What better time to write a blog post than while I wait to get a new tattoo.
A boxed set of 12, lead, miniatures from games Workshop called The Last Chancers was released in the late 90s. Each figure was a unique sculpt and character with his, or her, very own set of skills. The set was, loosely based/inspired by one of my all time favourite War movies “The Dirty Dozen.”
Instead of being lead by Lee Marvin, The Last Chancers, were being lead by Colonel Schaefer and under his command were a lot of cool characters.
After seeing and reading about the Last Chancers for the first time in the White Dwarf magazine (#240) I knew I wanted them. However as life took over and my passion for the hobby waned so did my wants and desires for the prisoner squad.
All these years later I found two of The Last Chancers on eBay and, despite them being out of production, rare and expensive I got my dirty hands on them.
Back in the day, even though I never purchased any, I had my favourites.
Grease Monkey was one of them.
Much like the rest of the team, Grease Monkeys background is foggy to say the least. He found himself being a part of the suicidal squad after he was incarcerated for stealing an ambassadors vehicle.
Grease Monkey can drive anything and fix, just about, anything mechanical.
After, miraculously, surviving countless suicidal missions Grease Monkey asked to join the Praetorian Guard. He wanted redemption. Needless to say they weren’t over the moon about letting him into their prestigious Guard Battalion but he did come with much needed skills.
The head honchos of The Stouthearted threw the monkey in with the wolves, namely the Veteran Squad, to see how he’d get on and he has gone from strength to strength.
As mentioned, I have another Last Chancer that I’ll post over the weekend.
THIS YEAR I am keeping a tally of all the models I paint. This includes figures, vehicles and terrain. So here is what I did in January.
6 German Orks
1 Mech Walker
6 miniatures (Including this one) for the Praetorian Guard.
Total of: 15 models. Not bad.
Oh yes and the tattoo…
It’s an original drawing by none other than our very own talented and all round legend Ignited Moth. I’m sure you’ve all heard of her by now but if you haven’t here’s the link to her page.
I love all her art and creativity and knew I wanted something of hers on my skin for life. I asked, very politely, if I could save some of her pictures and possibly get one as a tattoo one day. She, generously, said yes so here we are.
It’s on my left inner forearm.
Thanks for letting me have your art tattooed on me Miss Moth, you’re an absolute Boss and one of my favourite blogger buddies!
While at the tattoo parlour I also got this.
It reads S W A L K.
I’m not sure if it’s just my own family thing but mum and dad always wrote the letters on the back of Christmas and birthday cards. They explained that it meant Sealed With A Loving Kiss.
A couple of months ago my family and I painted our BBQ, just for fun, and one of my daughters painted SWALK on it. My wife saw it and said, “Hey, I just realised that’s also our whole family’s initials.”
Heres the BBQ
My mind was blown. So what better tattoo for my five fingers haha.