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I'm curious as to how people are fielding Tallarn armies (if at all)? The old models aren't that detailed, are all metal and are missing several elements from the new codex. At the same time, while the Forgeworld models look fantastic, these are suffer from very similar problems. The range is, if anything, even smaller and still costs a lot.
What's the solution? Convert Cadians? Mould them yourself? After reading Brother Argos' excellent thread I'm very tempted to green stuff some Tallarns and start moulding, but would really prefer to buy some. What are other people doing?
As for "missing elements", the only one I can really think of is the lack of an infantry flamer model. But those are easy to convert using Cadian flamer bits, a Dremel tool, and some epoxy.
As for cost, watch eBay. The best time to buy Tallarns was last Winter just before the new codex came out. I doubled the size of my army for 30+% off of the GW Website Price. But I've seen heavy weapons and whole units come up for sale every other week or so. Sometimes though, you will have to bite the bullet. I spent $90.00 on 6 GL/Melta blisters at the GW website just before 'Ard Boyz because I needed meltas and none had shown up on eBay for a while. But that's the price of being unique.
"The guy with the grenade is the Sergeant. Everything else is WYSIWYG." -Me
I haven't used squad flamers yet.
Some really beautiful stuff there:
Would help you get a more viable lsit perhaps, and it looks so good
Glad to see there are a few other tallarn players out there.
I've got a 3k army of the desert raiders the majority bought from eBay. I've found that their value on eBay has risen sharply with the new codex coming out.
I'm no great modeller but I did do a few conversions that I posted on the modelling section a while ago.
Might give you some ideas on how to convert some of the newer options not covered in the range.
I'm now working on flamer conversions to give all my squads all weapon options.
I did convert the plasma pistol sergeant suing some of the plastic hands from the heavy weapon set. I have him pointing towards the enemey now.
IMO - I don't think the Tallarn models from FW actually fit in with the current GW versions.
I've been following Brother Argos' work on the steel legion - Much respect to anyone who tries a similair project with the tallarns.
Finally getting round to finshing my Tallarn Imperial Guard Army (2K)
Everything else has been sacrificed on the Altar of eBay...
The FW Tallarn Rough Rider mounts make me throw up in my mouth a little.