Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler available to pre-order next week

Having seen the announcement only a couple of weeks ago, I was a little surprised to see that the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler available to pre-order next week.

Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler

This kit is a combination of plastic and resin, and it will be available to pre-order next week from Forge World.

I do like this model and think it is a much better model than the Cargo-8 Ridgehauler. I was a bit on the fence with the Cargo-8 Ridgehauler and never bought one. Though they did bring out the trailer and the Promethium Tanks trailer, the concept didn’t really work for me.

I do like the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler model, it has a realistic industrial feel to it. I can see this not just in the Ash Wastes, but also in games of Warhammer 40K. I quiet like the Necromunda range has some nice models that can add to the look and feel of 40K scenery and games.

Now with the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler I am also thinking that this could make a good hauler for a land train. Then I got thinking about making some armed and armoured trailers for a land train. One option would be to add wheels instead of the tracks to the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler, as the chassis is probably the same as the Cargo-8 Ridgehauler.

Another idea I have thought about for the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler is to paint it in JCB yellow as a piece of scenery. Though it is missing a dozer blade.

Well add this model to my ever increasing list of wants!

Detailing the MkIIb Land Raider

The Land Raider is an Imperial main battle tank and troop transport which serves as the “armoured fist of the Space Marines.” The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is one of the earliest marks of the standard pattern of Land Raider, and it still bears similarities to both the Land Raider Proteus and the Spartan Assault Tank that served as the models for the design. The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is the only pattern of the standard Land Raider Phobos that uses the older armoured sponsons, as they do not allow the weapons they hold to fully rotate.

When I got a Forge World MkIIB Land Raider and was originally painting it up, the plan was to this as a Grey Knights Land Raider in desert camouflage. I wrote up some more reflections recently on my MkIIB Land Raider, on the current state of the painting and what I needed to do next.

After giving the model a spray of White Scar over the original base coat of Tausept Ochre I gave the model a new basecoat of Daemonic Yellow spray from Army Painter.

The next stage was painting the details on the model. This included the bolters and lascannons.

I also painted the rear exhausts and starting on the iconography.

I do like the exhausts on this model which differ from those included with the plastic kit as seen on my other Land Raider. They are single chunkier exhausts.

The next stage will be finishing painting the exhausts, weapons and iconography. The iconography actually matches that on my Repressor.

See the full Mark IIb Land Raider workbench.

Tracking the Razorback

One model I got many years ago, well in 2006, was a Forgeworld Razorback the one with the much bigger turret, which I much prefer over the plastic kit version that you could get in the shops back then. I recently retrieved it from storage and decided that I would try and finish painting it. I was using Tausept Ochre as the base coat, however having liked the paint scheme I was using on my Deimos-pattern Rhino, I decided that I would paint the Razorback in the same scheme. Having sprayed the underneath of the model with Citadel Zandri Dust. I gave the model a basecoat of Army Painter Daemonic Yellow. This was followed with Leadbelcher for painting the exhausts and weaponry. The next step was painting the iconography and purity seals. I then slightly messed up the shading on the model, but think I managed to get the effect I was looking for. For the next stage I used some Citadel Layer Yriel Yellow. I took a large brush and gave the model, what I would call, a heavy drybrush. The next step was to paint and highlight the iconography.

I then glued the tracks to the Razorback using superglue.

There is still some work to do with this model, but I am pleased I have made progress and nearly finished it.

See the workbench feature on the Razorback.

Tracking the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport

The Repressor tank is often used by Sisters of Battle as transport, and by the Adeptus Arbites in an anti insurgency role. I started building and painting this model back in 2007, I recently retrieved it from storage and decided that I would try and finish painting it. I realised I had made quite significant progress and it wouldn’t take too long to finish it off.

Having sprayed the model with Citadel Zandri Dust over the existing Tausept Ochre base coat and black undercoat, I started the detailing, using Leadbelcher on the weapons and the exhausts. The next step was painting the iconography and purity seals. I then gave the model a wash using Citadel shades. I then did some additional shading using different shades. The next stage was some drybrushing, for this I used Citadel Zandri Dust. I also took the time to brighten up the purity seals and other iconography after it was dulled down by the shades and washes.

Despite having already affixed tracks to other Rhino variants on my workbench, I found this one quite challenging. No idea why, but it was more difficult to fix the tracks on the Repressor.

I also managed to break off the cupola double bolter, so I had to glue that back on. I also added the dozer blade.

I also highlighted the purity seals with some White Scar paint, but I think I overdid this, so might dull these down a bit with some shade.

There is still some work to do with this model, but I am pleased I have made progress and nearly finished it.

See the workbench feature on the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport.

