I started off with a smallish elites force of guard, Raszcek's Roughnecks, and when I can, would still like to expand into the 3rd MI division in keeping with the film. It'll probably be a mostly un-mechanised army although that'll change given time I'm sure, and I've got ideas for some light conversions to be done to Valkyries to make them resemble the landers from the films.
As a tester, I picked up a box of Cadian guardsmen and timed how long it took me to remove the skirt bit on the legs. About an hour for the 10 guys which is an acceptable amount of time, especially as I'm petty fastidious about removing mould lines anyway so its not a big increase in the time it takes me to build a squad.
You can see what I was able to come up with in the above picture from before I moved. I've got about 4 1/2 assembled at this stage and they are starting to look at least close to the part.
I'll be posting up what I managed with the rest before I shelved this project - I've still got the bits, but there are other projects that are much higher on my list - maybe one day I'll return to this as I did like the idea, but not for a while at least.
Finally, here's some close-ups of a few of the troops as requested by Drax when I first posted this