Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Scions = Praetorian Life Guards. Here's How!

Remember these chaps?

I love the idea of the elite of the Praetorian Imperial Guard, the Life Guards, I forget when I first came up with the idea, but it certainly goes back to the very earliest days of this blog (now in its 8th year!). They were always modelled on the House Hold Cavalry, dismounted from their horses, but intended to operate from Chimera transports.

I always threatened to do a kit for them in line with my Cavalry conversion kits, and I did make some progress towards that with the Curious Constructs Life Guard Heads and Torso's... but now I may not need to.

Unless you've been living in a cave you'll probably have seen the new Scions, Games Workshops new plastic Storm Troopers! The first time I saw these models, my jaw dropped a little.

Nice and ornate Carapace Armour, check.

Helguns, check.

Multipart plastic, check.

All that is missing here are the heads, now my current Curious Construct Life Guard heads won't fit as far as I can tell, but looking back at the original conversion I did, and at this fantastic Squad of Cavalry the good Colonel Ackland put together (shown below), and the answer is pretty clear.

Oh yes, I shall have my shiny new Life Guards - watch this space, I've sculpting some new heads for Curious Constructs right now, because I want these guys (excuse my dodgy photo editing) in my Praetorian Imperial Guard yesterday!


Courtney Hollyoake said...

Looks like they will fit in with the theme of your Life Guards pretty well.

The detail on the Scions looks great so should make a brill addition!

Ady said...

I was going to size up some of Vic Lamb's pith helmets but if you've got a suitably ornate type planned.......

AJ said...

Thats a brilliant use of the new kit. Cant wait to see these guys progress!

Col.Gravis said...

Courtney, I think your right! I don't think GW could have produced a better looking kit for my purposes.

Ady, I definitely do - I'll get to work on them as soon as I get my hands on the Scions. I'm talking with my partners at Kirton Games about something related to that as well...

Good to see you again AJ! I can't wait to get on em!

Admiral Drax said...

Oh boy - way to sex-up an already pretty darned sexy new plastic unit, eh?

Anonymous said...

Just when I thought I could safely skip this kit... headswaps.. brilliant...

I'll have to buy a set of yours as soon as you finish 'em. Personally, I think that Mr. Staff Wielding Guy needs a giant mustache, but that may just be me ;)


Col. Ackland said...

OMG!!! I swear I just sat down to write this exact post! I was gonna talk about your original Life Guard, then your bits, and how the new Scions are exactly what we want.

Brilliant Gravis, BRILLIANT!!


So, these new heads... you will be using the pickelhaube’s as a base and doing something big and ornamented on top?

Something like this?

or what did you have in mind?

And realistically when do you think they will be hitting your store?

Because you are dead right about one thing; we all want this yesterday!!!!!

Col.Gravis said...

Exactly what I had in mind Col.Ackland!

I would'nt like to confirm a date right yet, I've got Scions in my hands now though, so the project is started at least, I'll keep you updated!

Anonymous said...

how did this go? where can i buy head?