Monday 25 March 2024

Rogue Trader - RT01 Space Marines - Flesh Tearers Part 5

Hello, it feels like I haven't post ages so I had to pull my finger out and get this one finished, my Flesh Tearers Space Marines project was back on the workbench while being constantly interrupted by Oldhammer Citadel C-Series miniatures I am knocking out for our D&D games.

Here's my latest batch of 7 Space Marines.

My latest batch of Flesh Tearer Space Marines

First up we have Brother Sawyer who first appeared in the White Dwarf 100 advert (April 1988) designed by Mark Copplestone and Aly Morrison, in my opinion he is the archetypal Space Marine whose pose is based on the cover of the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook, people still debate the weapon type used by the cover art marine today however the later advert lists him as armed with PowerFist and Hand Flamer, I think it fits.  A plastic banner pole from the later backpack sprue when metal backpacks were being phased out was pinned into place for his Flesh Tearer banner.

Space Marine Brother Sawyer - front

Space Marine Brother Sawyer - side

Space Marine Brother Sawyer - back

Next we have Sgt. Burgess armed with Bolt Pistol again from the White Dwarf 100 advert where he is painted as a Mantis Warrior looking splendid in the green power armour.

Space Marine Sgt. Burgess - front

Space Marine Sgt. Burgess - side

Space Marine Sgt. Burgess - back

Next a decided my chapter needed a Chaplin 410602 from White Dwarf 108, really enjoyed this one, nice cyclops skull on the banner pole.

Space Marine Chaplain 410602 - front

Space Marine Chaplain 410602 - back

As usual I tend to paint every part of a miniature only to then cover up lovely detail with a backpack :D

The back before being covered up by backpack

I followed with a Space Marine bodyguard in a nice guard/at ease pose from the RT105 Imperial Commander set, for some reason I have loads of these so I can imagine the are loads of Commanders out there without a bodyguard, I really must revisit this set.

Space Marine bodyguard - front

Space Marine bodyguard - back

Next I did a Death Eagle marine 410612 from White Dwarf 123 March 1990 in Flesh Tearer colours, another Mark Copplestone sculpt, I wasn't going to do the white and purple colour scheme of the original advert, there's been a lot of speculation on the history of these marines over the years, I am sure I remember them getting an official story in the noughties.

Death Eagle Space Marine 410612 - front

Death Eagle Space Marine 410612 - top

Death Eagle Space Marine 410612 - back

Here we have Brother West with Bolter and Combat blade from White Dwarf 99 advert (March 1988), he is in a good dynamic pose and I love this combat blade much better than the RTB01 chain blade.

Space Marine Brother West - front

Space Marine Brother West - back

And the last Flesh Tearer in this post is a RTB01 Plastic Space Marine, this one was a fun project in itself as I did some extra modelling using Troll Soup OOP Rogue Trader style metal parts, a chainsword, bolt gun and backpack with two mars_forges 3d printed decals, one the chapter icon which I have been using on others where possible and a terminator honours icon, I also built the neck up a bit. I tried to do this RTB01 proud giving him a more detailed paint job as these old plastic lacked all the lovely lines that the metal marines had.

RTB01 Space Marine conversion - front

RTB01 Space Marine conversion - back

RTB01 Space Marine conversion - side

RTB01 Space Marine conversion - side

RTB01 Space Marine conversion - side

Lastly we have a Female Astronaut in power armour a one off fan sculpt from based on the C100 Imperial Space Marines, this was a fun miniature to paint, the backpack was a dream to paint.

Female Astronaut / Femme Marine - front

Female Astronaut / Femme Marine - back

Female Astronaut / Femme Marine - top

My Flesh Tearers are now up to 39 miniatures now, I might have enough for a game now.

If you want to read previous posts on this project follow the links below:

thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday 2 August 2023

Rogue Trader - Renegade Myron Jubalgunn and a dangerous alien of unknown origin

Hello, something a bit different from me in this post, the Renegade Myron Jubalgunn and a dangerous alien of unknown origin, a 3d printed miniature.

I thought I would have go at a 3D printed miniature!! It's not my first probably my third and I am not won over by this technology yet. I saw this miniature print tweeted on Twitter about a year ago and the author linked me to the STL which I saved and forgot about until recently when one of our D&D group bought a 3D printer, he went absolutely 3d printing mad and printed more miniatures than he could paint in a lifetime, he reckons they cost about 5 pence! a miniature and offered to print us anything we liked. I dug this STL out and he kindly printed it for me.

Renegade Myron Jubalgunn and a dangerous alien of unknown origin

The print came out alright a little damage to the sword tip which I carefully carved a new point to and the gun stock was damaged so I carved a new one out of plastic, the material is a resin of sorts a bit brittle so difficult to work with, I have sourced other 3D prints and noticed that the materials can differ a lot some not so difficult to work with. Myron feels a bit of a flat sculpt but the unknown alien is amazing.

Painting the miniatures, I went for dark colours to hide some of the swirls left by the printing and added spot colours to bring them to life, the level of detail is high so I had lots of little buttons and other tiny things to pick out.

