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i was thinking of converting and imperial guard army with a space marine army mainly legs and arms thinking as they are close comrades to a space marine army and proved them selves in battle having there bodies when hurt or whatever repaired with bionics and space marine armour.
i figure its been done before but thought it would be a good project for me since almost everything has been done before in some way.
i wont be starting on this tell im finished with my chaos space marines so yeah it will be a while.
sorry about the spelling....
Sounds like a plan. Can't say I have done anything like it before, but have you considered Necron parts? I think space marine arms on a Guard might look a bit...odd, as they are slightly different sizes. Necron parts seem pretty similar in size, and might look quite bionic-y...
I agree necrons would be a great bet, especially the older metal ones (though not cheap!). The iron hands sergeant has a good imperial looking bionic leg. What about bits off servitors?
I always wanted a Bionic Imperial Guard army. But it would cost sooooooooooo much money. Would look soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good though. And would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun to convert! If you have the cash, just get Necron Warriors, chop off parts off the IG and use Necron parts. such as arms and legs.
That in my opinion was an overabundance of 'O's. Back on topic, I have tried to do some bionics for guard and for the most part they end up badly. Necron arms and legs are hard to cut up and in the end you usually have to redo it. I would start looking for bits like bionic arms and the like and buy them as bits off of sites and what not. Those are my 2 cents. Good luck.
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I agree that chopping up Necron parts is harder than you think, unless you've got VERY sharp tools (a saw wouldn't be out of the question. Don't use the hobby knife on this one) and a very steady hand, I'd say don't bother going that route.
Of course, if you like the necron body parts, I'd point out that plastirod can give you the same look, for a LOT cheaper, and if you mess up cutting parts, you can just cut more, as opposed to "Oh, #%@#@ there goes ANOTHER set of arms I paid $2 US for!"
You'll need to get handy with green stuff to act as anchors and joint parts, but if you get a necron warrior or two for reference, you can do it. I bet it'd get easier as you go, too.
Also, don't forget that there are other ways to get technical beyond merely metal arms and legs. Pick up some guitar wire (cheap!), some bell wire (cheaper!) or just cut up some old earbuds wire (cheapest!) and plug them in on places where you wouldn't expect wires to sprout out of a guardsman. Coupled with other "tech" looking components, maybe the plastirod examples above, and a good paint job, you might have something there, and it doesn't HAVE to cost a fortune. It'll just take time, patience, and a little trial and error.
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I'd have to agree with Canew up there on all points. Its far simpler to mearly scratch build some parts rather than slice up cron appendages. Far cheaper too.
First of all, there's no way Guardsmen, no matter how closely tied to Astartes they are, would have Power Armour. Not even the highest officers of the Imperial Guard have access to that kind of armour. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's unrealistic even to give your models things like Boltguns or Bolt Pistols. Normal humans can't even heft a Boltgun, let alone fire it, and the kick from a Bolt Pistol is likely enough to rip a human's arms clean off his body. If nothing else he'd end up accidentally punching himself in the face or jabbing his elbow into his ribs, probably breaking his wrist in the process.
Necron bitz would make excellent Bionics though, and compared to most heavily-converted armies it'd be cheap. I'm working on a high-conversion army now, and it's costing me about $70 US for 16 models, and it's Imperial Guard. If you think about it, one box of Crons will probably last you about 2 boxes of Cadians if you use 1 arm/leg per guardsmen, more if you make use of other parts as well. If you use the heads you can go for 3 boxes of Cadians using only 1 warrior box for conversion bits.
Keep us posted, eh?