Today something truly special came in the mail.
You see, half a lifetime ago, in 1998, when I was still an 18-year old youngster, three of my favourite things were: 40k; the comic book Poison Elves by Drew Hayes; and pot. My city is often called the pot capitol of the world, and with the Dutch laissez faires legal attitude towards soft drugs, I admit there was a year in my life when I regularly enjoyed the sensimilla. There was a time when I had quit all three (Pot, because it is so bad for productivity and focus, and Poison Elves because Drew Hayes sadly died), but I've only been able to permanently stave off two: I have since relapsed into my addiction to plastic crack.
Anyway! Back then, I also played chaos, but I had wanted to do a loyal Space Marine army for some time. Third edition had just come out, but I missed the ridiculousness of 2nd edition. So I decided to create a Second Edition Space Marine army and integrate into it the other two things I enjoyed most. And so the PURPLE MARAUDERS chapter was born, with a Marijuana leaf as their chapter symbol. I know... it's right up their with SM Chapters with national flags as their symbol. Completely and utterly dumb. But hey, I made a lot of bad decisions back then. The characters were all named after Poison Elves characters, such as Lusiphur Amerillis Malache and Jace San Lanargaith. And OF COURSE I painted them up as Jamaicans, complete with greenstuffed dreadlocks... 'Cool'.
I sold that army in 1999, because even then I realized how completely juvenile it looked. (the guy I sold it to told me later he was banned from bringing them to the local GW store).
Yet, about a month go, I saw this very army being offered on eBay - and I realized the Librarian in it (whom I had named Lusiphur, after the main character of the awesome Posion Elves comic) was the metal librarian I was missing in my librarian collection. So of course I bought it, along with the metal OOP Chaplain!
Because hey, two out-of-production miniatures PLUS a trip down memory lane!
I will most definitely throw these guys in StMarc to strip them of paint, but it's just too much fun to have those miniatures in my possession again - after literally a lifetime - as I'm twice as old now as I was when I painted them.
I'm amazed by how good they look. Both the quality of painting is better than I imagined it had to be back then, and how well the paint job has stood the test of time. Also, I like how I managed to make the black of the chaplain look black, but still give it a purple hue. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to do something similar with yellow.
Anyway, I hope you liked this weird trip through memory lane. I'm off to dump these guys in StMarc. Or will I? Damn. Should I? Nostalgia is backoning... Nah, I'll just repaint him and write some appropriate fluff. He will be dark skinned, though
@ Vairocanum: I know right. But is he truly who he says he is? I mean, the dude summons Daemons!
@ The Hydra: I shall I shall! Gimme a couple hours to make good pictures of them.
@ Lord Commander Eidolon: There's a list of quick painting tips a few pages back - those help. Why don't ECs have librarians? But regardless of that, and entire apothecarion sounds amazing!
@ Sagentus: Damn Chaplains distorting the librarian conveyor belt.
Edited by Augustus b'Raass, 18 May 2017 - 10:35 PM.