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Hello chaps, I’ve finished off a handful of oldschool Guardsmen to act as a general purpose mook squad in games of Rogue Trader. ‘Spaced-dout Sam’ is joined by ‘Faststar John’ and ‘Abbadon’(?!?) from the RT7 Mercenaries range, and Troopers Vaskez (sic) and Brough from the RT05 Imperial Army range. I really like this little unit, it contains a nice selection of minis that are varied but that still look cohesive – you can see that the designers at the time were busy experimenting and figuring out how the Imperium should look. For example, it only occurred to me during painting that the old IG helmet (as worn by Brough) is very close to the MkVI Beaky helmet, (minus the beak of course). Sure, some of the sculpts are a bit dodgy – Vaskez’s face is really soft, and Abbadon is a bit of a mess too, but these Cadian ancestors certainly have charm:

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Paint-wise, I followed my test piece quite closely – Blue overalls, grey armour, and a red/white cheque motif with bits of freehand as and when and a bit of weathering for good measure. They all have elements of my Rogue Trader’s heraldry on them somewhere so they can easily fit in with him, or they can work equally well as their own thing.

Anyway, that’s it for now, I hope you like these – I’ll certainly be adding to this group as time goes by, but for now I’m feeling the urge to chop some stuff up… I have an ambitious little conversion in mind… As a little teaser, I’ll ask a simple question – Who holds the true power within the Imperium?

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