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so I'm developing an imperial guard army using the 'veterans' doctrin and thus have to covert a number of models to fit.
any suggestions on how to go about building some nice looking 'hardened Veteran' models?
Well, it depends on what you're equipping them with, really.
If you're leaving them with lasguns, I gave all of them knives or other CCWs in their other hands (I use catchan models). This allows me to use them as normal troops, or to easily distinguish them if I use the veterans doctrine. If you're using cadian models, try using catachan or steel legion figures...
If you're equipping them all with shotguns you'll have to convert each and every one of their guns, else wait for the forgeworld models to come out and drop money on that.
If you're equipping them all with laspistols and CCWs you'll have to do some more converting if you don't want all of them to look the same (especially with catachans). My roommate/most common opponent allows me to field the fellows with lasguns & knives as veterans with laspistols and CCWs because they're easily distinguishable from those with only lasguns.
If you want to distinguish them without changing the models themselves, you could always decorate their bases with trophies taken from fallen enemies, representing them having been involved in numerous conflicts. With a little green stuff you could also add eyepatches or bandages on the veterans for the same reasons...
this is what i did.
http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ad.php?t=36672 (Imperial Guard Veteran Squad)
it does help though if people do searches before asking,:yes: :w00t: .
WARMASTER of the SCHOLA PROGENIUM Alnwick Chapter (soon to be the world)
Some easy things..
Trophies - Have one or two carrying the heads or skulls of slain enemies. Alternately, give them a few lucky charms or superstitious bits and pieces. There are plenty of parts suitable for this role.
Camo Paint/Apparel - Since they can infiltrate, it would make sense and be very easy to paint them with camoflage facepaint. These guys are the elite, after all, and they can probably get hold of such things. You could also give them some other camoflage bits.. cloaks and netting are particularly easy to make, the former can be done by making a very thin flat piece of green stuff and 'laying' it over the model before shaping it into natural looking folds, the latter can be done with very fine mesh of some kind, overlayed with flock and other green bits.
Non Standard Uniforms - Veterans are seasoned elite troops, and they've earned a lot of respect in the regiment, so only the most short sighted officer is going to run around telling them to put their helmets on properly. Thus, have them dress a little more individually than the others.. Have some wearing berets, or sunhats, if you're up to modelling such things. If the rest of your army looks cadian, throw a few catachan models into the veteran squads for that 'armour, who needs it?' look. Sunglasses, cigars, bits of clothing looted from other races, anything goes.
Colour scheme/honorifics - Perhaps the simplest way would just be to mark them out with a different colour scheme. If the rest of your army is wearing green armour, for example, you could put a colourful stripe on some of the armour plates of the veterans, or some kind of freehand decal marking identifying them as different. Kill markings might work well too, depending on the nature of the regiment and how much value it places on this kind of coup counting.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; January 11th, 2006 at 21:08.
This is my first post, and i figured where better to do it then on a discussion relating to my favourite army :w00t:
Decado; Great minds really must think alike, as i have done my veterans very similarly to yours, using mordheim bearded heads for to get that rough look, and also several helmetless eldar guardian heads.
Also i found changing their stature gave them a more hardened look; cut off their legs at both the groin and knees and reglueing them to look like they are running and patching up any ugly bits with greenstuff, and i also experimented using arms id gotten from a mordheim boxed set, namely the ones that featured rolled up sleeves as they left the wrists and forearms free to give them some gnarly veteran style tattoos (i was aiming at doing them in the spirit of Grandpa Simpsons 'Flying Hellfish' tattoo; with each member of the squad baring the tattoo on the forearm.)
I also used wolfskin cloaks which i got again from mordheim, aswell as some from the space wolves i believe? (got them off my brother, who apparently got them off a friend.. so you know :wacko: )
I personally didnt use any backpacks on the veterans, as i felt the backpacks were very 'army issued', and it was more then likely amongst all the fighting theyd take them off and throw them aside, or lose them..
Ill try to get some pictures up today of them,