Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Bryan Ansell's Rogue Trader Space Marines: part 2

Back in July I published the first pics of some of the Rogue Trader era Space Marines in Bryan Ansell's collection, and focussed on some of the earliest Space Marines that went into production. Today's post concerns some of the figures in Bryan's collection which made it into the Space Marines Painting Guide, which appeared in White Dwarf 119. I've added a link to the Guide at the bottom of the post.

Have a read of the "Medic's gesture of respect to his fallen Brothers" under the Salamanders' section of the painting guide; could someone please tell me what the following means: "he used his left arm to hold his carnifex". It makes no sense to me!

As per usual, if anyone can name the painters of these figures please leave a comment. Thanks!














Sadly missing the banner.


11 comments:

  1. Hi Steve, I've been following your great blog for a while, and finally I can offer some useful contribution!
    You ask 'could someone please tell me what the following means: "he used his left arm to hold his carnifex". It makes no sense to me!'

    The carnifex is the Rogue Trader term for the device Space Marines used to extract the geneseed (well, genesperm back then!) from their fallen brethren. Being a bit more explicit back then, it was also used to euthanise mortally-injured marines in an honourable way before extracting the geneseed – hence the name 'carnifex', which means 'executioner' in Latin.

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    1. Brilliant thanks. I was thinking tyranid carnifex - hence you can see my confusion! I was thinking, why does each Salamander have his own personal carnifex..? :-)

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    2. Great article, the word carnifex can be seen in the 91 blue catalogue for medics equiped with such.
      These marines with weathered backpacks and weapons are really something else with a good photo.
      thanks

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  2. Wonderful minis ! I really like the crisp colors, and all the little freehands.
    Thank you for sharing them, it brings me back to my early days of wargaming !!

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  3. Great post Steve.Personally, its great to see that Chaplain with the skull/blood drop banner again. It was one of the first painted models I ever saw (in my first WD actually, 108) and really captured my imagination. There were two others in the photographed group, you don't know if the other three are part of Bryan's collection do you?

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    1. Take a look here James and you'll see some of them towards the bottom of the post http://eldritchepistles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/bryan-ansells-rogue-trader-space.html

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  4. Ah yes; the Carnifex. In the world of modern 40k this piece of kit has been renamed the reductor and goes hand in hand with the apothecary's narthecium. How things change!!

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  5. Great models and thanks to Apologist and LegioCustodes for the clarification. I am totally ignorant of 40K stuff.

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  6. Great images of these old models. The colors are marvelous and quite a contrast to the current painting styles. Best, Dean

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  7. Didn't the Blood Angels banner bearer have a caption reading 'he stained his arm a brighter shade of red to honour his fallen brothers'. I stared and stared at that photo, and could never tell if it was a brighter shade or not!

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    1. Interesting Mark, I did not know that!

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