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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Imperial Guard (PROJECT COMPLETE!)

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About the Project

A while ago I started a custom 40K Imperial Guard Regiment. After a year on hiatus this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

This Project is Completed

Some Artwork

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The Good Thing About Converting Minis from Real Life Soldiers is That There's Quite a Bit of Artwork Out There To Build Stories With

The NCO's of the 122nd Galland with the Regimental Colonel (Left), Battalion Lieutenant Colonel (Centre) and Battalion Major (Right). All the Men are in Fatigues which for the NCO's is a Turban without a Helmet, Less Baggy Pants to Assist with Manual Labour and a Non-Armoured Jacket with Cuffs (Near the Wrists) In Pink. Officers Wear a Cap but Otherwise Maintain the Uniform. On the Far Left is the Colonel's Son, Serving as Ensign. Ensign's Wear the Uniform's of the Men but Replace the Turban with a Cap in Fatigue Dress.The NCO's of the 122nd Galland with the Regimental Colonel (Left), Battalion Lieutenant Colonel (Centre) and Battalion Major (Right). All the Men are in Fatigues which for the NCO's is a Turban without a Helmet, Less Baggy Pants to Assist with Manual Labour and a Non-Armoured Jacket with Cuffs (Near the Wrists) In Pink. Officers Wear a Cap but Otherwise Maintain the Uniform. On the Far Left is the Colonel's Son, Serving as Ensign. Ensign's Wear the Uniform's of the Men but Replace the Turban with a Cap in Fatigue Dress.
With his NCO Dead a Private Leads the Rest of His Squad Up From the Beach. Note the Lack of the Faux Hair Coverings on the Helmets. These are Stored in the Waterproof With his NCO Dead a Private Leads the Rest of His Squad Up From the Beach. Note the Lack of the Faux Hair Coverings on the Helmets. These are Stored in the Waterproof "Bread Bag" Not Worn During the Initial Assault but Attached Once the Troops have Secured a Foothold. Fighting 8 Foot Tall Orks, Giant Space Bugs and Mutants is Bad Enough without a Giant Wet Mop Head on your Head.
A Corporal Bravely Leads his Men Off the Beach. Note the Number Five Satchel Charge. Basically a Napalm Grenade.A Corporal Bravely Leads his Men Off the Beach. Note the Number Five Satchel Charge. Basically a Napalm Grenade.
Battalion Veterans Ford a River. Many of the Men are Carrying Explosive Charges and Additional Grenade Pouches.Battalion Veterans Ford a River. Many of the Men are Carrying Explosive Charges and Additional Grenade Pouches.
Infantry of the Tank Corps (Tank Regiments Maintain an Infantry Company Dressed in a Black Tunic and White Pants) Pose for a Postcard Photograph. Infantry of the Tank Corps (Tank Regiments Maintain an Infantry Company Dressed in a Black Tunic and White Pants) Pose for a Postcard Photograph.
Grenadiers Doing Weapon Maintenance. Grenadiers Doing Weapon Maintenance.
The Best Food (and Cover) You're Likely to GetThe Best Food (and Cover) You're Likely to Get
Some Good Old PropagandaSome Good Old Propaganda
Women are Exempt From Conscription Since they Make up the Majority of the Civilian Labour Force but Can Voluntarily Join the Guard as a Reservist for Home Defence. The Reserves (Galland's Word for PDF) Wear a Blue Jacket and Red Pants. They Are Not Permitted to Wear the Faux Hair on the Helmet.Women are Exempt From Conscription Since they Make up the Majority of the Civilian Labour Force but Can Voluntarily Join the Guard as a Reservist for Home Defence. The Reserves (Galland's Word for PDF) Wear a Blue Jacket and Red Pants. They Are Not Permitted to Wear the Faux Hair on the Helmet.
Veteran Masterson, 32nd Galland. Shown Here in Propaganda Artwork after Winning The Hero of Galland Medal while Fighting Tyranids. In Reality he did Indeed Perform an Act of Total Heroism, He Threw a Detonation Charge in the Mouth of a Monstrous Tyranid Creature, what the Propaganda Leaves Out is that he was Then Immediately Slaughtered by the Thousands of Smaller Bugs. His Actions Sent the Tyranids Defending the Acid Pool's Shore into Disarray and Enabled the Rest of His Company to Secure a Foothold, without his Noble (and Fatal) Sacrifice The Company Would have Been Lost.Veteran Masterson, 32nd Galland. Shown Here in Propaganda Artwork after Winning The Hero of Galland Medal while Fighting Tyranids. In Reality he did Indeed Perform an Act of Total Heroism, He Threw a Detonation Charge in the Mouth of a Monstrous Tyranid Creature, what the Propaganda Leaves Out is that he was Then Immediately Slaughtered by the Thousands of Smaller Bugs. His Actions Sent the Tyranids Defending the Acid Pool's Shore into Disarray and Enabled the Rest of His Company to Secure a Foothold, without his Noble (and Fatal) Sacrifice The Company Would have Been Lost.
"And I Got This One When I Ripped It's Arm Off and Beat it To Death With it" Battalion Sergeant Major Kallius Describes His Latest Medal

How they Fight

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The Role of the Galland Guardsmen wasn’t really something I had in mind until the last few days. I wanted to create the fluff and minis and then fit them into a role rather than sacrificing Lore to fit a category.

Then I saw this….

How they Fight

So I have a group of Guardsmen that seem to be having trouble getting with the whole “Imperium of Mankind not just you guys doing your own thing” and super cool Sci-Fi Hovercraft…..

So what’s the worst, most dangerous thing the Imperial Guard need done by expendable troops again and again and again?

OPPOSED BEACH LANDINGS!!!OPPOSED BEACH LANDINGS!!!

Not just water landings either.

Lake of Acid? No Problem you’re in a Hovercraft just don’t fall in.

River of Toxic Waste? Hold your Breath.

Enemy at the Top of Cliffs? Why do you think we gave you those ropes?

The Men of Galland have taken on a Reputation of Insane Heroism along with a good amount of skill in Opposed “Beach” Landings. Lacking any Craft of their own the Adeptus Mechanicus begrudgingly allow them to use their Hover Craft as long as it means the Mechanicus doesn’t have to waste it’s valuable soldiers taking the beach.

The Enemy is Dug in on the Other Side in Those Mountains. Mount UP!The Enemy is Dug in on the Other Side in Those Mountains. Mount UP!

Suicidal beach Assaults also fit the fluff.

Don’t Entirely Trust Your Troops? Good Luck Running Away from a Beach Assault.

The Enemy has Fled to some Lava Covered Area. Mount Up!The Enemy has Fled to some Lava Covered Area. Mount Up!

Rules Wise if they can’t be Deployed in the Transports then I’ll just take the Transports Separately (maybe with very minor Ad Mech Support if you need to take one unit per Transport) and say this is after the initial landings and now they’re securing the Beachhead.

Of Course after the Landings you then need to knock out the enemies AA and Bunkers so the Rest of the Guard can follow you in, this means the Men of Galland can play normal games of 40K.

From Start to Finish

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Here’s some Pictures from what these were to what they became.

From Start to Finish
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Everyone

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Everyone
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The Crusaders Finished (Order of the Tooth and Claw)

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The Crusaders Finished (Order of the Tooth and Claw)
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Brother Champion Taranthos, Former Sergeant in the Infantry now a Mercenary who leads a Band of CrusadersBrother Champion Taranthos, Former Sergeant in the Infantry now a Mercenary who leads a Band of Crusaders
The Crusaders Finished (Order of the Tooth and Claw)
The Crusaders Finished (Order of the Tooth and Claw)
The Crusaders Finished (Order of the Tooth and Claw)

Artillery Finished

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The Rims still need to be done but I doubt I will have the time before the deadline.

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Artillery Finished
The Battery attached to 3rd Company, 122nd Galland Regiment, 2nd (infantry) Division, 1st Corps.The Battery attached to 3rd Company, 122nd Galland Regiment, 2nd (infantry) Division, 1st Corps.

Leaders and Crusaders

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Leaders and Crusaders
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Basing Almost Finished

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Tomorrow I’ll give the bases a Trim and they’re ready for the tabletop.

A Priest and a Commissar

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When I found the Commissar I also found an old GW Fantasy Warrior Priest and with a bit of work I turned him into a Priest of the Emperor Instead.

They are both blocked out with colours but they still need a fair bit of work.

