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.

Brother Nikko, Flesh Eaters Drum Major

Here come the drums!

Drum Major Nikko

Drum Major Nikko is the next officer to join my Flesh Eaters ‘Armies on Parade 2022’ project. He will count as a Primaris Lieutenant on the table top, with the inspirational beat of his drums representing the ‘Tactical Precision’ aura.

Design Influence

I enjoy a little medieval and renaissance pageantry in my Space Marines. Not necessarily on every trooper, but certainly on the officers. Artificer armour, master-crafted weapons, banners, falcons, musical instruments – I love it all! With this project I think it particularly helps to add to the archaic feel of an army set in the 34th millennium. Ok, so that’s still the far future by our standards, but from point of view of the 41st millennium it’s a distant and forgotten past.

My other influence for this model was the Royal Marines band. I had a grandparent who was in the Royal Marines during World War 2, and when I was a child I was taken to places like the Royal Marines Museum and saw many parades involving military bands. So I guess the concept of military musicians stuck with my over the years.

Building & Painting

The base model is the Indomitus Captain with relic shield, although his weapons have been replaced with scratch-built drumsticks made from wire and plastic tube. The drum-sticks went through several iterations. First the tips were circular, but I wasn’t happy with how that looked, so I switched them for miniature plastic skulls! But I decided these drew the eye too much, and made the whole model look a little “Chaos-y”. In the end I settled on the cylindrical shapes you can see on the finished model. The drum has been knocking around in my bits box for a while; I’m fairly sure it is from AOS Freeguild Guard set.

The LED eye on the sheet music servo skull was mostly achieved using the basic techniques described in my LED eye lens tutorial, with one main difference; instead of recasting the skull in resin I used the plastic original. I drilled a 1mm hole into the eye socket of the skull, and then a larger hole up through the neck to meet the eye hole in the middle of the skull. I then fed the wires of my 3V green 0603 nano SMD chip LED in through the eye hole and out of the bottom, then gently pushed the LED into the hole with fine tweezers. The wire then formed one of the “tails” of the servo skull. I ran the wires through the backpack, torso and legs of Brother Nikko – again, as described in my LED eye lens tutorial – to connect to the battery in the base. Then I applied a small blob of Water Splash Effect Gel, available from Green Stuff World to fill in the hole over the LED. Finally, once the gel was dry I applied several shades of Citadel Biel-Tan Green. This is to give the eye some colour when the LED is off and also to prevent the LED being too bright.

When it came to painting, I largely stuck to my previous Flesh Eaters colour palette. There was one exception though – the leopard-skin robes! This idea came from the animal skins traditionally worn by the Royal Marines band. I hesitated about breaking the palette at first, but I gave in eventually as I couldn’t get the idea out of my head or think of a more appropriate colour to paint the robes. They were painted with the following Citadel Colours:

  • Zandri Dust base coat
  • Seraphim Sepia shade
  • Karak Stone highlight
  • Screaming skull fine highlight
  • Tuskgor Fur small dots
  • 50:50 Abaddon Black:Rhinox Hide irregular circles around the dots

That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed slightly unusual character concept! I’ll be back again soon with some new models. As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Flesh Eaters – Armies on Parade update

Give me a hundred Space Marines. Or failing that give me a thousand other troops.

Rogal Dorn

Here we are, seven months into my Armies on Parade 2022 project, and the Flesh Eaters are starting to come together as a force. This is just a quick update to share some group shots and look at the last few months of progress.

So far my Flesh Eaters army consists of:

My goal has always been to complete approximately 750 points by November, so only three months left to go. In that time I need to finish:

  • Second Assault Squad
  • Lieutenant
  • Ancient Standard Bearer
  • Dreadnought
  • Display Board!

I may need to pick up the pace a little! I also have an idea for another vehicle that would take the army up to 1000 points, but I’m not sure if I’ll finish that before Armies on Parade.

That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the group photos of the army so far. I’ll be back again next week with some new models. As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Uriah Grimm, Flesh Eaters Chaplain

In war are we eternally reborn.

Uriah Grimm, Brother-Chaplain of the Flesh Eaters

Brother-Chaplain Uriah Grimm is the first HQ choice for my Flesh Eaters army project. I started work on him a few months ago, hope to have him complete in time for a call for examples of Dramatis Persona in the War of the False Primarch, but in the end I missed the deadline by quite a way. Next I thought I’d have him finished in time for the Armies on Parade 2022 ‘Gods of War’ month, but that came and went too! Still, he’s finished now, and I’d always rather take my time and get things “right” rather than rush to a deadline.

Design & Building

“Don’t talk to me or my son ever again!”

Chaplain Grimm is heavily influenced by the Rogue Trader era Chaplain pictured above. This is the first 40K model I ever painted way back in 1993, using a mix of Citadel paints from the time (good old ‘Blood Red’) and my dad’s Humbrol paints. You may have seen me post this ancient model before, I like to dig it out occasionally just to remind people that we’ve all got to start our hobby journey somewhere and anyone can improve their painting with a little practice. You can see a more competently painted version of the same model in the bottom left of the image below.

