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I have heard people say that Henchmen don't need to be modeled in accordance to WYSIWYG rules, but I can't find it in the codex. The thing that I can find that is the closest is "A variety of armaments that range from digital weapons to industrial chainsaws. Treat them as being equipped with ... unless stated otherwise." Last paragraph on page 13 of codex daemonhunters.
Is there something else that says I don't have to conform, or do I have to futurize my retinue which was hopefully going to be all bretonians and vampire counts?
The way i see it, a sage, mystic, familiar, acolyte or heirophant doesnt need to be in strict acordance with WYSIWYG. However, if you have warriors, i think that they must be WYSIWYG. If he has a plasma cannon, find a way to give him one. Only the weapons must be WYSIWYG though. For example, an empire priest with a hammer is perfect for a heirophant, even though he is wearing chain mail.
I agree. The henchmen that are treated as having a laspistol/cc weapon (or just cc weapon like the familiar) and cannot be given anything else don't need to be WYSIWYG. The official Hierophant model has an eviscerator, which he can't be given. The henchmen that have weapon options, on the other hand, do need to be. That would be warriors and acolytes. If your acolytes have power armor, use something that could be power armor. Although I think a model with some kind of chain/plate mail combination would be passable.
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Only warriors and acolytes are WYSIWIG, because they're the only one with options. Acolytes are fun to do. You know that WH henchmen with the massive microphone? I use that and glue a BP and chainsword on it. Boom. Instant acolyte. Warriors can either be srvitors or Kasrkin models. THey don't require much thought.
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