Guardsmen Done and Basing Underway

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Guardsmen Done and Basing Underway
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Guardsmen Done and Basing Underway

An Old Friend and Some Progress

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Now in the painting Home Stretch. Six Coloured Highlights to do now, Blue for the Water Bottles and Pants, Golden for the Guns, White for the Slings, Light Skin for the Flesh, Silver for the Grenades and Pink for the Lace in that Order.

Should have them finished in a day or two.

While I was looking in by Pile O’ Stuff I found the very First 40K Mini I ever bought and that got me into the Game almost ten years ago.

An Old Friend and Some Progress
An Old Friend and Some Progress

He’s been stripped and He’ll be painted up like the other Commissar.

I just love the Mini. Everything about it is Grimdark and Guard.

He’s holding a Riding Crop on a Battlefield and his stance is so calm and upright he looks like he was standing still, hands behind his back then he saw some COWARDS so he quickly drew his pistol and is now going to take the shot, return the gun and go back to brooding with his hands behind his back.

An Old Friend and Some Progress
An Old Friend and Some Progress
An Old Friend and Some Progress

Crusaders

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The “Order of the Tooth and Claw” of Galland are a Relic of the Pre-Heresy Days. They were the Original Warriors that defended Galland when it was first colonised.

Clad in a Primitive Powered Armour they fought the many Wild Beasts of Galland with Massive Armoured Gauntlets and Large Shields.

Through the Millennia these suits dwindled and fell into disrepair before being forgotten in the halls of the “Crusaders” who maintained their Order as an elite Big Game Hunting Club once all the Dangerous Beasts had been exterminated. Membership was not limited by any social or financial standings but approval was needed by a majority of current members before a new member is inducted and the new member must don a suit of the Powered Armour, Wield the Clawed Gauntlet and Carry the Shield of the Watcher, then slay one of the few mighty beasts that remain on Galland.

With Galland returning to the Imperial Fold after a 100 year Succession it was noticed that this Order existed and they were given an ultimatum, send men to fight for the Emperor or disband the order and hand all equipment over to some Bureaucrat. Ever since then the men of “The Order of the Tooth and Claw” have trudged their way through dozens of battlefields, lending their weight to assaults and plugging gaps in the line with their stalwart shields.

They operate as Mercenaries. They’re considered private citizens who are exempt from Military Conscription and many of their members are ex-military Veterans who could find no more work but did not want to re-enlist for obvious reasons.

They are often employed by Marshall’s as personal bodyguards or “Riot Control Squads”.

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The Members of the Order originally fought with no helmets, showing their bravery in the face of the enemy but that changed two decades ago on Praximus V.

After Two Companies of Militarum Tempestus Scions were slaughtered to a man Fifty Brothers of the Order of the Tooth and Claw were sent to secure the site and repel the Tyranids that had killed the Scions.

The Mercenaries achived their goal and in the process found themselves in possession of two companies worth of Scions equipment. Their Contract states they can keep all weapons, equipment or objects taken from the enemy so long as they are deemed safe and proper by the correct authorities. Everything they don’t want can be sold back to the Imperial Guard at a nice markup.

The Order argued that the Scions equipment was technically in the possession of the enemy when the Order found it so they legally owned it. The Scions disagreed and soon a literal standoff took place between the Scions and the Order of the Broken Sword around the conquered position. Both sides poured in reinforcements and many men were wounded and a few killed in minor skirmishes.

The Higher Command did not even attempt to intervene for many reasons, they didn’t want to get involved, they didn’t want to piss off either side, they didn’t want to set a precedent and frankly the area they were in was a pretty crucial point to hold and the two sides putting the best fighters in the area was what Command wanted anyway.

After months of stalemate the scions made their move, they stormed the complex in an attempt to drive the Order away but things quickly escalated. The Order slaughtered the Scions though they took enormous losses themselves. The Order of the Tooth and Claw emerged victorious and claimed hundreds of Scion Corpses for their Order.

Ever since that Day Three things have happened:

1. The Order of the Tooth and Claw wear Scion Helmets and Berets into Combat.

2. The Order of the Tooth and Claw can NEVER be assigned to the same Planetary Task Force as Scions since the two will constantly try to kill each other, endangering missions if it means reclaiming one of their precious helmets or to rub it in to the Scions.

3. Brothers of the Order of the Broken Sword must submit 10% of their Number to the Inquisition for use as Retinue members. This was done to calm down the situation after Imperial Troops and Imperial Mercenaries basically slaughtered each other over hats. The Scions dare not defy the Inquisition and so relented and the Order got to keep their cool new gear and get a reputation boost as Inquisitorial Retinue members.

Quick Medal Guide

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There are Countless Medals in the Guard Especially in an Ever Changing Army like Galland.

These are Narrowed Down Into Four Major Categories.

Red – These Are Medals Issued While an Officer was a Platoon Commander or an Enlisted Man was a Private.

Blue – These Are Medals Issued While an Officer was a Company Commander or an Enlisted Man was a Veteran or NCO.

Yellow – These Are Medals Issued While an Officer or Enlisted Man was on Exceptional Detached Service. (Eg. An Infantryman Attached to a Tank Brigade or Tanks Supporting Infantry, These Medals are only Given by the “Parent” Commander who doesn’t normally want to share the Glory so anyone with one of these earned it big time).

Purple – These Are Medals Issued Only to Senior Officer or Aristocrats. No One Below the Rank of Colonel and Without Serious Influence will ever get one of these.

Diamonds – General Non Combat Awards, Good Behavior, Exceptional Skill on Parade, Marksmanship, ect.

Circles – For Feats of Exceptional Bravery Under Fire.

Triangles – For Extreme Bravery Under Fire.

Crosses – Given Only by a Marshall of Galland to Men he Personally Saw Commit Acts of Heroism. Seeing as a Marshall is Rarely Ever on the Front Lines If you get One of these You’re Either a Lacky or You Took Part in a Last Stand at the Main CP Which Means Oh so Much S**t Hit the Fan it Wiped out Your Entire Corps.

These are Just These are Just "Blanks" Medals would Have Motto's, Engravings and Badges on them, These are Just the Ribbons.
The Prestigious The Prestigious "Hero of Galland" Medal

Got to Have Some Tin on Your Chest

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I Decided to Give my Officers Some Quick Medals. They'll be Touched Up Later Just a First Coat So Please Excuse the Roughness

Major Neemack. With Two Rows of Medals and a Major Neemack. With Two Rows of Medals and a "Legion Ribbon" in his Button Hole None can Call the Major a Dandy or an Armchair Officer. The "Legionary Ribbon" is Actually "The Order of the Most Gallant Legion of the Emperor" a Combination of a Knights Cross and a Minor Peerage. The Few Recipients Are Known as "Legionary NAME" In Official Circles and are Officially a Very Minor Aristocrat. Only a Handful are Issued Because it Take You Dying to Get One. The Award was Initially a Posthumous One to Elevate the Widow and Orphans of a Hero but Restrictions have been Slackened, a Man Must now only be Considered Medically Dead to Qualify Rather than Permanently Dead. Less than Two Hundred Men Currently Hold a "Legionary Ribbon" and Still Breath, in an Army One Billion Strong.
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Captain Michaels Has Less Medals but the Same Captain Michaels Has Less Medals but the Same "Legionary Ribbon". He Also Wears the "Hero of Galland" Medal (VC/MoH Equivalent) for an Action that will be Described Later Once the Details have Been Fleshed Out.
Got to Have Some Tin on Your Chest

Some Characters

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I Don't Want to Load up a Ton of Heroes and Rambo's in a Single Company but I Couldn't Help Myself Adding Just One.

