So another update! I haven't touched my marines since the last post. I got bored of painting and I was feeling a little apprehensive about magnets to tell you the truth. I don't know why as I have done it before. I guess I was scared about getting cloudy white glue on nicely painted areas.
I have been working on my beloved IG. "Guardsmen?" I hear you ask. Well, guard are awesome and I have a sizeable Cadian and fleeting Catachan army. A while ago I bought the Warhammer 40,000 Compendium which is a totally badass 2nd Edition supplement. Inside its hallowed pages lay rules for a Commisar Training squad which, although the artwork was a little old, gave me loads of inspiation and with the release of the Commander squads for IG I knew what I had to do. Origionaly I planned on 10 officer legs but that would have led to rather stagnant poses so I scrapped that.
Anyway, I originality wanted them to be hardened vets as it fits into my Regiment's fluff a bit more. That being said, I wanted to be able to kill marines instead of loosing much of the time so I will also add to their shoulder pads to make them into counts-as Stormtroopers. The Sgt is my attempt at 'Bastonne' and will be suitable re-named.
Included are also a medic and two generic demolitions/heavies. I may even mutilate one's lasgun into a hellgun to be able to sub out the heavy flamer - which I am not convinced doesn't look like a childish conversion.
I made a powerpack from the Sentinel targeting array and thin plasticard rod. Initially I wanted to make all teh lasguns into this variety but it wasn't easy and I didn't fancy doing it 6 other times, plus I only have one other 'power pack'.
Lasgun-related inspiration was taken from these two marvellous sources:
Two excellent points to go for modelling tips and lovely images.
I will paint the squad to look like Commisars. Plenty of deep greys and red trim. Even though there is no option for a standard the old entry had one so I had to make one for the squad. Initially I wanted to make them look disciplined, all with peaked caps but due to a lack of heads and my rubbish gs skills I went with a more rough-and-ready deal.
I will post WIP pics of painting these babies together with interspersing them with finished pics of the rest of my Cadian army so you can get a feel o where I am heading. At the moment I have a lot of guys equipped as field demolitions/surveyors. Perfect for a Cityfight any day!
Well I hope you like 'em.