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So... I always wanted rough riders in my guard army. They're a cool concept to me and they're the most effective counter assault unit the guard can muster (in fact they're the only effective counter assault unit at the disposal of the Imperial Guard.
Of course I had a big problem, namely GW's rough rider models suck (ok, well the Tallarns are ok... well, just about ok... but they don't fit the look of my army)... on top of that, they're stupidly expensive even by GW standards and even to someone who expects to spend stupid amounts of cash on an IG force.
What to do?
The more I looked at GW's range the more I realized that, not only do the rough riders suck, but basically all of their cavalry suck prior to the new Bretonians and the new wood elves. I'd seen some cool conversions using Brets and the wood elves had potential, there was the old standby of cold one mounts too of course but what I really wanted was something altogether diferent and "alien".
Anyway... here's what I have so far. There's still a lot of greenstuff work to do on tack, bridle, etc. and I definitely have to work out what I'm doing with the lance.
The first of my rough riders on his vakratsi...
Looks good, I can see the potential.
The heads are... ok (but kind of ugly) and as you said there are some more GS work to do and I am looking forward to see these fellas when they are done.
wow they are awesome. Did you use horse bodies and change the heads and tails with 'warg' parts, or are they completely warg? only thing i can recommend would be to add.. like.. (lol trying to work out how to explain this).. dog/cat paw prints on the soles of their feet and perhaps little claws.. tho theyd look perfectly fine without.. lol good work i like them alot..
It's wood elf horses with warg heads and tails. I'd originally thought of giving them cloven hooves and horns, but the one I tried like that looked like a mutant goat. My plan is to keep the hooves and I want to try as much as possible to make them "alien" herbivores, so I'm cutting down the canivore teeth to something which actually makes them facially more like a camel. I don't think it's really very realistic to ride something that will eat you the first chance it gets!Originally Posted by shanos
aw i dunno, i reckon if they were carnivorous theyd b useful for joining in on the combat by biting and attacking the enemy (i read something about some warhorses behaving like that), but i guess making them herbivore would be more alien; i was thinking of making rough riders mounted on lions or wolves, but gave it up deciding they'd be too small to mount, and if they were big theyd be too hard to tame (so now that i think about it your right herbivores would make more sense lol)
Those look great
I don't know if you succeeded in making them cheaper though; 6 warg riders for 12Â£, woodelf steeds for 2Â£ each, plus the guardsman. That's on average 4Â£ plus the rider to replace a 5Â£ model
They look a lot better than the originals though, and at least it's better than the Konversion Klinic kit (81.60 for 3 :x)
Yeah the animal's heads are ugly, perhaps put visors on them? Because they all look like they have Down Syndrome. DAM YOU EXTRA CHROMSOME 21!
Well, they may not be cheaper... but they're better value for money since they don't look terrible! Though to be fair, it's not the riders that I have a huge problem with on the rough riders, it's the horses... the riders juat don't fit my theme.Originally Posted by TubalI really like the look... they have the small eyes and head shape of something like a sloth and actually, many herbivores without many predators have small eyes, so it works for me.Originally Posted by LictorInTheGrass
I'm not sure why but I'd be tempted to put small horns on the mounts heads- just little ones like camels or giraffes. Do you read Ian Banks? One of his books has a cavalry attack by some wierd cat/horse/alien things.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
I tried them originally with little horns (to reinforce their non-carnivore aspect) and they looked like weird mutant goats, but I might just need to get better horns. Giraffe horns is not a bad idea, thanks, I'll try that.Originally Posted by The Paint monkey
Oh... yeah. Love Banks. I've read everything he's written. It's why my Russes are named Attitude Adjuster, Extreme Predjudice and Ask Questions Later.
Last edited by Plisken; February 15th, 2006 at 20:08.