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I was looking at old 1st ed Wh40k: Rogue Trader materials online and came across this old ad for Iron Claw space pirates (attached below). The Iron Claw have some relation to Squats, just to put things in perspective...yeah, it's old.
At 1st glance, these are some typical Rogue Trader miniatures, back when Rick Priestley described Wh40k as "science fantasy." Everyone was like a fantasy RPG character, but with laser rifles and rad-to-the-max names like "Banzai Jones."
Then I saw these blue guys, specifically Zandar, Colonel Vlad, and Ooglorg the Cruel. What, in the Emperor's name, are they? Are they mentioned in the old White Dwarves? Are they a prototype of Dark Eldar or Tau?
I googled and searched these forums, but couldn't find mention of them. It's a curious relic from a lost time that I'm becoming increasingly obsessed with.
They look like blue ogryns. My guess would be some kind of predecessor to the current abhumans.
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Hmm...at a guess I would say orks painted wrong or mutants. Seraphim Guard might be on to something with abhumans.
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Orks didn't used to be green, they only got the green tint after one of the gaming clubs turned up to an event with a horde of greenskins - before that they were pretty much whatever colour people wanted.
But they don't look like orks, if anything I'd say S_G was right and they're just abhumans with no modern equivalent.
Christ.. It's like the casts of 'Bravestar' and 'Heavy Metal' got together and made (even more) deformed mutant babies.. Go 80s!
Judging by the look and names, I'm going to suggest some kind of ogre equivallent.. early ogryns perhaps.
All your responses have been enlightening and entertaining. I'll take these ideas for putting together a Killteam in the new Battle Missions book, using the IG codex, for an Iron Claw space pirate crew. Thanks a lot.
I the 1st edition alot of stuff you had to work out yourself. Often random stuff ended up in there that some modeller had sculpted and players had to gestimate what it was. I think that Orks is the most likely conclusion but they may just be meant as ramdom space-monsters that are pirates, there was more room for your own or somebody else's random thing back then. I think that they aren't Ogryns though. I remember some old Ogryns and they were always Ogre-sized and bigger than that.
My money's on Orks. They've got that goblin-y face with the tusks, and they're the right size. The only thing wrong is the skin tone, and with RT being what it is it's highly likely that they were painted blue for sh*ts and giggles.
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