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Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:08
As promised, here's the tutorial on how I turned my Russ into a StuG-style Thunderer... If you want to make one yourself in exactly the same way, you will need a Chimera box as well as some bits from a Russ (namely, the upper body plate, the sponsons, and the parts for the hull lascannon), and as many track guards as you can get your hands on. Of course, feel free to alter it and use different parts- but be sure to post the results in the tread-heads thread, okay? :)

I've included some details on how my Panzer was built too, and for the record it uses just about all the same parts, only substitute the sponson bits for the whole turret assembly.

By the way, be sure to read the whole thing before starting, just in case you miss something important!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0281.jpg

Okay, to start off, grab the wheel sprue. You'll need 6 of the small ones for the road wheels, as well as both the medium and large ones. Now, on the larger wheels you'll need to trim down the pin inside so that it is flat against the rim. The reason for this is that it helps it sit securely on the inner track panels.

Speaking of those panels, you should trim them down now so that there is a bit more space between them and the floor, and cut away the three raised bits marked below.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0251.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0252.jpg

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:09
The wheels fit as follows for the Panzer:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0255.jpg

But, if you're making the StuG like I'm about too, then you should swap the large and medium wheels around. Now, the road wheels go on as normal, but you'll find that the pin inside the large wheel fits into the whole in the middle of those raised rings where the small wheels usually go. The drive wheel at the front goes into one of these (regardless of the size). The back wheel however won't fit in without hitting the rear road wheel, so in the case of the Panzer cut the pin away and glue on the wheel so that the little ring is in contact next to the inside of the wheel (in the image above, the rear wheel is pushed up and as far to the right as it will go). The StuG is the same, but does not need the pin cutting away.

Also shown above are the tracks needed and where they go (same for both tanks moving one of the small links at the front wheel to the back wheel in the case of the StuG), but don't stick them on just yet!

Now, start sticking the panels onto the lower body of the Chimea. Note how the hull had been lengthened as though it's going to be a Chimera:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0257.jpg

Highlighted in red is where the Russ upper hull will go. Be sure to cut the panel flat at these points to ensure a good fit.

The hull of the Russ itself needs trimming down at the sides until it is the same width as a Chimera hull. Also, the back of it needs to be trimmed; aim to get a piece like in the picture below. At this stage it is worth grabbing the top of the Chimera turret and cutting it down to you have just the top- a ring where the top hatch goes. Stick this under the Russ hull where the turret would be so that when you put the hatch on instead of the turret it all fits (I didn't do this until it became apparent that I'd have to fill in part of the turret hole in some way. After all, I was making the model up as I went! That's why you can't see anything like this until much later, after the gun had been put on).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0258.jpg

The Russ hull should come in line with the Chimera track panel at the top, as you can see below. Once all the parts fit, go ahead and stick it together!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0260.jpg

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:10
And once it's done, pop on the lower tracks!

Now the tricky bit- the return wheels. It's best to leave the upper tracks to this stage as you can use them to get the wheels in the same spot on either side. You will find that they will need to be spaced out slightly to fit, but don't worry as the mud guards will cover up any defects. If you like, do like me and bend the tracks to add a bit of sag.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0261.jpg

Once you have something you like, glue it together.

Now, the mud guards! Take one of the larger ones and cut off one side of it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0262.jpg

Now this glues onto the tank side just above the tracks- this is your control to get them in line with each other. Next, take one of the medium length guards and cut it to a length so that it protrudes just above the front wheel.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0264.jpg

Then cut it so that it fits neatly onto the inner track panel, and mirror it before you glue it on.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0266.jpg

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:11
Now you just need to work your way down the hull on both sides in the same way until you like the result.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0265.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0269.jpg

Now you need to build up the front of the body. The bonnet is the rear plate from a Basilisk, as you can see below. Don't worry about the hole where the Chimera's hull weapon would go- just fill it with some plasticard.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0270.jpg

Once it is fixed in place (you will need to remove some of the plastic on the track panels just like when you put the Russ hull on), you need to take the two covers for the hull Russ lascannon and fix them where they would normall go- be aware that some needs to be cut away to make them fit! You can see these being put in above.

The reason for the lascannon covers being placed is to give a recess where the gun would go. It's almost the opposite of the Russ kit- this will be left open, whilst either side will be filled in (if that makes any sense!).

