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Graven Games Inactive Member26 Sep 2012 7:13 a.m. PST

Hi all!

We've been testing out some of the Warzone 28mm plastics as they can be picked up so cheaply, and they seem to us like they could make great alternative Imperial Guard models in Warhammer 40k. We've taken lots of pics of the sprues and finished models which you can find here:

These models have been out for a while so no doubt there are people already using them in 40k. We'd love to hear how you're using them, and post pics if you have them!

ordinarybass26 Sep 2012 8:50 a.m. PST

Nice Review,
It's always nice to remind folks of some of the more affordable ways to enjoy our hobby. Nice pics and comparisons. One important fact to note is that these figures are made of a harder plastic that requires superglue for assembly.

Here's some pics of a few that a member of our club converted using Pig Iron Productions "Kolony Rebel" head sprues.



Jakar Nilson26 Sep 2012 9:56 a.m. PST

I've done plenty of conversions of the Warzone plastics. Because assault rifles and chainguns just aren't enough. I think these are all the converted guys together.




Captain DEwell Inactive Member26 Sep 2012 10:50 a.m. PST

It is said, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".

These figures are very good, not least because of the price. If I was starting out and I knew not of the GW Imperial Guard then these would be straight into my basket.

However, they are not for me because I actually prefer the original GW line, better sculpts and more character, and I will stay with them.

If I hadn't seen such riches,
I could live with being poor,
Oh sit down

Brother Jim26 Sep 2012 10:56 a.m. PST

FYI the small shield piece on each Sergeant sprue is supposed to go on the HMG Specialist's arm.



Farstar Inactive Member26 Sep 2012 11:18 a.m. PST

the original GW line

The old metals and plastics or the current line?

The original metals are fine, if only barely uniform, but the original plastics are freakish by current standards.

Wolfprophet Inactive Member26 Sep 2012 11:36 a.m. PST

Nice work on those conversions. I was thinking about getting those Warzone plastics for a long time…but to make the order worth the shipping, I'd need to buy 2 or 3 bags…so…160-240 figures. Which I'd probably never use all of…. Then again. I can find a way.

Captain DEwell Inactive Member26 Sep 2012 11:57 a.m. PST

The old metals and plastics or the current line?


I prefer the new plastic line of Cadian IG, I think they are very well proportioned, posed, and stylised. The metals both old and new are generally very good.

I don't use huge numbers of figures (not what GM want I'm sure) so I am able to afford what I need.

The Warzone figures are hugely tempting if I was to game with more figures but again I prefer the GW sculpts, and I don't mean Warzone any disrespect. There's room for both.

ordinarybass26 Sep 2012 12:57 p.m. PST

As someone who owns both figures, there is no contest that the current most current IG plastic figures are better than the Warzone plastics, but remember also that the Warzone figures predate the GW plastics IG by the better part of a decade.

If you wait, once or twice a year prince august sells them for half-off!

Great pics/figs Jakar!

UnfortunateWound Inactive Member27 Sep 2012 6:56 a.m. PST

I've just started building a Guard army from Warzone plastics, and it's going well. But be warned, people! The plastic is very hard, and due to the composition of the sprue, weapon swaps are a bit of a b***. Quite the b*** actually, it increases build time three-or-four-fold per model.

billthecat27 Sep 2012 2:12 p.m. PST

UnfortunateWound, could you please explain, as I was thinking of converting some of these myself… I was thinking of adding a couple of flamers and a rocket-launcher to each 'squad' once I found a source for weapons.
are the assault rifles modeled onto the arms? (aka: no rifle, no arms)?

Jakar Nilson27 Sep 2012 4:41 p.m. PST

When it comes to the guns, all the models save the NCOs are built the same way: the body minus forearms, the left forearm, and the right forearm attached to the gun.

(The heads, backpacks and bases are separate as well)

And yeah, the plastic is hard. Closer to plastic model hardness than GW plastic.

dapeters28 Sep 2012 9:43 a.m. PST

So the heads are separate?

billthecat28 Sep 2012 9:48 a.m. PST

Hmmm… so much for weapons conversions. I'm not that determined. That's okay: nothing wrong with 8 assault rifles + 1 officer + 1 chain gun.

ordinarybass03 Oct 2012 6:07 a.m. PST

I just wanted to add that I found weapon removal to be quite easy. The harder plastic does make it more a bit more difficult to save the weapon being removed, but the way the rifles are gripped, that they have no shoulder stock and the fact that they aren't connected to the left hands at all actually makes weapon swaps quite easy. See the pictures above if you need more convincing.

CzarBLood Inactive Member05 Oct 2012 8:47 a.m. PST

I would suggest Hasslefree Colonial Marines as a metal alternative , great models.

UnfortunateWound Inactive Member05 Oct 2012 6:50 p.m. PST

Weapon conversions to flamer, meltagun and other "small arms" aren't too bad – you just hack and swap. But unless you're a wire and greenstuff wizard, bigger guns won't be doable.

Capt Flash11 Oct 2012 9:49 p.m. PST

I'd recommend Old Glory's Blue Moon Mercs.

billthecat12 Oct 2012 10:45 a.m. PST

Anybody have a source for sci-fi weapons in this scale (GWesq, besides the Warstore bits shop (I don't want to pay 5USD per weapon)I know that the eM4 weapons are a tad small and connected to arms… Are the Hasslefree weapons large enough? Sorry about the hijack…

manatic Inactive Member12 Oct 2012 12:39 p.m. PST

Here are some Hasslefree pulse rifles shown with plastic IG:


Wolfprophet Inactive Member12 Oct 2012 10:02 p.m. PST

Holy crap, I love those conversions. Thanks for posting that Manatic. That is inspiring. I have a bunch of spare IG I was using to make special weapons and heavy squads with. I think a few of those spare bodies will be getting upgraded with some lost technology. grin

billthecat13 Oct 2012 9:41 a.m. PST


Nathaniel Inactive Member24 Oct 2012 1:03 p.m. PST

@ordinarybass -- thanks for those pictures. I'm getting a set of 80 of these from a friend later today. I'm definitley going to remove the larger blankets/bedrolls from the backpacks. I ordered 40 mantic coporation ranger heads from Hoard O Bits to do head swaps.

The heads these guys have:


Farstar Inactive Member17 May 2013 11:38 a.m. PST

I prefer the new plastic line of Cadian IG, I think they are very well proportioned, posed, and stylised.

I can't get past the press-fit helmets, sorry.

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