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Warzone Resurrection, Imperial Young Guards / Life Dragoons (1.3rd Entry, 6th AHPC)

22 Feb
Warzone Resurrection, Imperial Young Guards / Life Dragoons (1.3rd Entry, 6th AHPC)

And last are some minis for Warzone, to complement my already large Imperial force. In this case some Life Dragoons from the Young Guards Regiment. Since these are the Imperial Serenity (= the head of state) and Imperial is based on modern-day Britain, I felt I should rather go with a classic paint job (both in a historic British sense as well as in the sense that they are depicted this way in all the classic artwork). So it was scarlet jackets and dark blue trousers with red piping.

Young Guards - Life Dragoons

Young Guards – Life Dragoons

I have to say… this is where the problems began. They are always depicted with black armour and berets, so I kept those. The big problem was, that this made a large area of the minis rather dark and the colors did not really contrast each other. About the only part of the minis to provide some contrast was the gas masks, but they looked rather strange with their large napkin like collars.

Young Guards - Life Dragoons

Young Guards – Life Dragoons

And it continued with the rest of their equipment. Begin a guard unit that is always depicted in their colorful uniforms even if in the field, I felt that their belts, pouches, webbing and so on should not be green. Them wearing backpacks in white did not seem right either, so I went with a light grey. Which while keeping with the theme, did not really improve the contrast either.

Young Guards - Life Dragoons

Young Guards – Life Dragoons

But the minis were plagued with other problems from the beginning. They are made from resin and when I bought those three packs the resin with the weapon sprue on all three packs was extremely soft. I contacted the manufacturer and got replacement sprue without any argument. But unfortunately those replacement sprue were suffering from lots of flash. So there was lots of work to put into these in the first place. Another problem is the weapons in the set. Two in five men may be armed with either an automatic shotgun, a mortar and / or a sniper rifle. The set only comes with an optional mortar and sniper rifle and both for the kneeling mini. So some conversion work was required anyway. To men were converted to shotguns (from another set) and one of the standing guys became a loader for a mortar as well. Since I did not like the pose of the trooper spreading his arms out, I converted one of those to a firing pose. And while I was on it, most minis also received bi-pods, optics and laser designators to make them look better geared out.

All in all not the most fun unit to paint and with those many details hidden on the figures it took a good while. 😦 Anyway… here are some close-ups of the minis I like best:

Young Guard - Life Dragoon

Young Guard – Life Dragoon


Young Guard - Life Dragoon

Young Guard – Life Dragoon


Young Guard - Life Dragoon

Young Guard – Life Dragoon

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2 responses to “Warzone Resurrection, Imperial Young Guards / Life Dragoons (1.3rd Entry, 6th AHPC)

  1. imperialrebelork

    February 22, 2016 at 12:11

    Love these!! They look mean as hell.

     
    • Burkhard

      February 22, 2016 at 13:45

      Thank you. I have used them trice in games so far, unfortunately before I painted them, and if you combine them with the right units they are a mean unit.

       

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