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i may do a ww2 guard army, after i find it increasinglt difficlut to choose a bike army (good disscussion though), so i need army themes, ideas, and do you think i could use lascannons in this army.
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Hmmmmm, if you want to do a WW2 guard army. The biggest thing you should choose is what country do you wish to represent by your guardsmen? That is one of the first things to ask yourself, after this alot of things become abit easier to work with. Now as for lascannons in this army..... I really don't think it'd be possible, unless you wish to make it appear as a period anti-tank gun. But that could be tricky to do, unless you're at conversions. That's just my piece of advice and I hope you do good with this army.
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Germans and russians seem to be the easier to do, but both can be costly.
German themes can be done with useing steel legion minis or DKoK, tanks can be converted from the right kits with some good work and an open mind. Heavy bolters, snipers, tanks, mechenised(maybe) stormtroopers armoured fists, basilisks.
Russians you would have valhallen minis. More heavy bolters then any thing, some missile launchers, commissars as political/moral officers, conscripts as the infantry mustured to be thrown at the germans. You probably wouldnt need vox networks, hardened vets would be a good use, also an army you can convert tanks and the like.
British would be either the cadians or tallerans. You could convert some tanks but not alot. More limited number of troops so maybe carapace.
Americans would be drop troops, cadian minis, maybe mordians, vet squads, heavy weapon platoons, ect.
What has been written above is good advice. Find a nation you wish to represent and then do a little bit of research. It can be helpful to follow one unit in your research such as a single regiment, this will give you ideas for the officers aswell.
As for weapons, lascannons are antitank so should be made to look like anti tank guns. If you wish to make say stormsquads for the russians try hardened vets with a mix of weapons such as shotguns and sarges with stormbolters.
For brits consider using the bolter as a substitute for the sten (yes I know one is way more powerful). However it means your squads will be that little bit better led and the sarge will have an automatic weapon.
One of the main probl;ems I encountered was with squad sizes and weapons distribution. Often the squads had a light machine gun and a mortar with a heavy machine gun unit attatched or sometimes even in the squad. This I tackled by making the sarge a vet and having him with a stormbolter as a light machine gunner.
As for vehicles, again look through the history books. german themed vehicles work the best and there are lots out there on the net. British vehicles may be a little trickier because of the wide use of armoured cars and lighter vehicles but a few VDR rules will sort that out.
hope that helps