Chaos Land Raider: Work in Progress #1

I got this Land Raider years ago. I bought it used off a friend, and as you’ll see below, it was/is in pretty rough shape. There’s some serious gaps, and some attempts at filling those in were made prior to me getting it, and there are areas that are warped. The poor thing just wasn’t put together well at all, but I have a plan.

The Land Raider

The Plan

The Land Raider needs to be converted over to Chaos, and part of that conversion will be hiding the various mistakes on it. See, instead of trying to fill in gaps, and figure out some way to deal with warped plastic, I plan to just go over it and make it Chaosy. Meaning, I’ll be doing some sculpting to create daemonic elements to hide flaws. Maybe I’ll make some fleshy parts, claws, teeth, anything that seems daemonic, and layer these things over the Land Raider. I’m going to give it a possessed kind of vibe, like something that’s been in the warp too long, and it’s just sprouting mutations and gifts.

That’s as far as my planning goes. I don’t do well with overly thought out plans. I’m more the type of person who works from a base concept and lets inspiration take hold. It works out well most of the time, but occasionally I run into mental roadblocks. However, I’d rather just dive in and work than spend hours and hours planning.

Fixes

Despite hiding some of the more serious issues with the Land Raider, there are some items that need fixing. The sponsons needed some TLC. I had started magnetizing them a while ago, before I set the project aside for God knows who long. So, I finished magnetizing them. I know Chaos only has one Land Raider, but I’m holding out hope that someday we’ll have some options, so I’ll be ready if that day comes.

Note: I get all my magnets at K&J Magnetics if you’re wondering.

Lascannons

Magnetizing these was a bit of a pain. If I had some spare Land Raider bits then I would have approached this differently than I did. However, with no extra bits around, I needed each part to be magnetized for reuse.

It works well enough, just took some time to do.

I have some hatches that I’ll use to fill in the missing ones. Rhino kits come with lots of extra bits, including hatches, and thankfully the hatches are universal.

Cleanup

The other thing I’m doing is cleaning up the Land Raider. There’s mold lines everywhere, nothing is even, it’s a mess. As I work on parts I’m cleaning them off, trying to level things out, fill in small gaps, etc. It’s a slow and painful process.

That’s All Folks

So, nothing exciting, but I just wanted to get a starting point marked out on the blog for this Land Raider. It’s going to be a drastically different vehicle when I’m done, so I had to get those required before shots up.

This will very likely be a long process. I want to take my time with it, and really work on my sculpting skills. I have a blank canvas to work with basically, so it’s time to see what I can pull off.

  • Good start. I love a good reclamation/repair project.
    I have some cool horns and spikes from the WHFB Slaughterbrute kit you can have for incorporating into mutations if you want them.

    • I also like repairing stuff. I hate cleaning mold lines, but the rest of it is fun.

      That sounds cool. Yeah, I’m all for any cool bits like that.

      • I also found an old, metal set of frag launchers from a Crusader if you want something to cover part of those front tracks.

        • Sounds good to me. I’ll probably cover most of them up, the launchers, with sculpting, but it would serve as a good foundation to build off.

          • I can give you my plastic set from my unbuilt Land Raider and keep the metal ones for myself. Easier for you to alter that way.

            • Sounds good. Thanks.

  • Great I’m always fashinating by twisting the official Imperium stuff to other meanings. I’m very curious about the developing of this project, I’ll follow it gladly! I’ve thought that it could be interesting to make scorching a metal needle and make holes and scratches. Maybe it is too much extreme, but now I’d like to try! (Free words in the Internet).

    • Should be a fun project.

      I’m not sure what you mean, “scorching a metal needle and make holes and scratches.” I think your English translation is off a little.

      • Ops sometimes it is simple to know I am not english mother tongue! I mean to make it incandescent and putting it on the land raider, using its heat to make holes and scratches.

        • Ah, I know what you mean. I may have to try that. I’ve done it on infantry before, but never anything as big as a Land Raider.

  • I look forward to seeing how this goes. The Land Raider has so much space to work with that you can do some really great stuff to it, while still leaving it recognizably a Land Raider.

    • Exactly. I’m not used to having so much space to work with, so the problem will be scaling up what I do compared to usual.

  • I have a land raider in similar (maybe slightly better) condition that I picked up on ebay a few years ago. I even picked up the Crusader upgrade sprue and magnetized most of the weapons. Then I put it all in a box and forgot about it since I was primarily running my Reavers as a drop pod assault force.

    I’m looking forward to seeing yours come together though!

    • The amount of projects I have stashed away that I need to finish…though, this is one of them, so that’s something! No doubt you’ve got 10x more projects to do though ;)

      • Yeah, there are days that I wish my place would burn down so I can just take the insurance settlement and start over!

  • I have done this before on rhinos and a couple of DE vehicles. It is a painful process but will be worth it

    You know what would look great, the LR front ramp as a giant maw with loads of teeth, kinda like the nurgle maggoth lord kit

    • I thought about that too, the ramp as a mouth. The problem, for me anyway, is that if I make that a big mouth then it kind of makes the rest of the Land Raider the head; know what I mean? When I see a mouth I also expect to see eyes, then maybe a nose, ears, etc. I just feel like it would restrict the rest of the model, but that may just be my odd thinking.

      • But it’s chaos, you don’t need eyes & ears etc :)
        Just a thought really, but it could work if done right. Would love to see those rents and ridges you did on your knight on here too

        • Oh, I’m sure it could work. I’d just have to figure it out.

          I was definitely planning on the bone protrusions with rent armor like the Knight has. I plan to use that effect in the areas that need more covering up, like a lot of sculpting to hide problems.

          Other plans so far include fleshy parts, like how Obliterators are with their fleshmetal, as well as some random eyes, and Chaos icons that have grown into the Land Raider. I’m just hoping I can pull it off and it doesn’t look like lots of random crap tossed on there.

          • I agree with NafNAf’s logic on this one. If the Helbrute can have a multi-tongued mouth in its armpit then an landraider can have a mouth without a head!

            • I think it’s more the scale than anything, not really the head. I guess it would be such a focal point that I’m trying to figure out how to make it all work together.

              • You could stick a big felt tongue in there that rolls out like a red carpet when the troops disembark :P

                Seriously though, it’s a cool idea that could be challenging to pull off. Trying to modify the existing ramp might just wind up looking like a mannequin’s mouth. You could make it look like a semi-mechanical jaw though. Or you could have the ramp reveal a more fleshy mouth when it opens.

                • I don’t see myself having it open honestly. I know it’s cool and thematic, but it’s just extra work that’s kind of needless. However, something that combines fleshy and mechanical would work; it’s kind of the standard Chaos aesthetic at this point.

                  • Not having it open makes it easier to model something that looks good. Maybe keep most of the ramp as is but add some muscles growing in around the hinges and horn-like teeth growing out of the metal around the opening edge?

  • See? I told you that you were a Warpsmith.

    This will be great project for ye to sink your teeth into and practice some skills on.

    • lol. Good timing.

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