I didn’t intend for this to be a 40k heavy blog, but that’s just what has been dominating my hobby time lately.
That said, I’ve a long and moderately colourful history with the RTB01 Imperial Space Marine box. It was tremendous value at the time and I had two of them, sort of. Offsetting their awesomeness was the fact that back in the Rogue Trader days (before the shadow of grimdark blanketed the entire universe) they only had Toughness 3.
Even with my relatively decent memory, I have no clear recollection of acquiring either box. A couple of years back when I was cleaning out my stuff from my parents place back in NZ I came across a letter written from a kid at school who had left for the wilds of Papua New Guinea as part of his parent’s mission. Tough gig I guess. It turns out, he’d asked his parents for a box of these figures and ordered them through another school friend of mine. My friend would give them to me, I’d paint all thirty and dutifully send them back to PNG for him.
At age 14 even the most disciplined child is going to struggle to paint 30 marines in a single colour scheme, and I was far, far away from being the most disciplined child. I could barely paint two marines before deviating into some other sudden influence. I was learning, I was experimenting!
And then I must have forgotten about the whole thing. I had no further correspondence with the kid in PNG, the Marines ended up permanently in my possession and I thought no further of it. That is until I found the letter – and I felt suddenly guilty about the whole thing.
So I looked the kid up on Facebook – and let him know about it, and apologised. He never replied, maybe he ignored it, maybe he didn’t give a damn any more. I did a bit of stalking (as you do) and it turns out he had an extra role in the Fellowship of the Ring.
This is the FFG LCG card for him – he sat next to Legolas for a bit.
So, when I was a kid I ‘stole’ Galdor’s marines.
Anyway, only a few remain now, most lost to the winds of childhood trades and ebay. These guys, sitting in a Grenadier Fantasy Lords box are due for a bath. GW has committed many crimes against gaming over the years, but the fact that the Marine Tactical squad remains pretty much intact since 1987 is worthy of note. 10 men, 1 missile launcher, 1 flamer, 1 sergeant – OK so no chainsword but its a small concession. Please note that I did not paint the three abominations in front. Teal – yes, I’m guilty of that.