It's Brother.P, the brother of Mr. Pink!
This Holiday Season, GW is giving back in countless ways. Firstly, there is now a retailer in my city that stocks GW stuff, including the entire line of paints! Secondly, GW introduced 'Made to Order'. Giving folks the chance to relive the glory days of pewter models which helped us develop our upper body strength. (Note: pewter is the tin/silver metal originally used for casting GW models, well, after they stopped using lead)
I want to count down the top 10 models that I'd love to see get the 'Made to Order' treatment. To all the Dark Eldar, Tyranid and Genestealer Cult enthusiast; be warned, this is mostly a list of Imperial models.
|"Oh, hello Officer. I was just admiring your shotgun, yes, I will move along"
10) I coveted this Adeptus Arbite (w/ shotgun) when I was ~ 11 years old. I bought a blister of Arbites with boltguns because they were marginally cheaper ($9 vs $12). They were the same pose, but the boltguns were hardly as impressive.
I love old miniatures that were cast as a single piece. Models that come in two or more pieces are always a pain to pin together. In the back of my mind there is a constant worry that at some point a piece will break off. There are quite a few of these 'one-piece' models that make an appearance on my top 10 list. They hold a special place in my heart because I foresee the children of our post-apocolyptic future playing with the models long after all the paint has worn off, and the model is still in one piece! Also, it's the kind of model you can give to a six year old kid to screw around with, then when the kid turns 13, you say: "Now you paint it!".
9) Chaos Squat. I love the pose of this model (if you ignore the backpack; it's all in one piece). Also, I though I should include at least one squat in this list for posterity.... but I'm not sure I know exactly what 'posterity' means...
8) Inquisitor Elvis. This model's hair looks a little bit like a "cool guy" hairstyle, but he's got a book! Inquisitors have a book as a wargear option! GW actually sells a very similar model with a helmet, and sword replacing the book, but this guys is super cool, look at that hair.
5) Sternguard. REAL Sterguard. These guys don't wear dresses. A while back I combed ebay for a set of these Sternguard. The optic scopes on the top of the gun tend to get bent very easily, but other than that, these guys are fantastic models.
4) 3rd Edition Death Company. A common criticism of early Space Marine models, is that they are too short and their hands are too big. These guys pass both tests. They are such wonderful Death Company models. Right now I'm making a squad using the old pewter jump packs mixed with the new plastic death company arms, and they are truly impressive.
The death company model on the right is that it is the same pose as my Blood Angel Apothecary and they have just slightly different iconography.
This shotgun scouts has an almost identical version carrying a boltgun. This model differs as it is loaded up with ammo and he's one of the rare scout models sporting the re-breather.
I'd gladly list each of the Jes Goodwin scouts here (I own and love them all) and if GW releases these guys as "Made to Order" I'd highly suggest picking up one, and only one. Painting these models is rather tiring despite how wonderfully they've been sculpted. With a model in Power Armour, you basically paint the whole thing one colour, and then paint the extra details. Scouts, on the other hand, have cloth pants, army boots, belts/webbing/holsters, weapons, a bare head and their armour. There is not one dominant feature to start with. All of these different element compound the challenge of painting the model... but I still love them. If I was ever in the movie 'Inception', my 'totem' would definitely be one of these pewter scouts.
Be aware: pewter models fall over easily. Furthermore their weight means it is likely they will chip when they fall over. I now put weights in all my bases, and I really should apply a matt coat to seal them.
1) NUMBER ONE!!! The Battle for Macragge Pilot. This guy is great (despite having crashed an Aquilla Lander). You had to buy a starter box just to get him (and his aforementioned jet). He has no use in-game, but just look at him. What's not to like? His little lunch box, his weird bolt pistol, his lack of a neck. Like almost every model on my Top 10 list, at one point this pilot was in my collection, and like most things I cherished; my brother, Mr. Pink gave it away. I'll forgive him just this once because he gave it to his German buddy Hydra. The guy had crossed the ocean to attend what may have been the last Games Day in Canada (and made off with a Golden Demon or two). Hydra also painted this pilot model for our display board, so it would have been a dick move to hold onto it.
Well Everybody, that's it! That's my top ten list of amazing old models. It's funny, but if any of these guys ever became "Made to Order" I wouldn't buy them. I've already bought most of them off of ebay.
What I like about this "Made to Order" campaign, is that you don't have to through a back-ally dealer to get ahold of excellent old models. Hopeful this means lower prices too. (I honestly have nothing against ebay sellers, the shipping cost are what I truly hate) Furthermore if you're buying freshly cast models, it means you don't have to go through the pains of stripping some of the most questionable, indelible paints you will ever encounter.
Let me know what you think. Also please encourage Mr. Pink to share some of his favourite old models, and make your own Top 10. A bunch of the images I used come from an amazing website. It's a great catalog of a lot of models I never knew existed!
Honourable mention: the Warrior Acolyte. In the forty first millennium, most models are armed to the teeth, but this guy just brings a notepad! You know the mechanicum installed the largest pair of brass ball on this servitor.
|He. Don't. Give. A. F LI C K.