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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Salamanders Land Raider

I had a somewhat twisted plan when I decided to buy the Land Raider Achilles. I figured that it would come with a Land Raider kit, and that I would be able to take a Land Raider Redeemer kit and build a regular Land Raider. Then, I would have the coveted Assault Cannon turret to finally make an Assault Cannon Razorback.

The results in this blog post show that it is possible. However, the Redeemer's side sponsons have a shallower plate, making it impossible to keep the 180 degree swivel on the side sponsons. The other item that I wasn't happy with when building this tank was how front weighted the Multimelta turret is, which is why I glued it, alone of all the turrets, to the chassis.

Since this was going to be a Salamander's Land Raider, I decided to bling it out, and give it both the Multimelta turret and the Storm Bolter turret. I also added the smoke launchers and search light as a matter of course. Finally, I decided not to model and tank crew, and close up the interior to make things easier on me. The Land Raider was painted exactly like the Salamnder's Captain.

One thing I like about the Salamanders, is it gives me the opportunity to slack off a bit and use water slide transfers. The most effective way to do this is to seal the model when it is done being painted. Then, use Testors Decal Solvent and apply a coat to the area where you want to place a transfer. Next, apply your transfer, being careful to place it exactly how you want it. Then, apply another coat of Decal Solvent over top of the transfer. Finally seal the model again.


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  2. Nice work. A simple good scheme with not a lot of frills but a solid paint job all and all. I've found that a good way to make the MM work and not glue the turret down in to glue it together at and angle pointing slightly down. This allows you to rest the tip vs the top of the tank and balance the weight.

  3. Thanks both for the feedback.

    @ uniteallaction, I like your blog, look forward to following it as well.

    @ HuronBH, I will have to keep your advice in mind the next time I decide to build one of those turrets. I'm also guessing a tank commander would counter balance the weight as well. I decided to keep the Sallies pretty simple, so far Im happy with the results, and am enjoying using transfers for once.