Well, this Marine is a real blast from the past... he dates all the way back to my earliest teenage years in the hobby! He first appeared in the 1988 Citadel catalogue alongside a horde of other charming sculpts:
Space Marines were definitely a different breed back then: a lot less like walking tanks and more like elite soldiers, and the sculpts reflected that. More personality, fewer skulls and purity seals. And we walked uphill to school, both ways, it was a golden age, etc.
Anyway, I bought this guy for cheap on eBay many years back, a satisfying score. His backpack is from the remnants of the old plastic "Beakies" set I keep in my bitz box. He might not be my best work ever, but I think I captured that old White Dwarf painting style pretty well.
|"By the Emperor, I think it might be too late for this one..."|