The theme is “nostalgia”, and in my current sci-fi frame of mind, that brings one thing forward - the days of Rogue Trader and the first edition of Warhammer 40,000. Like many, I collected and (tried) to paint some plastic Space Marines, but I was also a big fan of the “Imperial Army”. A few years ago I made some nice Ebay scores and gradually built up a Rogue Trader-era collection, which I can thankfully paint a little better now.
For this theme rounds I submit two figures from the 1990s “Imperial Army” from Citadel Miniatures - good, old-school, proper metal figures, the way wargames figures are supposed to be done!
The fellow with the “non-regulation” hair do is “Trooper Brock”, first released in 1988. Although the ad at the time (in White Dwarf 98) said he was warmed with a lasgun, astute Rogue Trader geeks will in fact note he is carrying a sport “autogun”, the assault rifle of choice in the year 40,000 era.
The second figure is a heavy weapon command figure, also from 1988. He would accompany things like Radpiers, Thudd Guns and Mole Mortars into the field.
When I paint these figures, I travel back to the time when a game of Warhammer 40k had maybe 20 figures per side, featured a nice, basic plot like a raid on a research station, and was totally involved even with that small force. The game today is, of course, a big, mass combat beast - the rules are deeply flawed, but I still enjoy the big games with our gaming group.