Give It Your Best Shot

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about adding a sniper to my Imperial Guard warband. Thematically I think it ties in nicely with them, particularly if I decide to try them out in Kill Team. Admittedly there’s something about the idea of snipers that makes me slightly squeamish; the thought of someone lying in wait far from the intended victim, turning the act of killing into a clinical process of mathematics, wind speeds and angles. Plus there’s the fact that by its very nature it’s unexpected. One second you are buying bread, the next you’re brown bread and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. If you’re planning to murder me at least have the courtesy to do it to my face!

Anyway, having bared my soul regarding my slight fear of snipers, I still thought that one would be a fine addition to my guard. After all being a sniper is one of those things that an unaugmented human can be perfectly good at. Take a modern military sniper and transpose them to the 41st millennium and they’ll still be at the top of their game. The toughest, most ruthless soldier in any other part of the military however would probably be just about qualified to do a space marine’s laundry. Don’t get me wrong the guard aren’t useless it’s simply that against the horrors of the far future you need to be more than just handy in a fight against other humans (that’s why the Emperor made space marines in the first place). After all, the species which have survived for ten millennia against the Imperial war machine aren’t to be trifled with – an Ork wearing only its y-fronts still beats most humans hands down and even a grot would give you a nasty bite.

Anyway, hardly had I come to the conclusion that I needed a sniper in my life than I received a bitz drop from the inimitable blogger and hobbyist IRO. What did I find lurking in amongst it but this sharpshooting lady from Victoria miniatures.

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I’ve often looked at the Victoria Miniatures range in the past but never got around to getting anything, so a big thanks is owed again to IRO for the extremely timely gift. Indeed he actually painted a version of her himself recently so if you just can’t get enough of admiring this miniature you can check out his version here.

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20 responses to “Give It Your Best Shot

  • imperialrebelork

    Hehe thanks for the shout out man. It’s funny I’m usually so overwhelmed with your conversion work that I don’t study your painting style as much but here I can. She’s beautifully painted mate. Well done. Your highlighting is great.

    • Wudugast

      No worries – thanks again for the gift! Need to get to work on those beasts soon too.

      I always try to push myself with my painting. I know I have a dirty, grimy style but that doesn’t have to mean things are painted poorly after all. When I was first getting into the hobby I saw a guy on one of the forums who made these absolutely jaw dropping conversions, scratch-build vehicles, greenstuff, the works. Far, far beyond anything I can do now, and seemed like the work of a god to me back then. I absolutely worshipped his work, used to pour over pictures trying to work out how it was done. He couldn’t paint for shit though, so these beautiful pieces either ended up badly painted or not at all and it made me realise that to make things that look good I needed to have a broader skill set, rather than just specialising in one area. I’m never going to be winning Golden Daemon (for one thing it just doesn’t interest me as something to enter, and for another I know I don’t come close to having their skills) but I want to paint and convert well enough that I’m adding to the models, making them better not taking anything away.

      • imperialrebelork

        Couldn’t agree more mate. I’ve found that I’m borderline obsessed with conversion work but as I’ve practiced my painting more and more I have seen an improvement, albeit very slow improvements haha, so I feel encouraged by that. I’ll never be an award winner either but if people of your caliber and others I follow like what o do then I’m a happy little vegemite… errrr marmite in your neck of the woods. I think? Hey I’m watching Doomsday and thought of you with the whole section of Scotland thing by the English bastards haha.

      • Wudugast

        I’ve definitely seen an improvement in your painting (and converting for that matter), don’t be harsh on your painting – you’ve got skills! And yes, it’s marmite round here (horrible stuff though!). Mind you, you can get vegemite in this country because I used to sell it when I worked in a shop, although it’s hard to find. I don’t think it’s exactly the same as marmite, we used to sell bucket loads of vegemite to Australian bar staff from the pub across the road and they insisted it was better than marmite.

        I’ve not seen Doomsday, is it any good? Just read the blurb for it, sounds fairly typical of how Westminster treats us to be honest (although I like the idea of widespread international condemnation and the UK becoming a pariah state because of it, it’s about time some of that started happening!). Might be something to it though, do you reckon if we told London that we’ve all got a terrible virus the Westminster govt would bugger off and leave us in peace? 😀

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha it’s worth’s try mate! Doomsday is good if you’re after a no thinking kind of action movie. It’s the same vibe level as Dog Soldiers but that movie had a little something more for me. From what I remember of marmite I prefer vegemite hehe. No one in Australia says “throw another shrimp on the barbie” but we all say “vegemite please, but too much” haha. Thanks Re painting skills. If I really like a mini I try harder I’ve found.

  • Alex

    She’s very smart mate – nicely done! Can I chalk her up for Fembruary?

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Cant help but feel a female sniper lying in wait is even more scary. I can only suggest you paint her to be as attractive as possible in an effort to take your mind off of the subject. 😉

  • krautscientist

    Fantastic work on the sniper! Plus she’s a really cool model to begin with: Clearly reads as both a female and a hardbitten soldier, which is nice. I guess Victoria Miniatures is probably the best source for “Totally-not-Astra-Militarum” models, from what I have seen so far.

    • Wudugast

      Couldn’t have put it better myself actually – she’s clearly a woman but there’s been no attempt to sexualise her which is nice. Victoria do seem to do some very nice stuff, up there with Anvil in my view. It’d be nice to see GW do some more with the Astra-Guard but I can appreciate that from their point of view these other companies will always be able to get in on that turf – after all you can’t claim normal humans under any IP! 🙂

  • Ann

    Yes, I agree, Victoria Miniatures is an excellent source for Guard models. You did a good job painting it too; I particularly like the cloak and the shading on the rifle.

    I used to be a lot more afraid of snipers than I currently am (or rather was, since I haven’t played 40K in awhile now). They seem like on paper they can do a lot of damage, but in practice my opponents tend(ed) to use them against high value but highly tough targets and maybe hurt them a little but not kill or seriously injure them. Plus, they give my somewhat fragile fast units something to hunt, which is nice too. But still, as a good guy player (Chaos) I do wish we had some snipers as well!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! 🙂

      Yeah, it’s true actually – now you bring it to my attention, there aren’t any snipers that I can think of on the Chaos side. I suppose Khorne would hardly praise a long distance kill when you could be hitting someone with a hammer, and Slaanesh wouldn’t get to enjoy the thrill of such a clinical kill, but I’m sure Tzeentch would be all in favour of a sneaky strike against a target that serves to further an elaborate scheme! Not sure if it counts but I’m thinking of painting the Eliminators from the Shadowspear box as Alpha Legion agents, so at least that’ll give me some snipers on the righteous side!

      • Ann

        Yes, I agree, Tzeentch would be all for it, and I think Nurgle could be talked into it if it involved “efficient long-range delivery of extra juicy pus packets,” and I agree, I don’t think Khorne would be impressed though an enterprising herald might try and sell it as a a variation on a particularly efficient way of shooting burning, screaming, gnawing skulls at people … but it’d still be a really hard sell and probably wouldn’t work out.

        With Slaanesh, I think you could downplay the clinical aspects and play up the heightening of emotion due to the anticipation of the kill … sprinkle in words like “climax” of the kill, especially if it involved wounding the victim artistically and only putting him/her/it out of his/her/its misery when the maximum sensation had been achieved all around. I think the Dark Prince might come around to the thrust of such arguments.

        Fantasies of trying to sell the Ruinous Powers on neglected unit types aside, I really really wish they had snipers. As I said before, they never seem to be all that powerful or anything, but they are always a lot of fun to play with.

        It seems a damn shame that you never run into anyone from the Vindicare Temple who is just so angry they aren’t going to take it anymore!

  • Alexis West


    She looks great!

    I know what you mean about snipers being a kind of uncomfortable topic, tho. They are definitely one of the combat specialisms that makes it hardest to gloss over what’s actually being represented in these games we play.

    I also really want both some snipers and some indirect fire for Chaos (outside of FW, that is*). At the very least, the Alpha Legion should be all over that stuff.

    *Oh, and I guess Death Guard do now have the Plagueburst Crawler. But most Chaos Factions have neither.

    • Azazel

      …and yes, this is what the post title triggered in my head as well!

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I blame it on watching too many crime dramas, there’s always a sniper picking people off sooner or later!

      It’ll be interesting to see what new models join the chaos range in the forthcoming release. We know it won’t just be new models for old units, at the very least there’s going to be the Master of Possessions (who presumably owns a lot of stuff) and the Venomcrawler, but who knows what else might still to be revealed?

  • Azazel

    Lovely work on her, mate – she looks fantastic. Kudos to IRO as well for the neighbourly gesture!

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