Who doesn’t like a tank with a big gun? And what is better than one tank with a big gun? A whole squadron of Leman Russ Demolisher tanks with big guns!
One of the reasons I wanted to build up an Imperial Guard (Astra Militarium?) army was because I have always been a bit of a tread-head, so adding some hard hitting Demolishers was a no brainer.
I built all three of these tanks from the older Leman Russ kit with only one being the old, out of production, metal Demolisher cannon. The other two were built from other bits and pressed to service. To keep them uniform, all three have track guards which help signify their higher armor value and my army badge on the front.
The metal Leman Russ Demolisher was my brothers from his old Catachan army from somewhere in middle school. The traitors seized it and stripped it of its honor.
Leman Russ Demolisher
It originally had the sponsons, but they had broken off over the years. So to hide the damage, I covered the sides with a banner made from tissues and glue.
The army badge comes from the old Dark Elf Spearmen box, which is a shame since they both replaced the kit and are killing off the army. So I may have to find some spares before too long. Anyone have a bag full of these bits perchance?
The banner was my attempt at free handing both the army badge and the chaos star on to a very wrinkly mess. While I am happy with how it turned out, I think the yellow needs a bit more contrast to make it stick out and define the lines.
Leman Russ Demolisher #2
The second Demolisher is a normal Leman Russ turret that I shortened and gave a targeting bit on the side. It also received some demon possession treatment out the front door.
On the Leman Russ tanks, I attempted to follow Forge World’s method of painting the Chaos Stars, which I learned using Dave Taylor’s fantastic tutorial.
While I haven’t built any of the new Demolisher kits, they look amazing and add lots of variety to the tank.
Leman Russ Demolisher Command Tank
The third Demolisher acts as the squadron leader as denoted by both the dragon head on the lascannon (chaos classic) and the plasma cannon sponsons, which are actually from the original metal version. The weapon for this tank is from the Baneblade‘s Stormhammer turret.
The Stormhammer turret does look a little big, but then again the Demolisher Cannon is a big gun!
As a squad, I feel the small variations in the turrets and side decorations help them stand apart, but the orange and tread plates bring them back together.
At some point, I need to paint up four more Leman Russ tanks to finish out the
Emperor’s Fist Warsmith’s Fist formation with ten battle tanks! The other squad is three regular Leman Russ tanks.
Hmmm, let me go back and look at my closet of doom backlog….
Until next time fellow tread-heads! I hope you like my Leman Russ Demolisher Squad and if you happen to have a full formation posted, post a link below, I would love to check it out!
You can see the whole army on the Traitor Guard Army Page.