This is Corporal McGallen, he was Crushed by a Mighty Ork Warboss who Dropped Him on the Floor and Like a Moron Just Wheeled his Chair Back to Look for Him then Heard a Horrific Crunch.This is Corporal McGallen, he was Crushed by a Mighty Ork Warboss who Dropped Him on the Floor and Like a Moron Just Wheeled his Chair Back to Look for Him then Heard a Horrific Crunch.
Only in Death does Duty End However. A Guardsmen's Life is the Emperor's Currency and it can't just be cashed out at the First Mishap like the loss of a major limb now can it? McGallen Continues to Lead his Squad in Combat, He still lugs his Rifle with him in Combat although he hasn't fired it since the incident. He's only a few years away from Retirement and with the Regiment just returning from active duty no one bothered to transfer him to safety. The Order of the Broken Sword, now made whole thanks to the Primaris Marines, now calls upon it's Neighbors to aid them in hunting down the Traitors. Unable to be transferred to a Safe Position Corporal McGallen has accepted his lot and will lead his men in the Emperor's Name no matter his wounds.Only in Death does Duty End However. A Guardsmen's Life is the Emperor's Currency and it can't just be cashed out at the First Mishap like the loss of a major limb now can it? McGallen Continues to Lead his Squad in Combat, He still lugs his Rifle with him in Combat although he hasn't fired it since the incident. He's only a few years away from Retirement and with the Regiment just returning from active duty no one bothered to transfer him to safety. The Order of the Broken Sword, now made whole thanks to the Primaris Marines, now calls upon it's Neighbors to aid them in hunting down the Traitors. Unable to be transferred to a Safe Position Corporal McGallen has accepted his lot and will lead his men in the Emperor's Name no matter his wounds.

Now the Next Guy is a Hero of the Entire Battalion.

Captain Zacharius Gallawaay Michaels, A Recent Graduate from the Galland Military Academy Cptn. Michaels joined the Regiment Halfway Through it's Eight Year War with the Orks Off-Planet. Thanks to a Financially Crippling Bribe that Left his (unaware) Parents Destitute he Found Himself an Ensign with a Combat Regiment in Desperate Need of Any and All Reinforcements. Normally Ensign's Learn their Craft in Combat but they Normally get Posted to a Quiet Sector where they can Do Much More Watching than Leading.Captain Zacharius Gallawaay Michaels, A Recent Graduate from the Galland Military Academy Cptn. Michaels joined the Regiment Halfway Through it's Eight Year War with the Orks Off-Planet. Thanks to a Financially Crippling Bribe that Left his (unaware) Parents Destitute he Found Himself an Ensign with a Combat Regiment in Desperate Need of Any and All Reinforcements. Normally Ensign's Learn their Craft in Combat but they Normally get Posted to a Quiet Sector where they can Do Much More Watching than Leading.
He Quickly Proved Worth his Rations. When his Position was Overrun and his Entire Platoon's Officers Either Killed or Wounded Ensign Michaels Grabbed the Nearest Gun and Charged the Enemy. The Sight of the Young Man Charging the Orks didn't Really Do Anything to Motivate the Men and Michaels Went off not on a Heroic, Inspirational Charge but a Suicide Mission. That Was until Four Companies of Guardsmen (and the Battalion Commissar) moved to Reinforce the Position and the Men Returned to their Posts now that Help was on it's Way. What Happened and What the Sergeants Decide Happened are Often not the Same thing However and all their Accounts talk of Them Frantically Trying to Rally their Men (They themselves didn't run of course) when Out of Nowhere this Ensign Ran towards the Orks and Inspired Everyone.He Quickly Proved Worth his Rations. When his Position was Overrun and his Entire Platoon's Officers Either Killed or Wounded Ensign Michaels Grabbed the Nearest Gun and Charged the Enemy. The Sight of the Young Man Charging the Orks didn't Really Do Anything to Motivate the Men and Michaels Went off not on a Heroic, Inspirational Charge but a Suicide Mission. That Was until Four Companies of Guardsmen (and the Battalion Commissar) moved to Reinforce the Position and the Men Returned to their Posts now that Help was on it's Way. What Happened and What the Sergeants Decide Happened are Often not the Same thing However and all their Accounts talk of Them Frantically Trying to Rally their Men (They themselves didn't run of course) when Out of Nowhere this Ensign Ran towards the Orks and Inspired Everyone.
What Ensign Michaels didn't Realise However was that he had, in his Haste, Picked up a Training Pistol. The Tiny, Non-Lethal, Pistols Modeled After the Revolvers of the Past Pack Quite the Sting and Can Be Fired Rapidly almost Indefinitely but Are of No Use Against a Rampaging Ork Nob. Upon Realising he Had a Training Pistol Ensign Michaels Drew his Sword and Charged teh Nob, Firing at It's Head to Distract it. The Plan Almost Worked and Ensign Michaels Managed to get a Few Cuts in and Remove One of the Orks Arms but was Thrown Aside by the Nob Once it Regained It's Vision. He Would have been Killed Were it Not for the Battalion Commissar's Timely intervention. What Ensign Michaels didn't Realise However was that he had, in his Haste, Picked up a Training Pistol. The Tiny, Non-Lethal, Pistols Modeled After the Revolvers of the Past Pack Quite the Sting and Can Be Fired Rapidly almost Indefinitely but Are of No Use Against a Rampaging Ork Nob. Upon Realising he Had a Training Pistol Ensign Michaels Drew his Sword and Charged teh Nob, Firing at It's Head to Distract it. The Plan Almost Worked and Ensign Michaels Managed to get a Few Cuts in and Remove One of the Orks Arms but was Thrown Aside by the Nob Once it Regained It's Vision. He Would have been Killed Were it Not for the Battalion Commissar's Timely intervention.
Now a Captain he was Gifted Veteran Status by the Surviving NCO's of his Platoon, in Exchange for not Mentioning the Whole Running Away Fiasco, and Wears them with Pride. He Still Carries Two Modified Training Pistols into Combat with Him. They Have Slightly More of a Punch than Before but they Still Won't Hurt a Man in a Well Padded Coat. They do However have Almost no Recoil, a Fully Automatic Mode and Near Unlimited Ammunition which Make them a Perfect Suppression Tool. Many an Assault has been Lead by Cptn. Micahaels Blazing Away with his Pistols and Keeping the Enemy Suppressed while his Platoon Followed him. His Fame Saved Cptn. Michaels' Family from Financial Ruin. No Creditor would Dare Call on the Parents of a War Hero and The Gifts Flowed Freely. Now the Battalion's Now a Captain he was Gifted Veteran Status by the Surviving NCO's of his Platoon, in Exchange for not Mentioning the Whole Running Away Fiasco, and Wears them with Pride. He Still Carries Two Modified Training Pistols into Combat with Him. They Have Slightly More of a Punch than Before but they Still Won't Hurt a Man in a Well Padded Coat. They do However have Almost no Recoil, a Fully Automatic Mode and Near Unlimited Ammunition which Make them a Perfect Suppression Tool. Many an Assault has been Lead by Cptn. Micahaels Blazing Away with his Pistols and Keeping the Enemy Suppressed while his Platoon Followed him. His Fame Saved Cptn. Michaels' Family from Financial Ruin. No Creditor would Dare Call on the Parents of a War Hero and The Gifts Flowed Freely. Now the Battalion's "Poster Boy" Cptn. Michaels Prepares to Lead His Men Against the Chaos Filth that Once Called themselves Men, Now he Will Find out if the Gimmickof Going Into Battle with Toys will Pay Off and Bring Him Great Glory or Cause His Death.

The Company is Lead by Major Thomas Howard Neemack and Company Sergeant Major Donall MacHenry

Still Nursing a Wound From the Campaign Against the Orks CSM MacHenry Will Take a Leadership Rather than Face Smashing Role in the Up Coming CampaignStill Nursing a Wound From the Campaign Against the Orks CSM MacHenry Will Take a Leadership Rather than Face Smashing Role in the Up Coming Campaign
Major Neemack is an Officer from the Old Class. The Youngest of Fifteen Children from a Moderately Aristocratic Family he Carries his Birth on His Chest Like a Badge. No Man has Ever Seen Him at any Less than Bolt Upright or Ever Seen him Take a Hastened Step. He Prefers to Lead his Men with a Calm Head and Good Posture. Every Man who Fights with him is both Shocked and Inspired by his Non-Chalant Attitude Towards the ENemy, he Prefers to Lead his Men Ratehr than Bother with Things as Trivial as Bullets and Blades, Both of Which are Better Left to Sergeants Anyway.Major Neemack is an Officer from the Old Class. The Youngest of Fifteen Children from a Moderately Aristocratic Family he Carries his Birth on His Chest Like a Badge. No Man has Ever Seen Him at any Less than Bolt Upright or Ever Seen him Take a Hastened Step. He Prefers to Lead his Men with a Calm Head and Good Posture. Every Man who Fights with him is both Shocked and Inspired by his Non-Chalant Attitude Towards the ENemy, he Prefers to Lead his Men Ratehr than Bother with Things as Trivial as Bullets and Blades, Both of Which are Better Left to Sergeants Anyway.
Of His Ten Brothers Seven Have Been Killed In Action, Two are Jabbering Messes in Veterans Colonies and One has a Colonelcy in the Cavalry, the Only Member of the Family to Join the Branch Since he Married Very Well.Of His Ten Brothers Seven Have Been Killed In Action, Two are Jabbering Messes in Veterans Colonies and One has a Colonelcy in the Cavalry, the Only Member of the Family to Join the Branch Since he Married Very Well.

