These are the squads as they stand this morning. I added the straps and groin plates last night (except for the first Honour Guard - I still had some work to do on him. I'm waiting until tonight to start bending the strips to give them a bit of life. I'll probably have to remove them from the bases for that.
Close-up of the HG. I'm quite happy with the right-hand greave (only a tiny bit of cleaning to do on the edge) but am not so pleased with the left one. The second tooth in on the cog pattern fell off this morning, so I had to re-stick it and will have to file that down tonight.
And a close-up of the rivets, done using Ithmaril's method. They need some cleaning up around the bases. I'm thinking I drilled a bit too deep into the sprue, but I think that problem can be solved when I reshape the stamp to reduce the amount of material left over around the rivet's base.
So, a list of what's left to do:
Stick the remaining set of straps and groin plate to the remaining Honour Guard and bend all of them
Go rivet-crazy on the lot of them
Cut 100 strips and 100 "buckles" for the shoulder straps *groan*
Finish the shoulderpads and collars
A bit of putty work on the reaper's autocannons
So there's light at the end of the tunnel... :D