So, I was thinking about some cool steampunk type conversions for a SteamTank, and I started to wonder what other conversions I could use to build an army based around a similar theme.
The idea would be a small detachment of solders (about 1500pts) that is used to defend the Engineers colleges. Sort of like a house guard. These troops would be equipped with the best and most cutting-edge weapons that money could buy, and would be a highly elite force. However, I want the whole army to look dirty and grimy, as they are constantly bathed in soot and have been campaigning for a long time.
In game terms, I would probably be using a lot of the metal Vostroyan models from 40k. As they are metal, it wouldn't take much to mount them onto square slotta bases, or even just stick them into the new round-base movement trays that they made for the Lord of the Rings game. I'm not sure if I would file off the hoses and tubes or exclude the gasmasks from the models, although I would obviously paint them up in metallics so that they didn't look too terribly futuristic. I wouldn't use Heavy Bolters as Repeater Handguns or Grenade Launchers as blunderbusses, but I would stick to lasguns = rifles and dremel out the "eye" of the barrel so that it wouldn't look like a lasergun.
My 2 questions are these:
--Would you play against this army, or would you be offended by my imposition of 40k models on a Fantasy game?
--What other conversions could be done? Vostroyan models all have the tall bearskin hats, and I'm not about to buy hundreds of them for headswaps. The army would likely be a gunline to begin with, but with cavalry support. What types of conversions can you think of to allow the inclusion of units like Swordsmen or Greatswords into the units? And what kind of conversions would you expect to see on cavalry, if anything?