Well, it's my buck…what if I don't want to?
The easy answer is, you don't have to. It is your money, you buy and play with your toy soldiers as you please. So long as you adhere to the concept of WYSIWYG, who's to stop you?
"But Tim, isn't this just an elaborate way of stating the 'Counts-As' philosophy?"
Yes, yes it is. My point here isn't just "Counts-As" though, it's specifically taking into account the look, feel and theme of your force to then choose how to represent that on the field. You can slap a Power Fist and a Storm Bolter onto any old Marine and call him Kantor, but it takes imagination and forethought to make a figure fit into your army's theme.Maybe you play Iron Hands and you want a Counts-As Kantor…what about using a suitable bionic marine, or techmarine figure, with a Servo Arm (Power Fist), a mechadendrite with a Bolter attached to it while holding another Bolter (thus representing a Storm Bolter) in his hands? Now he's not just a Counts-As Kantor, he's an Iron Father that truly fits the theme of the Iron Hands.
So speak up now. I've shown you mine, time for you to show me yours. What have you done to shake up the blah-ness of your standard "Counts-As" models and truly fit them into your force's theme and look?
I'll be updating the painting of my Vindicare over the next week or so before Feast of Blades to show some WiP shots of him as well.