Black Templars Rhino

Black Templars Rhino at Warhammer World from my visit in January 2020.

I first saw this model at GamesDay 2005.

More photographs of the Rhino.

The Rhino, or more formally, the Mars Pattern Rhino, is an Imperial armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is widely used throughout the galaxy by many different factions, though it is a mainstay vehicle of the Adeptus Astartes. It has provided safe transportation since the days of the Great Crusade, transporting its cargo of Space Marines swiftly and safely to the forefront of battle. Robust and versatile, and able to resist the most hostile of environments, the Rhino has become the basic troop transport for Space Marine squads.

Space Marine HQ Command

At Warhammer World you can buy an Exclusive Space Marine HQ Command set of a Land Raider Excelsior and a Rhino Primaris. In the main display area there is an Ultramarines Land Raider Excelsior and Rhino Primaris.

The Land Raider Excelsior is a specialised variant of the Adeptus Astartes Land Raider that serves a command and control function for a Space Marine planetary assault as well as a role as a heavy main battle tank and armoured transport.

This is the Ultramarines Rhino Primaris.

The Rhino Primaris is a specialised variant of the standard Adeptus Astartes Rhino Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that serves a battlefield support and command and control function. As a designated command vehicle, it possesses an unusually powerful array of Augur sensor arrays, Cogitators and advanced communications gear to carry out ship-to-surface coordination of a planetary assault.

 

 

 

Rhino Primaris

At Warhammer World you can buy an Exclusive Space Marine HQ Command set of a Land Raider Excelsior and a Rhino Primaris. This is the Rhino Primaris.

Rhino Primaris
Rhino Primaris

The Rhino Primaris is a specialised variant of the standard Adeptus Astartes Rhino Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that serves a battlefield support and command and control function. As a designated command vehicle, it possesses an unusually powerful array of Augur sensor arrays, Cogitators and advanced communications gear to carry out ship-to-surface coordination of a planetary assault.

Rhino Primaris
Rhino Primaris

It often acts in concert with the Land Raider Excelsior, a variant of the standard Land Raider also intended to carry out command and control functions, to help target orbital bombardments from a Space Marine fleet in high orbit of the embattled world.

That time when the Imperial Guard used the Rhino

In a recent post looking back, I posted a scan of when the Imperial Guard used the Land Raider.

When the Land Raider was first released (and we are talking a long time ago now) there was a real lack of armoured vehicles around, so of course if you had an Imperial Guard force you could have a Land Raider…

Well they didn’t just use the Land Raider, they also made extensive use of the Rhino as well.

The other thing to note, was if you were a Space Marine chapter you could use camouflage instead of the usual chapter colours. I quite like the Ultramarines use of jungle camouflage instead of their regular blue.

Back then alien races such as the Eldar and Orks could also make use of both the Land Raider and the Rhino, and of course (as they can do today) Chaos forces used both armoured vehicles as well.

Life Size Rhino

On my most recent visit to Warhammer World, January 2020, the life size Rhino was still guarding the entrance to Warhammer World.

Life Size Rhino

On a previous visit to Warhammer World back in 2012, then the life size Rhino was right in the middle of the car park. When I went in July 2018, it was (as it is now) by the entrance to then revamped and new(ish) Warhammer World entrance.

THQ, who had commissioned the Rhino for their Dawn of War video game “gave” the Rhino to Games Workshop who then gave it a repaint in Ultramarines colours.

More photographs of the Life Size Rhino.

Ultramarines Life Size Rhino

The last time I visited Warhammer World it was back in 2012.  Back then the  life size Rhino  was right in the middle of the car park. Now it’s by the entrance to the revamped and new(ish)  Warhammer World.

Life Size Rhino outside Warhammer World.
Life Size Rhino outside Warhammer World.

It was originally used as a promotional piece for the THQ Dawn of War video game.  THQ gave the Rhino to Games Workshop who then gave it a repaint in Ultramarines colours. Here is another view of how it looks today.

Life Size Rhino outside Warhammer World.
Life Size Rhino outside Warhammer World.

It has suffered a little from being outside and is slightly battered and rusty, but this does make it look more “realistic”. This is how it looked six years ago, slightly shinier.

Ultramarines Life Size Rhino outside Warhammer World
Ultramarines Life Size Rhino outside Warhammer World

And this is how it looked at GamesDay 2008.

Life Size Rhino

Imperial Fists Damocles Command Rhino

This beautifully painted Imperial Fists Damocles Command Rhino won the Forgeworld Best of Show prize in the 2005 UK Golden Demon awards.

Imperial Fists Damocles Command Rhino

The radar dish moved around and as you can see in this shot, the inside included “real” lights (made from LEDs).

Imperial Fists Damocles Command Rhino

It was very well painted and made good use of the Forgeworld Imperial Fists doors. Though I wasn’t too sure about the “highlighting” on the radar dish. The aerials are well done and add to the overall effectiveness of the model. Probably not too practical for a gaming model!

Imperial Fists Damocles Command Rhino

The weathering is very subtle and very well done, sometimes I think it can be too easy to over-weather models.

Epic Space Marine Battleforce

Epic Space Marine Battleforce advanced in front of an Imperial Manufactorium.

Epic Space Marine Battleforce

These are in the main metal Epic models. The Land Raiders and Vindicators are metal models (from the Epic 40000 era) however the Rhinos are plastic.

The buildings are from Snapdragon Studio and work really well in this scene.