When I was waxing nostalgic over the Dogs of War, I mentioned that Vespero from Vespero’s Vendetta was one of my favourite models that GW had ever made. It’s the funny thing really; I’ve become a grumpy old neckbeard who gripes and moans about GW and their new policies and how things are different and I don’t like things that are different, myeh myeh myeh, but damn it; those boys from Nottingham have made some damn fine models. I mean they’ve made stinkers as well…
… but on the whole their stuff has been very awesome and iconic. Let’s face it, the gorgeous models are pretty much the main reason people get into the hobby (because it’s certainly not for the rules).
So never let it be said that I never have a good word to say about GeeDubs. These are my ten favourite models from over the years, in no particular order…
10. Vespero ( Dogs of War, Warhammer Fantasy)
Vespero looks like a wonderful blend of the Phantom of the Opera and Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. The actual pose doesn’t look too great, and he looks fairly dated nowadays, but I still like him; at the time, Vespero (like all the Dogs of War) was a breath of fresh air when compared to bland Landsknecht Empire guys, and the feudal-French Bretonnians. He had flair and style, and you just know that some people picked up the model to stand in for their kickass rogue or assassin in a D&D game.
9. Sternguard Veteran with power fist (Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000)
Y SO STERN?
To me, that Sternguard Veteran is the very epitome of Space Marines; cool power armour without being too over-the-top, an awesome pose, and a big chunky bolter and power fist. I would’ve loved to have had this model back in the early days of 3rd edition when I used to run Crimson Fists. I love this model because it reminds me of one of the very first Warhammer 40,000 models I ever saw…
Just goes to show; time marches on, but the classics never go out of style.
8. Warriors of Chaos Exalted Hero (Warriors of Chaos, Warhammer Fantasy)
Despite his his chainmail mittens and comically-proportioned sword, I love this model. Nearly all the entries on this list are here for sentimental reasons, and Axey McAxington here is no different. The only WHFB army I ever properly ran was Chaos Warriors, with a sprinkle of Tzeentch. While my Sorcerers flew around on Disks and repeatedly got gunned down by High Elf Archers and Dwarf Thunderers, my dual-wielding, footslogging Chaos Champion never let me down. Rest well, old friend. You earned it.
7. Slaanesh Daemonettes (Chaos, Fantasy and 40k)
Ah, the third and best incarnation of the Dark Prince’s handmaidens. Before they got redesigned into their current crab-clawed crack-whore form, Daemonettes were without a shadow of a doubt the nicest Daemon models. They look evil and sexy and cool, which is, of course, what they’re all about. Also gone are the gawky old crab-claws of previous incarnations, replaced with graceful scythe-claws. Great models. Chaos players these days are poorer without them.
6. Eldar Warlock (Eldar, Warhammer 40,000)
Yes, that was the best picture I could find of him (her?). You know the awesome thing? That model has got to be at least 20 years old, because it was around when I first got into 40k. Just goes to show that Jes Goodwin is a goddamn genius (as will be shown further down). As for the model, it’s great; gotta love an Eldar battle-psyker winding up a full-on baseball-bat-swing with his magic crystal-bone sword.
5. Crusader (Witch Hunters, Warhammer 40,000)
This guy basically goes down the checklist for badassery and ticks all the boxes. Big sword? Check. Massive tower shield? Check. Awesome coat? Check. Cool medieval-techno armour? Check! If your Inquistor wasn’t strolling around with at least two of these guys in tow, you were doing it wrong.
4. Mandrakes (Dark Eldar, Warhammer 40,000)
This is sort of cheating, because I like all the Mandrake models. Look at them! They’re like weird creepy zombie-ghost-elf-samurai! It’s just a shame that their rules in-game are pretty bad, leading to the famous question, “So what do your Mandrakes count as?”. A whole lot better than their 3rd edition incarnation as BDSM rejects.
3. Covenant (Inquisitor)
I vividly remember being in my local store about a week before GW released their 54mm scale narrative-skirmish-RPG-thing that was Inquisitor, and one of the staff members showing chibi-me and chibi-Ian two of the new models; one was elderly badass telepath pimp Eisenhorn, the other was Covenant. Of the two, I liked Covenant more, which was why I proceeded to snap him up the second he was available. I love this model, and in my opinion, it’s the best of the otherwise lacklustre and limited Inquisitor range. Everyone used to harp on about Artemis the Deathwatch Marine, but Covenant was the 54 mm man for me.
2. Chief Librarian Ezekiel (Dark Angels, Warhammer 40,000)
I’m going to make a confession. At one point in my 40k playing life, I owned five Ezekiel models. One was an Inquisitor, one was a Word Bearer Chaos Lord, another was a Librarian in my Space Marine army, and the other two… pfff. Shits and giggles? Ezekiel shares a lot of similarities with other models on this list; he’s got cool robes and a big fuck-off sword. Again, like the Eldar Warlock above, this model is nearly 20 goddamn years old, and still looks amazing. But not as amazing as…
1. Delaque Leader (Necromunda)
This guy! Yep, the classic Delaque leader with a bolter is my absolute favorite model GW has ever made. It was tough narrowing it down, there are lots of Necromunda models that I love (mostly the Escher and Hired Guns), but this guy here with his leather duster, goggles, and massive bolt gun beats them all. I don’t even really know why. The pose is solid and detail is great, but he’s not really anything flashy or special; he’s not a super special character or a giant monster. He’s just a dude with a cool coat and a big gun. And sometimes that’s all you need.