Sunday, 29 May 2011

Scum and Villainy (Part 1): Pirate Captain

The universe is a big place, and one it it easy to hide a warship in. Little wonder then that some former Naval officers, when they fall out of favour with their respective governments, take to piracy to earn a living. Hal'ethar is one such individual.
Having fallen foul of the complex political machinations of Ethak high society, the warship captain Hal'ethar was sentenced to death in his absence. His loyal crew helped him evade the Death-hunters sent to 'terminate his command' and now they lurk amongst the Elysium Nebular, praying on free traders and sometimes even navy patrols. He is particular vicious when ever he comes across a Ethak ship.

There is a bit of a story to this miniature. It is one I have had in my collection for at least 20 years, but for some reason never got around to painting. Eldar was one of the first 40k armies I started with, back in the days of the oddly idiosyncratic 'Rogue Trader' version of the rules.
I found this miniature in a tin in my mum and dad's loft and thought it would make good eBay fodder. Oddly enough, when I listed it it did not sell, despite a low listing price, and being a very collectible model. I wasn't too sad, because I think I had already made my mind up that I wanted to paint it.
The sculpting and casting on this miniature is first class, especially given its age. It was a pleasure to paint. I chose a paint scheme reminiscent of Storm Trooper armour, because it contrasted nicely with the plate/chain mail look. I opted to give him blue skin and white hair to make him look more alien (and also in a nod to 2000AD's Rogue Trooper and Star Trek's Andorrans)