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29-10-2006, 16:27
Here's a WIP shot of my Leman Russ tank for my Death Korps of Krieg army that I'm currently embarking on.



The turret commander is just temporary at the moment untill my FW bits arrive later in the week. The additional heavy bolters have been added to represent the fire arc of the sponsons rulewise. It hasn't got four heavy bolters unfortunately. :(
I've elongated the hull so that it can straddle trenches and rake the enemy cowering within with heavy bolter fire.

29-10-2006, 16:28
it looks awesome. how did you elongate the hull?

29-10-2006, 16:43
That is really cool, but I have to say, I think you'd be better off switching the GW Turret for a FW varient - or at least using the Metal Demolisher bits to bulk it up a bit, it looks way to small pertched on top of that big ol' hull.

29-10-2006, 16:52
That is really cool, but I have to say, I think you'd be better off switching the GW Turret for a FW varient - or at least using the Metal Demolisher bits to bulk it up a bit, it looks way to small pertched on top of that big ol' hull.Personally, I think it looks fantastic, the small turret adds a lot of character to the brute.

Very cool, I look forward to seeing the finished article with all the FW bells and whistles.


29-10-2006, 17:06
You know what would look cool, an unditching beam tied across the back...

29-10-2006, 17:26
I'm liking it alot, hmmm maybe a tad wider tracks and a Demolisher turret instead? I might have to do my tanks this way :D

29-10-2006, 17:39
I'm liking it alot, hmmm maybe a tad wider tracks and a Demolisher turret instead? I might have to do my tanks this way :D

Yeah, Double width tracks would make it look so much better. Nice work though, i would go with Getz on the turret. Try the FW Ryza Turret. It is bigger than the standard one.

29-10-2006, 17:42
It's hard to say much other than, "Oh HELL yes!".

I also like the small turret, it nicely draws attention to the fact that the hull is indeed very large. The one thing I'd change is to increase the elevation on the battle cannon, I think that would make the small turret look much better.

Aside from that, great work. :)

29-10-2006, 18:01
Double width tracks would be a big improvement actually, I was wondering about witdth of the tank and thinking of hull widening, but doing the Tracks would be easier and look just as good.

Col.Gravis, agreed, These would look ace alongside your Praetorians...

The boyz
29-10-2006, 18:34
WOW, that is one awesome looking Leman Russ Doghouse. I love it. The conversion work looks superb.

29-10-2006, 20:31
Thanks guys! :)

I've intentionally used the regular turret to balance the model out a bit. I had thought about using the Demolisher turret to bulk out the armour but want to create a proper Demolisher version to accompany this and that'd mean having to go bigger and better for that. I also looked at FW turrets but as this kit is quite expensive as it is I couldn't justify another fifteen quid or so racked on top of what it already cost. It was just one of those spur of the moment "I wonder if this'd work..." kind of conversions and was pretty much finished within an hour or so.
I'm planning on the Demolisher next with a mini-Gorgon styled Chimera to follow. The bits I need for the command squad'll be arriving mid-week but I'll post pictures of them in my project log. :)
I tryed the extra tracks section and although it looked ok it was pushing the size of the model into the realms of Landraider sized models so I stuck with the single tracks out fo personal preference.
I'll be posting a tutorial on this beast once I get started on the Demolisher. :)

29-10-2006, 21:37
You just have one simple rule when it comes to conversions, don't you doghouse: Make it bigger!

I mean, I've seen your Daemon Prince and that mobile Cathedral of yours, and both of them are ridiculously bulky. Once again, you build something big. It looks really good as it is, although it seems a tad too expensive for me to ever think of copying. Maybe for a Command tank in my proposed Armoured Company, actually...

