When I first started painting armies some years back, I was contacted to paint up a few old-school Praetorian Imperial Guard.
I played Imperial guard back when the Praetorians were first released (originally meant in the limited edition box set). I’m also a big fan of the film Zulu! that inspired them (Michael Caine is always good).
So I was excited. I figured I wouldn’t get a lot of chances to paint Praetorians again, since they were no longer being made, and they weren’t ever produced as a regular line of imperial guardsmen.
Somehow, I was very wrong. He has expanded his force many times, with more classic out-of-print minis than I thought I’d ever end up seeing.
I was so many kinds of wrong about that- over the years I’ve been sent wave after wave of Praetorians to paint up, until the force resembles the massive armies from the fluff. Included were a number of tanks of all sizes, and quite a few Praetorian conversions of Imperial Guard characters, some Victoria Lamb sculpts, and even a Titan.
Eventually the force’s proud owner sent me this pic:
I don’t think it is right to just show an army photo like that, so here are some close-ups: