I'm going to take your copycatness as flattery
I thought about using those swords but didn't have enough, and they felt too long for me. On the other hand those sheilds really work well with the tunnel guard. And because they're pretty much a tower shield you can get pretty dynamic poses with just a little tilt to it.
Looks like someone's giving me a run for my money on guardsmen collecting. I have eight more guys (two command packs, three priests) and one of Andy's necromancers on the way, oh yeah, twelve more maggots too. I guess that makes 20 figs.
That means I'll have over 80 dark brethren related models, not counting the necro, who is destined for conversion.
Looking forward to seeing pics with paint.