Rogue Trader Lizard – Space Cowboy

The Rogue Trader Lizard is an obscure collector’s piece.  Designed to take the plastic RTB01 Space Marines, this miniature was only available through Mail Order for a brief time in 1988.  I nabbed one for a bargain years ago, but never had the willpower or funds to collect enough to make a full squad (as, enviably, Ed Gladdis has managed).  Then axiom had a game planned and an opportunity arose.  Presenting Mungo Beefhead and his trusty steed Drayne.

Rogue Trader Lizard Space Cowboy

Yes, he’s called Drayne.  Drayne the Lizard.

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Godbreak 84th: Tactical Squad Howard

I’ve been building up a collection of vintage Imperial Army.  As a kid I wanted a large Imperial Guard army, but there being very few plastics (only the ginormo-head RTB07 and monopose 2E Stormtrooper with lasgun) meant they’d be mainly metal.  This combined with the low points cost meant a playable army would be very expensive.  But now I’m older I’m indulging myself.

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Left to right: Trpr Trewevas, Trpr Peart, Trpr Laiout, Trpr Jenkins, Sgt Howard, Trpr Langton, Trpr Bruce, Trpr Kelly, Trpr Emerson and Trpr Rutherford. 

The aim of my Godbreak 84th project is to build a collection out of pre-1994 Citadel Miniatures.  The models are mainly one-piece castings with a lot of individuality and character.  I want the collection to be flexible enough to be fielded using old Rogue Trader lists, 2E Warhammer 40,000 and modern 7E Warhammer 40,000 (all with some cheeky opponent’s-permission tweaks).

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Tactical Squad Howard in some Kill Team action at Warhammer World. 

Additionally the aim of the project is to have a collection that is contemporaneous (miniatures-wise) with my Furnace Valley Squats.  I will field them together as a combined Forces of the Imperium.  Ultimately, when the Squat and Imperial Army collections are big enough I can justify painting and gaming with some classic resin Titans!

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Trpr Trewevas alongside a super-heavy axle.

As well as providing a context for Titans, the Godbreak 84th project provides as excuse to scratchbuild the White Dwarf 120 Baneblade.  Onwards!

The Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine

Merry Christmas one and all. May your newborn messiah avoid being murdered by the Roman client-king.

It’s not Christmas without the Doctor Who Christmas Special. And I had a sharp intake of geek-breath when Imperial Fist Space Marines strode out across the festive snowscape.

Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine

Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine

Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine

Grimdark future soldiers! Just wait until they unmask and you stare into the face etched with centuries of service to the God-Emperor…

Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine

Oh, it’s Bill Bailey. Bill Bailey serving double-purpose as comic relief and exposition.

What rammed home the visual similarity for me was the Rogal Dorn yellow, and the helmets flipped up à la Space Crusade.

Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine

Coincidence? Or deliberate homage? Leave a comment.

Bill Bailey Doctor Who Space Marine