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40K RETRO: 1997 – When Sisters of Battle Were New

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Jan 2 2019



As we all wait on word on 2019’s Sororitas, take a look at the very first Sororitas 2nd Edition army book from back in 1997, and their metal miniatures.

Welcome to the BoLS Retro Corner, where each week, we take you on a time machine to the era of early grimdark awesomeness.  This week, we take you back to the heady days of Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition! Time to let the the Daughters of the Emperor take out their flamers and start burning the heretics – Gav Thorpe style!  Enjoy this trip through the mists of gaming time.440px-Codex_Sisters_of_Battle_FCover

Codex Sisters of Battle (2nd Edition)


The Sisters Miniatures

Now let’s take a look at the old metal Sisters of Battle minis that accompanied the codex – pre Celestine. The tragic moral of the story is these are the same minis you can get today… 22 years on. But we’re almost there folks – just a few more months till the plastic ladies come raining down upon us.




These are the bread and butter Battle Sisters. Bolters, maces, flamers, corsets, and fleur-de-lis everywhere. Don’t forget the classic bob hair-do. I’ve always been partial to Sob#5 up there, pulling the pin out of a grenade with her teeth (I think). She’s got moxie!



Without question the standouts of the range. The Seraphim have been flitting around dispensing the Emperor’s justice with bolt and flame pistols for 2 decades. I can only imagine what new plastic Seraphim will look like.  I’m hoping Celestine’s wings are a good place to start.


Burninating the countryside since 1997. The Retributors have been blasting, melting and incinerating the heretics thanklessly for over 20 years while the Salamanders garnered all the glory.



Most people forget about the Frateris Militia models.  If you need the perfect unit to deal with those irritating Chaos Cultists – have some faithful ones of your own. Run them before the blades and guns of the bad guys with a smile on their faces and the Emperor in their hearts. Hey wait that sounds EXACTLY like Chaos Cultists. Hmmm.


Rounding things out are the Missionaries and named characters of the Ministorum to put a little vim into their sermons to whip up the faithful.

Who is still rocking old-school metal sisters in 2019? And place your bets on when the plastic ladies arrive.

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