Spicing Up My Bestiary

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.

Four soldiers in red jackets aiming guns at a large worm that burst from the desert floor

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.

Two living mummies with weapons aloft next to a giant worm emerging from the sand

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.

Giant sand worm with big maw towering over small infantry figures and tanks

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.

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Leading From the Front

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.

Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard Praetorian 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.

Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard Praetorian Command Chimera

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.

Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard Praetorian Command Chimera

The comms panel can be linked directly into the radio transmitter

Mechanised Combat Patrol

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.

Imperial Guard Praetorian Scout Sentinel

Praetorian Scout Sentinel setting off on patrol

Armed with a standard issue multilaser, it can engage light targets if hostile contact is made.

Imperial Guard Praetorian Scout Sentinel

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.

Imperial Guard Praetorian Scout Sentinel

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.

Imperial Guard Praetorian Scout Sentinel

Praetorian Scout Sentinel advancing

Praetorian XXIV

Warhammer 40k Praetorian Imperial Guard

Praetorian Imperial Guard

Warhammer 40k Praetorian Imperial Guard Command HQ

Praetorian Imperial Guard Command HQ

Warhammer 40k Praetorian Imperial Guard with Ministorum Priest

Praetorian Imperial Guard with attached Ministorum Priest

Warhammer 40k Praetorian Imperial Guard Heavy Support

Praetorian Imperial Guard Heavy Support

Warhammer 40k Praetorian Imperial Guard Command Squad

Praetorian Imperial Guard Command Squad