The Iron Hearts idea came from Colonel Gravis, and was a conversion based on several specifically ordered bits:
- Dress Cap Heads
- Rough Rider Arms
- Victorian Standing Legs (all from Victoria Lamb miniatures)
- Life Guard Torso (Gravis' Curious Constructs)
You can see the WiP (from two months ago!) here. And see the completed models below ...
I've gone for the heavy shield-equipped troopers, perhaps subconsciously inspired by my Zone Mortalis boarding team. There were originally nine men in the squad (to correspond with the nine battalions of the Praetorian Regiment), but I ended up dropping two because of painting/building last minute changes, and I didn't want to end up pulling the models apart and regluing them, so they were quietly dropped.
Not sure what exactly they'll be on the battlefield - they're meant as the Regimental Principal's (Commanding Officer's) bodyguard; hand-picked men, nominated by their peers and confirmed by their officers who are the best NCOs in the regiment. As well as fearsome fighters, each one is a lynchpin in regimental life. For example, the chap with the sword and hat, without shield, is the Regimental Sergeant-at-Arms (or Armsman), (a Commonwealth RSM), and the others have day roles of pay sergeant-at-arms, mess sergeant-at-arms, training sergeant-at-arms, and so on. I might use them for the old Imperial Guard High Command Squad, the one in WD307.
In terms of modelling, the only thing left to do is perhaps use transfers to put some detail on the shields, and maybe add a tad more highlighting. These were quite a nightmare to paint actually, mainly due to the white which needed a good three coats before it even started looking smooth and clean. That's partly why it's taken me nearly two months to finish them - but now they're done I'm very pleased with them. Still in a bit of a dilemma over how to store them though, since they won't fit in my carry case ...
Anyway, that's it for today! Next update ... well, let's just say the commander's bodyguard means I'm going to have to scratch build an amazing commander model, doesn't it?