Dammit, that's another idea to go into the collection. Stop coming up with cool stuff, people! ;)

29-10-2006, 21:49
Cool, I can even tell where the bits were merged. Very nice conversion

29-10-2006, 23:38
Gen_eV: Yeah I'm actually an Ork Mekboy at heart. :D
I think that's just my take on forty kay though I guess. It's the whole grand scale of things like huge Titans and Super Heavy tanks that appeal to me, stuff that is completely impractical in real terms but scares the heck out of your opponent when you plonk it down in front of them.
I do make some subtle conversions/sculpts as well though like these Cadian engineers shown here:


or this little guy here:


It all boils down to what I'm working on at the time and the nature of that army I guess. Normally with my models Orks, Marines/Traitors and Imperial tanks in general get bigger where as Eldar, Tau and female models get smaller. :)

chromedog: Thanks Chrome.

30-10-2006, 00:57
Mate... stunning conversion. Makes it look a lot more like a WW1 type tank.

Ive got to wonder though, why is it labelled as a 'female' tank?

30-10-2006, 08:11
Doghouse very nice mate, its planted a germ of an idea in my head. Love it.

Tyra-nid- The british duding WW1 dubbed their tanks male and female to distiguish between mk's. Female having only machine guns, and the male having a 5 pounder form memory.



30-10-2006, 08:31
very nice tank. want to see more.

30-10-2006, 10:43
Bit of a request doghouse, would it be possible for you to post a head on shot of the conversion? You've really inspired me with this one, gonna start working on my own version tonight, just pondering more about the width and how it looks proportionally. I've made a few decisions about how mine will differ but this is the big one for me. :)

Plus just one question since you mentioned wanting to do a Demolisher variant, given Heavy Bolters is your Female variant, would Plasma Cannons on a Demolisher be your Male variant?

30-10-2006, 18:29
Cheers guys. :)

Tyra_nid: Like sheep rightly pointed out the British MkIV Battle Tank had two versions (not including the Tadpole) the MKIV Female had four machine guns, two facing forward two facing back like the heavy bolters above where as the MKIV Male had two six pound guns with one on each side.

Col.Gravis: The width of the Leman Russ is unchanged it's only the length that is altered so it should be the same as a regular old Russ. I'll try and post some more shots to help you out later. :)
Yeah that's pretty much the idea, I'm dubbing this Leman Russ variant the "Crusader" so this version is the Crusader Female whilst the Demolisher will be the Crusader Male with it's heavier weapons.

30-10-2006, 18:58
nice indeed

30-10-2006, 22:50
Thanks Baluba. :)

Couple of different angles for Col.Gravis.



30-10-2006, 22:52
very nice, but £££, very WW1 like, looking forward to seeing it all painted up!

31-10-2006, 04:04
That is brilliant. Good job. If it wasn't so expensive I'd whip up a few for myself. Even so I just might.
I don't know how glued up this thing is, but could we possibly get a photo without the turret, if it's not too much trouble?

31-10-2006, 23:22
Thanks guys. :)

The price on these monsters is pretty steep but then again I'm only making two. The way I look at it is that I could buy some FW tanks for a similar price or reluctantly cough up the dough and make some original tanks of my own. FW stuff is top notch but these make my army fairly original so it's sort of worth it, plus I can field either of them as Russ or Demolishers and still have enough bits left over for a custom Chimera.

m3ntor: Sure, I'll put up a shot asap. :)

Alot of people mentioned that the Demolisher turret might work better so here's a shot of a Demolisher turret on the original tank.



31-10-2006, 23:26
Now that is a beast! Go with the demo turret, it looks hard as nails. Good work doghouse, always an inspiration.

Metal Fingered Villain
31-10-2006, 23:49
I still think these thing would look best with the FW vanquisher turret... But thats just me.

01-11-2006, 02:46
Damned snazzy, old boy! :cool:

Like the chappy said over on WIP, it's very reminiscent of the Mk VII in Indy! Perhaps a Commissar? ;)

BC5 on here (http://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/range.php?range=BOB) has a young Indy.