Many of you know these characters illustrated by Jes Goodwin on page 167 of the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook but for those who don't I have included it below.

Nothing is known about these characters other than the text below that accompanied the illustration.


Citizens of Logans World be warned that, during a brief lull in the warp-storm, the renegade Myron Jubalgunn arrived upon your planet in concert with a dangerous alien of unknown origin.  the presence of these criminals upon Logans World constitutes a threat to all its inhabitants and to true men everywhere. Citizens withholding information about these enemies of the Imperium shall suffer the undiminished wrath of the Master of Mankind.

Inquisitor Toulon Hess

Page 167 - Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook 
I forgot to flip this image as I was trying to get the feel of the illustration

As usual a few more images to show the miniatures close up, side and back.

Mryon Jubalgunn looking like a very 1980's vampire in his long black leather coat, armed with a sword, flintloque pistol and a japanese looking knife tucked in his sash, he has what looks like breathing apparatus on his back and he has what appears to be a Eldar Dire Avengers runestone hanging off his belt.

Myron Jubalgunn - front

Myron Jubalgunn - back

Myron Jubalgunn - side

Next we have the dangerous alien of unknown origin, I really love this miniature, it's armed with a Jezail and on it's back it has some sort of breathing apparatus which feeds it's mask and under the (air?) tank is another machine that feeds the Jezail, it is also adorned with plenty of jewelry, ill gotten gains maybe?
Unknown Alien - front

Unknown Alien - back

Unknown Alien - side

The unknown alien is also a great likeness of the 1988-89 Realm of Chaos Champion with Jezail, similar mask and breathing apparatus on the back but it's a bit more armoured but you can clearly see Jez had the illustration in mind when sculpting the miniature.

Realm of Chaos Champion

Bare metal back and front

It has been mentioned by 40k fans out there that the Unknown Alien in the illustration bears a close resemblance to the Space Skaven illustrated in Jes Goodwin's 'Gothic And The Eldrich' (2001)  book.  They might be onto something, I'll let you decide.

Jes Goodwin's Space Skaven

Anyway enough of this I am back off to paint,
thanks dropping in,

Friday 26 May 2023

Chainsaw Warrior - The Villains

 Hello, this short post today features the villain miniatures produced to compliment the Chainsaw Warrior game released by Games Workshop in 1987, the miniatures were released in Citadel Miniatures January 1988 flyer.

Chainsaw Warrior villains

The late Brett Ewins cleary brought his 2000AD Bad Company 1986 influence to the art in this game, during the comic series War Zombies made appearances on the battle scared planet of Ararat and I think the chainsaw warrior would have fit right in with the Bad Company.

I found tough paint jobs, always out of my depth painting zombies so went for rotting flesh on the normal zombie and a glistening gorey red on the vietnam zombie.  The chaos agent is a trickey miniature to paint as the sculpting makes the eyes very hard to reach and some of the other detail is hard to interpret but I got there in the end, I gave it some checkers around the hood to break up the flatness of the robe.

Chaos Agent - front

Chaos Agent - another angle

Chaos Agent - back

Zombie - front

Zombie - back

Vietnam Zombie - front

Vietnam Zombie - back

It nice that the miniatures match the images on the game cards (pictures borrowed from Talisman Island)

Chaos Agent and War Zombies miniatures advert

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Friday 24 February 2023

Rogue Trader - RT01 Space Marines - Flesh Tearers Part 4

Hello, welcome to my latest post, this time I am back on my Flesh Tearers Space Marines project, in previous posts I was mainly concentrating on standard bolt gun armed marines with the goal being able to field some traditional looking squads and with that accomplished I went on to pick out a few more interesting marines, the squads need leaders, special and heavy weapons so it seemed the sensible thing to do.  Here my latest 8 Space Marines.

Latest batch of Imperial Space Marines - group 1

Latest batch of Imperial Space Marines - group 2

First up we have the RT6 Marine Heavy Weapon set which was released in 1988, now I have painted this set several times over the years as Crimson Fists, Iron Hands and Space Wolves and still have them in the loft, this time I wanted to do a assembly and paint job, previously this miniature was always wasted, never used as it looked odd in a 2nd/3rd edition squad.  

The marine and Multi Melta on tripod don't fit together great and my originals also looked odd on the Citadel cavalry bases, this time I went for one of the larger Citadel round bases, a photo below shows the massive gap between hand and weapon and I had to insert a small cube of green stuff into the gap and fashion it into a grip to close the gap. I reversed the tripod base as it allow the weapon to be positioned better. I used the Flesh Tearer 3D printed decals from mars_forges on their shoulder pads again.

The paint job followed my Flesh Tearer scheme and I attempted to bring weapon alive with a bit of colour instead of the gun metal blobs of my youth.

