This review covers both the Chaos Rotten Dedicated Transport Conversion Set and the Chaos Spike Tracks for Rhino conversion pieces by Grim Skull Miniatures. These are available to purchase from the Wargame Exclusive website.
I personally bought this conversion kit as I am starting a Death Guard army for 8th Edition. I have painted many rhinos and wanted to give the death guard another unique model. Accompanying my corrupted redemptor dreadnought Brother Grod.
The Conversion kit comes in a cardboard box with a sleeve of thin cardboard surrounding it. The sleeve is decorated with the Grimskull miniatures iconography. Inside the resin conversion parts were wrapped in bubble wrap.
The spiked track links were presented in a clear plastic blister with the smaller pieces being contained within a sealed packet inside the blister.
What is it?
This is a full conversion set for games workshops plastic rhino kit. You need five pieces from the rhino: floor, inner track sections, central support console and a hatch.
Here are the two side panels you get with the conversion kit. The amount of detail in these is insane.
You get a top panel, front plate and door which come lavished with the same amount of detail.
Due to the design of the right hand outer track I had to do some surgery and remove the hatch from the plastic rhino inner track portion.
The conversion piece then fit snugly in place.
Initial test fitting revealed that I needed to trim some of the parts to make them fit correctly.
With the very small amount of trimming completed the parts fit perfectly.
The spiked tracks were an option I wanted to employ with this model. They gave me no issues beyond the fact that due to a packing error I got two of each small piece (which only fitted one side.), but this was solved via cutting off the guide posts from the track sections in question and lining them up with those that fit perfectly.
This is probably the only issue many will have with this kit, it costs more than the model it is designed for. You could get two Rhino kits for the cost of just this kit and its shipping alone.
The Quality and level of detail is exceptional, the resin feels nice and takes paint easily. I like the finished look this gives to the rhino and does really set it apart from a stock model, but even I will agree that the price is a bit much.
Finished and Painted Rhino
I have painted assembled and washed this rhino to use with my 8th Edition deathguard forces.
Here is the rhino amongst my fledgling 8th edition Death guard force. I have enough pieces to try to resurrect a land raider for them. Which I will attempt to imitate the look of the rhino using green stuff and sprue offcuts. I am still unsure of how I should base this army, hence the paint splattered but unpainted bases. Suggestions would be welcome.
While I do not own a current rhino for my chaos army (I have a couple of rogue trader rhinos, but none of the current kit), this converted Dark angels razorback shall serve as a comparison piece to show the difference this kit makes.
Conversion Kits Review
Appearance - 10/10
Quality - 10/10
Ease of Use/Assembly - 9/10
Cost - 5/10
I really like what these conversion kits do, as they change the look of the basic rhino considerably. The assembly took a small hit due to the need to trim and meddle with both the rhino and some of the conversion parts.
The quality and detail present in the parts is a step above and could easily be mistaken for a Forge World kit. The detail level is as high and as good as the Forge World Death Guard pieces which it matches aesthetically.
The price, while steep (Forge World’s Deimos pattern vehicles are cheaper than buying the rhino and this conversion kit), cannot fault the quality and look of the finished product.
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