So after bouncing around a lot between different ideas, I decided to stick with my Guard. I just don't have the money to dump into a new army, which even selling mine would require.
However, I'am unhappy with a lot of the things in my army, both game wise and model wise. So over the summer I'm going to be changing those. Step 1 was to change my army list, so I knew what direction to head in.
I'm going to be going almost all Mech, there will be one foot squad. I plan to use them as an objective camper, they'll probably either die horribly or be forgotten, there's no in between.
So I'm mounting up and moving out. This should quench my desire for more movement, more defensive shooting and more exploitation of missions and deployment. It's not as original as my current list but I did include some things to keep it mine, aka not many Veterans. Here's the list as I currently like it.
CCS w/ 4 Meltas, Commander w/ Plasma Pistol, Astropath
Chimera w/ ML/HF
Veterans w/ 3 Meltas, rest Shotguns
PCS w/ 4 Meltas
Chimera w/ ML/HF
Squad w/ Autocannon and Sniper Rifle
4 Squads w/ Autocannon and Grenade Launcher
4 Chimeras w/ ML/HF
2 SWS w/ 2 Flamers and 1 Demo Charge
2 Demolishers w/ HF
So a lot like my old list, except less men and more armor. I feel this is a very solid trade. My old list was simply to bloated on infantry and totally relied on my Reserves to win the day, which they sometimes couldn't. Now I can buy more time by driving and shooting, block assaults easier and bring more Rapid Fire to bear on a smaller part of the enemy.
Now, as for modelling I have a few hurdles. First off, I need two more Chimeras. I'm not buying them retail, because I refuse to buy GW retail on pain of death. Also, my army feels lazy, I don't see a lot of uniqueness and character. So I want to use Rhinos or Razorbacks for my new Chimeras, because my CCS and PCS will ride in them. This furthers my looted army feel and changes things up a bit.
I also HATE my Vendettas. I simply ****ed them up far to much when I got them, for them to ever look respectable. Again, it's also really lazy. It doesn't feel looted, it feels like I bought 3 Vendettas and converted them out of need. So I want to use 3 Predators as my Vendettas.
This would be a fair bit of work. They obviously have three Lacannons, so no weaponry problem there. They need to fly though, which isn't a huge deal either. I have the long Vendetta flying stands (or could make new ones) but they need a reason to fly. I'm thinking either some kind of grav engine bit, or helicopter blades. I think this would look a lot more original besides being easier to transport and assemble.
Beyond those two issues I'm pretty happy with my army. Some minor things I want to do are add more iconography to my vehicles, think of a good way to designate my Veterans and figure out what to use for grenade launchers.
I've got 2-3 games lined up, but I'm waiting until I can get my army into at least respectable shape with the new list and than I will put some reports up. Thanks for reading.