For sartorial elegance … a gas mask

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war.

Games Workshop publish a little Science Fiction game called Warhammer 40,000 which is colloquially known as Warhammer 40K or just 40K. Maybe The dear reader has heard of it. The son & heir and some of his friends certainly have. And ever since he has played 40k The son & heir has been knee deep in the masses that are the Imperial Guard*. 

* Perhaps now renamed to Astra Militarum? It’s all a little confusing when one does not follow these things closely, one is not involved in the game and the new versions seem to continually change things.

At some stage The son & heir decided that the regular Imperial Guard forces sold by Games Workshop were not expensive enough and fell for the gas masked trench coat wearing Death Korps of Krieg regiments as sold by Forge World. And so some Death Korps figures were procured.

Above: the commander stalks out to the tree line to “observe”. Note the blast damage on the base.

Originally the plan was to paint them in a colour scheme reminiscent of French WWI troops but that changed somewhere along the line. With the passage of time the idea of the original paint scheme has been revived. While home for a break from the studies in Dunedin The son & heir dug out a command figure – and some of the paints of von Peter himself!! 😯 – and pigmented a command figure. Other figures were started but not completed so they don’t get to feature here. At least not yet.

Above: having “observed” the commander turns and stalks back into the tree line. More blast damage to the back of the base.

von Peter himself is of the belief that all of the Death Korps of Krieg models – even the horses – are presented with their gas masks firmly in the “on” position. One can never be too careful you know! von Peter himself must further assert that this thematic device often brings to mind “The Spy vs spy” cartoon he used to read as a younger man. Perhaps this is not quite the linkage that Games Workshop were looking for.  😃

Or are the gas masks simply hiding the snouts of rat men – the Skaven of Games Workshop’s fantasy game – in space?! Perhaps there is a dark storyline yet to be revealed. Perhaps not but maybe this provides a clue as to why the Death Korps of Krieg were so alluring to The son & heir. One of his Fantasy armies was none other than the dirty cheating cowardly low life snouted Skaven!!!

Above: A pack of rats from The son & heirs Skaven army. The photo dates from February 2011.

Back to proper historical figures next. At least that is the hope plan!  😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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