Now, the viewport. You get two of the following parts in the Chimera box (they hold the lasguns to the hull)- take one and cut it as shown by the red lines.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0271.jpg

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:12
This fits here!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0272.jpg

Next, take the top of a Russ sponson and cut it till it fits over the top of the drivers compartment. Do it stage by stage- keep cutting bit by bit until it fits:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0274.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0275.jpg

The gap on the other side of the gun is filled in the same way, but with the pieces obviously cut to different sizes.

And now, the gun! This is made from a Russ hull lascannon, a small wheel (you should have about 6 left over from the Chimera wheel sprue), and a dozer blade (I used an old Guard one because I had one lying around, but a new one will do with a bit of cutting). First, cut the lascannon down as shown, including at the red line.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0276.jpg

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:13
Then, cut the dozer blade. If you are using the same type as me, then you'll find that two sections wide is the perfect size:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0277.jpg

Trim down the detail in the middle of the plate, and stick it together!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0278.jpg

Now, pop in the gun. Try to angle it slightly upwards. By the way, notice how the hatch ring has been glued on- yep, it was here that I realised that the turret hole was too big for the cupola to sit in without any help...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0279.jpg

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 20:14
The tank is almost done! Add on any extra bits you like now. It is a good idea to cover up the huge driver's window with the Chimera viewport (be ready to trim it down a bit), else controling the thing in battle will be a tad suicidal, eh?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0280.jpg

And now... Paint it!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0281.jpg

Well I hope that makes things clear. Any questions, feel free to send me a message or something! :)

ZAChos
21-03-2006, 20:29
Gorgeous. If it wasn't for the fact I'm a tight bastich I would emulate you closely in the hope it would get me friends.

I might be able to stretch to just one...

Brush your teeth
21-03-2006, 21:04
can i ask how much it cost to get the sprues. its a lovely tank and i hope you dont mind that your about to see them in everyones army.

EDIT:the real question is is that all the leman russ bits needed?
http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99399999053&orignav=10

Kasrkin
21-03-2006, 21:22
lol, naw, I don't mind so long that no one pretends that they invented it. ;)

Looks like all the parts are on that sprue except for one; well two really, the tops of the sponson guns. You could easily substitute these parts for plasticard though, so yeah you could get away with using just Frame B. Go for that, a Chimera box, and a couple of extra mud guards and you should be set.

malika
21-03-2006, 21:33
OMG...that tank is simply amazing, both the painting and the modelling!!! Check your pm now!!!

Inquisitor lorr
21-03-2006, 22:11
Wow, this is awesome:p ,i may have to "borrow" it for a guard army i want to start soon.

P.s that you duncan?:confused:
Edit:just saw another post by you about bretonnian generals shouting duels...hmmm familiar

TomKamakazi
21-03-2006, 22:21
Wow! That's fantastic!

For a second I seriously thought that was a WW2 tank kit you had stuck a heavy stubber on.

Well done!

Kasrkin
22-03-2006, 00:05
Wow, this is awesome:p ,i may have to "borrow" it for a guard army i want to start soon.

P.s that you duncan?:confused:
Edit:just saw another post by you about bretonnian generals shouting duels...hmmm familiar

lol, yeah, it's me. Is the duel thing really that much of a give away? :rolleyes:

Anvils Hammer
22-03-2006, 00:53
very cool conversion!

it looks like a totally differnt tank, even though its fundamentally the same kit.

Makaber
22-03-2006, 01:55
I love you and want to have your babies.

treebarkscum
22-03-2006, 03:56
This would have gone well with my Panzergrenedier Guard before I stripped all the paint on 'em and started to re-do what little of the army I had painted. :) Really, really nice conversion there. Do you make it count as having a fixed weapon or do you just play it as a regular Russ? :confused:

kenji ito
22-03-2006, 03:58
thats a thunderer? the cannons a little too small though.

great idea though. thanks!

and i would like to know, whats the benefit between thunderer's and lemon russ demolishers? points?

New Cult King
22-03-2006, 04:00
You, sir, are a fiend. But a very, very awesome one. This is a very generous how-to: thank you!

How did you come up with this idea? Were you just sitting there one day idly putting some kits together and *shabam*?

Unique1
22-03-2006, 07:29
You are the undisputed master of Jiggery Pokery with GW bitz, might have to try this sometime.

pyramid_head
22-03-2006, 07:50
thats a thunderer? the cannons a little too small though.

great idea though. thanks!

and i would like to know, whats the benefit between thunderer's and lemon russ demolishers? points?


Dunno looks about the right diametre of a brumbar to me.

