The Stouthearted Praetorian Guard part 8 – Some veterans and their walker.

Helloooooo my blog buddies.

I bloody love the Napoleonic War. Mostly for its uniforms and tactics. I don’t usually mention my fascination with that particular war on here because, well, most of my work is 40k-ish.

However, the blending of the two (Napoleonic War and 40k) is something I really love to do. It’s nothing new but, I like to think, I give my own certain something.

I’ve only combined the two themes once before with my Royal BannaRoff Project (ongoing).

See here –

Last year I built some 95th rifles inspired 40k troops which I intended to paint just like the 95th (dark green) but theeeeeen I got thinking about my lovely Red Coated Praetorian Guards and I thought, bugger it, paint them with red coats instead.

This first chap is one of the older vets. You can tell by his white moustache of course. One of my favourite steps to painting is highlighting and what better thing to practice on than a cape. (3rd pic).


I cut the next fellows head in half at the bridge of his nose. Why in Gods name would you do such a thing? I hear you all scream. Well, so I could give him a blue scarf wrapped around his face. It makes him look like a bandit in my opinion.


When I showed my wife these top two she asked why they have a slice of pizza stuck to their hats. Sometimes I wonder why I married her haha.

The next veteran is the business. He’s like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Praetorian Guard Veterans. Torn off sleeves, bulging biceps and wielding a Bren Gun! Haha. Brilliant.

I am yet to base them but will do soon.

I’m on a bit of a roll with these guys so I’ll be painting more over the next week or so.

After finishing these few veterans I fancied painting something bigger so I tackled a walker I’d built for the Gelida Project (now abandoned haha).

I call it Shaka 24 (Shaka after Shaka Zulu and 24 after the 24th foot).


I thoroughly enjoyed myself painting this bad boy. I stuck with the theme of Red, White and Blue (British NOT American or French, Cambodian, Croatian… and all the other countries with a red-white-blue flag haha). However, I went for a much darker and more grim look.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of my favourite steps to painting miniatures is the weathering part. There’s something about adding patches of rust, scratches and dust that just floats my boat.

The pilot/driver of Shaka 24 is Major Earl Disraeli (let’s see who knows their history?). He was so much fun to build and paint. I’ve been wanting to use that head for something for aaaaaaages. Works well I reckon. I like his twin gun barrelled left arm.


Some more shots for your viewing pleasure.

Here’s the base. I was going for a scorched but mouldy look.

Last but not least is the small but sort of big group shot.

As well as more troops I also want to build a Garrison for the veterans.

Thought I’d include this picture I found on Instagram too. I think we can all relate to it both as adults and when we were kids.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my crazy, miniature, corner of the web.








28 thoughts on “The Stouthearted Praetorian Guard part 8 – Some veterans and their walker.”

  1. Good grief Mrs Rebel-Ork, isn’t it obvious? Think about it, you’re miles behind enemy lines, you’ve been fighting running battles against the orks throughout the night, everyone’s knackered and hungry but it’ll be hours yet before you’re able to get back to base for some hard-earned scran. What to do? No-one wants to fight on an empty belly – an army marches on its stomach and all that – but there’s no time to stop for food. Luckily every man has a slice of pizza tucked into his hat (except Arnie of course, he eats danger for breakfast).

    That walker looks the business, and I’m completely with you on the head – I’ve been looking for a use for that one myself for ages. Works really nicely here, makes me wonder if he might actually be some dead(-ish) war-hero who’s been wired into the machine to keep him alive.

    I know there was a Prime Minister Disraeli but I don’t know much about him. Got kicked out by Gladstone as I recall (I’ve actually been to Gladstone’s house on a school trip but he wasn’t in).

    Looking forward to seeing that garrison built, don’t forget to include a pizza oven somewhere.

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  2. The Napoleonic/40k fusion really works and once again you have come up with some great conversions. The Walker looks great and I am with you all the way with regard to weathering. It’s that level of detail which brings everything to life. Nice picture at the end of you as a young lad. Clearly your hat fetish began at an early age. 😉

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    1. Haha that’s great to hear and very nice of you to say. I don’t know if this is an old truck but to create the cracking on the white paint (front) I over sprayed the spot with undercoat. When it dried, it cracked.? I also find that a rough dry brush first, helps when it comes to weathering.

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  3. I do like you sticking to expanding the old Praetorians, each figure unique but retaining the regiment style and swagger. Bearskins are great but my favourite has to be the sleeveless soldier in the Waterloo shako! Hard as nails but can still turn out smartly for parade.

    I know what you mean about weathering, it’s an aspect I always particularly admire of yours. I’m trying to get an idea of how large that walker is?! A seriously impressive masterwork that would look good on prominent display in the house, depending on the feelings of other residents that is… 😉

    And I too have always wondered about the pizza slices…

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  4. Superb minis – some of your best painting yet and that is saying something. I can see them with you and Keith in another epic battle. Or one where you are playing alone (or with yourself however the phrase goes in Melbourne 😅). The star of the post is that walker, especially the weathering. Like Alex, I found myself looking at all the angles and details. Great photography too. Not to add on, but you are quite talented in so many areas – your wife must worship you. Or she should!

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