Mercenary (Rogue Trader Space Marine Scout with shuriken catapult)

Space Marine Scout with Shuirken Catapult 2

I recently painted this Rogue Trader era space marine scout model. I painted him initially as a bodyguard for a noble civilian for a Necromunda setting (that model is almost finished…) or perhaps a mercenary. I imagine he is a rejected Space Marine recruit who decided he would rather have his freedom than have his brain wiped to become a servitor… and somewhere along the line acquired a rather exotic xenos weapon.

I love the old scout models, but whilst a shuriken catapult might fit in with Rogue Trader, by 2nd edition the fluff is becoming more rigid and xenos weaponry is out – so it doesn’t really fit with my loyal Space Marine forces. For my money, this is the greatest era of the fluff (so I’m not complaining); where things are becoming set, but the background is still fluid (the Horus Heresy largely remains a mystery at this point of the fluff, for example) – whereas Rogue Trader is almost completely foreign to today’s 40K background.

Painting on this was fairly simple and really requires no explanation, but please do let me know if you have any specific queries.

Any colours used were the same as my Estalians, and the grey is just Codex Grey highlighted with Fortress Grey.

The fur is bestial brown with white added to drybrush on the highlights.

The catapult is white washed with Ogryn Flesh Wash then highlighted back up, and the gems on it are as follows: base GW Scab Red, highlights with GW Blood Red, GW Blazing Orange, GW Dwarf Flesh, and a spot of white for the light reflection.

Space Marine Scout with Shuirken Catapult 1

Chris Dennison’s Dark Angels Army from White Dwarf 223 (1998)

As is obvious from the title of this blog, my main hobby inspiration is from what I consider to be Game’s Workshop’s golden decade, the 1990s; the time stretching from the closing years of Rogue Trader through to the first couple of years of 3rd edition Warhammer 40,000 (I realise that is far later than what most “Oldhammerers”, if I can put myself, very loosely, into that vague category, consider to be GW’s golden era, but life would be boring if we were all the same).

As such, I may, from time to time, post material from or about that era that I consider to be inspirational. In particular, a project planned for the near(ish) future is some jungle space marines, and this picture has played some part in helping to form my vision for the project. The final reality will no doubt be very different, as the vision changes almost daily(!), but this has certainly been part of it. And, yes, I am a fan of the “Red Era”.

White Dwarf 223 (1998) Back Page - Chris Dennison's Dark Angels - click for a (much) bigger picture
White Dwarf 223 (1998) Back Page – Chris Dennison’s Dark Angels – click for a (much) bigger picture

My regular readers (how self indulgent that sounds! and yet how thrilling to think it seems some actually exist!) shouldn’t feel any need to comment on these sort of posts, but I hope some enjoyment and nostalgia will result.