Rabid Bunny 666
22-03-2006, 08:47
:eek:

woah dude, that is pretty awesome

HPD_Andy
22-03-2006, 09:17
Cool, thanks for the guide.

CaputMortuum
22-03-2006, 09:31
Thanks for the tutorial. It was really nice of you to do it.

caput

sheep
22-03-2006, 10:24
Very cool, could you post a pic of it and the panzer IV together, just because i think it would look cool. :D

Cheers

Sheep

Inquisitor lorr
22-03-2006, 10:26
Is the duel thing really that much of a give away? :rolleyes:
lol-just slightly

-anyway are you planning on doing anymore of these world war style tanks?

-bring this one in tommorow if your in GW:D

The boyz
22-03-2006, 14:43
Wow that is one very nice looking and well painted tank conversion Kasrkin. Great tutorial aswell, good clear simple instructions, that are easy to follow. Good job.

Sojourner
22-03-2006, 15:33
Seconded, thirded, fourthed...

I may have to make an entire company.

Anybody remember the M-48 Patton conversion somebody made? It'd be nice to see a comparison.

Borsil
22-03-2006, 18:12
mmmmm that is a very nice model. only problem is that it wouldn't really fit in with my guard army, so i'm going to need ot make a second one just to have an excuse to make a tank like that!! maybe i'll make a small city fight army and have thunderers as my supports.... :chrome:

damn it there goes another months wages :skull:

firestorm40k
22-03-2006, 18:41
This is absolutely outstanding, fantastic, and a great contribution. Thank you very much, Kasrkin - I only wish I had your imagination and skill! :cool:

Kasrkin
22-03-2006, 21:31
I love you and want to have your babies.

...don't quite know what to say to that... Um, thanks?

No problem about making the guide, it wasn't hard to take pictures as I went. :)

NCK, I've been wanting to do a model like this for some time now, mainly because whilst I don't like the Leman Russ chassis, I do like tanks. German WWII tanks are cool, so I wanted to merge them into something I liked... the 'Panzer' (or 'Kasrkin', as named in the tread-head thread) pattern Russ was the result. The StuG is a variant of the same design, and the only reason I did the tutorial for it was because it happened to be the one I was planning when I was asked how it was done.

I'll probably make another Kasrkin Russ soon, so I'll make a tutorial for that when I do. I'm also going to do a Basilisk/Hummel combo soon, and I'm thinking that a Panzer I/Exterminator would also be pretty easy to do if I go for the IA1 full armoured company... See, I've only got one more heavy support slot left and have lots of ideas to use, so the thought of using that armylist is becoming more and more popular all the time!

Here's the tanks all together, by the way. If anyone wants to make the Chimera, then it's just the Chimera kit as normal with the Panzer-style tracks. Easy! :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0290.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v737/kasrkin_rhodes/DSCF0292.jpg

Inquisitor lorr
22-03-2006, 21:55
You know i'm going to steal all these when i do my guard.That style of tracks looks really cool on the chimera

cpl_hicks
22-03-2006, 22:43
the tanks are cool, but something needs to be done about the tracks, they need soemthing to make them look like real life tank tracks, some suspension, or maybe something covering the big gap on the side

ahoef
26-03-2006, 06:52
Very good conversion !

Its the best Gw-German conversion i've seen so far.
Makes me want to start with my guard again...

Puffin Magician
26-03-2006, 14:16
An amazing[!] StuG and superb job with providing us all a tutorial. Lovely painting on them as well.

Anybody remember the M-48 Patton conversion somebody made?I do! This (http://s11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=33) is the M41 which you might be thinking of [I keep remembering it as the Patton as well]. Here (http://s11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=765)'s his main thread with several other tanks.

cerealkiller195
26-03-2006, 17:51
did i tell you how awesome you are?

Kasrkin
29-03-2006, 00:57
An amazing[!] StuG and superb job with providing us all a tutorial. Lovely painting on them as well.
I do! This (http://s11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=33) is the M41 which you might be thinking of [I keep remembering it as the Patton as well]. Here (http://s11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=765)'s his main thread with several other tanks.

Woah... I am so inspired now to do something big like his tanks! :D Thanks for sharing!

nathonicus
01-10-2007, 17:42
These are awesome, and very inspirational.

I just got my first tank in a long time (bassie) given to me by a friend, and I have some converting to do.

Nice work!

catbarf
01-10-2007, 20:32
Damn, damn damn. My Russ is going in the Simple Green for parts, and I'm going to buy a few Chimeras. I'm with you in that I love tanks, but hate the Russ. Wonderful tutorial!

