This model is one I’ve had for a very long time, and is one of the remaining vestiges of the Squat detatchment that was part of my first Imperial Army/Guard force, that I sold as a teen to get the cash to buy my first Amiga Computer. It’s not something I regret as such, as I got a lot of use and enjoyment out of that computer, as well as it having probably been an important part of what has gotten me to my current professional position, but you fucking bet I wish I could get hold of those models again today.
The paint here is actually a re-touch of my 2nd-edition-era re-tough of my original 1989-1990-ish Roghue Trader paintjob. I went over pretty much everything this time, making the tyres a dussty grey rather than the black shaded to blue that they originally were, redoing the padded flak armour from green and brown to the current brown, changing the boots, gloves and jacket to black leather, highlighting the helmet and bike parts a little more from the 2nd-edition Red I gave them, and then glazing with red to enrich the colour which had gotten a bit desaturated from the highlights. His lasgun got repainted from having bright red furniture to copper, still giving it a touch of colour but removing the gaudiness and the distraction that the red caused. Similarly, the shoulder studs went from bright yellow to silver.
There is a little bit of very old freehand on the model that I left untouched. A rune of sorts on his helmet, shoulder and headlamp. It might be similar ot Khorne if you look at it a certain way, but it ain’t Khorne! I’d like to get more of these, but they’re like gold-played hen’s teeth, sadly. I do at least have a tiny stash of original Squats on foot that I kept from that sale – which clearly I need to get off my arse and paint!
…and yeah, I only spotted that touch of paint on the bottom of his nose from repainting his beard after taking these photos – it’s been fixed now!
I’ve decided with the new painting regime that it’s time to start sprinkling in some of those models that I’ve been sitting on, unpainted and unused for the past 30-ofdd years. Sure, I have no particular gaming use for a lot of them, but that’s not really going to be the point. This guy is from the RT7 Mercenaries range, that was kinda-sorta rolled into the Imperial Army range a little later. Or at least GW of the day decided that the Army was a fine place to use many of these models if you’d bought them.
This model really has two notable things to him as far as I can see – firstly his name sounds like he should be a male porn performer. Secondly, he shares his clothing and gear style with the Chainsaw Warrior(s) from this era of GW’s more eclectic game output, shortly before they moved into the All Warhammer, All The Time mode that was their situation for many years.
Initially, I’d more-or-less finished the model with plain dark green fatigues – very similarly to how he was originally painted in the old catalogues, so long ago. But… no. It looked good, but a little boring. I wanted this old model to have something more interesting to him. So I went for some camo that brings him a little (or a lot) further into the current era. Can anyone pick what it’s meant to be? I also decided to make sure that everyone around him would know his rank, if not his name. I’m much happier with him now – a nice combination of old and new.
And now, as I seem to write so often here – he’s done! Despite being in a box barely-started for well over a decade (he was another with green railroad flock on his base) and then sitting on my desk, ignored for a year or three – he was actually both fun and easy to paint. So that means more of this sort of thing. At least one more in each forthcoming tray. Until I get bored of them again, at least – but then, most of these old Mecenaries, Adventurers and Pirates were at least somewhat unique models, so it should help to sustain my interest.