Imperial Guard: Looking Forward, Looking Back
I'm in a bit of a pensive mood this morning, so I'm going to start rambling on all the little topics I've always wanted to post on and gather them together - hopefully in some kind of order. All this has been sparked by my reaching something of an impasse with my Guard army. I've got one of almost every unit in the codex, and not sure if I can cope with life after Guard! But that decision might be made for me by the executive bigwigs at GW ...
Coming towards the end of any army is a bit of a reflective experience. In all seriousness I don't see this as the end - I already have one (dusty, badly-painted) Guard army in the closet from my young(er) days, so I suspect I'll find something new to work on, in fact my Penal Legion platoon might well end up being an army and despite the heretical theme, Chaos Renegades are basically guard. And there's my fledgeling 'Sentinel Army' I still need to work on ...
But why collect them? I've noticed that there are many oddities about Guard players. Firstly, one that'll be familiar to all of you - is there are plenty of Guard blogs out there, far more than for other armies. A cursory Google of some of the other big 40K names reveal plenty of 'painting service' websites and general 40K blogs, but none of the full spectrum army blogs that cover fluff, modelling, painting and gaming.
For me, I suppose it was the smart uniforms, characterful minis and great big give-up-and-go-home tanks. Any one would have been a win for me, but put all three together and that explains why I've collected the same army for over 10 years.
I basically love the Guard. I'm not ashamed to say it. I'm certainly not a 'tactical' player - I pick choices that are fluffy and fit with my army's background (or sometimes ones that have cool models like Ratlings). But Headologist will probably tell you I get into the spirit of it when I'm playing...
Looking Forward: Whither Guard?
|Those were the days!|
This is more the question on my mind at the moment. I regularly dip in to Faeit 212, a rather excellent rumour blog that always seems to be two steps ahead. I saw this interesting article yesterday, which suggests that GW consider Finecast a temporary stopgap before moving all models over to plastic. Fine, I hear you cry, but what about metal models who never made it to Finecast, will they get put into plastic? What about my Mordians/Praetorians/Valhallans/Tallharns!?
I've often grumbled about the lack of new releases for Guard. I think we're actually the most spoiled in terms of miniature ranges. I can't easily think of a famous Guard army that can't be bought (albeit expensively from FW or the 'collectors range') or converted from the enormous range that we have. The tanks and vehicles are all still lovely, so although it might be nice to get, say, a plastic sniper boxed set or Hardened Veterans squad, I think I'll have to be satisfied with what we've got.
I've been buying up Mordians for years now, paranoid that one day I'll go on the website to find a sneering photo of the GW CEO (whoever he is) saying "Ha ha ha! I've taken your Mordians, what are you going to do now?!"
No real point to this ramble. What are other peoples thoughts on Guard, past and present? Why did you start with them? Do you think there's a future in the new, streamlined, brushed-aluinium hyper-expensive GW of the third millennium? And even, if there are any outsiders here, what do you think of the Guard?
Back to proper models next week, I promise!