Welcome, visitor, to Palladian Guard!  This blog is all about a series of Imperial Guard armies, all themed around the hive-world of Palladia.  As well as looking at aspects of the 40K hobby including painting, collecting and gaming, I also hope to share some of the extensive background work on this army which has been going now for over five years.

Feel free to view, comment and even be inspired by (plagiarise) the work here.  Especially, I hope that this can provoke some discussion amongst players old and new alike, and encourage them to look beyond the rulebook and develop their own views of the fictional 40K universe.  Things like background, or even (for the talented) fiction and artwork can add real depth and character to an already enjoyable hobby.

Right, that's the commercial over, now for some drama!  I'm going to start by looking at my current project, which is a 5,000-point Imperial Guard army using Mordian Iron Guard models.  They key theme is that all my 'Guard' armies represent one particular unit of the Palladian Guard.  At the moment, this consists of around 2,500 points of Cadian models (representing a company of ordinary line infantry: the 121 Company of 9 Battalion, the First Regiment).  The current Mordian project is a 'full-dress' version (7 (Pioneer) Company of 2 Battalion, the First Regiment).

Palladian Guard manning a dug in Lascannon
Here's what's just come hot off the painting desk:  The lascannon teams in my army are all modelled to be static, dug-in guns closer to German PaK-40 AT guns, rather than lighter, man portable weapons.

The crew, together with the 'legs' and shield of the gun carriage are taken from the normal Mordian heavy weapons blister.  The lascannon itself, the power pack and the cable are all Cadian spares.  The crew are mounted on pennies individually and not fixed to the 55mm base.  This lets me take one off as a casualty in a game.

Front view, showing the mud into which the gun has been dug.
The mud at the front has been made with a small piece of card stood up and bent around half of the base, then filler has been added to build up the effect.  For detail, some odd bits have been thrown in to break it up (a link of tank track, a metal plate, some real nails as support struts, etc...)  The base is finished with a bit of sand and sealed with PVA.  Next time I do one of these, I'll post a step by step.

As for painting (again, detailed step-by-step to follow), the crew and gun are both built up from a white undercoat, to Dark Angels Green, Catachan Green, Knarlock Green and highlighted with Goblin Green.  The metal is simply dry brushed Boltgun Metal on black, and the white parts of the uniform are washed with black ink and the highlights picked out in Skull White.  This is a good first post as it illustrates a theme of mine:  fewer colours can still look good.  Be strict with your palette; the crew only use green, black, white and metal (with brown trim) and the final effect for a large Guard army is spectacular.  Save special colours for special models.

I love this conversion, mainly because it is easy and cheap.  Two of my favourite modelling words.  Aside from the Cadian lascannon (a bit of a luxury; it'd work just as well with the normal Mordian one), this has been done entirely with household clutter and a very minor skim of the bits box, and with very little extra effort.


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