Saturday, January 1, 2011

Space Wolves Vindicator/Leman Russ battle tank

Quick post, looking for some feedback.

I happen to have a Leman Russ tank, still in the box. One day I would like to build a small Valhallan Imperial Guard army, and it was on sale at a big discount. How could I resist? Anyway, now that I have a Space Wolves army, I am considering using it to represent a Vindicator. As many will know, the Space Wolves could take Leman Russ tanks before the latest codex came out. Their Primarch is the one who found its STC design.

What do you think? Cool idea, lame idea?

The biggest issue I think is whether it would give me an advantage in game. I don't think it would. The tank is taller, meaning I'll have a harder time getting out of line of sight or getting a cover a save. Also, I can use the hull mounted gun to measure and draw line of sight from, so the raised turret wouldn't help me see and shoot enemy units that a Vindicator model could not.

I know that the people I play friendly games with will think its cool. I'm concerned about tournaments though.


  1. Personally, I'd be cool with it, especially should the conversion be well done and fit the rest of the army in terms of style. Tournaments... honestly, no idea. I'd convert the thing into a turretless design probably, and explain it by means of "old Imperial Guard tank destroyed in a heroic assault that gave Wolf Lord XXX the time to defeat Arch Heretic YYY, then restored, as a token of respect, and converted into a Space Wolf vehicle, albeit sans the turret, due to the fact that it had suffered a catastrophic explosion during the said assault". That probably would finish any complaints.

  2. Thanks for the comment!

    I actually began work on the thing a couple months ago. Just like you suggested, it is turret-less. The actual vindicator cannot bit is mounted on the front hull, and the vindicator siege shield has been attached using the Leman Russ dozer blade attachment thingy.

    I will put up some photos when my exams are finished.