|Commanding officer, heavy weapons and a grav-trooper squad.|
In terms of fluff they are based on my Palladian Guard, but taken from the III Augustus Tiberius regiment, rather than the I Praetoriae like the rest of my Guard. Rank-and-file Palladians usually look like Cadians, but we use other IG models to represent different uniforms and specialist clothing - Mordians are full-dress Palladians, and now Steel Legion represent grav-trooping Palladians in a temperate environment.
I was surprised to see the models still available on the GW website for £20. This is the first time in many many years I'd bought something from them, but since Ebay had squads up for £30 or £40, this made the most sense. We only needed three squads and some heavy weapons - this is the start of a 500pt patrol clash force.
Ollie worked on the building and conversions, including a lovely blast shield for the missile launcher which made it look like a panzerschreck. I worked on converted MG34 teams, using the Escher heavy stubber as a weapon. I made three 'light role' guns on a bipod, and one sustained fire version on a big tripod mount. The sniper was also great fun to make - unlike most 40K snipers which are inexplicably standing upright, I repurposed the heavy bolter crewman who's lying down to be firing an old wooden rifle from my bits box. Painting was pretty simple - a random mix of camo, desert and field-grey uniforms.
This selection includes the officer, several heavy bolters from the command squad and heavy weapons platoon, a sniper, and one of the 10-man squads. Enjoy!
|Officer, with a Second World War model headswap, and pistol from Victoria Miniatures.|