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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Another Imperial Guard Inspiration Post - Regiments

I finally found a really good scan on these 2 amazing pages from an old Imperial Guard codex. These are but a few of the many Regiments fighting under the imperial banners! So much inspiration from History, mythology and sci fi tropes this page tries to make it very clear that there is a regiment for any theme out there! 





Unfortunately the new Codex for the Imperial Guard has gone the route of trying to standardize the Guard into Cadians. It would not surprise me if soon Cadians and Catachans are all thats left standing in the next update! So im gonna make a few of these posts a year in the hopes a few aspiring commanders out there find something that gets their creative juices flowing. Since in my opinion the latest Codex does a very bad job of it. 

Something to remember about making your own Regiment is that there are literally limitless options. In the pictures below GW has made up a list of regiments consisting of Cyborgs, women, Mutants, Backwards and Future soldiers and all of them have different looks and aesthetics!  

The use of Historic miniatures, green stuff, Fantasy models and 3rd party companies mean many of these options are possible! 

NOTE: open these images in a new tab for a closer look! You can zoom in closer by doing this. 




A while ago I compiled a short list of places to find alternate models. There are so many more places to find models these days and that list was just of some of the more popular places. Not on that list is Ramshackle Games for example. So it pays to have a look round.

When choosing bits for your regiment remember that historical models are true scale, making them a lot more proportioned and normal looking compared to Heroic scale minis. So mixing them will not work well. So choosing what scale your army will be is very important! If all your men are the same scale it will look good for sure. But mixing scales is hard to pull off.

Anyway here are some more pictures of peoples regiments!




So are you starting an Imperial Guard force anytime soon?

If so, take a look around the internet and see if you can find anything that looks cool. You are only limited by your imagination (and sometimes your wallet...)

12 comments:

  1. My problem is that I really dislike how Cadians have become the standard and then really like Cadians themselves. Sigh. I've had a few fellow players call me a hypocrite for that one.

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    1. No way man. Its fine to like them but then not lie the lack of variety! At the end of the day, I dont want to see everyone have a Praetorian army just because they are the only ones given attention for example. I just want to see variety in the forces! Regardless of the faction I prefer. Im sure you are in the same boat.

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    2. Agree with you 100%. Sadly, it isn't going to change anytime soon with GW making such a push for the codices to only contain what they have models for.

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    3. I agree. Thankfully they cant get rid of the material they have already released! Nor other companies models. They are only hurting themselves (hopefully).

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  2. It's the main reason I went for catachans, still GW supported but different enough to stand out. I agree the GW are wrong to streamline everything so much, but in business terms it does make sense.

    Hopefully they'll keep on producing catachans!

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    1. I hope so too. Catachans are lucky to have gotten their plastics in time!

      While it does make sense, they put a lot of effort into making slightly different space marines. All they would need to do is make sets of heads for their Cadians kit that have different styles and already they are well on their way to adding variety to their kits.

      Oh well.

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    2. Heck, if they did different arms as well, or had a set of kilted air assault infantry, or maybe even made a plastic mordian iron guard, or tallarn, or why not some marauders rearmed with las-guns and called feral imperial levies? come on GW, please?

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    3. I agree that they could add a lot of flavour easily but using up grade sprues, similar to the dark angle, iron fists and black templars ones you can get for marines. A set with different heads, arms and accessories would make personalising you army a lot easier.

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  3. Well Mr. Howell, you and I both know I am an excellent example of thinking (and breaking into a billion little pieces) the box. I have posted on several web-sites some awesome ideas, and then found the stuff to do it and posted it as well. Like the Teriyaki Death Korps that you posted here for me, using Wargames factory and a 3rd party gas-mask head set, or my current project the multi-planetary combative unit, with men from a water covered planet where ships rule and the uniforms take on a formal set, to a jungle planet with religious fanatics, add some French style heavy horse, and a dash of madness, and viola!

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    1. I've used Victoria Miniatures and Maxmini parts to build my own version of Cadians: http://elite40k.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/tutorial-building-better-guardsman.html

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    2. Thats very nice, I too used them to make my Praetorian Guard force. Very nice models. Yours look great too. Nice work on the paintjob as well.

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