Saturday, 6 December 2014

WIP: Chaos Land Raider Proteus Rebuild (Part One)

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Designation-Adeptus Astartes (Excommunicate Tratoris) Land Raider Proteus 
{SYSTEM WARNING: KNOWN INVASIVE XENOS/ DAEMON-ENGINE. ALPHA-LEVEL SECURITY BREACH. PURGE DATA SYSTEMS AFTER DOWNLOADING}
Current ownership: Thousand Sons {UNKNOWN SPLNTER GROUP SUBFACTION. SEE PICT DATA FILE 1111.000100101011/11.}
Last Recorded Eqiupment update. M.31.121.3. 2x Twin Linked Lascannon (Mars Pattern), heat resistant ceramic shielding. Explorator Augury Web
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I’ve been bringing an old project back into 7th edition, and with the new IA:13 list, I am better able to represent it. Remember this guy?


This is my old Land Raider Armoured Proteus, which I make into a normal Land Raider. Whilst happy with it at the time, I was not 100% sold on the front. It seemed very small, even for marines to get out. Also, with the newly finished Spartan, I have little use for it in its current role. So, I have decided to modify and update the model so it can be run as intended…as a Land Raider Proteus.


The first job was ripping off the front assault ramp (A proteus does not have one). I like the details of the Proteus: it was a shame to cover them up.

The panel above the toothed block is a little wobbly, so I’ll either fix it with putty or cover it over with straight plastic strips.



This variant allows me to make the most of this tank, and its armament. I’ve decided to remove the twin heavy bolters at the front. It is common knowledge that many players have a problem with the base loadout: the heavy bolter is useless against armour, and the lascannons are wasted on infantry. So without it, I can focus this monster on tanks. It also saves me 20 points. The heavy bolter section was attached to the hatch and upper hull as one piece, so it was cut from it. The gap has been covered up with plasticard, and I will fill in any gaps later on. At the front, a Baneblade viewing port has taken centre stage, bringing it in line with the other Proteus model.

In-game, I will run it with the Ark of Unnameable Horror and Armoured Ceramite. The Ark forces units targeting it to take leadership tests during the shooting phase (as well as in combat due to naturally having fear). Failed tests mean snap shots against me. Whilst useless against tanks, it is very handy against infantry-strong armies like the guard or Orks. I’ve helped represent this by adding this tormented face-plate to the front of the tank. The armour panels behind were extended; I didn’t want the top part to be floating mid-air. Alongside Armoured Ceramite, units such as Melta-vets and Fire Dragons will struggle to crack this monster open.

The trim is also getting redone, as the previous effort looks chunky and crude in comparison. The trim itself is fine, but will get bead-rivets. The triangles have all been removed to be replaced with smaller examples.

Once rebuilt this tank will be painted in a similar way to the Contemptor Dreadnought. I quite like using yellows with my airbrush, so I plan to make more use of it on upcoming new models and repaints.

1 comment:

  1. I always like it when bloggers goe back to old models and spruces them up. I have such trouble doing this myself, so it is inspirational to see others do this, and give everything such excellent treatment.

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