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Update: I have decided to try and convert a Baneblade or Stormlord into a Leman Russ sized one, dont know yet if it's possible. Doing some measurements and calculations at the moment.


I was searching for alternative Leman Russ models the other day and came across this conversion. As I have too many baneblades and stormlords I got very interested. Does anyone know where this is from? A build blog or similar?
I'd like to know size comparisons to the actual Leman Russ etc etc.

Does anyone have a Baneblade, Leman Russ size comparison picture? Side by side, top down perspective?




Now how the hell do you shrink down a Baneblade to the size of a Leman Russ? The above model is still as wide as a regular Baneblade which makes it useless for regular games in my opinion. The point of a alternative model is for it to be almost the correct size.

So now to shrink this down to Russ size....

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Guess I can turn this into my Bane Russ build experience to see if it actually works. I will do the math and designing before I start cutting.

I took out some Leman russ pieces from my bits bathtub and a Baneblade/Stormlord side and scanned them in my flatbed to get exact measurements.


This is how I decided to do the photoshop cutting.


From doing some cutting in photoshop I came to this, from what I can tell this is the most efficient way to do it. You can do it the other way around with having the front piece have the side panel but you end up with a bit harder to cut back piece.


The bits line up almost perfectly for cutting and since the 1 part that needs cutting is the exact same as the left bit you can probably cut it without leaving too big a mark.



This is what you end up with.


This is what the pieces look like side by side, as you can see they are almost identical in size. Once you add tracks the Baneruss will be longer but as that makes it a bit bigger (easier to hit) I dont think your opponent would mind half an inch or so.


Next step will be to compare the main hull and threads, there will have to be some mayor cutting done to these parts to shrink it down to Russ width, if this can be done I believe it's possible to make a Bane Russ that's actually comparable in size to the normal Russ.

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An interesting experiment. Cutting the tracks down is one thing but what about the Mid-Chassis Sections (Main Body)? I would think that would be somewhat more difficult.

In any case, i look forward to seeing what you do with this

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An interesting experiment. Cutting the tracks down is one thing but what about the Mid-Chassis Sections (Main Body)? I would think that would be somewhat more difficult.

In any case, i look forward to seeing what you do with this

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I just compared one of my built baneblades with a semi built russ and the size difference is HUGE. I think the stormlord might be a better chassi to use, I have 13 of those (compared to 9 baneblades) so have a bit more wiggle room. If possible I'd like to create a squadron of 3.

The main problem isn't the hull, it's the track guards and tracks. I might have to make some custom ones and will probably need some alternative track wheels. I remember bitsandkits selling some of those, will have a look.
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When I first saw the OP, I did not understand the intention. Having seen more posts, I find myself very interested in this project. (I don't have Baneblades to convert into LR, but a future project is/are Looted Wagons.)

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Good luck with your Lemonblade. Keep us posted!

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I too did not understand the intention at fist... I guess its hard for me to imagine you would have like 900 dollars worth of IG tanks just lying around while not having enough leman russ's. I understand the goal and think it will look good once it's done... just seems like a very different project to say the least.

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Wouldnt it be easier to just take your unwanted super heavies to your local GW and swap them for leman russ kits, i can tell you that the conversion really isnt worth the effort, I would be even willing to swap them for you if you had no joy at GW.
To get a tank with a similar size and profile to a russ from a bane blade your going to need to cut almost everything, the tracks for example are twice as wide on the russ, plus the wheels inside the tracks will need altering etc etc etc. It would be quicker to scratch build them i think.

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I too did not understand the intention at fist... I guess its hard for me to imagine you would have like 900 dollars worth of IG tanks just lying around while not having enough leman russ's. I understand the goal and think it will look good once it's done... just seems like a very different project to say the least.
I found 2 semi built Leman Russes yesterday and another still in bits though I didn't see the hull. I have a bit too much, didn't even know I had some semi built one. I guess I could make a bitsbox video showing you guys how many boxes of bitz I actually have

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Wouldnt it be easier to just take your unwanted super heavies to your local GW and swap them for leman russ kits, i can tell you that the conversion really isnt worth the effort, I would be even willing to swap them for you if you had no joy at GW.
To get a tank with a similar size and profile to a russ from a bane blade your going to need to cut almost everything, the tracks for example are twice as wide on the russ, plus the wheels inside the tracks will need altering etc etc etc. It would be quicker to scratch build them i think.

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None of my kits are in sealed boxes, it's all in small ziplock bags as I got everyone from Ebay on auction. I'm kinda addicted to buying bits spending about 100-200 a month on Ebay on bits alone.

As I plan on turning some of the stormlord hulls into Rhinos for my Sisters of Battle this might be a good experiment.
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