Iron Duke, 15mm Scale Land Raider

The Land Raider is to other vehicles as the Astartes are to baseline humans.

Rogal Dorn, ‘A Treatise on Tanks’

Here’s something a little different – a 15mm scale Land Raider! This cool little model was printed as a gift by a good friend who owns a 3D resin printer. He also threw in some 15mm MkVI Space Marines and a few other bits and pieces to go with it. Models at 15mm scale sit somewhere in between the 6mm scale of Epic miniatures and the 28mm scale of Warhammer 40,000. They’re small enough that they don’t take super long to paint, but large enough to tackle some interesting details.

Painting & Modelling

Like so many of my other projects, initially I said “no LEDs”. But in the end I couldn’t resist putting a few in the Land Raider to make it seem as though the lascannons were firing. This was quite fiddly in terms of drilling, and as you can see in the WIP picture above I ended-up replacing the lascannon barrels with plastic tubes to make drilling the wire holes easier. Each lascannon has a 3V Red Ultra Nano SMD Chip LED (available from Small Scale Lights) at the aperture. The LEDs are in series with their supplied 100Ω resistor and then in parallel with each other. The whole circuit is supplied by a single 3V CR2032 coin cell battery and switch in the base.

The muzzle flare effects around the LEDs – simulating scattered laser light on the dusty battlefield – are made from acrylic gel. I have an explanation for how this is done in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare Tutorial.

The banner is an addition from my bits box, which I think may have come from an old Black Templar accessory sprue. The miniature is mounted on a 65mm base.

15mm scale Land Raider next to Warhammer 40K model ‘Sergeant Scale

I decided this Land Raider would essentially be a 15mm scale version of my classic 30K Land Raider ‘Iron Duke’. To paint the yellow, I fell back on my tried-and-tested recipe:

  • Corax white undercoat
  • Averland sunset base
  • Cassandora yellow shade in recesses
  • Yriel yellow (two thin coats)
  • Flash Gitz yellow edge highlight
  • Dorn yellow final edge highlight

Although this gives a nice bright yellow, it is quite time consuming, especially with the multiple applications of Yriel yellow. In hindsight I wish I’d invested in the new Imperial Fists contrast paint and given that a go instead as I imagine that would have been much quicker. Ah well!

So now I have this model, what am I going to do with it? Well my good friend Apologist also recieved some of these 15mm miniatures, and decided to paint them as Emperor’s Children so we could have a cool Horus Heresy themed game with them! You can read the battle report on his blog.

That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly unusual project! I have some more 15mm models to finish, so I’m sure we’ll see some more of this project again in the future. As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Adeptus Titanicus Knight Lancer & New Energy Shield Tutorial

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The masses have faith in the Warmaster as their shield. I have something a little more potent!

– Omega-78, Shame-Scion of House Perdaxia

Here’s a new idea I’ve been brewing for a little while – an “energy” shield with LED explosion effects. I was quite pleased with how my Lamenter with breacher shield and impact explosions turned out, but I thought the idea could be expanded and built on. The impression that I wanted to give was that the model was protected by an invisible bubble of energy that was suddenly becoming visible as it reacted to an exploding projectile. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out!

As of this morning I now have a brand new LED energy shield tutorial on my tutorials page if anyone is interested in having a go at this themselves. This project has occupied pretty much all my hobby time for the last five weeks. In the Age of Corona, between working from home and home schooling two young children on lockdown, I haven’t had a lot of time to spend hobbying.

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I’ve been interested in Adeptus Titanicus since it was first announced (I used to play a lot of Epic Armageddon) and I’ve had a couple of Titans sat on the ‘Shelf of Shame’ for about two years now! I’m glad that I’ve finally been able to put one together.

 

This Knight Lancer is from House Perdaxia who threw in their lot with the Warmaster during the Horus Heresy. So why House Perdaxia? The Titan Legion I will ultimately be collecting is Legio Fureans – I just love their retro yellow and black flame colour scheme! Plus we already have plenty of Loyalist Titan Legions in our gaming group, so we really needed another Traitor. I chose House Perdaxia for the Lancer as they are listed as one of the Knight House who regularly support Fureans. I was also intrigued by their background – Perdaxia removed their colours and iconography at the start of the Heresy and adopted those of Legio Fureans. The Knight Scions even abandoned their old names, adopting strange code names instead. What led them to do this? What secret shame do they hide? It’s an interesting question that I’m going to enjoy thinking about!

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That’s it for today. More Adeptus Titanicus to come soon – I have to make the other Knight Lancer in the pair – as well as more 40K and Age of Sigmar. See you all again soon.

Dark Angel with LED Plasma Gun & New “Simple” LED Plasma Weapon Tutorial

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What is it to be a Dark Angel? It is to be the first Legion, the honoured, the Sons of the Lion.

Don’t panic, I haven’t abandoned the Crimson Fists! But I have had a Horus Heresy Dark Angels “itch” that I’ve needed to scratch for a long time now. I also needed a model to be the subject of a new guide – the “simple” LED plasma weapons tutorial – so it seemed like a good idea to kill two birds with one stone. Regular readers will know I already have a LED plasma weapon tutorial, but this new one is the “simple” version and features:

  • Less cutting
  • Less drilling
  • Alternatives to soldering
  • Alternatives to resin casting

So on the whole it’s more accessible. The new tutorial can be found here and my original LED plasma tutorial can be found here.

As readers of a certain ‘vintage’ may have spotted, I’ve taken influence for this model from the classic piece of artwork shown below.

Space Marine box art
Image © Games Workshop

This is the box art for the Space Marine game. A 6mm ‘Epic’ scale game released in 1989, it was set during the Horus Heresy and compatible with the first edition of Adeptus Titanicus. This is a classic image of the Dark Angels that’s firmly lodged in my subconscious. I haven’t tried to copy the art precisely, but I definitely wanted to capture the “feel”. I’ve combined the helmetless Marine firing a bolter in the centre with the plasma marine in the bottom left. I’ve changed the colour palette slightly to bring it more in line with current interpretations of 30K Dark Angels, as seen in the Forge World Horus Heresy books. For example, the chapter symbol on the model painted is red rather than the black(!) shown here. But hopefully the influences are still recognisable.

This isn’t the start of a new army, in fact I’m already working on the Crimson Fists again. The Dark Angels will be a Kill Team at most. However there will definitely be more Dark Angels coming up later in the summer as I have some new LED tutorials to write, and they are excellent demonstration models!

So if you’d like to have a go at LED plasma weapons on your own models, then you can check out my new “simple” version tutorial here.