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Alternative Imperial Guard Army (7 posts)

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  • Avatar Image elessar2590423p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    I’ve talked about it for years and I finally decided to do it. I noticed I had a few Perry Miniatures Plastic Zouave boxes laying around and while building their fantastic Sudanese minis I mucked around with a few options. Here’s my Imperial Guard force. Name Pending and paint scheme will be red pants, black jacket with white trim and black skin.

    I swapped the head for a “Fuzzie Wuzzie” or Beja head, Cut the rifle down to look more Sci-Fi ish and outfitted them with grenades, gas mask canisters that sort of thing. What do people think? Criticisms and comments very welcome.

    Basic fluff is this Regiment is very traditional wearing a jacket with armour plates sewn into it rather than a proper vest, carry Laslocks and have that crazy hairdo. Officers and NCO’s wear Turbans and NCO’s carry a sword over their shoulder. Weapons Specialists aren’t part of the Platoon and are detached from a Battalion level, they wear full black uniforms with black caps, Artillery wear white with bare heads and cavalry wear blue with Pith helmets.

  • Avatar Image elessar2590423p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    The Machine guns will be based as a Pair and treated as a Heavy Bolter while the PIAT (Missile Launcher looking thing above) will be Missile Launchers.

    What do you guys think? Would you be happy if your opponent used these as Astra Militarum? What are some ways I could make them look less like conversions and more like Guardsmen?

    EDIT: Here’s the size comparison with a Space Marine

  • Avatar Image theeuropean8p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:


    Looking forward to seeing them painted and love the idea of the cavalry

    Also liking the PIAT conversion; will the vehicles be or will you go for a Steampunk feel?

  • Avatar Image elessar2590423p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    @theeuropean thanks.

    Not sure about vehicles. I’m thinking of converting some fixed artillery instead of Basilisks and the other Self Propelled guns. I probably won’t use any tanks or Chimera’s since I’m not that big a tread-head but if I do end up getting some they’ll definitely get the same Colonial/Steampunk feel.

    Instead of Sentinels I’d like to have something more like this on the same base and with an antenna to make it the same size as a sentinel so I’m not modelling for advantage or anything like that. Covered in external pipes with some glowing vents and the gun replaced with a proper Sentinel Weapon like a Lasgun or Multi Laser.

  • Avatar Image lee337186p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Very nice work conceptualizing your design I wish more people did this in 40K.

  • Avatar Image zoidpinhead121p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    @elessar2590 Firstly, well done. This is a first rate concept and I’m sure the finished force will look quite dashing.
    I would be happy if you used these as Astra Militarum. I have quite a few converted forces myself which have been kit bashed together over the years and random looking regiments for the Imperial Guard are a favourite theme for me. My opponents are always okay with it but then they are my friends and we are usually playing at my house so I wouldn’t expect any different. As long as it is clear what everything is at the start of the game I can’t see a problem in a friendly pick-up game.
    In answer to “What are some ways I could make them look less like conversions and more like Guardsmen?” I’d offer my own technique. Where I’m doing something with a strong divergence from the usual I try to bridge the gap a bit by giving them an air of the familiar. Firstly, I try to arm my minis with GW style lasguns. Sometimes that isn’t possible where weapons are already pre-cast onto arms (as is the case with the Zouaves). You can therefore stick to the rifles but add things like the water bottles, knives and grenades from the standard Cadian infantry sprues. Little touches of standard equipment can go a long way toward harmonising converted units into the wider Imperial war machine. I’d also consider using heavy weapons that are standard issue too. This requires more careful conversion work sometimes but often isn’t that hard. That way you won’t need to spend too long explaining to your opponent what everything is. Finally to the vehicles. I love your choice of the armoured car and it has a clear aesthetic. You could consider just stepping up fractionally in scale from 1/48 to 1/35. That way you get a lot of choice and for about the same cost as a GW kit, you can get some unusual looking vehicles that are nice and big and properly imposing on the tabletop. SciFi tank and artillery barrels are always oversized so even at 1/35 scale you’ll want to replace the kit originals with some plastic tubing in a suitable diameter to match an Earthshaker cannon.
    Best of luck with the project. Thanks for sharing.

  • Avatar Image angelicdespot1041p said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    My thoughts echo much of what @zoidpinhead says. I love the concept and think your figures look really cool (and I’d be very happy to play against them) but they don’t scream ’40K’ to me. If that bothers you, then you need to find some way of tying them visually with items we recognise. (Especially as the miniatures are more realistically proportioned than most GW heroic scale ones.)

    Using Imperial weapons would be the ideal choice as they’re recognisable and don’t detract from the people.