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I'm always interested in building new versions of the Guard, and mainly enjoy painting and converting rather than playing.
I;ve heard that the second and third edition Codexes had more modelling advice in them than the later edition - is this right? Which is the best Codex for modelling and painting info? I can see a few on Ebay, but donlt want to buy unless I know they have the info I'm after!
The older versions are some what better for fluff anyway.
I have long since lost my IG 2nd Dex and need to get them all again, but the 2nd Ed dex is pretty nifty. I can't remember much about the model advice it had in it, but liek I've already said, its good for just simply reading too.
Worth it IMO.
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I have the 2nd ed codex, and I don't think it has what you're looking for. The 'Eavy Metal section has more images in it than the current codex, but the current one has a better layout and contains a lot more useful in fewer pages. (The old books were just that, books. Current codexes focus much more on just the rules and modeling, and are much more streamlined.)
Also, the GW site has excellent resources for IG modeling. Check the UK IG page, it has a much better layout.
The second edition books had about 80 or so pages of fluff in them, with a lot more images and drawings. This has since been greatly reduced, but Wikipedia and a plethora of novels have done well to preserve the fluff. It's kinda cool to see how the army concept has evolved from 2nd to now, but you won't find much, if anything, to improve you're modeling. (I believe there have only been two IG codexes ever released as well, just second and third, no fourth yet.)
There isn't THAT much modelling advice in the 2nd ed codex (just looking through it at the moment), although it does have a little bit on the Tallarn, the Valhallan, the old Catachan metal models (which i feel are far superior to the newer plastic ones), and even the Mordian iron guard. Oh, and the old metal Cadians. Although this is all just about paint schemes, and only one scheme for each.
On the other hand, however, as Toastee said there is lot of fluff in this thing.
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