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.
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.