Krueger’s Folly needs some poor bastards to stand against the myriad threats facing the abandoned colony planet, so I dug around in my miniatures collection and found a small foam-lined box containing these guys.
They were originally produced for ShockForce but, as you can see, they bear more than passing similarity to the good ol’ Imperial Guard figures from the 1990s. Rogue Trader is filled with snippets of fluff about doomed PDF militia facing off against hopeless odds and (if they’re lucky) getting bailed out by noble space marines at the last minute.
These guys were painted back in the early days of my return to the hobby (we’re talking 2009, baby!) and I recall that I wanted to do a simple, “army man” style paint job without a lot of fine detailing or fiddly colors. So that explains why they’re mostly black and grey (and why I didn’t bother to paint their eyes!).
They’ll work just fine in any number of scenarios: last ditch defenses, wasteland ambushes, doomed reinforcements … basically any situation you can imagine where they’re destined to be slaughtered wholesale by an enemy that looked like it stepped off a heavy metal album cover.