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The title pretty much says it all.
Due to circumstances, I have plenty of rhinos, but only one chimera, and I want to assemble an Imperial Guard force. Is there any good way to convert the rhinos into chimeras? I'd need to find a turret for starters, but the chimeras are also wider, and have tracks on top of the sides, whereas rhinos only have them on the bottom.
What do you think? Is it possible, or will it just look lousy? If that's the case, is an army with only one chimera viable?
Hmmm. I 've never tried this, nor given it any thought. There might be a way to do it, but you could just make them into something 'different' and count it as a chimera. I don't know, some kind of APC. On your last question, you don't need any chimeras at all. They are good, but not essential.
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I would like to think it should be easy enough. Add a turret and a clever paint scheme, and I'd be willing to call it a Chimera. The only place I see such a conversion being an issue would be the tournament scene, where models must cover at least as much area as what they represent. Even then, I wouldn't call it too much of a stretch so long as you inform the judges beforehand.
But of course you can.
It has even been in the White Dwarf, a while back though but still.
I think it was George Delaphina (or something, whatever his name is -the colourblinde dude) who used them in his Mechanized IG army for the old Codex.
There should be pics floating around somewhere on the Net of Inter.
something based on an old m113
shouldnt be too hard
Cover the sides in baggage and netting etc to beef it up a little. Perhaps some ablative armour plates as well to increase it's size. The sentinel box would be a good place to get weaponry from; failing that heavy weapons teams with camo net over the barrel of the lascannons can provide a nice conversion. In fact I'd recommend the heavy weapons teams boxes for weaponry. It's doable though greenstuff netting and plasticard would make the job top notch.
Hope that helps
Thanks for all the pictures and advice everyone! I'm definitely going to give it a go. It helps that I do have one chimera for reference, so I can make sure it's wide and long enough. The hardest part will be converting the turrets.
Maybe the turret bits from the immolators?
Or 2 metal rings that fit into each other, coper pipes and stuff...
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I'm not really worried about it being too tall, because it's always permitted for a conversion to be larger than the normal model (within logical limits of course, no vehicles the size of the board and such). It's just not tournament legal for the model to be any smaller. Putting extra armor and bags on the side sounds like the way to go.
Also, I'm interested in it not looking too weird, but hopefully the rhinos won't look too much taller than chimeras.