Wednesday 22 August 2018

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Part 1

Hello, today's post is on a Oldhammer project I have had simmering for a long time, the IC301 Iron Claw Space Pirates, they were released in 1987 and appeared in the fabled Rogue Trader Book of the Astronomican in 1988.  
They were sculpted by Bob Olley, to some Bob Olley is a bit of a marmite sculptor some love his sculpts and some not so much, I love these Space Pirates but was never the biggest fan of his Realm of Chaos Beastmen although I did paint one up, example here, I also have the Bob Olley Limited Edition Bolt Thrower Miniatures Space Viking to paint one day.

Now what I love about the Iron Claw Space Pirates is that they ooze character in a similar way to how the Rogue Trader Adventurers do, have you checked out the characters up close up you have a female cyborg, a sentient robot, a handful of aliens, a space seer, lots of strange and identifiable weapons and unlike the slightly later range of Rogue Trader Pirates not a pirate cliche in there. Some superb naming character in this range too.

Two down 15 more to go.

First up we have 'Banzai Jones' a rugged looking human, he is wearing a flying jacket and helmet adorned with strange markings that appear like a bat or insect, could this be his pirate gang insignia who knows?  Armed with what looks like a classic shotgun. He appears on the classic White Dwarf 100 poster painted by I think John Blanche.

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Banzai Jones - front

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Banzai Jones - back

Next we have 'Loritta' aka Cyber Girl as the miniature tab reads, sporting a little dress, big boots, a cybernetic face, a massive machine gun slung over her shoulder and brawling gloves with mounted claws I pity anyone on a starship when she is on the boarding party.

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Loritta - front

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Loritta - back

IC301 Iron Claw Space Pirates

Bob Olley Space Viking coming soon

Thanks for popping in, lots more blog posts queued up
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  1. Classics indeed, and you have done them much justice with your brilliant paint-jobs. I managed to acquire some of these over the years, with the intent of using themn in Necromunda, but I have only used them in Dark Heresy games.

    1. I miss playing DH, I imagine the miniatures looked great :)

  2. Love seeing these painted up! Great work

  3. Gotta love those! I have most of the range, running along other misc RT era figures as plaeyer's cultist forces or GM's mercenaries/citizens/whatever in our 40k games. I love the the variery and character of Bob's minis.

    1. Wow, I can't believe hope many people are still using them, well done sir :)

  4. Great stuff - got a Loritta of my own ready to paint up as a mercenary for Necromunda.

    1. another one planning to use them for Necromunda, I never considered that, nice one mate :)