I love Rogue Trader. It’s fun, irreverent, and full of useful information. I encourage everyone who plays 40k now to read this book and any publications from that era. But it doesn’t explain how I ended up with this particular 40k army. …
It all began when I was stripping some RTB01 marines. I once witnessed a group of gamers playing call of duty, who decided to have a knife fight, instead of running round shooting each other. It was very odd as no-one spoke – it just kinda happened. I thought that was pretty cool so I modeled my first squad on that encounter. For a colour scheme I thought that nothing says Rogue Trader louder than Dark Angels in black. After painting them I was hooked. So a tactical squad and a rhino inevitably followed.
There are a few bits from newer kits on these models. Though I don’t think they disrupt the feel of the army.
My next mission was a scout squad. By the time the Advanced Space Crusade scouts had come out, the Dark Angels had gone green. No references at that time to what their colour scheme should be in RT print so I made one up. The Imperial Guard had a unit called whiteshields. A unit of young cadets who had yet to earn the right to wear the insignia of the regiment. I thought the same could apply to the marines. Also as scouts why should they give away vital intelligence, such unit insignia or chapter?
Scouts bridge the gap between Imperial guard and marines, so I used green and brown here, as well as black. And yeah a range of skin tones here marines are all of humanities finest. A planet that had just one skin tone / hair colour would have died from inbreeding long before colonizing the stars.
Anyway I ended up playing the force in a small campaign run by my local Games Workshop. They needed a lascannon, for this mission so I ended up painting another squad. What is the point of one marine when you can have ten?
A little more detail here went into this squad. Purity seals and dedications from the codex itself.
Finally a terminator librarian. I did think about original black for him. Though re-reading Deathwing (the short story from the Space Hulk supplement) convinced me otherwise. Blue being the codex colour for librarians is used as a secondary colour.
Thanks for reading this far, when I add more models I will let you know…