Grey Knights MkIIb Land Raider

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 Forgeworld MkIIB Land Raider.

This is the Forgeworld display model.

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.

I did get one in the end at GamesDay 2006.

As well as the plastic Land Raider parts you get the following resin pieces. These are the main sponsons and hull structures.

This is the rear plate and replacement exhausts.

These are the lascannon weapons.

Though you don’t get much in the way of instructions, but you do get doors.

Now I made a mistake, 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!

As with a lot of models I do I do have a look first at what others have done, though not many people have posted pictures of to the internet.

Will Hayes displayed his MkIIB a few years back.

This is the Forgeworld display models of the MkIIB…

Land Raider MkIIb
Land Raider MkIIb on display at Games Day 2005

…and the Grey Knights Land Raider

Land Raider with Forgeworld Inquistor Doors
Land Raider with Forgeworld Inquistor Doors

First stage will be to work out how to put the whole thing together.

As I said on the previous page, I made a mistake, you get a set of doors and I (foolishly) asked them to replace the supplied eagle doors with Grey knight 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!

To overcome this I purchased some Inquisitor Rhino doors from Forgeworld.

Another thing I bought was the Inquisitor and Grey Knights brass etched sheet also from Forgeworld.

I also have some purity seals hanging about, which I also intend to use.

I put together the two side sponsons. These went together quite well, sometimes with Forge World models, the resin is warped and won’t fit together.

I cleaned up the rear engine plate and the exhausts. There were quite large tabs (sprue) on the parts.

I also cleaned up the top armour structure which will hold the twin-linked heavy bolters.

I stuck the track units together.

I added the (Rhino sized) doors to the two side sponsons. I think the Inquisitor doors work quite well.

It was quite difficult to put the Land Raider together, partly as I hadn’t done it before and more importantly I didn’t have any instructions. I started with the resin top armour before adding the front door parts, the top part of which was a resin Grey Knights door.

I then added the floor, then the rear (resin) engine plate before finally adding the other track unit.

I then added the top armour and track guard. Unfortunately it was not a neat fit, the resin pieces seems to have shrunk slightly.

The next stage was to glue the sponsons to the side of the Land Raider.

They fitted quite well.

I then added the engine exhausts.

I really do like these chunky exhausts, so much better than the supplied plastic versions.

Having prepared the model I gave it a black undercoat.

As you can see from this shot though, the undercoat didn’t really cover the front, so I might need to give it another coat.

The next stage was to start the basecoat of Tausept Ochre.

I decided that I would try using Citadel’s spray gun to base coat the rest of the Land Raider. However due to thinning the paint too much I didn’t get the result I hoped for.

I tried using the spray again with the paint less thinner than it was before.

For the basecoat I used the old Foundation Paints from Games Workshop, specifically Tausept Ochre.

This was taking it’s time, so I decided that I would try using Citadel’s spray gun to base coat the rest of the Land Raider. However due to thinning the paint too much I didn’t get the result I hoped for.

I did give it a second coat, and then lost interest in finishing the model like my other Land Raider. So, it got put into storage.

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.

The Land Raider does have a fair amount of Inquisitorial and Grey Knights iconography on the model, but I have decided to leave it on. I also noticed that there is a part missing the, the hull top front bolters. I will have to find where I put that piece.

The first thing I did was spray the underneath of the model with Citadel Zandri Dust.

The rear view.

Next stage is to decide what to do next.