Disposable Heroes – Part 12

Back at the tail end of last year I took my first steps into assembling the Imperial Guard regiment I’ve always imagined. Inspired by the Iron Sleet Invitational I put together a little band of guardsmen capturing the aesthetic I’ve long associated with the Guard, and yet which rarely comes across in the official models. I even waxed philosophical on the topic if you’re interested in reading more about my reasoning. At the time I made four guardsmen and, hitting something of an inspirational dry spell, rounded out the squad with a specialist agent sent to the Thorn Moons by the Imperial invaders. However that left several unfinished guardsmen sitting on the corner of the desk, neither fit to be included in the group nor ready to be cast back into the bitsbox, but waiting for inspiration to return and raise them up as fully finished models. Feeling the call of the guard once again I grabbed one of those unfinished miniatures and gave him the additional touches needed for him to join the Imperial war-machine.

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I see him as very much a devout soul who, believing he has been called to serve in battle as part of the Emperor’s great plan for humanity, has requested dispensation to leave his allotted labours in the manufactorums and join the Guard. The fellow members of his congregation, believing that his mission is a holy one, have gifted him the small icon from their church to carry into battle, hoping that this will ensure his protection until he has completed whatever task the Emperor has set before him.

Of course this isn’t my first experiment with the Imperial Guard. A while ago I put together this chap as a “proof of concept” to test the waters and iron out some of my ideas.


Given my return to the guard I took the opportunity to give him a quick repaint to bring him into the ranks of my new squad. And yes, I know I’ve got paint on the rim of his base and, due to the selective blindness that seems to affect me whenever I do this, I overlooked it. Don’t make me go and take the photos again, just trust me that I’ll get it fixed. It’s mostly at the back, nobody will notice right?

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Whether this has been enough to cure my urge to paint guardsmen and let me focus on other projects, or if this is only the beginning of a mass recruitment drive remains to be seen. In the meantime any thoughts or feedback are very welcome.

17 responses to “Disposable Heroes – Part 12

  • the28scribe

    You should do a whole army, it would be soo awesome!

    • Wudugast

      Honestly I’d love to but I’ve got so many other projects on the go, I’m trying to just drip-feed new models into the collection every time I feel like it – who knows though, in years to come I may realise the collection has grown organically into an army.

      • the28scribe

        Well then I have to follow your blog to see the army. Haha. But the internet needs more armys that is not looking like cadian pseudomodern.

      • Ann

        That sounds like a fun way to build an army, especially if you already have an extensive model collection of other things.

      • Wudugast

        @the28scribe; yeah, the cadians are alright but they’re pretty much the only element of the guard that GW supports nowadays and yet they have far more in keeping with modern warfare than with the weirdness of the 41st Millennium. Of course in such a diverse galactic empire there will be planets like Cadia but when that’s all you see it just doesn’t sit right with me.

        @Ann – precisely, I’ve already got huge collections of Orks and Chaos and so there’s no rush with these guardsmen, I can take my time with each and every one if I want to 🙂

  • Alex

    Really nice mate – I love that colour scheme, and especially the deep brown you’ve hit for the leather! What’s the recipe mate? Also, that icon is a touch of class – great idea.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers 🙂 Recipe for the brown goes; base coat with Rhinox Hide – 50:50 Rhinox and Mournfang Brown – Mournfang – 50:50 Mournfang and Skrag Brown – then highlight with pure Skrag. Back in the old days, when I painted the second of the two figures above, I didn’t bother with the 50:50 stages so it just went, Rhinox – Mournfang – Skrag, but to my eye you can really see the difference, those extra layers makes the whole thing much richer and more natural. It goes back to what I was saying to the28scribe and Ann above, by taking a slower approach to this army I can spend the time on things like that, whereas if I was trying to paint the boots and straps of 100 guardsmen all at once I’d never bother.

  • krautscientist

    That’s a lovely colour scheme you’ve discovered for your Guard models! The blue is very nice. The second guy also really profits from the repaint, although I’d go back and make sure his boots resemble those on the first guy more closely 😉

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 blue isn’t a colour I use very much so it was fun to get to play with it a bit more and to try to capture the appearance of mass produced weapons and armour – as opposed to the “bespoke” kit preferred by Chaos or Orks.
      As for his boots I will admit to being a little lazy there. You should have seen the hours I poured into painting and repainting the shoulder pads before I managed to replicate the original squad though – definitely a reminder to keep a proper record of my painting recipes rather than just trying to wing it!

  • Ross

    Great little piece of hobby-fiction fusion. The kit bash has just the right mix of future-medieval 40kness, and the background is suitably tragic in its hopefullness. I wonder how effective that holy relic will be when his brains are liquified by the war horns of a passing Warlord. BHRAAAAAAM!

    • Wudugast

      Haha! Aye, sounds like we’re speaking the same language when it comes to the futility of life in the Guard! That’s always been the inspirational-cornerstone for my guardsmen to be honest, I know they’re all going to pointless, wasteful deaths, the interest is in thinking about how far their naivety and heroism will get them first.

  • imperialrebelork

    Very nice work. I’m not sure how I managed to miss some of your posts but I’m enjoying the backlog. I’m with Scribe. A full army would be cool as cheddar.

    • Wudugast

      Think I’ve missed one or two of your posts too actually, I’ll have to have a trawl back. We’re both too damn prolific for our own good you know! As for the guardsmen – expect more in due course. In time they’ll even have a few more traitors to fight as well…

      • imperialrebelork

        Excellent. Will there be tanks? You, like me, don’t tend to do much in the way of vehicles.

      • Wudugast

        I don’t it’s true, and when I do I tend to prefer weird looking things like deadnaughts to boring old tanks. That said I may in time end up with a tank for this force, in which case I’d go to town on making it as gothic as possible – why drive into battle in a durable engine of war when you could go in a over-engineered moving shrine and trust to your faith in the God-Emperor to protect you? After all do you think that simple armour offers you better protection than the immortal will of the Master of Mankind? That sounds like heresy to me!

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha. I pictured a clockwork tank. Not quite steampunk but more along the lines of that dude you had carrying the skeleton of his dead commander on his back. Wires and pully systems and cogs. It could fire severed limbs pinned with sacred scrolls and purity seals. That’ll learn em.

      • Wudugast

        To be honest we’re generally thinking alike there. 🙂 Perhaps without the severed limbs (that’s far too chaos-y for a noble scion of the Emperor to even consider) but servitor guided guns seem like a natural choice.

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