Posted by MortiS-the-Lost –
“They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered.”
― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
Here are 6 miniatures that I'll be using to represent town guardsmen in my games, they are Advanced HeroQuest Henchmen with shields from EM4 Miniatures. The 3 in the front row have had head swaps using parts from various Citadel plastic kits for the late 90s and early 2000s, while the ones in the back row are completely stock.
This is probably the nearest thing to a regiment I've painted in around 15 years or so, I much prefer to paint individual miniatures. Painting was simple and consisted pretty much entirely of browns apart from the skin and metal. I don't really think it's worth writing about, but if anyone has any question about exactly which browns I've used just leave a comment and get I'll back to you later.
The idea was that they needed to be generic as possible so they could be used as guards in any town village or city - hence the all-browns colour scheme and the choice of plain shield bearing no livery or coat of arms. They also needed to look uniform so that it's clear that they are guards, but at the same time I need to able to tell them apart in games - hence the head swaps, the more observant (or perhaps obsessive-compulsive) among you might have noticed there is 1 of each weapon variant with a head swap and 1 of each variant kept stock.
No doubt these miniatures will see plenty of use ineptly guarding gates and cells, arresting wrong-doing Adventurers or perhaps as Mr Pratchett suggests getting slaughtered by Heroes in an escape. Due to owning several copies of AHQ I've got a lot more of these guys kicking around, so I might in future see about converting a few more weapon variants using some spare Mordheim Mercenary bits - they are in dire need of some men with ranged weapons I think.
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