Edit: Gah, nathon, necromancy!

RavenMorpheus
01-10-2007, 20:59
Nice, I like it. Cannon could be a bit wider/longer but I like the model and the how-to is brilliant.

Sister_Sin
02-10-2007, 00:51
Hiya Kasrkin

Love the guide! I have been experimenting with building a Panzer myself on your design. Excellent work I might add.

One query; have you thought of jimmying up some 'suspension to sort of break up the wide open space inside the tracks? I used some plastic card and some sprue to get this result;

http://s223.photobucket.com/albums/dd221/Col_Taarna/?action=view&current=panzersuspension.jpg

Just an idea I had. I have a love of WWII German tanks. I've considered extending the track base enough to get two more road wheels in ala the Pzkfw IV and use that as the MBT. This one, with its six road wheels, reminds me more of the Pzkpfw III so I'm going Exterminator with this one. I've also found that vanquisher type turret looks really cool on them.

And going after a Jagdpanther for my Destroyers, a Stormtiger for my Demolishers and so on. LOL

Thanks for the inspiration!

You rock.

Sister Sin

Kasrkin
03-10-2007, 01:56
lol, I'm suprised to see this thread turning up again! I'm glad that it's helping people out and helping generate ideas though, just what I hoped for. :) Sister_Sin, yes I have thought a few times about suspension without coming up with anything, but I do like your method (and actually spotted your thread about it elsewhere on the 'net a few days ago- thank you for the credit, btw!). Just plasticard, right? I might shamelessly copy it then, lol :angel:

Sister_Sin
03-10-2007, 02:01
Yep, a bit of plastic card and a length of sprue with the upper end lopped at an angle. That's all it is. You could do torsion style by making smaller bits of just sprue and having them come up from the road wheels at an angle...one for each wheel.

The gang over at WiP has enjoyed it thus far and the bit on torsion suspension was pointed out to me by one of them. Lt Walke suggested dropping the return rollers a quarter inch on mine too, which I may give a go in the next iteration. :)

It's all good stuff!

Sister Sin

Clang
03-10-2007, 07:36
I love everything about this conversion except for the horrific cost of all the bits - unless you have another cool conversion that can be made with the chimera suspension and other leftovers from both kits?

I'm also tempted by the idea of a bigger-gunned version for a 'counts as' Vindicator - although it wouldn't look too much like the WW2 SturmTiger which GW obviously based the Vindicator on, whic I realise is part of the appeal of your StuG...

Sister_Sin
03-10-2007, 11:41
Well, the only pieces I needed outside of what came in the Chimera and Russ boxes were more of the track guards. However, I've decided to fabricate those from plastic card so I don't have to order bits. I found I had more than enough wheels for the conversion, plenty of track too and from just one kit. The amount of track can be affected by placement of the return rollers on the upper hull; the higher they are, the more track needed, the lower they are, the less. Or so I have found so far.

You can get a 10 pack of sheet styrene for around 16 dollars or so, give or take, and that will go for a LOT of conversion and scratch build material.

My Chimera are a bit different since I don't use the turret; I use twin heavy stubbers or a heavy bolter with a shield on it attached to the cupola.

Mmm, I'm converting wheeled Recon Company vehicles out of Chimera kits and scratch built parts using the Predator turrets for those.

I blame Kasrkin. ;) LOL No stopping me now.

Sister Sin

BillyBob
03-10-2007, 18:05
I don't like most tank conversions...
.. but this is REALLY awesome. I love how none of it is an actual WWII kit.
I shall attempt this, but I think I'm gonna do a laser destroyer instead.
Of course I will not claim it to be my own design. I know what it's like to have credit stolen from me..
Really a nice tutorial.

El Presedente
03-10-2007, 18:26
Thats invaluble. The how to on the fron part will come in handy for when I come to convert my own macharius, out of interest what does it count as?

catbarf
03-10-2007, 20:29
Is it just me, or on the Russ and Chimera have the tracks been cut so that they slope downward?

Tarsus
04-10-2007, 17:17
Ive just built a hellhound using this guide and am now planning on replacing all my tanks with these designs. Ive still got to tidy up the gaps and the holes that have been left from the missing wheels plus im gonna add rivets to the peice above the tracks where they dip down. Plus im gonna add some suspension in to remove some the expanse of emptyness.

Im not putting the track gaurds on any of the chimera chassis tanks as this will help to keep them looking lighter when next to the heavier russ chassis tanks.

