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So, I was wondering about creating an army. But then it occurred to me that there are plenty different armies out there and I could probably find one that suits me, except it wouldn't look like I want it to look.
I was wondering what people thought about using new fluff to turn an existing army into a new army by keeping the rules the same but changing all the names and models.
For example, using the Lizardmen army as a kind of ancient Greek army - using the Skinks as the Greek slingshot-people, or javelin throwers, or whatever; using the Saurus as a hoplite unit, etc.
The names would all be changed, fluff would be written and the entire army would be converted - but all the rules would be exactly the same, with points values and such-like kept just as they are in the book.
Would that be a legal army? Would you be happy to fight against it?
It would be a starting point, also, to get experience about changing elements of an army - which gives experience for forming your own army rules and such. Those, I accept would not be technically legal and would need to be ok'd by any opponents, etc. Could be fun!
I'd appreciate thoughts.
It would be legal as long as all unit distinctioons were clear from the beginning of the game, and that all unit appearances were consistent (so if one hoplite unit with big crests be Temple Guards, then any other big-crested hoplites would have to also be temple guards).
Also, in order to use in store or in official tourney gameplay, I would advise trying to base conversions off GW miniatures where possible...
If you were changing lizardmen than it would be an extremley realistic aztec army
Yep, or you could buy lots of the Dogs of War regiments, Ricco's Republican Guards, for example, resemble Roman legionarries
I've considered this sort of thing many, many times.
I also wanted to use lizardmen as a base army, but use aztec models, as I am a fan of the aztec culture. I think that if you played warhammer just with friends, that they should be fine with non-GW models, as long as they are distincitve of their representation. Though if you play at a GW, they might frown upon other models.
I also considered using celtic models to represent Wood Elves, but at the moment I am short of funds.
Anyway, summing up, go for it. All you need now is models.