With a relentless release schedule of increasingly beautiful minis, it’s easy to forget about the phenomenal miniatures in the early days of Games Workshop. Heavy, prone to chipping and highly poisonous, these were the models that captured our imaginations. True, many hobbyists shy away from them completely nowadays, believing them too clunky, perhaps too ungainly for a place next to their newer, increasingly dynamic range.
That said, it is clear that a market for them exists beyond simply a small cadre of veteran hobbyists with nostalgic glints in their eyes. Games Workshop, recognising the demand for many of those classic miniatures and perhaps (dare I say it?) noticing the exorbitant bidding wars occurring on ebay, asked the community what they would like to see returned to the forge for a limited run.
Although I did not indulge in this GW led retro revival, I know plenty that did; A friend of mine purchased a bundle of Daemonettes and their steeds along with a Chaos Lord or two. Admittedly he did this on a magic carpet of whimsy fuelled excitement (probably). In my case, what with a hobby room fast approaching absurd levels of cardboard and sprue based excess, I tend to make sure that my purchases are actually going to get used in an army some time soon…
So, without further introduction, welcome to Throwback Thursday, where every…hm… Thursday I’ll reveal an old favourite that has pride of place, even amongst its smug and CAD designed resin kin.
I’ll start with my all time favourite Rogue Trader era model, the Ogryn. There was a line of them back then, but of all the sculpts, ‘460101’ captured my imagination the most. The others are a little too cartoony and lacking in any real drama or character. ‘460101’ is somehow bulkier, captured in a half turn and laden down with all kinds of esoteric equipment. The goggles and expression are reminiscent of ‘2000AD’ which heavily influenced the design of many Citadel models. Finally, the tilt of the ripper gun suggests both the strength of the Ogryn and the weapon’s considerable heft.
After scooping him up on ebay, I inevitably wrote him into an Imperialis Militia list, having previously no ambition to include any Ogryns whatsoever. Now I’m up to a squad of six of these lovable mutants…
I will do a detailed post on my Imperialis Militia project at some point in the future, no doubt it will contain details of my pained experiences on drafting a list that satisfied both my thematic and modelling ideals (its performance unfortunately was left on the bus…).
Anyway, Ogryns! I love the idea of having Toughness 5, multi-wound models lumbering forwards with Assault Heavy Bolters. If they elect to do so wearing purple trousers then so much the better! After batch painting nearly everything (including rhinos and a contemptor talon) it was a joy to focus on this miniature over the course of a morning and an afternoon.
“Knuckle duster. Check. Purple pantaloons. Check. Groin protector. Check…”
I won’t lie, he’s utterly incongruous amongst his enormous, Bullgrynesque brothers in arms, but I love him all the same. If ever there was an army where RT era models fitted in, it’s the Imperialis Militia. Lets all raise a glass to Forgeworld for designing an army list where almost anything goes!
Next week and in plastic!