It was during one of Dan Abnett's last books, Armour of Contempt, that we read of a massed assault upon a demon world. In it, characters were assigned RIP (retraining etc, I dont recall what the initials stood for). What it did for us readers was send the characters into some of the worst massed infantry assault horrors that we could imagine. Just expendable manpower thrown at the fortress gates without any thought of the men being lost. Dan Abnett did a wonderful job at putting us onto the ground during that battle, that mass wave of flesh that could not be stopped. Waves of infantry being gunned down in the front, the wave would halt temperarily, and then thrust forward. No one within that wave had any control of over it, it just pushed you forward til you were cut down in the front, or shot in the back by the commissars at the rear of the tide. Spoiler alert....... The waves of men, did eventually push through the blown gates of the fortress. I cannot capture that battle here in any real way, I suggest reading the book. Not to mention the titans that came through during the battle.

Talking about the book is not why Im posting. With the new guard codex though, we can make an army like this, and one that will be effective. So I set myself to the task of creating this massed infantry army, set at 2500 points. Here it goes, (note that I did not kill my model count by giving them "send in the next wave", I wanted as many men on the field as possible at the get go.)

2500 Pts - 5th Edition Roster - Infantry Platoons
Total model count 353.

1 Lord Commissar @ 80 pts (Unit Type: Infantry; Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Refractor Field; Bolt Pistol; Power Weapon; Aura of Discipline; Independent Character; Summary Execution; Stubborn)

4 Infantry Platoons @ 605x4 pts
4 Platoon Command Squad (Unit Type: Infantry; Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon x4; Lasgun x4)
1 Platoon Commander (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Close Combat Weapon; Junior Officer)

9 Infantry Squad (Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon x9; Flak Armour; Lasgun x8; Krak Grenades; Meltagun x1; Commissar; Combined Squad)
1 Commissar (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Bolt Pistol; Krak Grenades; Power Weapon; Summary Execution; Stubborn)
1 Sergeant (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Krak Grenades; Power Weapon)

9 Infantry Squad (Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon x9; Flak Armour; Lasgun x8; Krak Grenades; Meltagun x1; Commissar; Combined Squad)
1 Commissar (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Bolt Pistol; Krak Grenades; Power Weapon; Summary Execution; Stubborn)
1 Sergeant (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Krak Grenades; Power Weapon)

9 Infantry Squad (Frag Grenades; Close Combat Weapon x9; Flak Armour; Lasgun x8; Krak Grenades; Meltagun x1; Commissar; Combined Squad)
1 Commissar (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Bolt Pistol; Krak Grenades; Power Weapon; Summary Execution; Stubborn)
1 Sergeant (Flak Armour; Frag Grenades; Laspistol; Krak Grenades; Power Weapon)

50 Conscripts Squad (Close Combat Weapon x50; Flak Armour; Lasgun x50)
 
Basically, we have soo many troops, objectives should not be a problem. All the infantry squads have commissars and should be put together so that they are 4x33 men with 6 power weapons, 3 commissars, 33 krak grenades and 3 melta guns. The Commissar Lord should be placed to support and help the 200 conscripts with leadership. Platoon commands are there simply to give orders... move move move, 1st rank 2nd rank. /