Those of us who have been playing Warhammer 40K since it was first released will recognise this new model from Forge World.
It is of course a resin version of the original original Land Raider that was released back in 1987 following the release of the 1st edition of Warhammer 40,000, Rogue Trader.
The Land Raider is perhaps the most iconic of all Imperial armoured vehicles. Its distinctive silhouette is recognisable to foe and ally alike, announcing the indomitable presence of the Adeptus Astartes, the heroic and super-human Space Marines. Many patterns and designs of this honoured and ancient war machine exist across the myriad worlds of the Imperium, and among the oldest of such designs is the Land Raider Proteus.
Mechanicus tech-savants believe that the Land Raider Proteus is a precursor to the Phobos pattern vehicle now found amongst the armouriums of the Adeptus Astartes. Bulkier and faster than the Phobos, ancient and forgotten data-looms describe the Proteus as a forward assault vehicle, commonly fielded in Explorator missions during the dawning days of Mankind’s fledgling galactic empire.
This full resin kit, designed by Phil Stutcinskas, is packed with some amazing details and two different hull-mounted weapon options to supplement its twin-linked sponson-mounted lascannons. Available for the first time in limited numbers at Games Day UK, the Land Raider Proteus is priced at £80.
Obviously as a complete resin Forge World model it is much more expensive than the current plastic kit and way more than the plastic model did when it came out in 1987!
I never actually ever bought that first Land Raider back then, well I was playing Orks, why would I buy a model for the “beakies”. I’ve always had a nostalgic fondness for the older models, well I did buy the Mark IIb as it reminded me of playing Epic. I have a fair few Epic versions of the original Land Raider as you can see from this picture.
So what about the new Proteus? Well I am quite tempted by the model and if I ever get the Mark IIB finished I might buy one.