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from an accuracy to the 'fluff' point of view would it be realistic to see an, imperial guard officer with a storm bolter in place of his hand? i ask becasuse if they would give him bionics to repair the hand which would ultimatly spend most of its time holding the weapon anyway would you just cut out the middle man and stick the damn gun to his wrist in a megaman esq fasion. or would this be alittle to far into the relm of oblitorators for comfort
that would be a cool idea, it actually reminds of commissar Yarrick, for those of you who dont know commissar Yarrick fought in the second and third Wars for Armageddon, in the second war he fought against the Warboss Ugulhard, who used his power Klaw to cut off Yarricks right arm at the elbow, now Yarrick was a somewhat old man by now, and defying all odds Yarrick rose to cut off Ugulhards head, he then cut off Ugulhards Power Klaw, the shock of this sight drove the unwelcome visitor of fear into the "hearts" of the orks, which allowed the Imperial defenders to destroy the Ork forces, now im going to remind you that Yarrick was helping this whole time, and let me also remind you he was still missing his arm, after he the battle was done and he was done passing out, you can hardly blame him, he had the Orks power Klaw used as his prosthetic replacement. later after his name spread like wildfire throughout the orks he grew quite a reputation, one thing the orks thought was that a very glance could kill you, so Yarrick had his eyes made bionic and fitted with lasers because "if the orks said his look could kill then so be it" or something like that you can find all this at wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commissar_Yarrick
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I think it is feasable(sp?) if he was the kind of officers who lead their troops on the front lines instead of hanging back in the rear because if your not expecting a fight having a bolter fused to your hand is very practical. I like the idea!
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I think it depends how fanatical they are..
Ultimately, even if, as you say, the arm will be holding the weapon most of the time anyway, a basic arm is probably far more useful than a weapon mount. You can throw grenades with it, you can use it to get up when a shell explosion knocks you over, you can eat with it, and so forth. Also, guardsmen, especially officers, aren't going to spend their entire lives in combat. For when they're not, having a storm bolter grafted to your body is probably not very useful.
What I can see happening is a high ranking officer from a high tech planet (possibly even mechanicus auxilia or skitari) getting an MUI linked stormbolter or some such weapon attached to a shoulder mount.. so he still has use of his hands.
i ask because the only storm bolter i have is far to big to put in his hand since its serposed to be a 2handed weapon for a guard (but there have only been models releced that have them one handed (terminators) or mounted in vehicals)
i think your right, in the type of army that im making it would not be appropiate though there are many regements that fully expect to fight in battle for the rest of theres lives and perminantly alter there bodys according ork hunters tattooing there bodies green would be an example of such a regement, though mine are conciderably less fanatical so i think its best to find another way
i think it would bea cool idea if uou made the arm look really, REALLY good, other wise it would look bad and i woulnt seem so cool afterwords( i hace tried it)
I like this idea alot, and I think it fits perfectly into the 40K universe. Think back to certain famous pirates in children's TV series who could unscrew their hooks and replace them with some other interestingly sharp/spikey appendage: I can imaging Captain Longmoore of the 85th Evorian Infantry (thats my IG regiment) riding his Chimera into battle, and just as the driver shouts "two miinutes to drop off!" he takes off his bionic hand at the elbow, and clicks into place a mean looking bionic strom bolter. It fits so well with the fanatic 40K universe - maybe not with all guard regiments, but with the more "fire and brimstone" regiments it works perfectly. There was that space marine who replaced his hand with a chainsword wasn't there? I think his name was Cloten.
Ghoul and Martin the Warrior bring up some very good points - modelling such an appendage would be tricky to get right. Most of the storm bolter models I know of are too big for guardsmen to weild one handed. If you dont get the storm bolter looking good then the whole model will probably end up looking silly. I'll have a think about how to model something like this onto a guardsman and get back to you.
To model the storm bolter you could use two bolt pistols and stick them together with some plasticard over it.
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personall, I thinks its a cool idea. all the power to you, It would look neat if you can keep it all in scale and such...but fluff wise, a bolter is a holy and sacred weapon, it takes alot of maitnece and so forth to operate and to sooth the machine spirit, and to direct its rath properly. this is why it is not a general issue weapon, and only the holy astartes have them. it takes a hell of alot of maitence and so forth. a good chunk of a marines day is dedicated to maintaing them so that when needed the machine's soul and wrath can be directed properly to smite the enemys of the emperor ....
I do hope that you do the conversion on it tho, and I can see it being used for a officer and such, but not issued for general use...altho back in 1st ed days (rogue trader) you could change the las-guns to bolters for one point per trade....good deal eh???? I reckons that it is =o]
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I agree, it is two big, a bolter would be more appropriate. Check out the SoB, they are holding strom bolters in 2 hands.i ask because the only storm bolter i have is far to big to put in his hand since its serposed to be a 2handed weapon for a guard (but there have only been models releced that have them one handed (terminators) or mounted in vehicals)
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