Ive got 2 russ's and after ive pulled the track sections of them to be replaced im gonna use them as a base for a macharius build, and i will have 2 chimera body sections that will help here as well.

catbarf
04-10-2007, 20:42
That Hellhound is damn nice. Good job!

Sister_Sin
04-10-2007, 21:15
What catbarf said; righteous job there. :)

Sister Sin

Toschenko
04-10-2007, 21:42
I'm really liking the russ/stug thing, might have to steal your idea... and that hellound looks sweet too!

Five stars for your thread!

Toschenko

SanguinaryDan
04-10-2007, 21:57
Now I know how I'm going to build the Destroyer(chimera tracked) and Demolisher(mars alpha) sitting in my basement.

Beautiful work folks.

jackdude
05-10-2007, 04:42
Hmm, I guess I might as well show my recent work as this thread had inspired me back in the day.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11533391@N08/1198644829/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11533391@N08/1199510290/

I avoided the whole lack of suspension deal and build side skirts as extra armour.

The UnNamed One
05-10-2007, 05:04
Nice tutorial Kasrkin, You think you could make another cool tank with the left over bits from the russ and chimera kits?

catbarf
05-10-2007, 11:38
Pretty cool jackdude, just make sure to add rivets and bits or it will look terribly bare.

danjones87
08-11-2007, 12:48
Still Fantastic Dunc. Great work.

Dan

Misanthrope
23-11-2007, 23:06
WHY DIDNT I SEE THIS A MONTH AGO BEFORE I MADE ALL OF MY TANKS?!! Now I have to remake them :( :(

Oh well it'll be worth it!!!

TheOTHERmaninblack
25-11-2007, 01:54
This thread showed back up at the perfect time. I'd forgotten all about it. I've been wanting to do an alternate tank build for awhile and needed something that looked good but wouldn't spiral out of control and end up as a scratchbuilt super-heavy whatever.

Then, as I was reading the thread, I remembered the chimera that's been sitting on my shelf since I got it in the Imperial Guard Army Deal, (yeah, that long ago) and the three Russ upper hulls from some long ago trade sitting in the bitz box. That kind of co-incidence cannot be ignored.

But I have a couple of questions.

I've got the lower hul put together and the wheels on. About ready to mate the Russ bits to it. In the photos, it looks like you've removed most or all of the material from the Russ hull on the left side (nearest the hull gun mount). Is that right? Do you have a pic of the other side of the trimmed hull?

Also, did you ever get 'round to putting the other armor you spoke of together? Haven't seen them in the treadhead thread.

Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration.

synapse
28-03-2008, 18:52
those have to be the coolest panzer/leman russes ive seen!

im buying bitz for one... even though i have no IG, theyre that cool! well done. 5-stars from me

baphomael
29-03-2008, 03:09
that is all kinds of awesome. I demand that you do the same for other german style IG tanks! The mob needs more!!

silentsmoke
12-05-2008, 20:29
Totally wicked

wilsonian
12-05-2008, 21:41
This just makes me wana try and make a churchill or some thing equally british to go with my para reg

Yep thats final a chimera and a leman russ kit on order and I'll see what I can come up with :D

Kugelblitz
02-06-2008, 20:41
I guess that would be WWII paras? What about a Locust or a Tetrarch?

This is a nice fusion of two elements that just looks so nice. I wonder what the inverse (Chimera deck and LR tracks) would look like?

I am envious of your creativity.

Shield And Key
03-03-2009, 18:29
I just wanted to top this thread to preemptively give credit and thanks to Kasrkin. I ordered some bits, and am going to give this a shot (with some modifications of my own).

Three cheers for Kasrkin!

fluffstalker
16-03-2009, 11:57
Hey Kasrkin, thanks for the awesome guide and a very realistic and mean looking Stug. Im looking to build myself an ordinary panzer and was following along, but I still need some pictures of a finished panzer to figure it out?

Could post a picture of an assembled Panzer? you already posted some nice painted Panzers but I was wondering if, perhaps you were doing another one or you had WIP pictures of them without the paint so I can get a feel for how to convert it?

cheers fluff.

Mega Nutz
16-03-2009, 13:23
Great concept and very good guide, thanks..........

BrotherAtrox
13-07-2009, 08:45
Hate to bump this thread, but I could really use some advice:

Has anyone else tried this with success? Pics would be great? Or has anyone expanded on this?

More importantly: is it necessary that one use the Chimera tread assemblies with a Russ hull? It's not the most cost effective way of converting if I need a Russ and hull and a Chimera chassis.

