You bastards. You have no idea how good you have it today. When I was young in the early '80's, we didn’t have nice rulebooks with full-colour illustrations. Holy Jumping Christ, we barely had rules. And we certainly didn’t have Warhammer 40K. If we wanted to play a knock-off Star Wars skirmish game, we couldn’t just reach for the latest British import, like some silk-slippered princeling. Oh no. If we wanted to roll dice, we had only one option: we played Galacta: Star Commandos.Have you heard of Galacta: Star Commandos? Of course you haven’t. You belong to a generation that has never known privation. You couldn’t find Galacta at a gaming store. We had no gaming stores! Gaming stores were a far-off dream, like universal peace or a cure for mange. If you wanted Galacta, you took a bus to the mall and went to the "hobby store". The same store that sold your mom yarn. They kept Galacta behind the counter, like porn. And if you asked to buy it, the old lady at the cash would say, “This isn’t a toy, you know. You can’t eat the lead.”
Those old ladies are gone now. So are the hobby stores. And so are the malls. They have been plowed into the earth so that you and your friends can sip bubble tea on a patio. What is bubble tea, anyway? My only prayer is that it's something that will give you gas.
Unboxing Galacta was a painful experience, but we grew up fast in those days. Inside we found: (1) ten solid-based miniatures so lumpy they looked like Hershey’s Kisses; (2) a photocopied pamphlet with two pages of rules; (3); a dozen pots of paint dried into hard putty; and (4) a paint brush so splayed that it couldn’t be used to apply makeup on a Bonobo.
They called it a “paint-and-play” game, the cruel jerks. But did we make a Reddit about it? Of course not. Because that’s what wargaming was all about in my day: disappointment.
And then Rogue Trade showed up and ruined everything.
This is the last time I let someone write guest post. What a downer. Anyway, let's continue the tour through Citadel's RT601 range of Adventurers for 40K Rogue Trader.
First up is "Female Warrior Gabs". Her slotta tab gives her the alternative name "Sister", which seems to a reference to page 268 of the Rogue Trader rulebook (1987), where we find an enigmatic passage mentioning the Adepta Sororitas or Sisterhood: "an order of devotional warrior women." The accompanying illustration by Stephen Tappin shows "Sister Sin" in full power armor. Sadly, the Sisterhood was an idea that languished for a few years, but was rekindled in the 2nd edition Warhammer 40,000 rulebook (1993).
You need a more secure server Matthew, who was that weirdo ranting at the beginning ! LOL Oh the old days when TMNT was a roleplay game and not a multi million franchise ! LOLReplyDelete
Wonderful work on all the classic models, never had any of these, but did have the John Blanche Amazon, still need to finish that one ! LOL Remember the early sisters models, with loads of people calling them female Space Marines, such fun memories.
My rpg group still plays TMNT from time to time. Such a good rules set and my mutant Ozzie Aboriginal Sheep will remain a classic! :)Delete
You know, Geriatricus isn't wrong......ReplyDelete
Oh my! Lovely classic minis in the best painting style!ReplyDelete
More classics and I'm jealous that you have these sculpts in your collection and painted up so well too. Great stuff mate.ReplyDelete
Haha, though the name Galacta remains a mystery to me, I believe I have some of a similar experience in the beginning of time! The minis you brought up today are delicious. All of them. Tasty and beautiful, I love how they turned out in your personal painting styleReplyDelete
Stunning painting on some classic old-school sculpts! You've really nailed the Oldhammer 'Eavy Metal look and done them justice!ReplyDelete
Ahah! Don't know Galacta, another thing we didn't have in France I believe.ReplyDelete
Some great additions to the collection! Your check work is top notch straight out of RT! And I really like that green line on "Gabs"; but the color/patterns on the Amazon make her my favorite!ReplyDelete
"They kept Galacta behind the counter, like porn." Okay, go off king. I'm petitioning to boot this Matthew jerk, and get Geriatricus writing for oldenhammer full time. Gold!ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas, Matt 😀ReplyDelete