I make no bones about the fact that, for me, David C. Sutherland III ranks up there with David Trampier and Erol Otus as one of my favorite artists of D&D's Golden Age. Certainly his artwork lacks the technical skill displayed by Trampier's best pieces or the otherworldly trippiness to be found in Otus, but there's a groundedness to Sutherland's work that I think more than makes up for its flaws. Perhaps it's because the first D&D product I ever owned was the Holmes boxed set, whose cover features a piece by Sutherland, that I was taught early to associate the game with his artwork, I don't know. All I can say for sure is that I like Sutherland's illustrations.
Which is why I was delighted to discover that FGU's Space Marines, a science fiction miniatures rules set published in 1980 and whose setting is a precursor to the Space Opera RPG, includes a whole bunch of Sutherland pieces I've never seen before. Quite a few of them follow:
I love the retro-tech look of this vehicle. It reminds me a bit of the thing Robby the Robot drives around in Forbidden Planet.
Ah, those were the days! When space marine dropships looked like flying saucers!
Here are some soldiers abandoning their damaged hover tank.
Here's a Space Nazi -- I mean trooper of the Azuriach Imperium.
This is a soldier of the alien Hissss'ist. I adore the fact that he's only wearing a helmet and an equipment harness -- no other protection!
This fellow is part of the military of the Irsol Confederacy, wearing powered armor because his species is so used to living in freefall conditions that they cannot operate in a gravity environment without artificial assistance.
An inscrutable soldier of the crustaceous Klackon species.
Not to be confused with this Bug, which is, of course, ripped bloody from the corpse of Heinlein's Starship Troopers.
Here's a soldier of the avian Whistler species. I don't remember these guys from Space Opera, though there are rules for generating avian aliens.
Here's one of the Mekpurr, feudal feline aliens whose population consists such a small percentage of males (and whose females are wholly non-combatant) that they must rely heavily on robots for their infantry, such as this guy: