Monday, January 18, 2010

Seats 12 Comfortably...

One of my (many) complaints about Games Workshop has been the scale of their models, and how something like a Land Raider couldn't possibly accommodate 10 little Marines, much less 5-8 Terminators, plus all the guts you'd expect a tank like that to have. That coupled with the price caused me to resist buying their overpriced model and thus from fielding a Land raider in any of my armies. Then I happened into my local hobby store and found a fantastic WWI mk I Male kit from Emhar:

Here's what he looks like on the box. When I got my first White Dwarf (issue 115! woo!), this was what Land Raiders looked like: big angry monsters with wraparound treads. That prow even look like it could open up. It doesn't, of course, and converting it to do so would've compromised the structural integrity of this kit, which, in my opinion, is far from being the greatest in the world. However, it's big enough and angry enough to make a fantastic Land Raider:


I bought a set of LR sponsons and hatches dirt cheap from a retailer on eBay, and off we went converting. The side sponsons took a bit of cutting mount the LR lascannons, but the sizes were dead on from the get-go, which made this thing go together in an afternoon. I didn't even lose any articulation on the sponsons. After that, it was just a matter of glueing hatches and radar/missile launcher bits on to taste. The thing looks like a little rolling battleship.


There's my old metal Terminator Captain, having just jumped out the front hatch. I had a bunch of scrolls and eagles left over from my old Leman Russ cloning project (to be seen here later), which went a long way towards Imperial-izing the tank. In hindsight, I wish I'd added a periscope or something for the driver to peer through, but the thing seems to have enough little red-eye sensors on it that I don't mind. One of my biggest gripes about the kit are the rubber treads, which, while wide and tread-y looking enough, were the devil to glue together and secure to the tank. I was doing this on the cheap and didn't want to go looking for 40k treads when a pair came with the kit, but man, if I had to do it again, I would. 


I bought a set of Flagellents on eBay as infantry for my Adeptus Mechanicus army, and it turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving. Those little scrolls, bells, and things are fantastic for detailing, and really dress up practically everything in the GW range. I suppose at some point it's a little too much, but, as with everything, the key is to use juuuuust enough. If that weren't enough, I went back and added some scripting next to the hatches and things, as you do with military vehicles. For some reason, I love the engine section with the slim twin-exhausts:


I suppose if I were going for a truly mk.1 Land Raider look, I would've put the Lascannons in an over-under configuration, but the side-by-side guns just looked cooler.If Forge World were honest, they would've made a true "pre-Heresy" Raider with wraparound treads  and different detailing, rather than just a stock new LR with over-under sponsons. the thing just looks half-assed and a little sad. C'mon FW, you put so much effort into your super-heavies! Speaking of which, next to the (undersized) Rhino, this thing approaches SH size:


Although it's not that much taller. Oh well. I like the Redeemer and Crusader designs enough to want to build another one, but for now I have other things I want to work on...

8 comments:

John Lambshead said...

That is a great conversion. I have often eyed up the Emhar tank.

#2501 said...

By all means, give it a shot! When I got going, I found it to be a satisfying build. The tracks, though...I'd recommend finding an alternative if you can.

Ghengis Vaughn said...

That is a fantastic tank. Is it longer than a regular LR? If so does that give you any game play issues?
I would think that it would give your opponents a much larger profile to hit but at the same time give you a much larger assault envelope.

#2501 said...

It's longer than the stock LR, but not so much that it causes issues with game play or terrain. It's excellent mobile cover for foot units, and to be honest, LR's are such tremendous fire magnets anyway. I'd rather the bad guys shoot at one threatening-looking tank than the Dreadnoughts or Predators that are lining up shots on them.

Tristan said...

This reminds me of Ian Reed's deathwing "land raider", though I think he used a mk2 female. They both look great though, well done bro.

Mordian7th said...

Fantastic stuff - it definitely hearkens back to the old Mk. I Raider. Keep up the great work!

Col. Corbane said...

Excellent conversion mate. I've always found how FW show how you can get 10 space marines in a rhino. 3 on one bench, 3 on the other, 3 guys standing in between the benches and one in the cupola.

Go Forge World - lol

derinajean said...

It was Fred Reeds Dathwing.