Vintage Warhammer 40,000 Miniatures

The current reboot of Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (paid link) and the imminent release of Kill Team: Rogue Trader prompted us to unlock the stasis chamber recently and break out a handful of vintage 40K squads that we’ve had languishing in storage.

Some of these miniatures go back three decades (yikes!) and were purchased right around the time we bought our copy of the original Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (paid link) rulebook. Others were later releases or old minis we purchased secondhand on eBay.

Our nefarious plan is to create a fringe-world bandit militia made up of cutthroats, abhumans and insubordinates for use in Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team and/or possibly the new Rogue Trader, depending on the RT ruleset. Sort of a Warhammer 40K meets The Dirty Dozen theme.

Just for grins, we posted the class photo (above) of our proposed scoundrel Kill Team on Twitter and Facebook and asked any 40K scholars if they could identify all of these old-school Games Workshop miniatures. The first three figures (from left to right) were apparently pretty easy: Imperial Guard Storm Trooper Sergeant; a Ratling Cook from the Pirates and Adventurers line; and an Imperial Guard Beastmen Squad Leader.

The final two figures proved to be a bit trickier to identify. They are a Rogue Trader space pirate named Lan Duval and a Sniper from the original Necromunda Ash Wastes Nomads line.

For context and posterity, we also shot photos of each of our Kill Team misfits with some of their original squad and/or gang members. You can see those images in the photo gallery above.

It’s sad to say that we purged a lot of our old gaming materials — like our original copy of Rogue Trader — as we moved around over the years. Thankfully we did preserve at least a few soldiers and thugs from the Rogue Trader era (and beyond). With a little motivation on our part, maybe these vintage minis will finally get painted and deployed after all.