In 2nd edition 40k if there was one model that summed up the role of Gretchen in the Ork army it was this one, the Pulsa Rocket.
One of my favourite miniatures of all time just got reprinted, the “Missionary with Plasma Gun”. This beauty was sculpted by Brian Nelson in around 1997/98 to accompany the first Sisters of Battle Codex. Although you wouldn’t have guessed it unless you were around back then (or unless you guessed from the colour scheme).
I thought I’d put the miniature in perspective with other miniatures available at that time
I’m being overly harsh of course, with any release there were highs and lows, this brought us some fantastic other miniatures like:
The plastic moulding at GW hadn’t shown its full potential so you still had models like this in the second edition boxed set.
I think this might be the very first example of a standard bearer type model with a sculpted standard rather than the stick that GW expected you to wrap in paper
I like the way that the models isn’t crowded with detail and so things like the eyepatch, the chainsword slung on the back and the general gait of the figure showing how heavy that plasma gun is for a normal human to carry one handed really stand out.
The whole “downtrodden look while holding extremely powerful weapons” reminds me of this guy