Scratchbuilt Half-Track Taurox Proxy

Hello all,

The Astra Militarum codex added a new transport option, the chibi-tastic Taurox.  Both the model and the rules were received with mixed feeling from the online community, as I am sure most of you are aware.  It is not as survivable as the Chimera but it is cheaper, re-rolls for difficult terrain, and comes with a twin-linked autocannon.  I think it’s a great option for my Rebel Grot infantry squads.  If I really want to keep them mobile I can deploy them in transports.  Otherwise I can deploy on foot and use the Taurox as mobile fire support or a cheap scoring unit with objective secured!

I don’t completely hate the Taurox model but I’m not much of a fan either.  It does have potential and I’ve seen some nice half-track or wheeled conversions floating around online.  However, since I’m scratch building most of the models for my Rebel Grot army anyway I don’t really have to worry about how the official kit looks!  I decided to build a template for my own Rebel Grot Taurox variant.  While I’m not tied to the official aesthetic I do want something that will play as much like the actual kit as possible so I went digging around online and managed to find some basic measurements and side by side comparison to other transports.  Starting with that basic box I started designing a half-track to fit inside it.

Taurox v1

The Taurox has two fire points and an access point on each side plus and access point at the rear so I made sure to incorporate these features.  I also left a place for the autocannon turret on top.  After some playing around I had the first version of the template ready for a test build:

Taurox 9-15-14

It’s not bad but I felt the engine compartment looked a little too short.  I had planned to stick the wheels on without fenders or anything but I decided that wasn’t going to work for me.  As I built this I also noticed a few places where the template could be better designed to aid assembly.  So I went back to the template, made some adjustments, and built Mark 2.

Taurox v2

Taurox 9-15-14 (2)

Taurox 9-15-14 (1)  Taurox 9-15-14 (3)

I am much happier with this design.  I was planning to buy some wheels for the front but after mulling it over I decided to go with steel tires instead, similar to the ones on the old Armorcast Battlewagon model.  I haven’t designed a turret yet but I’m planning to go with something similar to the one on my Devil Dog.  Here it is with that turret to approximate the profile of the finished design:

Taurox 9-15-14 (4)

Taurox 9-15-14 (5)I am going to start with this basic turret shape but open up one side a bit to make room for the twin-autocannon.  I might also reverse the turret so that the guns are toward the middle of the vehicle instead of hanging over one side.  In either case I’m pretty sure I’ll stick with an asymmetrical turret rather than centering the guns or putting one on each side.

Here are a couple of shots to show how it compares to the Chimera:

Taurox 9-15-14 (6)

Taurox 9-15-14 (7)


From what I’ve seen in the codex and online I think I’ve got the proportions pretty close to the GW model but I won’t know for sure until I get a chance to compare my Taurox to an actual one.  In any case I think I’m close enough to go with it as is.  I still have a lot of detail to add, some of which is already in the template and some of which I’ll add when I design the template.  I also have a few more changes to incorporate.  I plan to move the side access hatch forward to match the GW model more closely.  I might also skip the front doors and assume the crew uses the same entry points as the passengers.

So the Rebel Grots are getting a new ride!  I think the Taurox is a nice option to have in addition to the Chimera.  What are your thoughts on the Taurox as a transport option, and as a model?  What do you think of my replacement model?

  • That’s looking good. What did you use to design the template?

    I think your size is close but I do recall the actual model being smaller than I thought it would be the one time I saw it. I know Zack has a few if he brings them in some Wednesday.

    • Thanks. I’m using AutoCAD LT to design the template. I use it a fair amount at work so I have a copy on my laptop.

      I found a forum post somewhere stating that the Taurox is the same height and width but half an inch longer than the rapid assault vehicle by Secret Weapon, and SW lists the dimensions on their website. So I started with a box of that size and designed the vehicle to fit inside it. I would like to get a direct comparison at some point to see how close it is.

      • Figured it was something professional. Pretty good perk to have, access to CAD software.

        • It is handy. Plus, playing with these templates (I’ve done an ADL that I haven’t gotten around to sharing) gives me some extra practice with the software. So it helps me with my job…really it does…

          • I tell myself the same thing when I’m working on the server for the blog, or the blog itself :)

  • You build wondrous models out of materials i never would have considered. I really enjoy these build ups because of that. It’s amazing to see it all come together in a wonderfully painted model at the end.

    • Thanks! Figuring out how to build them is almost as much fun as actually building them. I’m glad you are enjoying the posts!

      After this one is complete I’m planning to post the template and a tutorial in case any one else wants to build one.

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  • Rat Man

    with some minor aesthetic changes and that right there can be a good stand-in/proxy for the genestealer cult “goliath” GW will be releasing soon.

    • Good call.

    • That’s a good idea! I’ve got a decent sized pile of Genestealers, maybe my Rebel Grots can pull double duty as a Genestealer Cult…

      • Rat Man

        if you do that post up some pictures. i am always keen on seeing more stuff about Genestealer cults. especially player made “unique/custom” stuff. main reason why i am a hobbyist. it’s like adult Lego. only better. :D

        • I’ve struggled to get much done on my models lately but I am excited to see a Genestealer Cult codex on the shelves. Maybe it will be the motivation I need to finish the Armored Sentinel squadron that will complete my Rebel Grot army and move on to some Genestealers to lead them astray!

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