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An Example Squad, At this Point all Ten Sergeants, Grenadiers and Artillery are Painted. Now the slog begins.An Example Squad, At this Point all Ten Sergeants, Grenadiers and Artillery are Painted. Now the slog begins.
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First Squad Done (Minus Sergeant)

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Grenadiers Done

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The Scope AssemblyThe Scope Assembly

The BREN Gun Sniper Rifle operates as a Team Weapon. It is carried by the assistant in the “Safe Mode” with the Scope covered by the curved case.

The BREN is not a weapon to be deployed on a whim and it isn’t intended to be used that way.

The Curved Cover is removed and the scope (Yellow) is extended to almost the full length of the rifle, attaching at the Front via a jutting support bar (Red in the picture). The BREN is then given to the Man firing the weapon while the assistant retrieves a spotting telescopic device from the curved cover, the cover is then used as a resting mount for the spotting device.

When the gun is finally ready to fire the brass trigger assembly is lowered and attached, the gun is then ready.

The Big Gun

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Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight

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Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight
Time for a Wash and an Artillery Crew Highlight

An Idea for Cavalry

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I want the Galland Regiment to have some Cavalry but Horses don’t seem to fit for these guys.

Horses are great for a Dedicated Unit or for Mounted Infantry but if you’re going to be charging a Carnifex with a Lance that has Grenades strapped to it a horse might be a tad skittish.

So I found a WH Fantasy Plastic Dark Elf Cold One and a Napoleonic British Hussar, gave him a Turban.

The Rider is just a stand in it can be easily replaced but what about the mount? Is it in scale with the rider? Does it seem justifiable that a Human could ride around on a Cold One type Mount? Should I give them proper lances or just say the Hunting Lance Attack is the Cold One Pouncing on the enemy and give them swords or carbines instead.

An Idea for Cavalry
An Idea for Cavalry
An Idea for Cavalry
An Idea for Cavalry
An Idea for Cavalry
One Option for the Riders, ignore the Heads and weapons. These would be more One Option for the Riders, ignore the Heads and weapons. These would be more "Civillian" themed. The Cavalry is the Branch of the Aristocracy and training these Cold One things is very expensive so maybe they go to battle in their elaborate everyday wear to show off their wealth?
An Idea for Cavalry
The Second Option (any ideas please comment them these are just the two I've been mulling over)The Second Option (any ideas please comment them these are just the two I've been mulling over)
An Idea for Cavalry
These would have a head swap to something more aristocratic but I do like the idea of a lot of flowing robes in expensive silks with patterns and goldThese would have a head swap to something more aristocratic but I do like the idea of a lot of flowing robes in expensive silks with patterns and gold
My only issue is do they look aristocratic enough? These guys aren't Tribal Warlords, Galland is a Tribe/Clan based society but they are modernised to at least a moderate standard.My only issue is do they look aristocratic enough? These guys aren't Tribal Warlords, Galland is a Tribe/Clan based society but they are modernised to at least a moderate standard.

Skin and Ready for a Wash

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The Hair was Done with Dark SandThe Hair was Done with Dark Sand
Skin and Ready for a Wash
Skin and Ready for a Wash
Skin and Ready for a Wash
Skin and Ready for a Wash
Skin and Ready for a Wash
Skin and Ready for a Wash

Grasshopper Finished

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Officially Designated the A-T-R-F 14-R but known more commonly as the Grasshopper

The Naming Designation Breaks down to.

A = Armuld – The Civilian Vehicle Variant it’s based on.

T = Tank – Designates an Armoured Vehicle Designed for Combat.

R = Replacement – The Tank is an attempt at a direct imitation or replacement.

F = Flame Thrower – Flame Thrower, does what it says on the tin.

14 = The Model Number

R = Recon – Designates the Unit Role

The Name Grasshopper comes from a leading Pioneer of the New Tank Corps Colonel Ret. Waller Nottap, when he received the first tank he named his personal tank “The Grasshopper” and the name stuck.

With a Powerful Vox and a sophisticated digital telescope the Grasshopper can spy out the enemy and torch his once they’ve been spotted.

Painted with several layers of Desert Yellow (I use this for my Desert Basing so I have a LOT of it lying around and it seemed like the best fit)Painted with several layers of Desert Yellow (I use this for my Desert Basing so I have a LOT of it lying around and it seemed like the best fit)
All the Metal was Blacked out so it can be drybrushed Black LaterAll the Metal was Blacked out so it can be drybrushed Black Later
A Heavy Wash of Strong Tone and Some MetalA Heavy Wash of Strong Tone and Some Metal
Grasshopper Finished
Grasshopper Finished
Grasshopper Finished
Grasshopper Finished
Grasshopper Finished
Grasshopper Finished
Grasshopper Finished

Officers and Tanks

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NCO's Ranked Sergeant and Above Wear Greatcoats. They also Wear Trousers Rather than the Puffy Pantaloons. Carbines are Normally Purchased for a Sergeant by his Officer Upon his Promotion and not Receiving One is Seen as a Slight. Most Officers Carry a Standard Sword or Pistol. All Wear the Turban. NCO's Ranked Sergeant and Above Wear Greatcoats. They also Wear Trousers Rather than the Puffy Pantaloons. Carbines are Normally Purchased for a Sergeant by his Officer Upon his Promotion and not Receiving One is Seen as a Slight. Most Officers Carry a Standard Sword or Pistol. All Wear the Turban.
Any Attached Elements such as Techpriests, Fleet Officers or Commissars Retain their Old Equipment Although they will Often add a Trim to Represent the Unit they are Fighting With. Here we can See a Commissar Trimmed with the Pink of the Infantry. Any Attached Elements such as Techpriests, Fleet Officers or Commissars Retain their Old Equipment Although they will Often add a Trim to Represent the Unit they are Fighting With. Here we can See a Commissar Trimmed with the Pink of the Infantry.

A Commission in the infantry requires three things.

1. The Reccomendation of the Tribal Council.

Some Tribes will require Applicants to go on some sort of short quest to get this approval while others demand proof of ability in single combat or winning games of stratergy while others still demand “Gifts” for their approval to be given.

2. Graduation from the Galland Military Academy.

Graduation Takes Two Years and sees about a quarter of the applicants fail and either repeat the courses or joining the Armoured Branch which does not require Formal Graduation only attendance.

3. A Nine Month Probationary Period as an Ensign.

Ensign’s are essentially Officers Servants who learn their trade on the field of battle.

After meeting all three requirements a man if Commissioned as a Lieutenant.

The Armoured Branch

The Armoured Branch of Galland is extremely poorly equipped.

Possessing no Standard Imperial Tanks, APC’s or even Light Reconnaissance Vehicles (Sentinels are Part of the Cavalry) the Armoured Branch is forced to improvise.

Vehicles which Once mined the earth of Galland have Barrels of Fuel Strapped to them and crude Turrets installed.

Homemade “Tanks” are nothing more than uparmoured mining vehicles fitted with a more potent gun and expected to fill the shoes of a Leman Russ to great disappointment.

The Armour is considered the Dregs of the Military. Everyone is superior to them. That being said Armoured Members do not have to take orders from non-armoured Officers.

The vehicles are filthy, unsafe and unreliable. Every officer is expected to work on the vehicles with his men and almost all of them are GMA dropouts that couldn’t hack it in the infantry.

A few men take up the challenge and do genuinely want to serve with the Armour, some even seek to pioneer the branch to the open laughter of other officers even from their own branch.

The Light Tank, called Grasshopper, is a Flame Throwing Variant that Galland Nervously Equates to the Standard Hellhound.

It Carries a Tribal Ariel in the Shape of a Twin Snake, the Symbol of the Beige Tribe, and a Telescopic Device that Assists the Vehicle when Operating in a Scouting Capacity.

Barrels are Strapped Haphazardly to the Vehicles Hull and they Feed the Main Gun. While it is not the Safest Thing in the World it is the Only Way to Bring Enough Fuel to Have any Use. Many a Grasshopper lies Burnt out and Wrecked due to Nothing More Deadly than a Boltgun. The tanks are routinely reused no matter their condition save for the rear pressurised tanks that must be kept in good condition lest they leak their precious contents and make the tank even more useless.

