These guys look very cool. I am especially eyeing up the guy in the cape. Although I wont be buying them for a long time they are something I will consider getting. When I look at these men I see real Carapace armour. A simple head swap will make these guys suit many forces as shock troopers. Im not sure what Heads I will be giving mine but the Red Berets certainly aren't for me. I never found British commandos or glider infantry very interesting uniform wise.
The artwork on the cover of the codex also looks smashing.
Aside from the new name it looks very good. Commissars are iconic to the Imperial Guard and really show the desperation and the cost of defending humanity in the dark setting.
But this leads on the not so exciting parts of the release.
No longer is Imperial Guard gonna be used. This is gonna be hard. In 20 years time when im 40 playing with my men on the battlefield, surrounded buy new players never knowing what its like to instinctively call the army "the Imperial Guard" is gonna be tough. So who knows how long it will be before I start calling my army buy its new name, but it has not started yet.
Then there is this thing. Is the Imperium recovering mixed blue prints pieced together buy Orks? I will wait to see more before I judge but this so far does not excite me. It looks like a bad cross of modern appearance and old fashioned appearance. It just doesnt appeal to me or how I view the Guard.
Thankfully there will be alternatives and after the Codex comes out i'll seek them out. But that does not look good.
I will admit it could look OK in a Arbites themed force. A prison/crowd control vehicle possibly. But we shall see.
But dam those Storm Troopers look good. I have owned many different 40k Storm Troopers in the past but the bodies on these guys look good enough to make them my favourite.
So there is a lot more information out there like a possible supplement and the names of the above so go on and check some more out!