So I've been fiddling around with the tier lists and realized that Zerkova can fit an awful lot of Vanguards in an army if you want to be silly.
And I like being silly.
And I realized that Vanguards are on a medium base, have a shield, have an axe, and... hey! Man-o-War Shocktroopers come five to a box.
And I've been interested in trying something a little more involved in terms of minis.
So if I didn't add the big ol' shoulderpads, converted the straight-blade axe into a hooked guisarme, moved around where the head might be, and made the shield a bit bigger ... do you think I could pull of transforming a unit of five shocktroopers into a unit of five Zerkovan Vanguards? Or would my opponents scoff, roll their eyes, and tell me I can't claim some hacked-up shocktroopers are light merc 'jacks?