And it’s done….
And it’s done….
The sponsoons and the gunner are complete, and I’m pretty happy with them. The holes/damage look interesting and the texturing makes the flat metal look either corroded or just poorly cast.
I’m content enough to push on and work on the main vehicle now, so here it is with battle damage and texturing.
On to the painting…
I don’t paint with an airbrush and when I painted my Deathguard Rhinos the large flat areas ended up looking a bit rubbish. The wash pooled weirdly and I just wasn’t too happy with how it turned out. So with the Land Raider I wanted to try out a few things.
As I mentioned last time I used the heavy bolter turret as an experiment. I put on some liquid green stuff to act as a dirty bubbling paint texture in a few places and then used a hot round metal file to melt some holes into it to represent either battle damage or corroded holes. I chose to burn rather than drill as I hope this would create more of a natural “crater” with a build up of material around the edges. This is how it turned out…
This is the turret with the liquid green stuff and some holes.
The Land Raider is now fully assembled, and that wasn’t a terribly pleasant task. The top plate of the hull took a lot of trimming down before it would fit and when it did there were still an awful lot of gaps. I’ve attempted to fill the gaps as best as I could with Liquid Green Stuff (which I’m not a big fan of), glue and lots of holding it in place while it dried. There’s also a lot of “flash” around the edges of some of the parts. I don’t know if this means that the moulds are getting old and worn out or if it’s just the way that it is.
I’ve built a lot of model kits in my time but this has to have been one of the worst. The only one that I recall giving me more trouble was a Star Wars Imperial Shuttle way back in about 1983 or 1984. That one I gave up on for a time and in the end used an awful lot of clothes pegs to bend it into shape.
I’ve started building my first Land Raider. It is, for me, one of the iconic vehicles for Warhammer 40k. One of the first advertorials for the game in White Dwarf had a kit bashed Land Raider, and that image got me interested in the game. I believe that a friend showed it to me while waiting for a school assembly to begin. So, as said, for me it’s iconic.
I’m going to take my time on this, this is the biggest and most expensive single 40k model I’ve built to date so I’d like to be pleased with what I achieve.