It's very simple to buy a Cadian Infantry Squad kit, build all the 10 men and say "done", but unfortunately you don't necessarily get all the options you want for your squad in that box! In simplistic terms a fully equipped Infantry Squad will contain:
- One Sergeant
- One Vox Operator
- One Special Weapon Trooper
- One Heavy Weapon Team (2 Troopers)
- Five Lasgun Troopers
The Cadian Infantry Squad itself contains 2 sprues which will each build a Sergeant, Vox, Special Weapon (albeit flamer or grenade launcher only), and a varying number of Lasgun Troopers depending on how many of the other options you build.
|Sarge, Flamer, Vox|
The Command Squad is our next port of call. This is a very versatile kit that provides the Officer models (HQs) needed for a Cadian army, and also provides other useful bits, including a full set of special weapons (plasma, melta, sniper rifle and so on), and Vox, Chainsword, etc.
Let's start with:
- One Infantry Squad kit
- One Command Squad kit
- One Heavy Weapon Squad kit
And from this we'll build:
- 3 Sergeants, 3 Vox Operators, 3 Special Weapon Troopers (in combination from the Infantry and Command kits).
- 3 (non Missile Launcher) Heavy Weapon Teams of your choice, using the Heavy Weapon kit infantry models
And supplement these models with 15 Easy To Build Lasgunners, giving a total of 3 Infantry Squads (each with Sarge, Vox, Special, Heavy & 5 Lasguns). This also leaves 6 models remaining to be build from the initial kits.
Lets add a second Infantry Squad kit, from which we'll build 2 Sergeants, 2 Specials and 2 Vox Operators. Using the remaining 4 models we will build 2 Missile Launcher Heavy Weapon Teams with spare bits from the Heavy Weapon kit:
|60mm MDF base available from an Internet near you|
And we'll supplement these with 10 Easy To Build Lasgunners, giving 2 more fully equipped Infantry Squads.
Using the 6 remaining men we will build:
- 2 Company Commanders
- 4 man Command Squad (for example Medic, Standard Bearer, and another Missile Launcher Team)
In total this gives us a Battalion comprising:
- HQ: 2 Company Commanders
- Elite: 1 Command Squad
- Troops: 5 Infantry Squads
Not a bad starting point for an aspiring Guard Commander. The take away point is to use the Easy To Build kit to provide the bulk of the regular troopers allowing you to maximise the versatility and use of the core kits, saving yourself money in the process!
Whilst writing this article I've been thinking about how to make even further use of a Heavy Weapons Squad kit; I'll ponder that a bit further and blog my conclusions/experiments in a future post. Thanks for stopping by read this post and see you again soon!