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Hi guys, thought I'd get some advice from you on the modelling of my army.
I play a scratch built Praetorian army which is pretty focussed on being as British-Colonial-esque as it can within the confines of 40k. As examples, I have a squad of "conscripted" zulu warriors, missionary priests instead of a PBS in a church-like chimera and use solid-shot alternatives to plasma/melta weapons. Obviously the army is still using more advanced technology than colonial Brits, but it fits together a lot better.
Now, my army contains tanks (two russes and three chimeras so far) and obviously these are also out of place with the historical period but again I just avoid using energy weapons and keep it as low-tech as I can. They're painted in a dirty bone colour like the army's pith helmets and in-fitting with the desert colour scheme on my bases. The chimera I have fully painted looks fine and I don't really have any problems with it but the russ I just finished looks... dull. At the moment they are very lacking in extra detailing and accessories and I think for the russ this is one of the major problems. So my question to you guys: what kind of accessories and extra detaily bits should I model onto my tanks given the attempt to stick as low-tech as possible?
My apology for the lack of pictures, I'll get some done eventually
I love banners. Giving tanks banners would defiantly be in keeping with the pomp of colonial armies. I find a cocktail stick wedges quite nicely between the rear exhausts if you position them close together. I printed out detailed banners on my PC then painted over them, it looks good and is easier than trying to freehand something.
I´m just curious...
Do you own the old Praetorian models? I really like them.
I own one heavy weapon team member and two torso + heads that I assume are for tanks. Everything else in the army is scratch built using cadians, Wargames Factory's british line troops and lots of Empire heads.
You could make sponsons heavy bolters look like maxim machine guns. I would try modeling what you can to make them look like the old British WW1 Mark IV tanks.
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To be honest the Leman Russes look fairly archaic so I can't see you having a problem fitting them into your army. Flags, Banners are a good way of personalising vehicles but little tiny details like binoculas, maps and maybe a cup of Tea would add to the feel. Certainly a small dog sticking his head out of a cupola would seem very Brit.
As for your Chimeras have you considered making some trucks? You can pick up some WW1 or WW2 troop transports/half tracks which would be another way of going about it. Or Scratch build one out of an Ork Truck and Plastic card.............like this http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ur-friend.html
That truck is amazing, but for now my chimeras have been left as they come. One side project I've been working on is a legged hell hound made from two sentinels that looks like a bulldog, but it gets low priority compared to the less crazy stuff.
Why not just use the Empire Steam Tank models from fantasy? If you did you would have a very early looking form of tank right there ready to go to represent your leman russes and i think it would do a good job. Now for your chimeras it would be a bit trickier but im sure what everyone else has suggested is the right way to go. Good luck mate,
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I'm definitely considering combining a steam tank and demolisher kit for the third tank in my army, as a centerpiece to draw some fire as much as anything else, but £70ish for a tank is pretty expensive!
Try ebay for the bits, might save you a bunch of moneys.