This weekend I finished painting my Imperial Navy officer & pilot for 'Inquisimunda' (Warhammer 40,000 skirmish/adventure games using the Necromunda rules). I've always imagined Imperial Navy officers as very prim & proper, looking down their patrician noses at the uncouth 'ground pounders' of the Imperial Guard, especially given the staggering scale & power of space vessels in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Likewise for the pilots of the Imperial Navy, I see them as a bit elitist. So I've gone with a formal-dress-whites-with-plenty-of-gold-trim look for this Imperial officer, to match the chirogeon that I painted a while back; whilst the downed pilot has an RAF-like uniform. I imagine that the officer is likely a second-tier bridge officer, or perhaps aide to a captain or even admiral, whilst the unfortunate pilot has had his fighter or shuttle shot down. I was undecided about whether to introduce another colour to the palette by having blood on the bandages, so I have left it off for now. I imagine his arm & side of his head to have been burned escaping the wreckage.
Both the officer & the pilot are from the old Games Workshop 'Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers' (penal legion) collection - nicknamed 'Hero' & 'Driver' respectively. I think the backstory for 'Hero' was that he refused an order from his superior that would have seen his whole platoon wiped-out in a pointless suicidal charge (so he was sent to the penal legion, for redemption &/or death); whilst the fluff for 'Driver' was that he was a gifted driver/pilot, but had a penchant for joyriding, & after stealing & crashing a planetary governor's recreational vehicle, he was court-martialed. Anyway, I picked-up a few of the 'Last Chancers' minis years ago because I liked the look of them - they are very characterful, & should be great for Inquisimunda scenarios. The chirogeon meanwhile, is an EM4 'ganger' figure. He stands-up nicely at 28mm next to the other officer, although the pilot is particularly tall individual (with massive feet!) Still, it's within natural human variance - especially given the vast diversity of planetary environments within the sprawling Imperium.
The pilot is equipped with a bolt pistol, gladius, & grenade; the chirogeon has a needle pistol & medi-pack; the officer boasts a laspistol, lasgun, & katana! (perhaps a last stand against boarders?) This project allows me to collect a little bit of everything in the Warhammer 40K universe, without the incredible expense of the ever-increasing prices :-s