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Have you ever had one of those days where you just feel the need to build something big?
I had one just yesterday, and well, since I had some cash burning a hole in my wallet (it was a day of miracles:tongue: ), I got myself a Leman Russ.
It's the first tank of any faction that I've assembled, and upon opening the box I thought "what the hell have I gotten myself in to?". Soo many pieces, soooooo many tread pieces.
But I dove in clippers first and started the manufactorium process
Rather than build a stock standard Leman, I wanted to make it something not seen before, but something that might become relatively common (I have an ego the size of a Space Wolf).
First thing I had to do was assemble the damned sides and tracks, and wasn't that just a whole heap of fun, why can't they sell some rubber track sections that stretch to fit over the required location instead of liberally coating my fingers in superglue?
Thankfully the rest of the basics for the Leman are almost painless compared to that, and soon I had the basic tank all set out and ready for modification and decoration.
The most obvious modification to the standard model is the clearly visible driver. It was very obvious when you think about it, right next to the hull mount section is the "typical" driver's bay, but with such a small and covered window there's nothing to distinguish it from any other part of the hull. So I had a quick look through the box and found the 3 sets of guardsmen parts, the commander, the pintle gunner and the driver/gunner. The only body that would suit the driver's new position is the upper torso of the driver/gunner, which fit perfectly.....after I removed the back section of the support disc, so it could sit flush up against the inside wall. I assembled the compartment walls and roof, but have left them seperate from the tank itself to make it easier to paint the driver.
Next I had to build the Hull mounted Heavy bolter, it was pretty simple, I had a SMurf HB left sitting in my bitz box and after removing the heavy flamer nozzles from the relevant piece, I snipped and trimmed until the two pieces fit together.
The turret is stock standard in terms of build, with quite a bit of optional extras added to overload the thing, the really unusual feature being the Mordheim Gargoyle to add just a little bit of that weird gothic feel (they think it helps ward off daemons )
As far as other decorations and bits and pieces, I'll just say that it's got pretty much everything available on there somewhere (I'll post other views soon), ranging from ladder rungs up the back of the sponsons, the pick shovel and a hammer on the back of one of the track guards, the fuel/water barrel perched up back, plenty of stowage of all kinds (bags, tarpaulins/etc) and extra barrel, rope, boxes, jerry cans and whathave you.
Now all the remains is that I smooth out the joins with putty and get out the brushes and start working on a paint scheme that's both impressive and easy, no doubt I'll be adding some battle damage as I go, some gouging here, some impact holes there, I might even try to figure out how to add flashlight scorching to the paintjob.
Soooo, that's my insanity for the next while, I'll add the other views soon, so you can see what the rest of it looks like, but in the mean time, feel free to comment and call me a lunatic :w00t:
Last edited by mpdscott; October 19th, 2005 at 07:46.
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I would, but you've done a very nice job. A simple yet striking way of making the model unique.call me a lunatic
Kudos to you!
That one looks massivly good, great work!
If you want to add laser burn marks, get some sun and a magnifying glass Is acrylic paint flammable? It would look realistic at least.
THAT is cheating. paint the burn marks!
I'll go out on a wild goose chase here if you don't mind.
Nice conversion.. I would consider adding an open hatch to go with the hole that the driver's looking out of... I mean a big open hole like that in the front of a tank isn't really very plauible... Other than that I think it's really cool... Love the Gargoyle on the turret...
That's why I'm going to be putting a windscreen on it, I have some nice thin transparent lightly scuffed plastic sheeting I'm going to glue on after it's all paintedOriginally Posted by BobaHat
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Great work! It has lots of stuff on it without looking cluttered, which sometimes happens with my friends conversions :rolleyes:
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