The Imperial Guard are a specific army or faction in the Warhammer 40,000 and Epic tabletop games and universe. The army itself is characterised by being capable of fielding a multitude of lightly-armoured, average infantry in combination with some of the toughest and most powerful tanks in the game.
The Imperial Guard was first introduced to the game in White Dwarf 109. In May 2009 a new codex was released for the 5th Edition of the game, along with a number of new plastic kits. One such new model is the Valkyrie, which had previously been available only in resin from Forge World.
The Imperial Guard (previously the Imperial Army) is a colossal fictional military organisation, consisting of many individual armies throughout the Imperium, and forming the vast bulk of the Imperium's military machine.
Each Imperial Guard regiment is raised from a single world and numbers between 500 and 120,000 fighting soldiers, supported by a huge array of light and heavy armoured vehicles. Each regiment also has its own entourage, consisting of support staff, camp followers, suppliers, tech-priests, doctors, religious leaders and the like.
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