Dawn of the Dogs
13-07-2009, 11:54
Hate to bump this thread, but I could really use some advice:

Has anyone else tried this with success? Pics would be great? Or has anyone expanded on this?

More importantly: is it necessary that one use the Chimera tread assemblies with a Russ hull? It's not the most cost effective way of converting if I need a Russ and hull and a Chimera chassis.


i think i can safely say that, alot of people has tried this with success. myself included.

exhibit A: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v347/ddog2/RIMG0302.jpg

a chimera is necessesary, but the russ hull is a convenience. you could very easily replicate the shape using plasticard.

BrotherAtrox
13-07-2009, 11:56
i think i can safely say that, alot of people has tried this with success. myself included.

exhibit A: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v347/ddog2/RIMG0302.jpg

a chimera is necessesary, but the russ hull is a convenience. you could very easily replicate the shape using plasticard.

So using just a Russ kit isn't going to work at all? Does the track assembly just not allow for it?

Whitehorn
13-07-2009, 12:02
This is brilliant! I've been playing 40k for 20 years and got into Flames of War this year by purchasing 8 STuG Gs, so seeing this is conversion makes me smile :)

Dawn of the Dogs
13-07-2009, 12:06
So using just a Russ kit isn't going to work at all? Does the track assembly just not allow for it?

it can work both ways. both have the necessary number of wheels and tracks, and the parts that one set does not have can be replicated with plasticard. (hull for russ. sides and bottom for chimera).

its just that chimeras win in my book because theyre cheaper.

TheOTHERmaninblack
13-07-2009, 18:24
The problem with using plasticard for the chmera inner track pieces is the guides on the piece. They are crucial to the build and very difficult (at least for me) to duplicate. You also use the lower hull and that 'L' shaped back piece. Really, the only true Russ piece (IIRC) is the upper hull and a few accessory bitz. I got all of my upper hulls through a trade with a guy who got Forgeworld Fever.

Mega Nutz
13-07-2009, 20:58
Great conversion/tutorial

jstalker
13-07-2009, 21:27
Seems everyone else has bumped this topic but im glad cos i want to try this, and infact plan too tomoro :P

Thanks for the guide Kasrkin!

TheOTHERmaninblack
13-07-2009, 22:28
It's like Dracula, it keeps rising from the undead. Unlike Dracula, though, it's return is always welcome!

Whitehorn
01-10-2009, 11:27
Thanks for this tutorial Kasrkin.

I've taken my StuG a little further and slacked the tracks:
http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug03.jpg

strapingyunglad
15-10-2009, 17:15
ive just ordered the chimera's and two leman russ top hatches and will soon post picks of my converted manticores.

@whithorn - we need more picks of that, maybee from hte side to show of the slacking.

BrotherAtrox
24-10-2009, 06:29
So I just finished my attempt at a StuG conversion. Pics here:
http://guderianismyhomeboy.blogspot.com/

Did I do it justice?

Mycroft
09-12-2009, 16:18
Excellent guide! Gonna start mine by the end of the week.

Whitehorn
10-12-2009, 12:03
ive just ordered the chimera's and two leman russ top hatches and will soon post picks of my converted manticores.

@whithorn - we need more picks of that, maybee from hte side to show of the slacking.

Sure!

http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug01.jpg

http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug02.jpg

http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug03.jpg

http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug04.jpg

http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug05.jpg

http://fulgrim.com/minis/tanks/stug06.jpg

Vex
01-03-2010, 05:43
I don't remember how I found this thread but I tried my variation of this theme.
I made modular weapon socket.
http://i969.photobucket.com/albums/ae172/imVex/Tanks/P3130155.jpg
http://i969.photobucket.com/albums/ae172/imVex/Tanks/P3130157.jpg[/

So I can have it as a Laser Destroyer or Leman Russ or hull mounted battle cannon and a heavy bolter turret.

Thank you Kasrkin for the picture heavy tutorial.

Now to paint it!

Vex
13-03-2010, 15:29
Harumph. Try again

http://i969.photobucket.com/albums/ae172/imVex/Tanks/P3130155.jpg
http://i969.photobucket.com/albums/ae172/imVex/Tanks/P3130157.jpg

Barbabuddha
25-07-2013, 22:10
Wow, just wow!

philbrad2
26-07-2013, 07:42
Threadomancy ... against the laws of nature ans WS to resurrect the dead, putting this back to sleep.

PhilB
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