My starting point is the old metal Catachans, with possible plastic reinforcements if GW decide to re-release them. If they choose not to then the remainder will in majority be plastic Cadians, although they will likely feature regardless.
Fluff-wise I'm leaning towards a 'mining world PDF' starting point. Annoyingly a guy at B&C has done a very good job with a similar premise, but I've wanted to do urban Catachans for that many years that I don't feel like it's stealing too much!
It's commonly accepted that worlds often keep their best troops for the Planetary Defense Force rather than sending them off to the Guard, so their level of equipment should be fine.
The Catachan models would then represent the mine labourers, hence the overgrown physiques - perhaps being specifically bred to increase their working capabilities? When not operating in a combat capacity they would work the mines, however their physical strength and hardiness would lend itself to service, and thus military servitude is mandatory. Use of Ogryn heavy labourers would also tie in thematically.
I'm not entirely sure how to tie in the Cadians, however. If GW don't release Catachans again properly then they will have to feature, but I'm not sure I want them to simply be "guard who aren't miners".
I also have some of the Kasrkin models, which will be perfectly fine for some kind of Planetary Elite stormtroopers.
Lastly, there's my classic models. I have sprues for 36 classic guardsmen, and metal models for 1 (of 3) sergeants, a standard bearer, a medic and a commander. Examples here and here.
What should these represent? I considered a more civilian approach (volunteers, reserves etc) but I think that they deserve to be more than just bullet sponges!
Everyone knows camo is cool (obviously!) but black and white is cooler!
A little YouTubing provided this video (language warning for the young-eared!): click!
Simple and effective, I think. His scheme also uses blue armour - with a little tweaking to better match the concrete on my bases (early tests here) I think that this would be about perfect!
This leaves the problem of tank armour though. Should they be camouflaged too? This webpage shows about the only example of urban camo I could find on a real life tank, but even if I could adapt it to fit my colour scheme I'm not sure it would really work on a Leman Russ! Any thoughts?
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