I kitbashed together 20 swordsmen as my first unit for the Defenders of Makkum (one is missing in the pictures). My basic idea was to create a group of veteran fighters, having the enemy in their sights but not close enough to engage. Therefore a lot of models are standing and waiting...
some are getting anxious and the leader rank (with standard bearer) is shouting encouragement.
The empire swordsmen are very dynamic and wouldn't work well for my purposes, so I used Bret bodies, which are more upright. Then I used a ton of different heads, incl some from Guard and SpaceMarines and worked on all the arms and shields. When using a Bret shield, I added an Empire Icon to make it look more the part.
I painted up a couple of models but haven't found my mojo yet. Priming in white is hard.
I haven't received the Dragon Forge bases yet, so I will paint them all on these GW bases and transfer them over. Finally I will start incorporating terrain into the ranks.