Painting the MkIIb Land Raider

The Land Raider is an Imperial main battle tank and troop transport which serves as the “armoured fist of the Space Marines.” The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is one of the earliest marks of the standard pattern of Land Raider, and it still bears similarities to both the Land Raider Proteus and the Spartan Assault Tank that served as the models for the design.

I got a Forge World MkIIB Land Raider and was originally painting it up as a Grey Knights Land Raider in desert camouflage. Eventually it would have looked like the Repressor.

I wrote up some more reflections recently on my MkIIB Land Raider, on the current state of the painting and what I needed to do next.

After giving the model a spray of White Scar over the original base coat of Tausept Ochre I gave the model a new basecoat of Daemonic Yellow spray from Army Painter.

The next stage will be painting the exhausts, weapons and iconography. Having painted the Deimos-pattern Rhino, my other Land Raider, and the Repressor I feel confident in painting the details on this model.

See the full Mark IIb Land Raider workbench.

Painting the Grey Knights Dreadnought

I have had a Mark IV Forge World Grey Knights Dreadnought on my workbench for a while. After getting some weapon arms for the model. I gave the main model a black undercoat and started base coating with a metallic paint. The weapons I had given a white undercoat. Getting it out from storage, I decided to almost start again and gave the model a base spray of Leadbelcher. I gave the model a wash of Nuln Oil Shade.

For the next stage I used some Citadel Leadbelcher. I took a large brush and gave the model, what I would call, a heavy drybrush. I put paint on the brush, and then used some kitchen towel to remove most of the paint, and then using a stippling process added paint to the model.

This removed some of the pooling of the shade paint.

As you can see from this before photo.

See the full workbench feature on my Grey Knights Dreadnought.

Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler

Over on the Warhammer Community site they have provided us with a preview of the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler for Necromunda.

Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler

With its tracked propulsion, the Ironcrawler can drive over anything – from sand and rocks to prone enemy gangers or Gun-smyths who’ve sold you dodgy merchandise. Its sealed cab keeps the driver safe from radioactive dust storms and radioactive gangers alike, for a true all-terrain vehicle. 

I do like this model and think it is a much better model than the Cargo-8 Ridgehauler. I was a bit on the fence with the Cargo-8 Ridgehauler and never bought one. Though they did bring out the trailer and the Promethium Tanks trailer, the concept didn’t really work for me.

I do like the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler model, it has a realistic industrial feel to it. I can see this not just in the Ash Wastes, but also in games of Warhammer 40K. I quiet like the Necromunda range has some nice models that can add to the look and feel of 40K scenery and games.

Now with the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler I am also thinking that this could make a good hauler for a land train. Then I got thinking about making some armed and armoured trailers for a land train. One option would be to add wheels instead of the tracks to the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler, as the chassis looks the same as the Cargo-8 Ridgehauler.

Another idea I have thought about for the Chronos Pattern Ironcrawler is to paint it in JCB yellow as a piece of scenery. Though it is missing a dozer blade.

Will add this model to my ever increasing list of wants!

Reflecting once more on the MkIIb Land Raider

The Land Raider is an Imperial main battle tank and troop transport which serves as the “armoured fist of the Space Marines.” It is one of the most resilient and iconic armoured vehicles in the galaxy. The Land Raider’s heritage predates even the founding of the Imperium of Man, yet it remains the single most destructive weapon in the Adeptus Astartes’ arsenal.

The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is one of the earliest marks of the standard pattern of Land Raider, and it still bears similarities to both the Land Raider Proteus and the Spartan Assault Tank that served as the models for the design.

The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is the only pattern of the standard Land Raider Phobos that uses the older armoured sponsons, as they do not allow the weapons they hold to fully rotate. This pattern of Land Raider is mostly extinct within Space Marine Armouries, having been replaced with newer marks and patterns of the standard Land Raider Phobos. However, some Chapters may still possess one or two as treasured relics of their ancient past.

When I got a Forge World MkIIB Land Raider and was originally painting it up, the plan was to this as a Grey Knights Land Raider in desert camouflage.

The planned painting process I was using, eventually it would have turned out and looked like the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport.

Though I am pleased with my Repressor, and it works with the painted Inquisitorial Stormtroopers I painted a few years back.

I wasn’t sure if this was the best way forward for the Mark IIb Land Raider. I wrote up some reflections recently on my MkIIB Land Raider, on the current state of the painting and what I needed to do next.

However having liked the paint scheme I was using on my Deimos-pattern Rhino, I decided that I would find the model and paint this Land Raider in the same scheme.

However I first decided that I would try out the paint scheme on my other Land Raider first before doing anything drastic. With that Land Raider I followed the process I had used on the Rhino with a yellow spray various shades, dry brushing and detailing.

I was really pleased with the progress on that Land Raider so as it neared completion, I decided I would use a similar process on the Mark IIb Land Raider with one minor change. Whereas with the other Land Raider I left the base coat Tausept Ochre before applying the yellow. This time I sprayed the Mark IIb Land Raider with a spray of White Scar paint.

