Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Solar Auxilia - Leman Russ Battle Tanks


With Christmas day rapidly approaching, I thought I'd put these up on the blog in the hope they are a good omen for my gift opening tomorrow. For the first time in a long time, I've actually asked my family for something specific, in this case some Solar Auxilia Dracosan transports!

Anyway, I pulled out the three Ragnarok-style tanks I built back in the day to represent Leman Russ tanks for my Vostroyans. I figured it would be a good time to pull them out and dust them off.


In the Solar Auxilia list there are two ways that Leman Russ tanks can be taken: as a Fast Attack or a Heavy Support choice. The Fast Attack option is the Strike Squadron - 1-3 tanks that are any of the following types: Battle Tank, Exterminator, Annihilator, or Vanquisher.


The Heavy Support option is the Assault Squadron - 1-3 tanks that are any of the following types: Demolisher, Incinerator, or Executioner.



I have three tank bodies built, and six turrets (currently five painted). Although none of the Solar Auxilia Leman Russ tanks are allowed to have sponsons, I'm sure my opponents won't mind.


My original models were painted using the incredibly rare, not available in the US, Ogre Flesh spray (from the shortish period when GW Ogres had green/grey flesh). As I'm looking to add a Stormlord, three Dracosans, and a couple of Bombards to the army, I have decided to repaint the Leman Russ tanks, going with the grey of the Solar Auxilia, with red and black stripes, as in the mock up above. The "V" appears on a few of my Vostroyan models, so I'll retain that in the iconography for my tanks. Now it will stand for the 875th Solar Auxilia Cohort, the "Vespasian Fusiliers".

I hope you like the way these are going, and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it. If not, Happy Thursday!).

Cheers
Dave

18 comments:

  1. We're the ragnarocks I drooled over in white dwarf yours? I love these models.

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    1. I expect they might have been ; )

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    2. You've got to be kidding me! This is incredible. I will have to hunt around to show you my attempt at replicating them.

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  2. Niiiiiiice. I was wondering if you still had those - always loved your Ragnarok builds. Going to be a phenomenal army, we'll have to try to schedule a battle between them and my Prosperine Spireguard at some point in 2015!

    Merry Christmas, Dave!

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    1. Thanks mate, and yes, it would be great to get in a game this coming year.

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    2. Perhaps we could make it a whole 30k event.

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  3. Good liuck with that. I told my wife the specific thing I wanted with the web link thrown in and directions to my LFGS (who was told what to give her if she arrived!).

    Despie all that I'm pretty sure I am getting some shirts for work from her.

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    1. Haha, I'll let you know how it turns out. Best of luck with you efforts, may the shirts just be a ruse.

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    2. Turns out my wife did order the Dracosans for me, but they didn't show up on time, despite her ordering before the US Standard Mail deadline. So that's something I have to look forward to : )

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  4. I remember when you were making those tanks. Glad to see them being re-used and re-purposed for a different army.

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    1. Yeah, they've been sitting around for quite some time. I'm looking forward to getting them back on the table : )

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  5. Perfect example of repurposing and working and older project into a new one. Always a fan of your work, Dave, and it always serves as an inspiration!

    Here's hoping BOTH our wives spring the the miniature offerings on our respective lists ;)

    Merry Christmas Dave! To you and your family :)

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    1. When FW present you with a ton of great armies, and you know you can't afford to buy them all, repurposing is your friend : )

      Merry Christmas to you and yours too mate!

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  6. Well, my wife did order the Dracosans before FW's shipping deadline, but they haven't arrived yet. Hopefully they'll be here in the next couple of days : )

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    1. I feel ya there - I ordered a Chaos Warhound and a Brass Scorpion for my wife, and when it hadn't arrived by the 15th, emailed them. They checked and realised the packer had dropped the ball, and it didn't ship until the 22nd. Mind you, they told me on the 24th local.

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  7. Ooh, fantastic!

    Merry Christmas, Dave!

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  8. That it's a conversion like i love !
    Nice work

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