40k 30th Anniversary display at Warhammer Fest

Games Workshop really went all out for the 40k 30th Anniversary display at Warhammer Fest this year. Games Workshop don’t have many of their old rouge trader models. Rarely accessed and highly protected archives indicate they where not included in the sale of the business many years ago, however it is something the servitors refuse to speak about. None the less by using some private collections by staff and fans, Games Workshop did manage to put together a good showing of these rare Rouge Trader models.
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40k 30th Anniversary display

RTB01 marines 40k 30th Anniversary display

Dreadnought and Robots40k 30th Anniversary display

Tanks note the card blaneblade40k 30th Anniversary display

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Mki Blood Angel Landspeader

There were also a couple of older models in the Golden Demon Competition this year.

The first Ultramarines Captain Model

40k 30th Anniversary display

The First Blood Claw Sergent Model40k 30th Anniversary display 

An Epic Ork Gargent40k 30th Anniversary display

40k Single Miniture – Golden Demond 2017

The Single 40k Miniture catagory is always one of the most popular and Golden Demond, 2017 was no exception.

This was the first set of photos from the day and unfortunately therefore the worst quality. I also got to this cabinet so early, they were a bit Spartan. None the less they were still some fantastically well painted models.
Blood Angel Captain 

Built using the Master of the Recuits model from the Masters of the Chapter box set. The power Sword had been expertly converted for a Blood Angel power sword with a helmet and plasma pistol and back pack icon also added from Blood Angel plastic kits.Blood Angel Captain Golden Demon 2017

Space Wolves Wolf Guard 

This is a strightforward use of the Storm Bolter and Wolf claw from the Space Wolves termintor kit. Wolf Guard Golden Demon 2017

Dark Angel Interigator Chaplain 

While using a modern colour pallet, the yellow plasma pistol is a old school nod back to the second edition days.Dark Angel Chaplain

Tech Priest

Dark tones have been used to make the red robes of the machine cult stand out adding some warmth to an otherwise very cold colour pallet. Tech Priest Golden Demon 2017

Ultramarine Chapter Standard

A straightforward interpretation of the Ultramarine Chapter ancient. The blue has been extensively blended creating a pastal colour tone to off set the darker reds used on to acsent the details.

Ultramarine Chapter Standard Bearer Golden Demon 2017

Space Wolves Blood Claw Sergeant

Every year it seams there is someone who replicates a Mike McVey paint job from the old days. They never do well in Judging but as a grey beard I always enjoy seeing them.

Space Wolves Blood Claw Sergeant golden Demon 2017

Space Marine Captain

Space Marine Captain Golden Demon 2017

Ultramarine Chapter Champion 

Made using the Ultramarine upgrade kit and a plastic MK4 space marine. The helmet has been painted white to reflect the Mariens service within the 1st company.

Ultramarine Chapter Champion Golden Demon 2017

Space Marine Limited Edition Terminator Chaplain

Space Marine Limited Edition Terminator Chaplain

Geanstealer Magus 

Geanstealer Magus

 Space Wolves Legion Chaplain 

Lunar Wolves Chaplain Golden Demon 2017

Emperors Children Leagion PreditorGeanstealer Magus and Lunor Wolves Chaplain Golden Demon 2017

Emperors Children Leagion Preditor

Dark Angels Terminator Chaplain conversionDark Angels Terminator Chaplain conversion Golden Demon 2017

Harlequin Solitaire Harlequin Solitaire Golden Demon 2017

Catachan Jungle Fighter – Colonel ‘Iron Hand’ StrakenCatachan Jungle Fighter - Colonel 'Iron Hand' Straken

Imperial First Legion Centurion

Imperial First Legion Centurion Golden Demon 2017

Dark Angel Legion Champion and Ultramarine Tech MarineDark Angel Legion Champion and Ultramarine Tech Marine Golden Demon 2017 

Space Wolf  Arjac Rock Fist conversion 

This model has me confounded as to what parts have been used to recreate this classic Space Wolve miniature.
Space Wolf  Arjac Rock Fist conversion

Ork War Boss on Bike

A surprising entry of a bike in the category, however the rider is undead an Ork Warboss.

Ork War Bike Golden Demon 2017
There were a lot more entries which were off for judging. As always this was a very competitor category at Golden Demon. Not one for the first time enterant to try, unless they are extremely talented.

Classic Ultrmarines and Tyranids at Warhammer World

This collection of modern and classics Ultramarines and Tyranids was displayed in a special exhibit at Warhammer World in March 2016. 

I believe these models belong to Garfy one of the painters who blogs on tale of four painters. There is a post on his tyranid attack box set here. It’s very possible GW will release this set again in the future, with updated models. I’m sure it would be very popular if they did.


The first ever Ultramarine Captian model

First company veterans

The Limited release Blood Angel Space Hulk terminators set converted in to Ultramarines

The first plastic space marine scouts. The sergeants had a better armour save than the scouts back in those days.

These are the first plastic Terminators GW made. They are very hard to paint well as the detail is very shallow. This is probably the finest paint job I have ever seen on these models.


This is a very reto Hive Fleet paint scheme. Comments welcomed if you know what it is called.

Broodlord accompanied by some old hormaguants and Tyrant Guard

Classic second edition style flying Hive Tyrant

The original plastic Geanstealer Hybrid models and metal ripper swarm

Tau Display

March 2016 was also the fist chance I had to photo the Tau vs Admech display at Warhammer World, which is still on display. If you haven’t had the chance to make it to Warhammer World I would strongly encourage you to do so. I try to make it there are least once a year.

Mk8 Rogue Trader Ultramarine Sternguard

There is still a little detailed paint work left to do on these MkVIII Rouge Trader Space Marines. However now they have reached gamable paint standard I’d like to show them off. I’ve been working on these for decades. The core of the unit is made from all 3 of the original Mk8 Space Marines sculpts by Jes Godwin. I’ve added bits from the Ultramarine Upgrade set, some spare Vanguard and Death Company shoulder pads, and weapons from the Space Marine Tactical squad, along with a single Rouge trader Bolter and Auto pistol to make a combi Melta for the squad leader.IMG_3891.JPGIMG_3892.JPGIMG_3890.JPG

There is a single Rouge Trader back pack has been used for the banner. The others have additions from the plastic Venerable Dreadnought kit.


And so ends the longest dry spell on Chapter Masters.

Rouge Trader Space Wolves – Ben’s progress

Ben has sent in this photo of some of his Rouge Trader Space Wolves, which he has recently been working on.

“These are the last few metal Space Wolves I have left to paint. After this there is one blood claw and one grey hunter, which I have no idea what I’m going to do with. N’jal needs a few more hours of attention from my Paint Brush, but Bjorn and the Blood Claw are almost there. It feels good to finally have paint in all the original rogue trader characters, even though it’s taken almost 25 years to do it.”

People who suffer from “the pile” or “stack of models in the cupboard” syndrome will probably relate to this achievement. I for one am looking forward to seeing what these models look like when they are “finished”. I think they are already looking pretty good.

Rouge Trader Bjorn the fell handed, Rouge Trader Blood Claw Sergeant, Metal Blood Claw Sergant

Rouge Trader Space Wolves