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I love a lot of the DH/WH models as they actually seem to convey the same dark, gothic feel that I see in the artwork for 40k. I love the models so much I think I'm going to abandon my Black Templars in order to start collecting DH/WH (and convert my BTs to Chaos or possibly cash .) I'd like to use some IG as well, since... well, It's hard to pass by the shooty goodness and all those pie plates. Unfortunately, IG look about as dark and gothic as Mickey Mouse when it comes right down to it. They'd be a complete eye sore and ruin the whole reason I want to pick up the army.
What I'm wondering is if anyone knows how I could convert myself some nice gothic guard. I've thought of combining Empire models from Fantasy with the Cadian box. I could add green stuff robes, masks, and bits from my BT sprues to the Cadians to hopefully make them look a little more in character. Another option is to mix in some servitors and arco-flagellants.
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Let us look at the miniature range of the WH/DH/Black Templars.
They all have this dark gothic look, with medieval influences.
I would recommend this:
- Lanterns. Make them out of leftover greenstuff or plasticard, put them on bases, hang them onto bannerpoles, leave them dangling from sentinels and whatnot.
- Candles. Place on bases and vehicles.
- Chains dangling here and there. Skulls hanged in chains.
- Cogs and other steampunkish material.
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Making the guardsmens more ornate is a good place to start and Zenarions ideas are not bad either.
just remember how many guardsmen you will have, so dont over doit with one squad, or any of them for that matter
I like the idea of using Fantasy Empire models combined with Cadian arms and weapons. It would definatly give off the same gothic feel of the Inquistorial Retinue models. I saw an awesome conversion of the same nature, using an Empire Free Company soldier (or something similar) with Cadian Flamer arms, weapon,and backpack. It was pretty cool, though I wish I could find it. All I could find is this conversion:
I think it could really be cool. Fluffwise, it could be an Imperial Guard regiment that was recruited from a newly re-aquired, feudal Imperial world. Men who are more accostomed to fighting with swords, bows and arrows, are now handed lasguns, and powerfists. Awesome! If nothing else, I believe that It could really work out well to bring in a distinct gothic/old-world feel to the advanced world of 40K.
used steel legion modelsthe look dark enoughg especially if painted like kreig models.
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I think that combining empire and cadian bits can look good. However I would also recommend using bretonnian parts if you decide to go with Witch Hunters. In the average bret troops bow set oyu get lots of cool little bits like fleur-de-lys lanterns etc. Plus i think the brets look a lot more dirty and bedraggled then the empire. In fact now that I think about it some guy did a load of bretonian based guard on the american white dwarf website...
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