I left the underside Zandri Dust to add some shadow to the future yellow basecoat.

The next step will be a spray of yellow paint. Games Workshop don’t do a yellow spray and I don’t have an airbrush. I did use a paint comparison site to find a close alternative to Yriel Yellow. The Daemonic Yellow spray from Army Painter seemed like a good choice, and I had one which I bought for the Deimos-pattern Rhino.

I also started on the tracks for the Land Raider, which were given a spray of Mechanicus Standard Grey.

I then did a heavy drybrush of Gorthor Brown. The tracks, once dry, I then gave them a wash of Agrax Earthshade Shade. After painting and shading them, I drybrushed them lightly, first with Leadbelcher. I then did a very light drybrush with Terminatus Stone.

See the full Mark IIb Land Raider workbench.

Land Raider Doors Stone Iconography

Grey Knights can use Land Raiders, when I first started putting this force together I knew that if I was going to get a Land Raider it would have to be the Forge World MkIIB Land Raider.

However I was also lucky enough to receive a second Land Raider as a present. It was the Terminus model, I decided though to build it as a standard Land Raider. Having made the hull I kept the weapons as separate assemblies, I would also be adding the tracks later too.

Now I made a mistake when I ordered my Mark IIb Land Raider, you get a set of doors and I (foolishly) asked them to replace the supplied eagle doors with Grey Knights Land Raider doors.

Now what I didn’t realise was that the side doors on the sponson are not the same size as the Land Raider doors, but are in fact the same size as Rhino side doors. So the Grey Knight doors are too big! However this meant I could use them on this new Land Raider.

The Land Raider has been through a journey of black undercoat, Tausept Ochre, some airbrushing and eventually a final coat of Daemonic Yellow spray from Army Painter.

When I was originally looking at the iconography on the doors of my Land Raider I did think about how I should paint it.

Initially I did consider painting it up with the colours of red, gold, black and white skulls. However when I looked at examples online they looked very busy. One thing I always liked about the Terminators from Space Hulk and at Warhammer World were the stone icons on their shoulder pads, like these Dark Angles Death Wing Terminators from Warhammer World.

Dark Angels Death Wing
Dark Angels Death Wing

So in the end I decided that I would paint the icongraphy on the doors as stone. I painted the door iconography with Mechanicus Standard Grey. I however did paint the skulls with Ushabti Bone.

Then I washed the model with various Citadel Shades. I also did some dry brushing with various shades of yellow.

Once the model was shaded I then painted the doors with Stormvermin Fur. This was followed by a drybrush of Dawnstone Layer and then a lighter dry brush of Administratum Grey. The Dry paint grey was too dark, so I did a final really light dry brush of Terminatus Stone Dry paint.

I was really quite pleased with the effect that I got in the end.

See the full workbench feature on this Land Raider.

Drybrushing the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport

The Repressor tank is often used by Sisters of Battle as transport, and by the Adeptus Arbites in an anti insurgency role. I said  in a blog post back in 2004.

“I do like this model and I am intending to get one to use with my Daemonhunters army as a transport for the Storm Troopers”. 

I did get one and started building and painting this model back in 2007, I recently retrieved it from storage and decided that I would try and finish painting it. I realised I had made quite significant progress and it wouldn’t take too long to finish it off.

Having sprayed the model with Citadel Zandri Dust. I started the detailing, using Leadbelcher on the weapons and the exhausts. The next step was painting the iconography and purity seals. I then gave the model a wash using Citadel shades. I then did some additional shading using different shades.

The next stage was some drybrushing, for this I used Citadel Zandri Dust.

The aim here was to add edge highlights to the Repressor. I wanted to achieve a slight dusty effect as well.

After the drybrushing I will then detail the iconography, the weapons, and the exhausts on the model.

I tried a new technique that I picked up from my FLGS. It was to use a metallic gold Sharpie pen on the front iconography. It was easy to apply and I quite liked the end result. You have to be careful to be accurate, as unlike acrylic paint, which you can remove quite easily if you make a mistake. This is a permanent marker and won’t budge!

The tracks for the Repressor were given a spray of Mechanicus Standard Grey.

I then did a heavy drybrush of Gorthor Brown. The tracks, once dry, I then gave them a wash of Agrax Earthshade Shade. I then did a heavy drybrush of Gorthor Brown. The tracks, once dry, I then gave them a wash of Agrax Earthshade Shade. After painting and shading them, I drybrushed them lightly, first with Leadbelcher. I then did a very light drybrush with Terminatus Stone.

The next step was to paint and highlight the iconography.

This is to brighten up the purity seals and other iconography after it was dulled down by the shades and washes.

See the workbench feature on the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport.