Here's the e-mail, it's about what models to use for Carapace Vets:
Hi folks,Long time reader of your blog and a big fan. Thanks for putting out such useful information for WH40k players at large, and especially Imperial Guard players.I have a question that I was hoping you might be able to help with, if you have time.What models do you use for Carapace vets? I've been reading some information Sandwyrm has posted about carapace blocking vets in larger point lists, and I'd be interested to try this... but I'd prefer not to have to buy the Kasrkin metal models. Are there upgrade bodies with better armor out there?Thanks in advance for your help.
It all depends on your frame of reference. Since Sandwyrm uses Tallarns, and I use Tallarn/Praetorian/Steel Legion, we've got easy options for getting that Carapace look. Cadians are more heavily armored that any of the above, and more heavily armored than Catachans, too. If you feel the need to distinguish them more, it's not too hard to greenstuff some shinguards for your cadians. If most of the older line of IG are outfitted with sweaters for a 5+ save (ork T-shirts give a 6+), Cadians put on their Leather Jackets, and can earn a 4+.
If you've got any of the lightly armored IG, I'd go with Cadians.
|Praetorians, Mordians have the same range, different heads.|
|Steel Legion troops|
|Cadians come stock with a little more armor than your average guardsman's sweater.|
If you're working with Cadians, I'm afraid your options are slimmer. There are Stormtrooper models available from GW, as well as the Kasikrin models. You could even use Space Marine scouts, who are 4+ saves.
|GW Kasikrin models|
If you don't care if you're using GW models or not, I've always liked models from Pig Iron productions.
They've got 3 ranges that might fit the bill, depending on how 'heavy' you want your carapace to look. You could also do some headswaps with Cadians, and get a heavier look with primarily GW models.
|Pig Iron Production's Colony Militia|
First are the colony Militia figures. I like them a lot, they are close to a Steel Legion look, having greatcoats, gas masks, and German inspired helmets. If you're using some of the lighter GW IG troops, these guys might fit the bill.
|Pig Iron Production's System Troopers|
|Pig Iron Production's Heavy Infantry|
Whew. That seems long winded for what to use for Carapace. There are even more model options out there. I covered 2 sources. I hope that helps! Let us know what you do.