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I'm not very experienced in converting but I'm looking to make some veterans for my IG army. I thought of using a few head/arm swaps from a box of catachans to keep it low cost.
veterans are whatever you want them to be!
Heavily muscled could be, or you could make them look like they've been in the field for some time by adding pieces of camoflage to helmets, removing helmets, adding combat knives and (back-)packs.
You could also say "my veterans are a specialy trained corps" like us marines. If you do that your veterans could have a slightly different camo (or perhaps the vets are the only ones with camo) or some snazier equipment (different looking lasrifles = convert some!)
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Head and arm swaps are probably the easiest way to convert yourself some veterans, but a different color scheme is still easier (if you're a decent painter anyway).
Just for some inspiration, here's a Vet I did a year or so ago, he's mostly a head/arm swap
And another one I did more recently, technically he's Arbites, but he'd work as a Vet too.
He's more complicated, but shows what you can do if you've the bits and imagination.
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The Empire mate. Whenever you want an IG conversion the fantasy empire looks great. The free company can get you some beards and coats to make it seem like the veterans are more lax and less 'green'. All the empire heads look great on guardsmen (and LatD for that matter).
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For a vet guardman I have mine holding a las rifle in each hand.. with he screaming head it looks like hes the last of his mates.
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this might help you out a bit
http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ad.php?t=36672 (Imperial Guard Veteran Squad)
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i actually like both the empire militia and the Brettonian Men-at Arms very well. they are both very good looking and work very with IG stuff very well. just don't use the legs from the militia box. they end up looking like basketball players. really tall.
I make mine like regular Imperial Guardsmen, then have them being butchered by kroot. Taking greenstuff to them to make extending coats, giving long hair to the helmetless, and having trinkets dangling from the lasgun all work well.
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I like using steel legion models for the vets, and cadians for the infantry.
Other good vet models are the Tanith first and only and some catachen models.
Also, paint scheme can help a lot.
I recently visited the "normal" hobby store looking for 35mm scale German helmets for my Blood Axe Ork conversions. I took a chance and bought 2 boxes (total of $12) of Dragon minis.
Surprisingly, I found all sorts of useful stuff. The guns and most of the packs are too small to be useful, but I found some GREAT bits for making Imp. Guard specials.
For my $12 I got:
2 officer's caps (FANTASTIC for making Imp Guard Captains or scratch-built Commissars!)
2 or 3 Field Caps (Again, these go a long way for making bare-headed Sgt.s look a little bit more individualistic)
Entrenching tools- Open and Folded! (These are great bits for a touch of realism and one of the bits that GW doesn't really give in their kits)
Ammo Boxes (supposed to fit several Panzerfaust rockets)
Heads (surprisingly, 35mm heads are very close to the right scale. I got a lovely one wearing a gas mask)
Bipods/Tripods (The weapons may be too small, but adding one of these Bipods to a Lasgun is a really nice touch)
Collars (yes, Collars...making an Officer or Commissar? These rock. Collars have always been hard for me to sculpt and some of these even have the "war-weary, too tired to button my collar up" look)
Epaulets (Great for adding a splash of individuality to your troops)
Bedrolls and Cannisters (Great for making the "out in the field for months" look on your troops.)
Helluva deal for $12!!!!
Small Warning: some of the stuff, notably the helmets, need to be "fitted". A Dremel is your friend here. If you don't have one, be very careful with the Exacto Knife.
Another tip: I got Dragon kits, one from their "new" line and one from their "old" line. The "new" one has more usable parts and they're a lot higher detail. I forget what it says on the box, but it's pretty easy to tell them apart.
I'm finding with a little green stuff and ample bits I don't have to make my Imp. Guard look like "Nazis" at all. Stylish as they were (Hugo Boss designed their uniforms) I don't necessarily want them to look "Nazi". The helmets are a great "base model" which are easy to convert to look incredibly bitchin'.
I'm looking forward to finding some Modern US troops or better yet, some WWI infantry and see what bits I can get from those kits!
Anyone found a cheap/easy/inexpensive way to add gasmasks/face armor to troops? Until plastic Kaskrin come out, I'm kind of at a loss to "make" sinister face masks.