Rogue Trader: 4013 Imperial Guard Commissars (Mark Copplestone, Jun 1989)

Rogue Trader: 4013 Imperial Guard Commissars (Mark Copplestone, Jun 1989)

Today’s post brings us a pair of models that I painted back in the 1990’s that just got a touch-up to be renewed for tabletop duty in the 2020’s. We have a pair of the second-wave Imperial Guard Commissars, from 1989, incorporating the separate plastic arms.

Rogue Trader: 4013 Imperial Guard Commissars (Mark Copplestone, Jun 1989)

The fellow on the left is the model that had Carapace Armour, much like the original Imperial Guard Command Squad models, and to so emphasise this, I used the plastic Space Marine arms of the day, as they featured that little bit of lined detail on their under-shoulder-pads, and given the description of Carapace armour of the day, you could think of it as like a version of plate armour, so if you think about the arms being plasteel plate rather than powered armour it works. Depending on the viewing angle of this model, they look either terribly unbalanced or just fine, actually. 😀

Rogue Trader: 4013 Imperial Guard Commissars (Mark Copplestone, Jun 1989)

The old-school paintjobs on these were (I felt) worth preserving. While I wouldn’t paint them the same way if starting from scratch today in terms of the bright red belts and the parade-white pouches, they still look quite decent and I feel would fit into any of my own Imperial Guard armies from the Rogue Trader days through to today.

Rogue Trader: 4013 Imperial Guard Commissars (Mark Copplestone, Jun 1989)

It’s sort-of a cheat to count these as models completed in April 2022, as they really just needed a touch-up and a couple of chips and bits repainted, but that’s also because I wanted to leave the original paint intact as much as possible – sure, the chainswords are a wee bit bright, but we’re not talking about some of the skittle-impersonator models that have needed much more drastic repaints over the years, so in many ways these two were best left alone. Either way, they’re now table-ready and ready to execute traitors and cowards in the Emperor’s name once again!

Rogue Trader: 4601 Imperial Guard Ogryn Sergeant (Bob Olley, Feb 1989)

If you enjoyed these Oldhammer 40k models, why not take a peek at my just-restored Ogryn Sergeant post from 2014 for more retro-40k goodness!

Officio Assassinorum: Imperial Assassin (Rogue Trader, 1991)

Officio Assassinorum: Imperial Assassin (Rogue Trader, 1991), Jes Goodwin

Backing up even firther from yesterday’s Vindicare Assassin post is the original Imperial Assassin model from 1991. Armed with a Combi-Weapon that bears more than a passing similarity to the weapon weilded both by the later Eversor Assassin and the various carbines held by modern Adeptus mechanicus models, this guy was rolled in together with some of the earlier Rogue Trader models from the various Adventurers ranges into the nascent Forces of the Imperium category.

Officio Assassinorum: Imperial Assassin (Rogue Trader, 1991), Jes Goodwin

A with yesterday’s assassin, this model is my original dating back from its time of release, and like the Vindicare, it was started but never completed. Even being stripped once and then restarted …and then never completed. As with the Vindicare, the paint job is a homage to the original “official” one, but with the weapon paint and a couple of other things toned down (no need for a checkerboard pattern on this gun in my opinion) – but still retaining some of the nonsensical, like the gem-like knee and elbow pads, the red tassels on the power sword, and the brown straps on his ninja-thongs (flip-flops to you Americans!)

The base deco is a Rogue Trader-era Eldar head that I cast off an existing model using Oyumaru for the mold and Kneadatite for the helm. The angles here aren’t the best, but yes, it’s a yellow helm with black tiger stripes to keep it era-approriate.

This leave me with just the Eversor and Callidus Assassins to paint to (finally) have one of each painted. Then I can move to second sculpts…