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I recently began builting a conversion for a anti-gravity sentinal for my IG army. The inspiration came from my reading of the novel Hereticus of the Eisonhorn trilogy. There were several heavily armed speeders used in a mercenary attack. I could see a light vehicle like that being used in a PDF force.
Only problem is if it will be GW game worthy and if its fluff worthy. I seem to recall reading a passage in my IG codex about grav vehicles being seperated from the imperial army during the end of the horus heresy. Does anyone know if this is true or not?
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However, since Anti-Gravity vehicles are not explicitly stated in the Imperial Guard codex, I don't think your conversions would be tournament-worthy, if that's what you're asking.
Since you got the idea from Fluff writing, and from a rather respected trilogy, I'd think the idea is sound, myself.
I'll just ask GW staff next time I go in for a paint run.
Nothing'd stop you from converting the model to look like its anti-grav but still playing it under its regular rules.
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That was the general idea. As well as equiping it with rough terrain modification due to its hoverable characterisitics. Pay the points for the privalage of using it I suppose.
You can model it up anyway you want.
As long as it follows the same rules and has the same characteristics as a 'normal' unit in the codex I'd play it.
If you want to say it hovers and pay the points for a bigger engine, or dozer blades, or what have you then fine. Just no screwy rules you invented.
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Anti-Grav Vehicles are very rare. The 'Canticle of Levitation' has slowly begun to fail for unknown reasons. Fewer and fewer Anti-Grav generators can be produced and maintenance is becoming a problem.
Where once entire armies could be equipped with Anti-Grav tanks and squadrons of Speeder Bikes this ancient and precious technology is now generally limited to elite formations of Skiratri. There are also a hand full Imperial Guard regiments which hail from those Helicon days so long ago which maintain their own reserves of these wonders.
If you want to field an IG army with Hover Tech use the VDR and go for it, or just strip units from Codex: Eldar and model them as IG. I myself am making a Skiritari army by converting Eldar and IG modles to make speader mounted Skiritari.
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Grav tech is possible. It's too costly for widespread use (i.e. an IG regiment), which is why the Eisenhorn trilogy puts them in the hands of mercenaries and the social elite. who can afford better equipment than the military bureaucracy is willing to give. Also, there's the problem of armament; a lot of IG vehicle weapons are simply too heavy and energy-draining to be mounted on a light skimmer. The real big problem with anti-grav technology in the 41st millennium is that it's just too darn expensive and doesn't give a good enough tactical advantage for its cost - they can't armour them well, they can't arm them well, so it usually only passes for scout or anti-infantry vehicles. And the IG can do that well enough with their existing vehicles, so the rarer skimmers were just phased out.
It'd pass, but an idea for your fluff is that the regiment has an incredibly wealthy sponsor or else huge financial backing to afford such equipment on a large scale. Perhaps they were drawn from the PDF of an immensely successful trade world, or they were raised in response to a crusade edict by a coalition of fabulously wealthy Rogue Traders for mercantile gain.
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Thanks I'll keep those ideas in mind.