Smaller Tanks Feed the Bow Flame Thrower and are More Heavily Armoured than the Other Barrels.

Officers and Tanks

With no Air Power and Essentially a Tank Branch full of Light Tanks and Scouts the Men of Galland must look to Bayonet, Sabre and Lasgun to see them to Victory.

The Regimental Homeworld

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An Introductory Primer for those Attached or On Assignment with the Local Forces

The Regimental Home world is known to them as Galland but is known to the wider Imperium as Galland III.

Before being Liberated by the Fleet of Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard during the Great Crusade it comprised of Eight distinct tribal groups each occupying one of the eight continents.

With the arrival of the Raven Guard all but two of the Tribes surrendered to them, possessing only black powder technology at the time, and two resisted.

It took less than three days for the Raven Guard to annihilate the two Tribes and a misunderstanding created the most important law of all Galland.

When the Council of Seven (One representative from each tribe plus the new Imperial Governor) thanked Corax for bringing them into the Imperium (it wasn’t really Corax just a Captain, Corax never set foot on the planet) he replied “Don’t mention it”.

Any mention of the two “Lost Tribes” is punishable by death ever since.

The Flag of GallandThe Flag of Galland

The Galland Military of the 41st/42nd Millenium is a complete mess.

After a full century in Rebellion after the fall of the Knights of the Blade they were mercilessly brought back into compliance.

It was then decided that a unified Military was too dangerous to leave in the hands of a local Governor or even System Commander and so drastic action was taken.

All Standard Issue Tanks, APC’s and pretty much everything bigger than a Sentinel was taken from them, the standard issue Lasgun and Flak Vest was replaced with more archaic variants that appealed to the traditionalist desires of the military who saw themselves as soldiers of Galland not of some Imperium that didn’t even notice they had left it for a century.

The military was also broken up. No longer would the Infantry have access to easily portable weapons like the Autocannon or Heavy Bolter instead the only real support weapon that the Infantry Squad can call on is the lightened “Galland Pattern” Missile Launcher officially designated the ‘Precision Infantryman’s Armour Terminator’ or “PIAT”.

The men who carried the PIAT’s were also seperated from the Infantry instead placed into a semi prestigious “Grenadier” Company. Each Battalion has a single Grenadier Company who are loaned out to the infantry squads or grouped together for dedicated duty. They wear no tribal colours nor any helmets wearing either a black side cap or nothing at all and an inverted uniform of a Blue Jacket and Green Pants.

Some Grenadiers carry Sniper Rifles designated ‘Battalion Reconnaissance Elimination and Negation Guns’ or “BREN” Guns. These are only ever loaned out to Platoons and fight as dedicated teams that hunt down enemies at the direction of the Officer to which they are attached.

All Grenadiers obey the orders of any Grenadier Officer above all others. If a Grenadier Lieutenant orders the to lie down and a Regular Major tells them to advance then they lie down.

Upon Promotion to NCO Rank the Grenadiers have three options.

First they can Refuse the promotion and Take a “Veteran” Status that gives them NCO privileges but no increase in rank.

Secondly they can take the Promotion and move to be the assistant to a Grenadier Platoon Commander. Grenadiers are always dispatched in piece meal to different Battalions and a Grenadier NCO will always join the Platoon Leaders Command Squad to give advice on their deployment. From there they can work their way up to RSM of Grenadiers where they give advice to the Planet’s Marshall.

Finally they can chose to take an available position as a Drill Sergeant at a Grenadier Training Academy. The pay is less, the prestige is not as good and he can be recalled at any time but at least the risk of death is greatly decreased.

A GrenadierA Grenadier

The Battalions of the Galland Infantry are deigned with the Maxim “Less Men More Men”.

“Less Men” refers to individual Officers having control of Less Men.

“More Men” refers to more Officers to reduce the chance of a handful of renegades taking control of the military.

Each Battalion is Made up of Three Companies and is lead by a Lieutenant Colonel and a Major of the Grenadiers, they are assisted by a Sergeant Major of Battalion and a Grenadier Sergeant Major. Grenadiers are always considered to be subordinant to infantry officers when operating outside the Grenadier Company.

Each Officer has his own Command Squad of Four Men Lead by the NCO. The composition is entirely up to the Officer in question with some preferring a trusty Bugler and some Veterans with Lasguns to help him organise a battle while others will poach an Artillery Gun and lay down some serious firepower.

Each of the Three Companies is lead by a Major and is assisted by a Captain and Company Sergeant Major. If his Company contains any Grenadiers then a Grenadier Sergeant will be attached to his Platoon Command Squad.

The Company Command Squad is given the exact same freedoms as any other.

Each Company is made up of Three Platoons Each Consisting of Three Squads.

Each Platoon is lead by a Lieutenant assisted by a Sergeant and if he has any Grenadiers attached to his platoon a Grenadier Corporal will also be present.

The Platoon Command Squad is given the exact same freedoms as any other.

Each Platoon is made up of three Infantry Squads.

The Squad is made up of Ten Men:

One NCO (Corporal) Who Carries the ceremonial Sword and wears a turban covered helmet rather than the faux hair covered helmet of the infantry.

One Bugler (Two per Platoon) who carries a Bugle and has the option to carry a Lightened Carbine but these are expensive and purchased at the mans own expense, never the less the convenience of a carbine is quite often worth it.

Two Grenadiers (If Grenadiers are Attached to the Platoon otherwise Two Men with Lasguns). One armed with a PIAT and the Other a Loader. The issue of who gets the PIAT and who loads is not one set in stone. Many Veterans are happy to let the eager new recruits to lug the PIAT around while others are loathe to let some rookie handle the important weapon.

Six Riflemen. Six Men armed with a Lasgun and Grenades.

Their is no rank of Lance Corporal on the Galland Military instead men with the right initiative and skill are designated as “Veterans”

The Sleeve Strip Denotes Veteran StatusThe Sleeve Strip Denotes Veteran Status
The Sleeve Chevron Denotes a Sergeant. The Sergeant Retains his Veteran Status.The Sleeve Chevron Denotes a Sergeant. The Sergeant Retains his Veteran Status.

Veterans can be organised into “Assault Units” only at the direction of the Battalion Commander. These units can be issued with the shortened “Shotgun” variant of the Lasgun and are always tasked with the most deadly of missions but are given substantially increased pay and medals aplenty.

Veteran Grenadiers can volunteer to join such units but it is rare to see them in action.

The Veterans can elect to carry Shotguns and can have the Platoon Specialists attached to them with Flamers or Plasma Guns to help them clear the enemy from their trenches or Bunkers.

The Shotguns are just cut down rifles. The Las Ammunition is swapped for a more dispersed Scatter Gun style ammunition. When fired from a full length Rifle the effect is essentially the same as firing a standard Las Round but when the Las Musket is cut down to the Second Barrel Band the shot spreads and becomes an effective shotgun, it also retains the firing mods of the full rifles.

Some Veterans take it even further and cut their guns shorter to get a wider spread.

In the Foreground are Grenadiers with a Mix of Shotguns and Sawn Off Shotguns. Such Illegal Modifications are often Overlooked by the Provosts because of the Reputation of the Men who did it. Plus Often the Man in Question is Still Holding Said Shotgun....In the Foreground are Grenadiers with a Mix of Shotguns and Sawn Off Shotguns. Such Illegal Modifications are often Overlooked by the Provosts because of the Reputation of the Men who did it. Plus Often the Man in Question is Still Holding Said Shotgun....

Each Battalion has Two Artillery Batteries each of Three Divisions and a Command Gun.

Two Divisions are made up of three guns, Two Lascannons and an Autocannon while the Third is made up of Three Lascannons. The Command Gun can be any of the available Variants. Most Battalion Commanders will use a Heavy Bolter for the Role to offset the Heavy Anti Armour Focus of the Battery.

The Command Gun is often crewed by the most senior men and given to the Battalion Commander to allocate as he sees fit.

Often the an Entire Battery will be allocated to a Single Company to create a strong anti armour position that can cover it’s neighbor. The other is normally left as a “Barrage Battery” for general use.

The Artillery is drawn from the minor nobility of the major cities. The Cavalry is seen as the most prestigious of the Branches but the artillery is more prestigious than slogging with the infantry or Emperor forbid crawling into one of the homemade Death Traps they call a tank.

The minor nobility often voluntarily enlist before a conscription officer can find them and drag them off somewhere unpleasant. In theory any volunteers (not conscripts) can decide with which regiment they serve but in practice the cost of outfitting yourself personally (Cavalry) or the bribes required to get the cushy services (artillery) are too much for the average man and even the moderately wealthy man.

The relatively low death rate, the easy deployments (Artillery don’t scout, forage or anything like that) and the prestige that comes with being able to pay the expensive unofficial bribe to get yourself on the Artillery List all make post Military life very comfortable although not as comfortable as an ex-cavalryman.

The Artillery wear double breasted jackets and tailored pants in the noble colour of Purple and show their bravery by wearing a soft cap rather than a helmet like other foot soldiers. Some Men even carry dress uniforms into battle with them slung over their shoulder in a special carry bag ready to show off in after the battle is over.

Each Gun is crewed by Five men.

Gun Corporal – He Commands the Gun

Gunner – Fires the Gun

Gun Sighter – Sights the Gun

Gun Aligner – Aligns the Gun

Vox Officer – Not an Officer but he carries a Vox Amplifier that enables the squad to send and receive Morse code vox messages. It looks like an old Rammer in homage to the Cannon Crews of Old.

For Long Range Bombardments the Autocannons can be Fired with a Lanyard that Holds Down the Trigger without the Crew being in Danger, either from the guns recoil or counter battery fire. A Mechanism can be Fitted to the Trigger that Holds it down when the Lanyard is released, the Mechanism can be quickly removed once the Bombardment Phase of the Battle is Over. It Requires Specialised Equipment to Fit so Once Removed the Effect is Permanent at Least Until an Armouer can be Found.

Officially the Artillery are meant to be solely responsible for the transport of the guns but outside of battle it is extremely rare to see them actually moving them on campaign. Often the crews will simply bribe some of the infantry they’re attached to and have them drag the guns.

The Artillery, like the Grenadiers, are a completely separate Branch of the Military and do not have to answer to other officers other than those of the Artillery. Artillery Officers are among the most educated men of Galland since promotion is entirely on merit (and the initial bribe to get into the regiment) they are very respected although seen as strange by other officers who can find themselves promoted to Captains or Majors within a decade while men they graduated with are still mere Lieutenants in the Artillery. At least the Artillery has a much lower mortality rate than the infantry officers and comes with greater prestige when a man retires. Although the Pension of an Artillery Officer is the same as that of an Infantry Officer and this means an artillery officer that wishes to retire better have another source of income to supplement their pension, after three decades of service an Infantry Officer Might Retire as a Colonel or Brigadier while an Artillery Officer would be lucky to make Major without a lot of his peers being killed in action or retiring early.

The Regimental Homeworld

4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress

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4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress
4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress
4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress
4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress
4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress

All the pants have been basecoated with Crystal Blue. All Coats have had a first basecoat of Death Guard Green.

Nine Squads of Infantry, Five with Buglers, Four with Heavy Weapons.

4th Company, 53rd Regiment Infantry Progress

Artillery Crew

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I’ll upload the fluff for the artillery tomorrow but for now the Artillery is seen as the best unit to join for minor nobility with the Cavalry being the most prestigious for the upper nobility.

The relatively low death rate, the easy deployments (Artillery don’t scout, forage or anything like that) and the prestige that comes with being able to pay the expensive unofficial bribe to get yourself on the Artillery List all make post Military life very comfortable although not as comfortable as an ex-cavalryman.

The Purple Uniforms Are an Homage to the High Number of Nobility in the Ranks of the ArtilleryThe Purple Uniforms Are an Homage to the High Number of Nobility in the Ranks of the Artillery
Some Men Carry their Dress Uniforms into Battle Slung on their Shoulders just In CaseSome Men Carry their Dress Uniforms into Battle Slung on their Shoulders just In Case
The Artillery Wear Red Caps Bisected with a Black StripeThe Artillery Wear Red Caps Bisected with a Black Stripe
The Poles Held by One Man From Each Gun are an Homage to the Old Muzzle Loading Cannons. They are Vox Amplifiers that Enable the Commanders to Send Messages via Vox to Each Gun Individually Over the Din of BattleThe Poles Held by One Man From Each Gun are an Homage to the Old Muzzle Loading Cannons. They are Vox Amplifiers that Enable the Commanders to Send Messages via Vox to Each Gun Individually Over the Din of Battle
Artillery Crew
Artillery Crew

Little Overboard on the Flag

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So in between waiting for paint to dry I decided to design a Flag. I ended up designing 5 flags.

These are designed to be recognisable by any illiterate soldier at a glance and tell anyone looking at it everything they need to know.

The Final FlagThe Final Flag
This is the Flag of the Planet's Imperial Guard Regiments. The Background Colour Changes Depending on the Tribe but if it is Flying to Represent the Entire Guard it is White.This is the Flag of the Planet's Imperial Guard Regiments. The Background Colour Changes Depending on the Tribe but if it is Flying to Represent the Entire Guard it is White.
The Six Tribes of the Planet. The Lower Triangle is either White for a Neutral Flag or the Colour of the Tribe being Represented. The Six Tribes of the Planet. The Lower Triangle is either White for a Neutral Flag or the Colour of the Tribe being Represented.
The Brigade Flag. The Central Circle is the Classification of the Brigade. The Outside Circles Represent Attachetted Units. The Semi Circles Show the Tribe of the Units, Tribes are Very Rarely Mixed at the Brigade Level.The Brigade Flag. The Central Circle is the Classification of the Brigade. The Outside Circles Represent Attachetted Units. The Semi Circles Show the Tribe of the Units, Tribes are Very Rarely Mixed at the Brigade Level.
  • Infantry – Pink
  • Armoured – Red
  • Cavalry – Yellow
  • Recon – White
  • Other – Black
The Divisional Flag. The Number on the Right is the Divisional Number, the Colour is it's Classification. The Left Number is the Corps Number and the Colour Shows the units Current Deployment Status.The Divisional Flag. The Number on the Right is the Divisional Number, the Colour is it's Classification. The Left Number is the Corps Number and the Colour Shows the units Current Deployment Status.
  • Red – Deployed in Active Warzone
  • Blue – Currently on Planet and Not on Active Duty
  • Yellow – In Transit not to Home Planet
  • Green – On Planet and On Active Duty
  • Black – Deployed Off-Planet but not in an Active Warzone
  • White – In Transit to Home Planet
Here we See the Beige Tribe, An Armoured Brigade with Cavalry Support all from the same TribeHere we See the Beige Tribe, An Armoured Brigade with Cavalry Support all from the same Tribe
An Armoured Division Numbered 2nd of 1st Corps, Currently on Planet and Not on Active DutyAn Armoured Division Numbered 2nd of 1st Corps, Currently on Planet and Not on Active Duty
Here we see a Cavalry Brigade with Recon Elements all from the Orange TribeHere we see a Cavalry Brigade with Recon Elements all from the Orange Tribe
So Back to the Original (Brigade) Flag we see the 2nd (infantry) Division, 1st Corps, In an Active Warzone Off Planet which is an Infantry Brigade that Contains Elements of both Armour and Cavalry all from the Beige TribeSo Back to the Original (Brigade) Flag we see the 2nd (infantry) Division, 1st Corps, In an Active Warzone Off Planet which is an Infantry Brigade that Contains Elements of both Armour and Cavalry all from the Beige Tribe

Some Paint

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The Artillery Pieces were Basecoated in Macragge BlueThe Artillery Pieces were Basecoated in Macragge Blue
Then Drybrushed with Temple Guard BlueThen Drybrushed with Temple Guard Blue
Some Paint
The Pants were also Painted with Macragge BlueThe Pants were also Painted with Macragge Blue
Some Paint
The Jackets and Weapons were then painted with Luftwaffe Cam. GreenThe Jackets and Weapons were then painted with Luftwaffe Cam. Green
Some Paint
Some Paint
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While the Minis were drying I decided to work on the Fluff some more so that’s the next post.

Getting Some Paint Down

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The Artillery Pieces were Basecoated in Macragge BlueThe Artillery Pieces were Basecoated in Macragge Blue
Then Drybrushed with Temple Guard BlueThen Drybrushed with Temple Guard Blue
Getting Some Paint Down
The Pants were also Painted with Macragge BlueThe Pants were also Painted with Macragge Blue
Getting Some Paint Down
The Jackets and Weapons were then painted with Luftwaffe Cam. GreenThe Jackets and Weapons were then painted with Luftwaffe Cam. Green
Getting Some Paint Down
Getting Some Paint Down
Getting Some Paint Down
Getting Some Paint Down
Getting Some Paint Down

While the Minis were drying I decided to work on the Fluff some more so that’s the next post.

Grenadiers

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While the Artillery Man the Big Guns of the Guard it’s the Grenadiers who Carry the Man Portable Weapons to Battle.

At the Squad Level The Grenadiers Carry a Portable Missile Launcher and are Aided by a Grenadier Assistant.

At the Platoon Level the grenadiers Form into Six man Specialist Teams that Contain Three Special Weapons and Three Assistants. These men carry the Sniper Rifles, Grenade launchers, Flamers and the rest.

Upon Promotion to NCO Rank the Grenadiers have three options.

First they can Refuse the promotion and Take a “Veteran” Status that gives them NCO privileges but no increase in rank.

Secondly they can take the Promotion and move to be the assistant to a Grenadier Platoon Commander. Grenadiers are always dispatched in piece meal to different Battalions and a Grenadier NCO will always join the Regular Infantry’s Battalion Command Squad to give advice on their deployment. From there they can work there way up to RSM of Grenadiers where they give advice to the Planet’s Marshall.

Finally they can chose to take an available position as a Drill Sergeant at a Grenadier Training Academy. The pay is less, the prestige is not as good and he can be recalled at any time but at least the risk of death is greatly decreased.

The Grenadiers are not organised on a Tribal Basis, they all wear the Black Caps of the Grenadiers, inverted Colours of the Infantry (Blue Jacket and Green Pants) and wear the Trim of their Branch (Pink for Infantry, Yellow for Cavalry, Red for Armoured, White for Recon and Black for Everyone Else).

The only Squad level Weapons the Grenadiers Currently have access to are Portable Missile launchers but that is slowly being rectified as the Artillery slowly slacken their grip on Mortars and Heavy Bolters.

A Grenadier Armed with a Sniper, Part of a Platoon's Specialist DetachmentA Grenadier Armed with a Sniper, Part of a Platoon's Specialist Detachment
A Grenadier Armed with a Sniper, Part of a Platoon's Specialist DetachmentA Grenadier Armed with a Sniper, Part of a Platoon's Specialist Detachment
Wearing of the Cap in Combat is Optional. Wearing of the Cap in Combat is Optional.
Grenadiers
Grenadiers

Those Grenadiers who have Achieved Veteran Status can choose to join the Assault Squads. The Danger is greater but the honour and medals that come from joining an Assault Squad can set a man up for life if he’s ever lucky enough to retire.

The Assault Squads are formed from Veterans and have greater access to Weapon Modifications. They can elect to carry Shotguns and can have the Platoon Specialists attached to them with Flamers or Plasma Guns to help them clear the enemy from their trenches or Bunkers.

The Shotguns are just cut down rifles. The Las Ammunition is swapped for a more dispersed Scatter Gun style ammunition. When fired from a full length Rifle the effect is essentially the same as firing a standard Las Round but when the Las Musket is cut down to the Second Barrel Band the shot spreads and becomes an effective shotgun, it also retains the firing mods of the full rifles.

Some Veterans take it even further and cut their guns shorter to get a wider spread.

The Full Length RifleThe Full Length Rifle
The The "Standard" Shotgun Configuration
The not The not "Standard" Sawn Off Configuration
Grenadiers

The Artillery

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The Artillery is organised in 10 Gun Batteries.

Each Regiment is Given a Single Battery Crewed by the Artillery and is often broke up into three Divisions and a Command Gun.

The First Division is Called A Division and is Made up of Three Lascannons.

The Second Division is Called B Division and is Made up of Two Lascannons and One Autocannon.

The Third Division is Called C Division and is Made up of Two Lascannons and One Autocannon.

The Command Gun is Variable but Usually a Heavy Bolter or a Mortar. It is known as the “Command Gun” and is always attached to the Regimental Command Squad.

The Battery. Red is the Command Gun, Purple are the Lascannons and Blue are the Autocannons.The Battery. Red is the Command Gun, Purple are the Lascannons and Blue are the Autocannons.
The Artillery
AutocannonAutocannon
The Artillery
LascannonLascannon
The Artillery
Heavy Bolter. It's Taken from a Forge World Kit. I Used this Rather than a Proper Heavy Bolter because it looks like a Heavy Bolter. It's Taken from a Forge World Kit. I Used this Rather than a Proper Heavy Bolter because it looks like a "Budget" Version of a Heavy Bolter. The Covering and Barrel being Attached by Four Bolts look like they can easily be replaced when they wear out.
The Artillery
The Artillery Crew. They are Perry Miniatures Prussian Artillery Crew a Friend Gave me a while ago. The only Change was to Cut the Shako Down into a Cap.The Artillery Crew. They are Perry Miniatures Prussian Artillery Crew a Friend Gave me a while ago. The only Change was to Cut the Shako Down into a Cap.
The Artillery are Drawn from the Sons of the Upper Class who Live in a Massive City. Those Unable to Secure a Place in an Off World Regiment Quickly make their way into the Artillery before they get Thrown with the Riff Raff of the Infantry by a Conscription Officer.The Artillery are Drawn from the Sons of the Upper Class who Live in a Massive City. Those Unable to Secure a Place in an Off World Regiment Quickly make their way into the Artillery before they get Thrown with the Riff Raff of the Infantry by a Conscription Officer.
For Long Range Bombardments the Autocannons can be Fired with a Lanyard that Holds Down the Trigger without the Crew being in Danger. A Mechanism can be Fitted to the Trigger that Holds it down when the Lanyard is released, the Mechanism can be quickly removed once the Bombardment Phase of the Battle is Over. It Requires Specialised Equipment to Fit so Once Removed the Effect is Permanent at Least Until an Armouer can be Found.For Long Range Bombardments the Autocannons can be Fired with a Lanyard that Holds Down the Trigger without the Crew being in Danger. A Mechanism can be Fitted to the Trigger that Holds it down when the Lanyard is released, the Mechanism can be quickly removed once the Bombardment Phase of the Battle is Over. It Requires Specialised Equipment to Fit so Once Removed the Effect is Permanent at Least Until an Armouer can be Found.

Some More

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I’ve found some more minis although they lack bases so I’ll have to sort that out before I start painting.

I also found some more semi painted examples, a Commissar and a Tank known as a Grasshopper.

The unpainted Grenadier is carrying a Sniper Rifle equivalent, a Bren Gun taken from a WWII Warlord British Sprue.

The NCO is a Regimental Sergeant Major. Three marks on the Upper Arm and one on the Lower arm. He carries the Carbine and Wears the Turban.

The Commissars assigned to the Regiment are all from the same pool as any other Commissars of the Imperium, the only difference being that their Black Coats are trimmed in the Colour of the Branch they Serve with.

The Tank is a Flame Throwing Variant that Counts as a Hellhound

It Carries a Tribal Ariel in the Shape of a Twin Snake, the Symbol of the Tribe, and a Telescopic Device that Assists the Vehicle when Operating in a Scouting Capacity.

Lacking Any Official Astra Militarum Tanks these Men must make do with what they can. What Other Regiments would Consider Training Tanks not fit for Combat are Transformed into Scouts.

Barrels are Strapped Haphazardly to the Vehicles Hull and they Feed the Main Gun. While it is not the Safest Thing in the World it is the Only Way to Bring Enough Fuel to Have any Use. Many a Grasshopper lies Burnt out and Wrecked due to Nothing More Deadly than a Boltgun.

Smaller Tanks Feed the Bow Flame Thrower and are More Heavily Armoured than the Other Barrels.

I wanted to use a Cheap and Easily Available Kit but I didn’t want anyone to be able to tell what kind of tank it was at a glance.

A Panther is a Panther no matter how many 40K Gubbins you slap on it and it wouldn’t look right.

For those interested this is a Light Tank 38M Toldi II (B40), a Hungarian Light Tank form WWII. A perfect tank to convert. The Hull Flamer and Tanks are from the Cadian Sprue and the Turret Flamer is from a Forge World Land Raider Sponson Kit.

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The GrasshopperThe Grasshopper
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Just What are They?

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The Minis Themselves are Zouaves. Originally French Troops they became Something of a Fashion in the Mid to late 19th Century and there were Even Zouaves in the Early Days of WWI. The Minis Themselves are Zouaves. Originally French Troops they became Something of a Fashion in the Mid to late 19th Century and there were Even Zouaves in the Early Days of WWI.
The Heads are from Perry Miniatures Sudanese Ansar (Late 20th Century). Those of you who've seen Dad's Army, these are the The Heads are from Perry Miniatures Sudanese Ansar (Late 20th Century). Those of you who've seen Dad's Army, these are the "Fuzzy Wuzzy's" that Corproal Jones talks about. Although Jones would have served during the later part of the war when the warriors of the Ansar wore shaved heads. The Sergeants Swords also COme from this kit, the Sudanese still carry them today, they're called Kaskara and inspired by Crusader Era Cruciform Swords. They were often kept on a loose sling worn over the shoulder or on a saddle pommel. The Blades themselves seem to have been European Imports on Locally Made Hilts.
The Helmet's Faux Hair Covers are Inspired by the Japanese. The Helmet's Faux Hair Covers are Inspired by the Japanese.

All the Branches Have a Trim Colour which for the infantry is Pink.

Ok so that’s the Uniforms but what about the equipment.

The Men all Cary MK III “Tribal Pattern” Las Muskets that are muzzle Loaded with 50, 100 or 200 Round Magazines. The Magazine is simply placed in the barrel, the Musket butt of the Musket in then tapped on the ground to seat the magazine which magnetically clamps into place. Extra Ammunition is kept underneath the Barrel of the Musket where a Ramrod would Traditionally be held.

The Las Musket has Four Firing Modes. Safe, Full Auto, Semi Auto and Single Shot.

The Firing Mode is selected with the Hammer. Being drawn back slightly is Fully Automatic, Halfway is Semi Automatic and “Full Cock” is Single Shot.

The Nipple (yes that’s what it’s really called) has a gas vent that moves the hammer. For Full Auto the Valve is slightly opened allowing a small amount of gas to move the hammer a short way. For Semi Auto the valve is opened further which moves the hammer back further enabling it to move far enough to return to the semi auto position.

The Mode can be locked via a Selector Switch near the Trigger Guard. This way if the hammer doesn’t rebound enough to engage the Semi Automatic it will default to safe rather than Fully Automatic.

Every Man carries at least one spare Selector Assembly, if theirs malfunctions it can be easily removed and replaced in less than five minutes using a small tool that is also carried with the man.

Each Man also carries a Grenade Pouch in the form of a stiffened Leather Box on their Right Hip. Each Carries Four or Five Grenades in there along with the spare Selector Assembly. The man’s Company is written in Roman Numerals on the Box.

On their Left Hip they carry a Forage Bag that can be filled with personal property.

Here you can see the Grenade Box with extra Grenades attached via external hooks for even more carrying capacity.Here you can see the Grenade Box with extra Grenades attached via external hooks for even more carrying capacity.
The Full Auto PositionThe Full Auto Position
The Gas Valve in the Full Auto Position. The Red is the Uncovered Part.The Gas Valve in the Full Auto Position. The Red is the Uncovered Part.
The Semi Auto Position.The Semi Auto Position.
The Gas Valve in the Semi Auto Position. The Red is the Uncovered Part.The Gas Valve in the Semi Auto Position. The Red is the Uncovered Part.
The Single Shot PositionThe Single Shot Position
The tribal Flak Jacket. The Chest and Back are Lined with Armour Plates that give the Wearer the Same Protection as the Standard Flak Jacket although they lack Direct Chest Protection and have Better Side Protection.The tribal Flak Jacket. The Chest and Back are Lined with Armour Plates that give the Wearer the Same Protection as the Standard Flak Jacket although they lack Direct Chest Protection and have Better Side Protection.
Sergeants and Officers Wear Turbans around a Helmet. The Helmet is in their Tribal Colour while the Wrap is in the Pink of the Infantry.Sergeants and Officers Wear Turbans around a Helmet. The Helmet is in their Tribal Colour while the Wrap is in the Pink of the Infantry.

My Starting Point

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I’ve posted the handful of minis that have been painted so here’s part of the rest who haven’t.

Grenadier, Infantry. The Grenadiers Man the heavy Weapons and Wear Inverted Colours, a Cap Rather than a Helmet and are the Squad Level heavy Weapons ExpertsGrenadier, Infantry. The Grenadiers Man the heavy Weapons and Wear Inverted Colours, a Cap Rather than a Helmet and are the Squad Level heavy Weapons Experts
The Missile Launcher is a PIAT Taken from a Warlord Games British Paratroopers Sprue. The Cap and Pistol are from Perry Miniatures British in the Sudan Sprue. All Bodies are from Perry Miniatures ACW Zouaves.The Missile Launcher is a PIAT Taken from a Warlord Games British Paratroopers Sprue. The Cap and Pistol are from Perry Miniatures British in the Sudan Sprue. All Bodies are from Perry Miniatures ACW Zouaves.
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeants Carry the Ceremonial Tribal Swords of the Planet. They Wear a Turban Instead of the Helmet and their Rank is Given on their Sleeves. One Mark on the Upper Arm is a Lance Corporal. One Mark on the Forearm is a Corporal. One Mark on Both the Upper Arm and Forearm is a Sergeant.Sergeants Carry the Ceremonial Tribal Swords of the Planet. They Wear a Turban Instead of the Helmet and their Rank is Given on their Sleeves. One Mark on the Upper Arm is a Lance Corporal. One Mark on the Forearm is a Corporal. One Mark on Both the Upper Arm and Forearm is a Sergeant.
Private, Infantry. All Commands are Given Via Bugle and most of the Bugler's Carry Lightened Carbines. In Game These will be My Vox Casters.Private, Infantry. All Commands are Given Via Bugle and most of the Bugler's Carry Lightened Carbines. In Game These will be My Vox Casters.
The Hemlets Worn by the Men are a Traditional Model Inspired by Japanese Helmets. It is a Small Helmet Covered in a Faux Hair in the Tribal Colour of the Man Wearing it. The Tribal Differences are so Great that Entire Divisions are Raised from the Same Tribe so as not Risk Infighting.The Hemlets Worn by the Men are a Traditional Model Inspired by Japanese Helmets. It is a Small Helmet Covered in a Faux Hair in the Tribal Colour of the Man Wearing it. The Tribal Differences are so Great that Entire Divisions are Raised from the Same Tribe so as not Risk Infighting.
A Carbine Taken from Perry Miniatures ACW Cavalry Sprue.A Carbine Taken from Perry Miniatures ACW Cavalry Sprue.
Not All Bugler's Carry Carbines, some Prefer their Old Rifle.Not All Bugler's Carry Carbines, some Prefer their Old Rifle.
Bugler's Wear the Same Uniform as the Rest of the Infantry.Bugler's Wear the Same Uniform as the Rest of the Infantry.
The Task Before MeThe Task Before Me

Next Update will be some Fluff about the minis, I’ll try to break up Pic Dumps with some Fluff where I can.

The End Reults

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Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Private, InfantryPrivate, Infantry
Private, InfantryPrivate, Infantry
Corporal, InfantryCorporal, Infantry
Corporal, InfantryCorporal, Infantry
Corporal, InfantryCorporal, Infantry
Size ComparisonSize Comparison

There’s a story to my Guard that will come out over the series of this project but for now suffice to say they’re from an Argi-Planet that has a serious issue with rebelling against the Imperium.

They never fall to Chaos just succeed from the Imperium and as a result of this the Imperium never gives them any real equipment. Almost everything they use is produced on world and in their traditional style. All their armour, weapons and clothing are kept as traditional as possible to try and satisfy their desire to rebel for Patriotic reasons.

The End Reults

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Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Sergeant, InfantrySergeant, Infantry
Private, InfantryPrivate, Infantry
Private, InfantryPrivate, Infantry
Corporal, InfantryCorporal, Infantry
Corporal, InfantryCorporal, Infantry
Corporal, InfantryCorporal, Infantry
Size ComparisonSize Comparison

There’s a story to my Guard that will come out over the series of this project but for now suffice to say they’re from an Argi-Planet that has a serious issue with rebelling against the Imperium.

They never fall to Chaos just succeed from the Imperium and as a result of this the Imperium never gives them any real equipment. Almost everything they use is produced on world and in their traditional style. All their armour, weapons and clothing are kept as traditional as possible to try and satisfy their desire to rebel for Patriotic reasons.