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I've just realised - I've never actually conformed to the WYSIWYG rules when it comes to dishing out Carapace Armour.
Nobody's ever complained and I only just thought of it now after years of playing with the Guard. I give CA to officers, advisors and veteran Sgt's - but I don't actually represent it on the model, as the big, chunky armour the stormtroopers get. I always assumed that it was acceptable to assume that this armour was just better - you know, reinforced with expensive, but light weight materials to offer better protection. I always made sure my opponents knew which models were wearing CA (I usually give my opponent a copy of my army list, anyway) and I never even saw it as an issue, until now.
What do you guys think - do I have to break out the greenstuff now, or does the way I've been doing it seem acceptable?
Personally I would say that the way you've been doing it is fine, I can't see an issue really, as long as you let the opponent know which models are the offenders (as you have been).
If you did want to make it more obvious however it's fairly simply done. Either just paint the armor differently, e.g. an ornate trim, or add some purity seals or inscriptions to represent the improved quality, or if you wanted to break out the green stuff, all that would really be needed is elbow and knee pads, to give a heavier feel to the equipment.
Personally I like to model on the equipment that I give, but I have no problem with those that don't, I just have too much free time......
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I have seen people that go all out and model the GS on to every individual Gaurdsman.
But I do the opposite end.
My models are already Cadian, so I just let them know that some of them are wearing a higher end model of the armor and I identify them with a different colored shoulderpad.
A deep green in the case of my army.
It does not stick out because once I point out the significance, I don't want them wandering around on the table screaming "LOOK AT ME! I AM THE 4+ SAVE!!!!"
It also helps because 99% of the time I run doctrineless and it is easier to just repaint the shoulderpad than to have 20 models I can't use all the time.
Yeah, cadian armor already looks like it's made of rigid plates like carapace.
In the Caiphas Cain series he wears carapace armor under his clothes. Throughout the entire series no-one comments on any kind of bulkyness, and he sword fights very well whilst wearing it, so I always assumed carapace armor was thin and easily concealed.
Could be wrong, though. The Caiphas Cain novels are more of a swashbuckling tale than gung-ho military adventure, so some details might be smudged.
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I'm pretty sure the only difference between Cadian pattern flak and kasrkin style carapace on the official models is that the kasrkins have knee pads, rebreathers and gloves. Other than that it's the same armour, so if you paint a Cadian's hands as gloves and give him knee pads you have carapace.
Personally I wouldn't bother, and wouldn't give anyone greif over it either.
Yeah, I think when it comes to Cadians, carapace modelling doesn't matter so much. Of course, to eliminate all possible confusion, Carapace Armor is one of my doctrines....Its a spendy doctrine, but they do surivive a bit longer!
I think the only time it would really matter would be in a tournament setting - where you want to avoid any possibility of miscommunication.
In games amongst mates, noone should really care. Just let 'em know beforehand which models have what!
Personally though, in my armies i'd prefer to have distinct differences on the minis marking out differences in wargear - a mini with carapace armour would definitely have more visible protection than a model in flak armour. Although, that's just 'cos I like my games to be as simple as possible - I don't wan't my opponent to be confused by anything, so victory (or loss) is as smooth and fun as possible!
I mean, the beer tends to confuse things enough as it is!
Just feel it's more honest that way, is all.
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