Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kickin' It Old School....

I admit it. When Citadel (before they were GW) released the first set of plastic Space Marines along with this giant book for something called "wargaming" named Rogue Trader, I was in love. For a short while, I saved what little my college era money I could, and bought everything I could of this strange Gothic future world. I had Epic, and Adeptus Titanicus and everything that went with them. Space Hulk followed. I grab every White Dwarf my tiny comic shop by school had. If it was "Chapter Approved" it was mine.
Then everything changed. They began to price themselves way out of my range. The forces became generic. The sculpts became goofy to me, and lacked character. I guess I grew up.
Then, recently I, like many discovered "In the Emperor's Name", a set of non-sanctioned sci-fi skirmish rules that seemed to take place in that far away gothic future where the undying Emperor still held sway. I dug out some old plastic the Boy had painted and gave them a whirl.
Simple, fun and easy to learn.
I found myself digging through the lead piles (or, as my wife calls it, the Isle of Misfit Toys). I found the first lead Space Marines I bought. Still base coated. It all came flooding back. They were fill of character, not like the nameless plastic legions now. Two have battle damage, one actually has a chunk blown off his armor. Each has customized armor and different weapons. A power sword, that looks like a power sword with wires sticking out? One has heads hanging from his belt. How cool is that?
I painted these as Crimson Fists in homage to the cover of that first plastic box set. Rather than use decals, I wanted their insignia to have that hand painted look, as if each had lovingly drawn theirs on their armor. I usually use washers for bases, but, maybe out of nostalgia  I kept the big plastic slotta-bases.
Battle report next week. Until then, see ya at RECRUITS!

6 comments:

wargamer1972 said...

Good pics on those Space Marines!

ZeroTwentythree said...

Very nice. I also miss those days when a good game of RT/40k involved 25 figures or so.

They game lost my interest when it became more a matter of cramming as many figures on the table as would fit, and a dozen tanks blasting away at each other at point blank range. I also like the old sculpts.

I will have to look into these rules you mention!

Alfred T. Mahan said...

Holy Throne, I'm having a flashback to my high schola days!

Oh, for the days when $20 bought three Rhinos or a boxed set of (insert figures of choice here), and White Dwarf actually was worth reading...

Dave Thomas said...

Those were the days, I always liked the pointed nose marines and the old squats and indeed the old chaos dwarfs.

Its a shame theres nothing similar these days :(

Mahon @ chestofcolors.com said...

Now they have modern technology, great designers, huge company, and excellent casting quality. But they can't re-capture the amount of personality those old sculpts had.

They're ugly in today's standards, but they have one hell of personality!

Dave Thomas said...

I don't think they are ugly they have a completely different feel. I am currently painting some stuff by Rackham and those sculpts are great but again, they don't have the same feel as the older stuff.