This July 4th holiday weekend (and extending into the week) I finally got some work done with my ignored SRA Southern HG force. Unfortunately, my standard build under Locked and Loaded only had 20 of the 36 figures come through unscathed and playable as is. Some whole units are unusable (largely due to the switch to 5 gear squads) like my Op Sec/Black Ops Cadre whereas I'm able to salvage others by folding them into other squads that need a fifth (like my recon squad that *poof* just became CGL for other 4 gear cadres). That leaves me with 10 gears that need bits swaps to be legal and WYSIWIG again in addition stealth and paratrooper gears that need another model to ever be used on the tabletop. What needs changing?
2 Brawler Razorfang Mambas: No more brawler + razorfang so the heads must be swapped and uplinks must be removed (and bare metal spots patched of course)
2 Sidewinders: Only can use them in 2 special squads for SRA and I only have the other models for one so they're getting folded into the Republican Heavy Strike cadre. One stays the same but the other must lose its head, rocketpod, and weapon to become a Command Sidewinder.
3 Striking Cobras: All striking cobras lost their HRPs so that needs to go and the third model that used to be my commander (a Brahmin ECM Striking Cobra variant) needs to lose his satellite dish, uplink, and AC vibrorapier. Technically he should have a head swap but I can't find the normal bunny ears for the remaining spare cobra head.
1 Hooded King Cobra: The LLC swap now makes you lose the HRP and LAC (although there are conflicting rulebook entries on that). Instead of losing both, I just decided instead to switch it back to a normal King Cobra and use the weapon bit on one of the 3 extra Kings I picked up for the Republican Cadre. Also, since this will no longer be my alternate AC, it needs to lose the vibrorapier and pick up a chainsword.
2 Paratrooper Jaegers: Need to lose the LGM as they're now only halfway through the model swap to Longbow. I considered replacing the guns instead but decided to go the cheaper TV route instead. The paratrooper squad in general is no longer legal though and pretty useless because I can *ONLY* use it with my collection in a spec ops regiment which I can't currently take because they're only at 4 models.
What do I have new or previously unbuilt that I can add to the mix? I still have a blister of Desert Vipers but they're of limited use for me as I can only downgrade brawler mambas to get them and I had two brawlers already. Over the Xmas holidays, I picked up the southern book and got an xmas iggy that I'll be turning into my new AC as well as two more Black Adders and three King Cobras. In a later fit of buying, I picked up the NuCoal PDF as well as three Fusilier tanks and a Chasseur MkII GP squad as well. While I can't use either in the SRA, I can use my force as an ESE with HAPF ties to bring them into the mix with most of my other figs. I can't use the Republican Cadre with them but I can always split up my King Cobras between the various Strike and Fire Support squads instead.
UPDATE: I finally took some pics this weekend of my new additions to the army. Below are the two Hooded Cobras, King Cobra, Chatterbox Iggy Army Commander, and stock Jaeger to fill holes in squads and the single empty spot in my figure case. :)
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