As implied in my comment to Jørn´s response, I decided to “upgrade” one of my Sternguard veterans to a Sgt. Thx for the constructive input Jørn!
Going through al units I suddenly noticed that I had not given two of my Devastator Sgt reed helmets, so I changed head’s on these guys as well.
Finally I converted two of my old Vanguard veterans to Sternguard Veterans (Bolter to be fitted later on one of them).
**********I have wanted to field these guys for a long time, but dreaded the previous Finecast models. When the new Codex came out, finally they where made available as a plastic kit.
The set was absolutely awesome! So many options, and so many details. Now – what weapons to give them? I could not decide, so I opted for two units. One 5 man squad with Combi-Melta, and one 5 man Squad with Combi-Plasma. In addition two Veteran Sgt with the special issue Bolters. Why Combi-Weapons? Well, I expect that they will be a priority target; hence I wanted to keep their points value as low as possible. And with their special issue ammunition, they can dish it out with their bolters as well!
I decided to give them the same base colour scheme as my old Vanguard Veterans (they have still not received a makeover), using a lot of white, but adding my new weathering / battle damage look. Hard lining is time consuming and hard work (for me anyway). The remedy was to invest in my first set of Kolinsky 00 brushes. I recommend them! Enough said, this is how they turned out.
Sternguard Veterans with Combi-Melta
Sternguard Veterans with Combi-Plasma
What next? An old giant needs a makeover:)