Thursday, 14 November 2019

Warhammer 40K Vostroyan Firstborn: Part 1


Armed with handcrafted weapons passed down through the generations, the Vostroyan Firstborn hail from the Industrial Hive World of Vostroya. To atone for a sin committed during the Horus Heresy, every Vostroyan family must pledge their firstborn son to serve in the Imperial Guard. It is common for family ties to exist in Vostroyan regiments; it is typical for cousins to serve together, and for new recruits to be mentored by their older battle hardened relatives.


Vostroyan Firstborn (front)


Vostroyan Firstborn (back)



I finished painting five Vostroyan Firstborn miniatures, which represents half of an infantry squad.  The miniatures include a Vostroyan Sergeant, a flame trooper and three guardsmen with lasguns.  While I like the default red colour pattern of the Vistroyan Firstborn uniforms, I wanted to give my miniatures a unique look; yet, I still wanted to capture the regal look of the Vistroyan Firstborn.  I choose the colour purple for these miniatures as, according to colour theory, purple is associated with royalty, grandeur and nobility.  For instance, in medieval England, purple dyes were expensive to produce and were worn exclusively by the Royal Family.  

















For more images of these miniatures, please visit the Vostroyan Firstborn section of the Old Guard; a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K miniatures, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard models from the 1990s.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Warhammer 40,000: Imperial Guard Commissars



Fiercely loyal servants of the God-Emperor, Imperial Commissars are political officers from the Officio Prefectus, who serve within Imperial Guard regiments. Commissars are both respected and feared by the troopers; as it is their responsibility for ensuring discipline and loyalty among the ranks. All too often Imperial Guard regiments face overwhelming odds; it’s the Commissar’s job to boost the morale and fighting spirits of the men and women in the regiment, ensuring the soldiers hold their positions and fight, even when faced with certain death.


Commissars (front)


Commissars (back) 



I recently painted four Imperial Guard Commissars; one of the miniatures is a metal Games Workshop Commissar from the 1990s, while the other three are resin miniatures produced by Brother Vinnie’s Historical and Fantasy Miniatures (Brother Vinnie’s is Slovakian based tabletop miniatures company that produces a range of 28mm, 35mm and 90mm resin miniatures).  The Brother Vinnie’s Commissars includes Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt (Dan Abnett’s Gaunt’s Ghost series); Commissar Ciaphas Cain (Sandy Mitchell’s Ciaphas Cain series); and a generic female Commissar.  























For more images of these miniatures, please visit the Commissars section of the Old Guard; a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K miniatures, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard models from the 1990s.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Warhammer 40,000: Adeptus Arbites



The Adeptus Arbites are the police force for the Imperial of Man, responsible for enforcing Imperial Law on Imperial held worlds. Outfitted with suits Carapace Armour, the Adeptus Arbites are granted the right to serve as jury, judge and executioner for any Imperial caught breaking the law.



Adeptus Arbites (front)


Adeptus Arbites (back) 


Adeptus Arbites (front)


Adeptus Arbites (back) 



I first started painting Warhammer 40,000 miniatures in the early 2000s, during the 3rd edition of the game; at this time, the metal Adeptus Arbites miniatures were no longer part of the mainstream Warhammer 40,000 range (they may have been a special order item at this time).  Thus, I did not know GW produced Adeptus Arbites miniatures until two or three years ago.  In my search for ‘old school’ Imperial Guard miniatures, I came across these Adeptus Arbites miniatures in the summer, and have recently painted them.










The look of these miniatures is reminiscent of Judge Dredd (since I have never read the comics, my familiarity with the franchise is limited to the movies: 1995 and 2012 films).  While I like the Judge Dredd look, I wanted these miniatures to have a distinct look from Judge Dredd; yet, I still wanted the colour patterns of these miniatures to capture the look of law enforcement offices.  Thus, I decided to use blues as the primary colour for these miniatures.   









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For more images of these miniatures, please visit the Adeptus Arbites section of the Old Guard; a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K miniatures, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard models from the 1990s.

Warhammer 40K Vostroyan Firstborn: Part 1

Armed with handcrafted weapons passed down through the generations, the Vostroyan Firstborn hail from the Industrial Hive World of Vos...