Wednesday, May 6, 2009

An Imperial Guard Test Model



With all the hype over the new codex and models, I have been motivated to build up Imperial Guard troops as well.

I was really impressed with Dave Taylors Genswick 33rd Rifles, and after seeing the Seperate Head System from West Wind, I went looking for a dish shaped helmeted head with a gas mask, and there it was in the Secrets of the Third Reich line, as well as other great masked heads.



I bought a pack of 20 heads for about $7, I figured I would find a figure with a trench coat and model some leg wraps, but use the Guard weapons and gear so they still looked Imperial.

I used to have a bunch of plastic Cadians , but I donated them to some friends. I kept my Steel Legion and Ratlings, but I wanted to try this out so I picked up a box of 5 snap plastic Cadians for $8 to try the heads out.

In this attempt I just did the head swap only, I wanted to see what could be done with a very simple conversion. With the numbers required with the new codex, I wanted to keep the modeling time and cost down per figure. This guy is $1.95 with this cheap version of a Cadian, or $2.55 with the multi part plastic Cadian shock troops box of 10.

I painted the uniform green with a heavy brown wash with the shoulder pads and helmet a darker green black that was metalized with a light drybrush of gunmetal, and the gear was done in a tan, inspired by the British WWII uniform.





I based with a sand mix and some new static grass that I like very much from Gale Force 9 that was only $4 and you get a ton of it, the color is dead grass, it is a much more realistic color and I think it looks great.

I think it came out nice and I like that it was so simple, yet the model looks unique, and still looks Imperial Guardish.

Let me know what you think.

John

10 comments:

  1. It looks really good - very dark and apocalyptic, and so perfect for 40k. Makes me want to start Guard! Must. Resist......

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  2. very nice, I am contemplating a similar set up, I ordered some custom sprues from Pig Iron with masks but I like the tommy style of your sample a bit more.


    Scott
    BH Senior Editor

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  3. Nice look. It's worthwhile having a look at the pigiron head as well, they have some more varied and interesting designs - I like the Militia command and Militia Winter Headgear - and the Colony Militia Headsprue...

    And 20 head for £3 ... which is cheap as chips.

    Check out: http://www.pig-iron-productions.com/order.htm#m

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  4. much better than standard heads! i wanted to do the same with some cadians and some british heads with berets, the paratroopers ones, you know... but i don't know when because first i gotta paint my whole valhallan IG army!

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  5. That head does look good. I've always wondered if the scale would be accurate or not (cause I'm a worrier), but it looks perfect on that Cadian!

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  6. Very impressive, and definitely adds a dark element to the model :-)

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  7. I use West Wind Waffen SS heads for my Blood Pact

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  8. the grass patches and all the other little details are absolutely stunning.

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  9. Ahhh so this is what you were picking up at the shop the other day. Absolutely awesome!

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  10. It looks pretty nice. Very good idea.

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