My Mordian Iron Guard army for Warhammer 40k is built around an infantry platoon, with heavy weapon support and a few tanks. I want to complete a second platoon eventually, but until then there are a few smaller additions and conversions to bring in more variety.
Since the Perry sculpts for the Mordians are from the days before vox-casters, I used those from the plastic Cadian kit and strapped them onto the backs of two soldiers. As there aren’t any suitable figures to hold a receiver, I added a headset, cut from a Rhino door handle.
I don’t know whether I’ll use them in the rules, as for now I only have two radio operators so that the Command and Platoon HQs can both get one, to communicate with the higher echelons of their regiment.
I don’t have any Special Weapons Squads in the army yet, but this soldier in running stance gave me the idea to equip him with a demolition charge. Converting two more from different figures will be a bit trickier.
A while back I set myself the goal to finish painting a core of 1,000 points of Mordian Iron Guard using the 7th Edition Codex Astra Militarum, and this weekend finally saw the finishing touches being completed. I started this force literally decades ago and I have a lot more half-painted and unpainted figures to add to it, but with constantly jumping between projects, it still took a while to get all the bits for even this completed and add a few additional details.
The 3rd version of Codex Imperial Guard from 2003 contained rules for regimental doctrines and background on preferred weapons, which are reflected by the addition of a Sanctioned Psyker, the use of grenade launchers and the fielding of a lascannon squad. For the Veterans in the Command HQ I added aiguillettes like those on the squad Sergeants to distinguish them from regular troopers.
City fighting is really where the Mordians are at home, so the tanks in the force are suited for close support in built up areas.
Infantry is the backbone of all my armies, and especially for the Imperial Guard they define the character of the force. The Mordian Iron Guard are famous for their parade style uniforms, but rather than go overboard with colours, I opted for a mass produced grey with some bright accents in fitting with their background as part of the imperial war machine.
I painted a section of Aegis Defence Lines for Warhammer 40k a while ago, keeping it simple. Codex grey and dull steel are my colours of choice for the Imperial Guard, reflecting the mass-produced origin of their gear and more generally the harsh and joyless existence of a common soldier in the forces of the Imperium.
While each battle-hardened man-at-arms might just be a small cog in a monstrous machine, they are nevertheless the closest to ‘you and me’ as one is going to find on the battlefields of the 41st millennium. So it seemed fitting to revisit the Aegis Defence Lines and add some personal touches, showing that these barricades are literally a matter of life and death for a guardsman if he finds himself fielded on some Emperor-forsaken outpost facing off against ravening hordes of aliens or frothing lunatic traitors.
I’ve coloured in some functional buttons (in appropriate emergency red for the most part, because pretty much everything happening around an Aegis Defence Line is going to be an emergency) and added a purity seal to one section, which the regimental priest attached in a solemn Ceremony of Protection before the impending battle.
Finally one of the soldiers has inscribed his own expression of faith in the almighty Emperor in white chalk in the face of the oncoming enemy.