I got this rhino years ago in a joblot of battered vehicles and unfinished conversions that caught my eye. It was covered in mud-effects and patchily painted. I scrubbed off the mud effects, stripped the paint off it, added a space marine sticking his head out and a generic cannon that could be a counts-as for a storm bolter or even a predator cannon if I wanted. I then used a thinner mud effect to give it a bit of verisimilitude. I am quite pleased with this, it looks battle damaged but functioning, very Steel Guard-esque (Imperial Fists descendents with a touch of the Death Guard infantry slogger mentality).
Its been a long eight weeks or more since I moved house again. A very busy eight weeks in which I have hardly managed to do any painting at all. But fortunately the Steel Guard paint-scheme is very forgiving, so here’s a Razorback in the colours of the 7th Company. Really this was an excuse to paint the rider, Lieutenant Ryen, as he hops a ride. I don’t think that modern GW does miniatures like this one anymore – he’s never been a gaming model, always just a spot of character sitting on a rhino chassis somewhere. I love his expression, chewing on a cigar, never mind that his pauldron (is that the shoulder pads?) is missing. I’ve also tried to paint the gunner as a techmarine – once upon a time all drivers and gunners were techmarines I think – well, they are in the Steel Guard! Happy Eggmas to all my readers, think of us sad diabetics when you’re guzzling your chocolate eggs!
Nothing for months and months and then I finish two things in quick succession! I’m quite pleased with this Rhino, considering that it is built from spare parts. The main chassis and both side constructs all came from different rhinos previously built and then wrecked by hobbyists of yore. I think I’ve covered most of the imperfections pretty well! The biggest issue I had, aside from getting the mix-n-match parts to fit together, was when I sprayed it grey. I’d heard about what can happen if you spray in a damp environment, but hadn’t really taken it in. I won’t be making that mistake again!
I’ve assigned this Rhino to the 3rd Company, where it will be a dedicated transport for an assault squad.