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…

Legion of the Damned #6: Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 (Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989)

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989, Oldhammer 40k

It’s been another long break since I’ve posted (or painted) any Legion of the Damned models, but thanks to Le Tray, I’ve managed to complete a model that I’ve been stuck on for well over a decade. Out of the three original Librarian models, I managed to complete the painting of the first back in 2017 for my Dark Angels, and now I’ve finally completed the second – for my Legion of the Damned force.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989, Oldhammer 40k

“But wait!” you say. “Legion of the Damned can’t have Librarians!” Well, yes. But also, no. You see, dear reader, that back in the mists of time when 3rd Edition 40k and its codices were current, there was a Chapter Approved Codex published in White Dwarf that gave rules for running entire armies of the Legion, complete with characters and war machines. It was during the times when these rules were still valid that I began work on making a whole Legion of the Damned Army. I didn’t get very far, but I did get this guy started. And now, in the middle of the clusterfuck that is otherwise known as 2020, I’ve gotten him finished.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era Librarian 07045/2 Mark Copplestone, Oct 1989, Oldhammer 40k, RT01 Marines, Sergeant Centurius, Sgt Centurius

The model is basically stock, except for three changes. 32mm base, his (broken) sword was replaced by one from a WarZone weapons blister, and his backpack is a metal Legion of the Damned one from the more recent run of the models. Please enjoy this photograph of this nameless librarian alongside his dark brethren. And yes, I really do need to paint more of these.

…and what of the third Librarian? Well, like his two brothers, I’ve got specific plans for him. One Day…