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 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.
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.
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.
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.