Wo ist Jones?! :D

01-11-2006, 19:06
Cheers guys! :)

MrP: Funnily enough that was exactly what I was thinking of when I came up with the idea for the tank. :)

01-11-2006, 19:25
hell, thats sweet! :p

it kinda reminds me somehow of a land raider, but thats probably just my conscience's way of telling me that i have one still in need of finishing.....

keep the demo turret, i agree with getz on it looking a bit odd on such a beatie tank, but with the demo cannon, it look wierdly snug and deadly ( :wtf: ).... sorry, a bit confusing. let me rephrase that. shooty.


01-11-2006, 20:58
with the demo turret it reminds me a bit of the soviet T-35 "land battleship" (sponsons aside that is) if you planned on making one like that youd have to finagle a way to put heavy bolters or multilasers or some other "light" weapon into little turrets in front of the main gun instead of side sponsons.

the lengthened hull looks fantastic btw very cleanly done

01-11-2006, 21:23
I'd like to see this beast without a turret. I mean the turret rocks but I think it would still have presence as a more faithful female tank lookalike. Put a grenade net on top and you would have a winner. VDR some rules for it. Give it 5 heavy bolters.

02-11-2006, 21:52
Thanks guys! :)

||-MARKO-||: Thanks mate, I'm currently going to be building another of these that'll be purely a Demolisher. This one I'm making a second Demolisher turret so that I can chop and change between the two as needed.

Luke: I had thought about making a tank like you suggested but the trouble is that it's way too expensive moneywise for me to use as VDR.

Well the FW stuff arrrived and I've knocked together the commander, although I still need to add some GS details. I've also added some GS sandbags to the hull. The commander is made from the lascannon crew gunner, the spotter and lascannon will find a home with my penal platoon so nothing goes to waste.




02-11-2006, 22:58
Luke: I had thought about making a tank like you suggested but the trouble is that it's way too expensive moneywise for me to use as VDR.

depending on how you sell it you dont have to use VDR at all

you could place the 'turret' in the front hull of the tank, like the Forge World Thunderer Siege Tank (http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/thun.htm) keep the bolters in the sponsons, and use some tank carried troops to represent the lascannon, kinda like what pyramid head (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42170&highlight=pyramid+head) did with some of his tanks, which had pintle weapons which feasibly could be removed and used by the normal troopers

03-11-2006, 00:42
Lookin' good... except fpr the Heavy Bolters, you really should drill out the gun barrels. It makes the world of difference. ;)

03-11-2006, 12:02
Hmmm, the russ turret really doesn't "do it" for me. The demo cannon only works because it looks hardcore. Its nice and squat, compact and boxy. It fits the hardcore old-skool boxy look of the tank hull. The slender sleek rounded russ turret looks tacked on, like when you see a carbon fibre bench spoiler on a Vauxhall nova saloon.

03-11-2006, 12:47
Im with the others, the demolisher cannon gives it a better overall profile.

03-11-2006, 14:14
Just a thought, but how about trying a Conqueror turret? The only down side to that really is the co-axial Storm Bolter I doubt many if any would object to you using it as a regular russ, the weapons is stumpy - though not as much as the Demolisher and the turret itself is larger.

I <3 W
15-09-2007, 16:22
I still think these thing would look best with the FW vanquisher turret... But thats just me.

What ive been thinking all along....

15-09-2007, 17:48
Necromancy is eeeeeee-vil.

floyd pinkerton
15-09-2007, 18:00
looks cool, doghouse

15-09-2007, 18:00
Thats great, i realy want to try and make on now!! for my DKoK as it looks sort of like a malcador in a way with the long tracks and that s how a DK russ should be, once again great work!

Rogue Trader
15-09-2007, 19:34
looks great so far, the demolisher turret was a good move, really original work :D :D

15-09-2007, 19:56
That looks rather good. Drill the gun barrels, it's worth it.

How are you with plasti-card? It might be worth knocking up a round plate that uses the standard turret attachment ring, with just a hatch in it, for the full on female tank look.


15-09-2007, 23:55
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