Im reconsidering adding Veterans to my Red Scorpions. To be more specific, Im rethinking the metal Sternguard and Vanguard models. I love the models, but between sculpted details on the shoulders, lack of choice on gear without conversion, and just plain cost, I think Id be better served by using plastic assault and tactical marines. One of the benefits of playing 15+ years is an extensive bits box. Marking these models as veterans is as simple as pulling out a set of Crux power armor shoulder pads (Ive got about 25 in my box). Vanguard Veterans will also need a few power weapons, already included in that kit. Of course, Ill be using the Forge World Vanguard kit for these guys, which shoots down my cost complaint! ;)
Sternguard require a bit more thought. One thing I considered was all combi-guns, but thats a bit more expensive point-wise then I want. Im thinking 2-3 add on combiweapons in the 10-man squad, plus whatever I give the Sgt. So, what about the rest? How will I show that they are carting around more then your average boltgun? Simple. Ive usually added a single ammo pouch to each marine, Ill just overload the vets with them, two of the long pouches, and maybe a smaller one as well if there is space after the grenades. That and a scope oughta do it, right?