I’m continuing to work my way through the handful of vintage metal Plague Marines I acquired last summer. I’m also combining torsos, weapons and other bits to create a few much-needed support pieces for my Nurgle followers, too, as evidenced by this lot, featuring a missile launcher, a battle standard bearer, and a vintage squad leader.
The squad leader is mostly stock, although I gave him a gnarly barbed maul. This particular figure has fascinated me for literally decades. I remember seeing him in the pages of White Dwarf and remarking on his ancient plasma pistol. With its scope and wood panel decorations, this was the figure that helped my teenage self understand what was meant by the term “master-crafted weapon.”
The Plague Marine with the missile launcher was a bit of a kitbash … I had a spare metal missile launcher arm that I pinned to a Plague Marine torso that was helpfully standing stock upright. The addition of a pointing arm brought the whole figure together.
And lastly, this standard bearer figure is very obviously not a vintage Plague Marine sculpt. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers, and the newer Nurgle icon piece fit perfectly atop this guy’s upraised pole. Give him a quick and dirty paintjob and presto — he’s a Plague Marine now!
This lot brings my total number of painted Plague Marines to eight — definitely enough to field a versatile squad for One Page 40k (or Grimdark Future, I should say, since it got renamed just a few days ago).
You’ve probably also noticed some nifty new terrain in the background of this post. I dipped my toe into the world of laser-cut MDF terrain and so far I’m liking what I’ve been able to do with some fairly simple kits!
I’m expecting to get all of this stuff onto the battlefield later this month, so stay tuned!