Two things. Firstly, I've finished the mortar squad (hooray!) - though the weather's been drizzly and it's dark now, so photos are right out. I'm fairly pleased with them, but they took too long, damnit.
Secondly, like many of us I'm boracic at the moment, so I'm trying to make my own special characters. Chief among them is G/Sgt Harker, a hardened veterans upgrade and the only real means of enabling my beloved veterans to infiltrate (one of my few gripes with the new codex). The trouble, of course, is getting a guardsman to sling a heavy bolter, when all the guard weapons are huge!
My answer (so far) was to use a chaos space marine sprue (true story: a kid in my last school left a squad's worth of CSM sprues in my cupboard and forgot about them for two years...then left the school! I never got around to chasing him up...) which had a heavy bolter on it. I scraped away the more telling iconography, and after fretting about how to carry it, I eventually settled on cutting out a chunk from the back of it and using a Cadian flamer arm, with the sling. Et voila:
I'll fill that gap in the back, but the ammo feed will hang from those two nodes in front of the pistol grip anyway.
More to follow.
PS: if you didn't catch my previous post, please take a look and leave your thoughts if you can. I don't usually like to ask, but without a local gaming community any feedback I get is hugely appreciated. Thanks to those of you who've left your marks already!