Nevertheless he has not escaped unscathed from sancture, and his wild reputation, prolific combat drug use, and sheer arrogance has resulted in him effectively being relieved of any command duties.
This fact, plus issues associated with the long term use of frenzon, slaught and other combat stimms has resulted in Mustaine withdrawing from the day to day affairs of the regiment, being rarely seen and even more rarely heard during down times. However a reputation for lethality approaching legendary status within the regiment, and having honed his ability to infiltrate and strike from the shadows to extraordinary levels, means that Mustaine remains a valuable asset on the battlefield when the Death Blades engage.
Trooper Mustaine retains the equipment of an officer within the 9th Necromundan, complete with command chevron on his right pauldron, and company marking on his left. While he has no obvious armour on his torso, he is wearing a refractor field generator that appears to have been subject to unsanctioned modification.
As a knife fighting specialist, Mustaine is equipped with the armament he knows and trusts. both the power sword and combat blade have been dulled to aid in stealth missions, and Mustaine is known to carry a melta bomb for when he encounters heavier targets.
This model is one of those models that took me by surprise. I never planned to make it, never imagined that it would even exist, and hadn't ever seen a requirement for it in the army lists that I come up with.
But I was sitting there the other day, and thought "Who would the most lethal swordsman in the Death Blades be?" which was followed with "what rules could I use to represent them?"
The answer naturally is a drug crazed knife fighter, using the eversor assasin rules of course!
So with a plan in my head, I rummaged through what bits I had available.
Choosing the right head gave me some dramas. I wanted something that was an older sculpt, and tie it in with the rest of my army. My choices were fairly limited though, and the large helmets of the Rogue Trader era guardsmen looked somewhat comical on this model. I was resigned to putting on a plastic catachan head and was rummaging through my bits box when I hit the jackpot!
The head that I found is from one of the old metal Penal Trooper models. I had cut it off at some stage in it's life; I can't remember why or what for. It was painted in a rotting flesh green, so must have been on one of my traitor guardsmen at some stage.
I added it to the model, and knew the search was over. It had just the right look I was after, being an older sculpt, not some CGI nonsense, had having character and attitude in equal amounts.