This guy is the medic for the command squad sculpted by Mark Copplestone. It’s of 1989 vintage and is a quaint sculpt with regard to how the medikit on his back connects flush to the breastplate on his right hand side whilst on the opposite side the there is a space where the uniform and belt are visible making the whole assembly an asymmetrical design.
An imperial medic prepares to administer the last rites with his autopistol
I decided not to paint anything larger than a button red on this model and I chose to use a metallic green for the helmet badge and a more green tinted uniform colour than the other models in the squad. Colour wise it is going to be hospital greeens rather than red-cross reds for this force.
He has really cool boots which are quite different from the other models in the set which are generally only riding boots style things or boots & goulashes.
An imperial medikit.
I went for a very dark skin tone for this chap as I knew I wanted to have white equipment. I like how the dark skin tone contrasts with the gold framing the breast plate and white helmet.
Two more members of the command squad to round it out to five models. A chap with a grenade launcher and a regular lasgun armed trooper. Both figures are from 1989 and are Mark Copplestone Sculpts to the best of my knowledge.
The dark patch on the right cheek is actually intended…
Rear detail – he will probably get some more personal iconography later on
Really, who the hell designs a gun like this?
Love that rear badge on this sculpt! ❤
Both figures are painted up to almost complete stage. I need to sit down with the whole squad and try to normalise them a bit to each other. They need some personal icons and to have little tufts glued to their bases to complete the effect. I have opted to matte varnish the models generally with the exception of the gun, amour plates, shoes, helmet and goggles which received the gloss varnish. I am pretty happy with the work on this squad so far. I still need to get a medic done up for them so they will be Rogue Trader legal.
A veteran sergeant to accompany the lieutenant in the command squad. Skin tone is much ruddier than for the lieutenant. I am planning to include bit of variety in skin tones for this project. Grey armour colour for this fellow, keeping the black carapace for the officers.
A classic Lieutenant sculpted by Mark Copplestone. This guy dates from 1989. Eclectic is the word that springs to mind looking at this figure design. I have opted to paint the trousers in a light grey with a red stripe on the side and to do the armour bits in black with gold trim in order to distinguish him from the enlisted men on the tabletop. Light grey (white) pants are very much inspired by the John Blanche painting officer standing beside the Commissar. Note that the plasma pistol is from a contempory marine model. I painted the gauntlet so as to give the impression of him having a robot hand…I hope he plans to only use it for good. Given the contempory rules for plasma weapons (which seem to be inspired by russian roulette) there is a pleasing touch of irony in him having a robot hand.
I love these Copplestone figures which deserve to have great paint jobs to show them at their best so I hope I haven’t butchered the paint job too much!
Next up on this project will be the rest of his command squad – Medic, Orderly (flag waving guy), Grenadier, Veteran Sargent.