The infantry platoon for my Warhammer 40k Praetorian Guard is finally complete. With the base colours already in place, I managed to stay focused just long enough on the production line. While I don’t want to paint another pith helmet in a while, I might put together and base coat a second platoon while I’m at it, so I have them ready for the next push.
A Commissar strengthens the resolve of the troops
An infantry platoon with command section and three squads
Praetoria is a hive world yet their regiments are often associated with actions on more rustic planets. Enter the adobe buildings from 4Ground once again, and some improvised barricades which I believe are from Ziterdes.
Taking up defensive positions
The pride of Praetoria
Now having an Ork army to field against them would be nice. Unfortunately, only 11 out of 69 models for that army are painted so far – a project for another year.
Infantry assault on an Ork settlement
I’m progressing with my Praetorian Guard for Warhammer 40k and finished the first of three infantry squads in the platoon. There are only so many different sculpts, so this is going to be a bit repetitive. There actually is a conversion amongst these ten though, where I used a head from the Empire Flagellants, turning a Mordian into a Praetorian sans pith helmet.
The infantry advances with fire support from a Sentinel
As I mentioned, I have a little battle scene set up, with the Necrons advancing on the Praetorian line. Here’s a shot from behind the gun line, showing the latest reinforcements throwing themselves against their pitiless enemy.
Lascannons are moved into position behind hastily assembled barricades
It’s been a good few years since I made the last push to complete a 1,000 points army for the Praetorian Imperial Guard. Since then all troops are assembled and base coloured, so in theory it shouldn’t take that long again.
To get back into the drill I completed a half finished veteran squad equipped with a missile launcher, two grenade launchers and a plasma pistol.
The veterans lead the Praetorians into battle
Now I have three regular infantry squads and a Leman Russ left. I’ll tackle the infantry in groups of five – let’s see how far I get over the month. The battle tank will most likely be last to trundle onto the field.
Fire at will!
The Reaper Miniatures Great Worm is a modern miniatures classic that I’ve seen pop up in many people’s collections. For a long time I’ve been taken it off the rack in a local games store and putting it back, so as not to add to my painting queue. Last time a gamer friend of mine came to visit, I got caught up in his shopping spree however and finally bought my own version – on the condition I’d paint it up quickly.
There is no particular army, game or even genre I am associating the giant worm with, so it is intended more as a piece of (dangerous) terrain. Rather than painting it purple though, which is the most commonly used colour, I felt more inspired to turn it into a sand worm.
Praetorian guardsmen find that the desert is alive
A desert death world would be a very suitable setting to use the sand worm in. I have a bunch of Rogue Trader era creatures and monsters to work on, which this fits nicely into.
The Tomb Princes of Khemri summon a great sand worm
As a creature of the desert, the giant worm would make an interesting feature in a Khemrian landscape, or for a dungeon adventure in the Lands of the Dead.
Space Wolves encounter the Shaihuludata gigantica
Even for smaller scales the figure is very well suited, as it has no features that suggest its real size – perfect for a Dune/Epic 40k crossover.
My Praetorian Imperial Guard forces for Warhammer 40k received a boost recently when I received two new squads with command and heavy weapons from an old friend.
That means I can now field an under-strength Company of six infantry squads, organised into two platoons, several heavy weapon squads, and a Command HQ.
The banner of Praetoria is carried into battle
With the increase in troop strength came the necessity for improved mobility and communications capability for the Captain and his staff.
So the Techpriests got to work and dusted off the squad’s somewhat neglected Chimera. Several days of drilling, welding and much liturgical chanting later, a state-of-the-art suborbital transmitter array was fitted, which thanks to the Chimera’s STC compliant configuration slots neatly into one of the lasgun ports.
Chimera Command tank with long-range antenna
In order to allow the relaying of orders outside the tank, a comms panel was fitted to either side of the hull.
Finally, as part of the reconsecration ceremony into the Emperor’s service, the proud Praetorian colours were painted onto the tank’s sides and new campaign markings added on the turret.
The comms panel can be linked directly into the radio transmitter
My Praetorian Imperial Guard platoon has been issued with mechanised reconnaissance capability in the shape of a Scout Sentinel. This comes as a great relief to the soldiers who until now had to conduct extended patrols on foot.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel setting off on patrol
Armed with a standard issue multilaser, it can engage light targets if hostile contact is made.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel with multilaser
The pilot is heading towards unconfirmed enemy sightings to assess the threat level to this section of the front line.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel pilot
It might not be the mightiest war machine in the galaxy, but as a regular footslogger you’d still want to get out of a Sentinel’s way.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel advancing