Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vraksian Reinforcements


I was recently inspired to work on a 90 model block of conscripts for my Vraksian Militia, and thought I would share the results.  While I have painted plenty of zombies in my day, I have developed a soft spot for this horde in particular. 



As you can see, I have broken away from the Games Workshop zombie sprue, in favor of the Mantic Games Zombie box.  While the variety of poses Mantic provides are more limiting than the Games Workshop product, I found the models to be easy to work with, and simple to convert.  I also found the poses that Mantic chose provide a greater sense of movement within the unit, whereas the GW zombies tend to look more like action figures to me.  Considering the low cost of Mantic product, this was a fine component to work with.  I added a few GW helmets and bits throughout the horde of zombies, more for variety than to indoctrinate these figures into the ranks of the GW monstrosity...


In order to run these unarmed conscripts in my traitor IG army, with the "without-number" manner that zombies deserve, I had to have a model to use as the Chenkov special character.  I used a basic Cadian torso and legs, with basic Chaos Space Marine arms, and a Beastman head.  Pretty quick and easy mock-up for a carapace armored figure.


The last model I finished in this batch, is this standard bearer you see here.  I plan to use him as Kell, the special character banner bearer from the IG codex.  That should explain the power fist.

Here is the list I plan on running these models in:

2000 Pts - Imperial Guard Roster - The Lost and the Damned

Total Roster Cost: 1998

Company Command Squad 310 pts
   Meltagun x3, Colour Sergeant Kell, Lord Castellan Creed, Chimera

Infantry Platoon 644 pts
   Command Squad, Commander Chenkov, Meltagun x4, Chimera
       
   Infantry Squad, Meltagun, Autocannon, Chimera


   Infantry Squad, Meltagun, Autocannon, Chimera

   36 x Conscripts Squad, Send in the Next Wave


Infantry Platoon 594 pts
   Command Squad, Meltagun x4, Chimera      

   Infantry Squad, Meltagun, Autocannon, Chimera

   Infantry Squad, Meltagun, Autocannon, Chimera

   36 x Conscripts Squad, Send in the Next Wave 

Leman Russ Battle Tank, 150 pts

Leman Russ Battle Tank, 150 pts

Leman Russ Battle Tank, 150 pts

The basic concept behind adding these units to my Vraks collection, is to allow for hordes of bodies to bubble-wrap my tanks, with Chenkov allowing me to recycle any zombie conscript hordes that are wiped out, or I CHOOSE to remove for that matter (as per his special rule).  Between Creed and Kell, I should be able to order my army, as well as these two huge units, in some interesting ways during a game.  It is true that my zombies are not modelled holding lasguns, and as I have said in the past, that is because they do not have lasguns.  What's the harm in a little sacrifice, if it means your army comes equipped with atmosphere?

9 comments:

  1. Very nice! I like the character conversions.

    Abandoning BS2 lasguns...you're not really missing out on much!

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  2. Fantastic!
    I really, really have enjoyed every addition to this army.

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  3. sonsoftaurus: You are right about the bs 2 lasguns; not much lost there.

    Magilla Gurilla: Glad you enjoy the collection!

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  4. Very nice work! Can't wait to see what's next!

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  5. haha those zombies are ace. the first shot is particularly great, with 'Chenkov' in the background baying out his orders!

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  6. Your zombie horde looks great! Really nice conversion work as well. Thanks once again for all of the inspiration.

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  7. Mordian7th: Next up will be a trio of manticore/deathstrike launchers. Wheeee!

    Atreides: I do like the character of a beastman shouting "Forward you dogs!". The irony.

    Papa JJ: I'm not sure I would call my little head swaps a conversion, but thanks for the enthusiasm!

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  8. So, I feel like a bad person now because I forgot about the e-mail with the list.

    Until I saw the army, and now... well... I hate you Dan.

    They look awesome man. :) Should have a blast with it.

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  9. you have a fantastic army! very characterful, I would love to get a game in against this horde!

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