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.