inefficient way to fire off rockets, how heavy would these be?|
|Did they have the Gunslinger rule back in the day?|
|Old School Flamethrower.|
Terminators:I have six old termies, two with auto cannons:
Rounding out the gang, I have a few miscellaneous minis that I found in the bottom of a box, starting me down this dark road. Here they are:
|World Eater Circa 1988. These guys only put on half their pants.|
|Seriously, who goes into battle half barefoot?|
|These terminators may look familiar.|
|Mutt and Jeff.|