Warhammer 40k Armies – Praetorian Guard

My 1,000 points Praetorian Guard army for Warhammer 40k 7th Edition is finally completed. It started out 20 years ago with the Chimera and the lascannon teams taking part in a tank battle. Since then the other elements gradually came together, with the occasional interruption for re-basing and additional detailing on parts that had already been finished.

Birds eye view of infantry and vehicles between adobe buildings
Taking up positions in an abandoned outpost

Similar to my Mordian Iron Guard, this Praetorian Guard force is based around an infantry platoon with attached weapons teams and some armoured support. The backbone of the Imperial Guard taking to the field.

Squads of infantry in red uniforms and pith helmets
A forward headquarters is being established
Infantry and heavy weapon teams
Squads are ordered into a defensive perimeter

The reconnaissance element consists of a Sentinel with multilaser and two 3-man teams of Ratling Snipers. All suitable choices for the savannah like area of operations I have in mind.

A war walker advancing alongside infantry soldiers
The Sentinel is brought up to run patrol
View into the cockpit of the war walker
A multilaser also provides solid offensive capabilities
Space hobbits with sniper rifles in green uniforms
“Quick, secure the pantry!”

Fire support is provided by lascannons and a mix of heavy bolters and an autocannon. When I saw how people had swapped the lascannon wheels for those from the old Ork artillery, I borrowed the idea.

Lascannons on gun carriages behind sandbags
The big guns hunker down behind improvised barricades
Heavy guns crewed by soldiers in red uniforms with pith helmets
Any attackers will wade through a hail of bullets
Three weapons teams with mortars
A mortar battery lays down suppressive fire

The Lemon Russ was the last model to be finished. All vehicles ended up with different shades of sand colour, since several generations of paints went out of production during the raising of this force. I chose to interpret it as adding to the realism of an army supplied by the Adeptus Administratum.

Tank with large calibre cannon
The Leman Russ acts as a mobile strong point

While I was avoiding painting the tank I decided to convert the veteran squad and accordingly also the Command HQ which is formed of veteran soldiers. I both wanted to add variety to the appearance of the infantry units and also make it easier to tell them apart on the battlefield. The topknots were mainly plundered from the Chaos Marauders for Warhammer Fantasy Battle which is a kit that keeps on giving.

Commander of the Imperial Guard waving a chainsword
The Command HQ flies the banner of Praetoria
Squad of soldiers with pith helmets decorated with black horse hair
A veteran squad brings experience and firepower

There are another 500 points of reinforcements in different stages of assembly and painting, so the Praetorian Guard will be added to whenever inspiration for them strikes me.

Infantry advancing in front of an armoured vehicle
The Chimera is a mobile command vehicle
Eye level view of a line of Praetorian soldiers
Men and machines in the service of the Imperium
Command squad with standard bearer
“Smite the enemies of the Imperium, for Praetoria!”

27 thoughts on “Warhammer 40k Armies – Praetorian Guard”

    1. Thanks, I do like the Sentinel as well with the open cockpit and instruments. Ideal for swapping in heavy weapon gunners from any of the old metal regiments.


  1. I love a good army showcase and this one is spectacular. I love the Pret guard (which is 100% due to Zulu). The conversions on the artillery is brilliant, no matter where the inspiration came from. Top notch!


    1. Thank you! Always loved studying those army shots in WDs of yore as well, so always excited when I manage to scrape enough troops for one together myself.


  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this. The only thing I didn’t like was that the post came to an end haha. More please!! Great photos, great looking army and I love the top-knots idea for the Vets. That’s great. Simple but effective. I love the Prae-Guard. I still have a fair bit to do for my own PGA and I actually think I’ll never stop adding to it hehe. Labour of love.


    1. Very glad to hear it! I always enjoy the latest additions to your force, long may they continue. Great to see the Praetorians still in action across the furthest flung segmentums.

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    1. The majority of my collections are from that era, and there is still a lot left to paint. Those lascannon conversions weren’t my idea, but I agree they look the part.


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