RT6 Marine Heavy Weapon - side
RT6 Marine Heavy Weapon - back

RT6 Marine Heavy Weapon - front

Multi Melta on stand from the White Dwarf 106 page 68 Crater's article

Multi Melta on tripod Warhammer 40000 Rogue Trader rule book page 86

You can see on the original RT6 advert below, they haven't even tried to line up the marine hand to the grip position slot.
RT6 Marine Heavy Weapon set Rogue Trader flyer Feb 1988

RT6 Marine Heavy Weapon in build phase see the massive gap between hand and weapon, when the blue tack was removed it was even bigger.

Next up we have Brother Longun (1987) later renamed to Brother Anderton (Feb 1988) sculpted by Bob Naismith, this marine carries a heavy Bolter based on the original illustration in the Warhammer 40000 rulebook page 84, he has some interesting cabling feeding out of the bolter into his shoulder which then come out of his backpack mount and into a pouch or box which may be joined to the back of the bolter.

Variants, I think it obvious they are brothers Froth and Sheer, there are some slight differences here and there like where space has been made for the heavy bolter but Froth miniature is clearly in there.

Brother Longun/Anderton  - front

Brother Longun/Anderton  - back

Brother Longun/Anderton  - side

Brother Longun/Anderton  - side

The original Heavy Bolter Warhammer 40000 Rogue Trader rule book page 84

Brothers Froth, Sheer and Longun/Anderton comparison - front

Brothers Froth, Sheer and Longun/Anderton comparison - side

Brother Jacobs (Bolt Pistol) is a marine from the last release of the RT01/RT101 code in White Dwarf 100 1988, hey he is number 18 so I guess he was the last, in the advert he is gloriously painted in the yellow black camouflage of the Badab War Space Sharks.  Variants? well this marine is a bit of a mix of two of the Space Marine Heavy Weapons range with number 01's body and number 05's head with a bolt pistol arm sculpted on however I am not 100% on whether the Space Marine Heavy Weapons were sculpted first as they are quite crude sculpts build upon another marine, brother Jacobs does seem to be a typical Bob chop shop job.

Brother Jacobs - front

Brother Jacobs - back

Marine Heavy Weapons No.1 and Brother Jacobs comparison

Next we have Marine Heavy Weapons No.1 from RT103 Space Marine Heavy Weapons range which appeared in White Dwarf 102 sculpted by either Aly Morrison or Mark Copplestone. I pointed out above that he donated his body to Brother Jacobs.  The miniature is a crude sculpt in a lot of place but there is also loads of lovely detailing around the arm carrying the weapon.  As you can see he has a sculpted backpack like all the marines of the range and they are all individual backpack sculpts although some are very similar.  I went for a grenade launcher heavy weapon as you don't see them much and really went to town on it's paint job.
Marine Heavy Weapons No.1 with Grenade Launcher - front

Marine Heavy Weapons No.1 with Grenade Launcher - back

Marine Heavy Weapons No.1 with Grenade Launcher - side

Marine Heavy Weapons No.1 with Grenade Launcher - centre

They didn't get the grenade launcher mini quite right but the mini does have the dial

Next we have Brother Marine Quiff, later renamed to Brother Lustgarten no idea why they would do this have you seen the hair!! all he needs is a drape and you have space showaddywaddy :D 
Not too much to say about this one which I haven't said about his variant Brother A Skull/Dixon although it does appear that Bob Naismith used the Rogue Trooper Traitor General head again, see Inquisitor Augustus.

Brother Marine Quiff/Lustgarten - front

Brother Marine Quiff/Lustgarten - back

Brother Marines Quiff/Lustgarten and A Skull/Dixon - Comparison

Following on we have Brother Napier, I love this marine with his pony tail, chin beard and studded power fist, he screams White Scars captain to me. He appears to be armed with a cutdown copy of Chainsaw Warriors Blaster as a Bolt Pistol and might even be a Chainsaw Warrior head swap with some additional putty.

Brother Napier - front

Brother Napier - back

Next we have Brother Repp, dynamically posed aiming his Melta-gun, the first special weapon marine painted for my squads, I've painted his one before and didn't remember it being so hard to prep and paint, especially the mould lines over the hard to reach eyes, it was a nightmare.  I loved this release of Space Marines in White Dwarf 99 by Aly Morrison and Mark Copplestone as the marines started to get some nice details like vents under the shoulder pads which we saw on later plastics. A bit of sepia and black on the Melta-gun to give it a scorched effect.
Brother Repp - front

Brother Repp - side

Brother Repp - back

Last in this post we have Brother Holt, a cool looking marine with one arm and shoulder stripped of power armour to show chain bracelet, tube/cable shunts and scars, I couldn't find the golden angle when photographing this miniature.  What I also find interesting about this miniature is it is the only Rogue Trader metal marine armed with a Flamer (hand flamer not included) especially when the Flamer was considered the default marine special weapon.
Brother Holt - front

Brother Holt - front "trying again"

Brother Holt - back

Previous project posts:
Flesh Tearers part 2
Flesh Tearer Jet Bike

Thanks for dropping in, these have been a nice diversion but I must get back to my bolter only marines asap.