|Rogue Trader-era figures for the Painting Challenge|
|Nice collars lads...these squads did not have officers, but I kind of bashed the blurry one up front into a sort of leader|
Ten troops armed only with lasguns, but the fun only starts there. They can be equipped with drug dispensers to whip them into a frenzy. And in case that didn't work, they all wore explosive collars. Not to harm others, no - these charges were focused toward the wearer! These were "motivational" tools. If the squad ever faltered in combat, an Imperial tech would blow up one of the collars, "reminding" the penitents of the proper level of devotion to the Emperor required...
|Bright red vests of shame|
These castings beautifully captured the dystopian aura of the Rogue Trader era. Unfortunately they are a bit mono-posed. I think GW only ever did two versions of these bodies, and they looked the same. On the other hand individual expression would probably have been frowned upon amongst the penitent troopers. It was still a lot of fun to gather these suckers from EBay lots and paint them up!
I think the the Penal Battalion is still around in the current version of the 40k game - it is, in fact, one of the few legitimate uses for the sculpted vomit piles otherwise known as "Catachans". But they do not have the, shall we say, "charm" of these old sculpts, even accounting for the mono-pose issue.
|Imperial Guard lieutenant from the RT era|
The Lieutenant was the lowest-ranking senior officer available for the Imperial Guard player. Often seen with just a pistol, his actual basic equipment included a lasgun, so I gave one to this fellow.
|It is very hard to like the current Cadian figures when you see what used to be...|