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Just like the title says I'm looking for a way to convert parachuting drop troopers for my veteran squads.
They will be used to replace one of the squad members when they deep strike and be a marker for scattering and to show that they have deep striked that turn?
Any help would be welcome?
The epitomy of Paratroopers in my mind's eye are the British Paras from WW2 right up to today. The big defining feature of these guys are the red berets. In my opinion all you need to do is model berets onto your cadians (assuming they're the minis you're using) and you're set. You could either sculpt GS over the catachan heads or the bare cadian heads, or you could try these...
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When I made my deepstriking veteran squads, I bought a pack of 6 grav chutes from the Forgeworld Elyssian range, they aren't too unreasonably priced and they come in packs of 6, which is handy.
You could even use earth magnets to make them removeable.
If you would prefer actual parachutes then I would recomend using the backpack from the heavy weapons box set, then you could trail some string out of it leading to a greenstuff canvas, though this would be a better idea for a diorama or objective as it would be basically impossible on a 25mm base, and you probably wouldn't want you deepstrike team on 40mm bases!
But i'm talking about modelling a trooper in mid air, parachuting above his base as he is about to land! I'm using a mix of guard backpacks for the unit.
That would be a transportation nightmare though. If you wanted them to survive you would need to cut out half your case. I would use grav chutes as I mentioned above and just stick them on the top of flying base rods.
Edit: You would have a problem with the special weapons troopers due to their static poses, it would be difficult to make them look natural, so for your special weapons I would use the separate Marine special weapons off the tactical squad sprue and give them to normal guardsmen. You can buy them separatley off bits companies.
I've been trying to tackle a similar problem with my guard. The above suggestions are great. I tried to do a chute around the feet of one of my men but on a 25mm base it doesnt really work, 40mm is prob the min size. doing a heavy wepains base with chute etc could work well but if you are using no heavies, the flying bases would work well. Have a look at the WW2 para models online to get some ideas. Perhaps a guy crouching with pack on ground and strings on the base etc.
Magnets on the packs with chutes coming down as they land would also work then they could be removed after the drop turn.
hope that helps
I'd rather a bit of brass rod painted black to hold him up in the air, IMO the clear stems look far to chunky on something as small as a guardsmen and will draw too much attention away from the mini.
... only triumph could turn pooing his pants into a good thing..