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Well this year is a year of tidying up thigns which arent greenskins and whilst i was sifting through my mountains of unfinished or abandonned projects i realised i had rather a lot of imperial guard tanks. Some of these were undercoated and nothing more whilst several have been painted in an aweful traitor guard colour scheme.

Realising i had the potential makings of a side project which i could use to fill in spaces in my apocalypse game in July i've jumped in to try and get them all painted up and ready.

In total there are 5 leman russ' (one of which is a conqueror), 1 destroyer tank hunter and a forge world shadowsword. There may be more hanging around (i'm pretty sure there should be a basalisk and a griffon somewhere) but for now that's a pretty decent force to turn into an armoured company.

Whilst before i was painting the tanks in greens and blues (don't ask, i really don't know what i was thinking), i'm plannign to strip them down, repledge the former traitor guard tanks to the emperor and reform them as a desert army, more in keeping with my terrain boards.

Thus the Vengrosian 32nd Armoured company was born. There will be very little fancy techniques here but i'm going to try to make each tank individual and personalised, probably with trophies and kill markings. As a mini theme i'm going to make sure each tank is named after a film.


Here are some shots of the tanks i found (the blue/green thing isn't even uniform across the tanks.....what in the name of the emperor was i doing?) like i said it's possible that even more will turn up. The destroyer isn't pictured, it's already soaking in fairy power spray.






So once these are stripped and undercoated the plan is to hit them with a coat of Tamiya Dull red spray, mask off some camo stripes with maskol and then put on a coat of Army painter desert yellow spray. Once the maskol is peeled off i'll focus on highlighting and picking out details, in all i think i should have the company finished by the end of the month.

After a couple of test runs on some cardboard i but the starting coats onto the two undercoated russi.



These two have been dubbed, by the adeptus mechanicus, "Man on Fire" (with the triple heavy bolter set up) and "Highlander" (hull mounted lascannon and Claymore pattern battle cannon). I'll have them finished in a couple of weeks with any luck.
 

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Nice work reviving that previous mess ;)
 

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Nice work reviving that previous mess ;)
Thanks Elmir.

Here is the Destroyer completed and ready for battle, aside from needing some mud on the tracks.



This thing was a pain in the ass the rebuild, it seems that whoever did the origional scratchbuild used card instead of plasticard so when it was stripped down whole sections turned to mush and needed rebuilding. still it' looks the part now.

As i mentioned all my tanks will be named after Films, This little nasty is called "The Grudge" because once it's got you in its sights you are going to die and there is nothing you can do about it.

 

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Oh mighty Grim-'the-ever-impressive'-zag please share more of your awesome desert tanks with us!

I really like the colour combination that you've gone for, it looks rich and deep whilst the finished laser destroyer looks super mean. Keep up the good work!
 

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Nice work, that has come out spiffingly :victory:

Like the idea behind the army and 'tanks named after films' is genius!
Oh mighty Grim-'the-ever-impressive'-zag please share more of your awesome desert tanks with us!

I really like the colour combination that you've gone for, it looks rich and deep whilst the finished laser destroyer looks super mean. Keep up the good work!

Thanks Guys. I've been cracking away at these behind the scenes and now "Highlander" and "Man on fire" are both ready to roll.



That's 3 of the 6 standard sized tanks finished. I think i'll get the shadowsword done next just to break things up before i tackle the last 2 LR and the conqueror.
 

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Back again, and whilst i said i was going to be working on the Shadowsword before i got going on any of the normal sized tanks i managed to bugger it up in sensational style (at one point of the debacle of the painting session i was working on the shadowsword i forgot that i needed to wipe paint from my brush to drybrush). So instead now, as i have had to rebasecoat the superheavy adn work back from there, i've finished another Russ. This one was going to be called "Gladiator" but i felt that with the boxy rebuit lascannon housing, cut down battlecannon and large amount of battle damage that it felt like an older tank that has survived a lot.
With that in mind it has been dubbed "Memento".
 

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So after a couple of days being distracted by graffiti techniques on terrain i'm back to the tanks.

Another Russ is rolling out, Anger Management this time.




Oh also i realised that aside from the names of the tanks there was no kind of markings on them.
I've gone back and added markings like this to the rear of the turret on each one now.


the first number is the army number, the second is the squadron number and the tank within that squadron. in this case 32 / 0105 = 32nd army , 1st squadron, 5th tank.

Only the conqueror and shadowsword left to do.
 

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Triple post, but it's worth it.
Finished the final standard sized battletank today. The Conqueror "The Crow".




That means that my russ squadron is complete (for now) and the only outstanding Vengrosian tank that isn't finished is the Shadowsword "End of Days".

Here are the other guys lined up and ready for battle, once i've completed the Shadowsword i may return and add a bit of mud to the tracks as well as some pigment to the sides to mimic track dust.



 

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Hahaha that's what I like to see, a Squadron of tanks in fine shape!

Great work, sorry to hear about the problems with the Shadowsword, but I'm sure it will look a treat once you've got it to your satisfaction!
 

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So i thought i was nearly done with this project then when i was cleaning out my old stock room i found this little lot in a box.



Because it's a pretty bad picture i'll explain.
What you see here are 4 hellhound tanks, a basilisk and a chimera. All still on their sprues...So that's another six tanks. What i'm planning to do is to break one of the hellhounds down and have a squadron of 3 hellhounds or variants. Then i'll build the basilisk, and with the other two chimera hulls i have i'll build a griffon and medusa. I've got a medusa kit from forge world and enough plasticard to build a mounting platform for it. As for the griffon i'm pretty certain i've seen the parts for one in my bits boxes, otherwise i'll have to do some scratchbuilding.
This also gives me sometthing of a problem, i havn't got crew to man the artillery vehicles. Again i'll sift through bits boxes to see what i can come up with.

These will be on the backburner for a little bit, i want to get my shadowsword done, some of my white panthers finished and get some more terrain hammered out. I'll probably split the tanks into groups of three to paint just to break them up.
 

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Good grief, what a find! If i found that, i'd be so much a happy chappy... i'd finally have a full hellhound squadron!
 

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Well i was bored today but had just enough of a headache that i didin't fancy tackling the leviathans or work on correcting issues with the shadowsword (not lying, for some reason the volcano cannon which has been completely straight for nine years has developed a bow) so i decided to crack on with the hellhound squadron. After looking at the rulebook, which will be out of date in a month anyway, i decided to go with 2 hellhounds led by a devildog, the dog will have a multimelta to deal with armour if the tanks come up against any.

Here is how it looked once i had combined all of the kits...i'll be adding damage and accesories to these before i paint them.





I'm going to try to make the names for these both film names and flame related. One will definately be called Event Horizon.
 

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Them tanks are looking badass
 

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Ah fool that i am, 'man on fire' is taken already. How about reign of fire? Dante's Inferno? Trogdor?
 

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Faia..... its simple and translates to fire from japanese, now i know japanese aint always used but it did Nagasana no harm from the Horus Heresy series while he was hunting renegade marines on Terra.

Failing that what about "Purifier of Hades" or "Immolater of Hades" ?
 
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