Rogue Trader era metal Space Marine Chaplains, as seen in White Dwarf 108

When updating this model I didn’t want to make a literal rivet-by-rivet identical version, just to capture the key points and general feel of the miniature. The pose, the weapons, the distinctive skull shoulder pads and helmet were the main points I wanted to preserve. Everything else was up for grabs. You may recognise I’ve based my miniature on the Indomitus Chaplain, while the arms and shoulders are from the Black Templars Castellan, the backpack is from the Forge World Mk V Heresy Armour set and finally the helmet is a re-sculpt based on the Primaris Reiver helmet.

The LED plasma pistol was created using the techniques described in my LED Plasma Weapon tutorial, although in this case I used a TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED instead of the pink LED described in the tutorial. The reason for this is that I am trying to limit the colour pallete of LEDs in this project to only green and yellow. The other slight difference – as seen in the images above – is that I rotated the LED through 90 degrees so that it faced upwards through the plasma coil rather than out of the barrel. This makes the coils a little brighter which I prefer when you can’t really see down the barrel in this pose. The otherwise bare resin of the coils has been given a thin shade of Citadel Biel-Tan Green, just to make it look a little more visually appealing when the LED is switched off, as seen in the right-hand picture above.

Painting (a.k.a. To Bone or Not To Bone?)

One of the things that delayed me finishing this model was settling on exactly how I was going to paint it. I knew from the start that I wanted to limit the ceremonial “black” colour of the chaplain office to robes and other small areas. My main hang-up was whether to go with a traditional beige colour for the bone-styled areas of the Grimm’s armour, or to stick with Corax White? As you can see the white won in the end. This was because it emulated the original model I had painted, and also it meant I didn’t have to add any more colours to my armour colour palette, as Corax White is already part of the scheme. At first I started painting the whole shoulder pads white (rims and all), but I realised that was a little much and decided to introduce the silver and black so that the shoulders didn’t end up dominating the whole model.

The Caputmori – an eagle with a human skull – became the notorious symbol of the Partisan forces during the War of the False Primarch. The replacement of the twin heads of the Imperial eagle with a single alternative was a clear challenge to the authority of the High Lords. So how did a chaplain of the staunchly loyal Flesh Eaters acquire such a symbol of office? As with so many things in the War of the False Primarch, we are reduced to speculation. Maybe it was taken from a defeated Partisan chaplain as a trophy of conquest? Or perhaps Brother-Chaplian Grimm was simply attempting to “reclaim” this symbol for Pentarchy of Blood? We may never know the truth. But what we can be sure of is that the crozius arcanum did not leave his side for the duration of his recorded engagements during the war.


So there we have it, two Troops choices and an HQ. I think that technically counts as a ‘Battle Forged’ army, doesn’t it? That abomination the False Primarch doesn’t stand a chance! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon for with some more Flesh Eaters.

Flesh Eaters Assault Squad ‘Levers’

Assault Squad ‘Levers’ is complete! Including Kill Team Caro, my Flesh Eaters army now consists of two troops choices. I’m not far from a (technically) playable force, so it feels like this ‘Armies on Parade 2022’ project is finally gaining a little momentum!

Design Philosophy

I’m very pleased with how this unit turned out, especially now I’ve seen all five models together. While I was working on this unit I had a three-point design philosophy:

  1. Continue the ‘Rogue Trader’ era aesthetic and the ‘War of the False Primarch’ army theme by giving everyone MkVI power armour.
  2. Give the impression that the unit is right in the thick of the action (bullet impacts, blood splatter, etc).
  3. Only the sergeant could wear a helmet.

For the third point, I wanted to reverse the normal trope of bare-headed space marine officers, and make sure it was only Brother-Sergeant Levers who was wearing a helmet. After all, as the leader of the assault squad he’s the one who needs the most protection and access to all the sensors and comms devices that the helmet provides. All the other battle brothers in the unit are fighting with bare heads (infra-visors don’t count) to prove their bravery and look the enemy directly in the eye!

If you’re seeing my Flesh Eaters project for the first time and you’re interest in how the LED effects on the helmet eye lenses were achieved, I simply followed the techniques described in my LED Eye Lens tutorial. The only difference was that I used TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED instead of the red LED described in the tutorial. My painting recipe for Flesh Eaters armour can also be found in this previous post.

Squad Members

Brother-Sergeant Levers is the leader of the assault squad. A brutal close combat brawler, he routinely wears dual powerfists into battle. You can read the full article about this model here.

Brother Kane carries the squad’s “terror banner”. The trust placed in him by this role often inspires Kane to lead the charge into the fray. You can read the full article about this model here.

Brother Talon has sworn an oath to seek an honourable death in combat to prove his faith in the Emperor. You can read the full article about this model here.

Brother Akerman is known for always being stoic in the face of enemy fire. You can read the full article about this model here.

Brother Dunn is equipped with an infra-visor, ideal for spotting potential enemy ambushes in close-quarters fighting and boarding actions. You can read the full article about this model here.

So there we are, squad complete! I hope you’ve enjoyed following the progress of this unit over the last couple of months! That’s all for today, but I’ll be back again soon for more Flesh Eaters, plus a few side projects (that may also be red). As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.