Monday 20 April 2015

Campaign Terrain: Crashed Rhino

With my much-hyped Rogue Trader campaign now impending I find myself with a strong urge to paint up some more scenery for the assorted factions to fight over. Now about a month back I produced a load of ruins using a mix of old GW 'Gothic Ruins' and some newer stuff from Pegasus and so this time around I fancied painting something a bit different to break the monotony of churning out stone buildings.

I had a quick dig through my piles and piles of unpainted plastic and came across this:

It was a crashed Rhino diorama that I had purchased some years back, and like so many models it had been glued together sprayed Chaos Black and then thrown into a box and forgotten about.

I bet the driver wishes he had paid attention to that Skull and Crossbones mine warning sign...
As I looked at it I started imagining all the various possibilities that this particular terrain piece could be used for in a narrative campaign. The opportunities really are endless, perhaps this vehicle was carrying some vital piece of equipment that needs to be secured or maybe a high ranking Space Marine Commander is trapped inside and awaiting rescue!

The detail on this piece is impressive...note the poor dead Space Marine and his boltgun (my girlfriend found the presence of this chap quite emotive)
With images of glorious rescue missions fixed firmly in my head I grabbed this fine looking piece of scenery and scuttled back to my man cave to complete it. I decided to paint the ground and craters in the same manner as the rest of my terrain, particularly my pre-existing collection of that they would all look coherent on the battlefield as opposed to a mish-mash of disparate pieces. I find when painting up scenery it is vital to get this degree of unity between the assorted pieces, otherwise things tend to look out of place.

The paint scheme of the vehicle itself was really a no brainer for me...I painted it the deep blue of my own Crimson Fists army, further helping to develop the potential narrative of any future missions that it may be featured in. The dead Space Marine also wore the livery of a Crimson Fists Tactical Marine whilst the assorted dead guardsman were clad in the colours of my own Inquisitorial Storm Troopers.

A Tech-Marine arrives on scene to assess the damage....good luck pal.

Overall I painted this as something of a side project while I was waiting for the paint to dry on other models (my Necromunda Orlocks), that being said I still finished it within the space of one afternoon which was pretty good going.

The bases on these Gangers demonstrate why it is important to maintain a degree of commonality on both your terrain and your bases.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and I think it's going to add some great depth and options to my future games. The easy completion of this piece seems to have given me the bug for terrain production and I have already found myself digging through the bitz box for my next potential gem.


  1. Wow, that is a cool piece of terrain. Totally forgot about that one to be honest, but like you mentioned, it really opens up some interesting ideas for narratives.

    1. Yeah it really is pretty cool. I just did a quick search on the GW website and I can't seem to find it which leads me to believe it may have only seen a limited production run.

      It will fit nicely alongside my crashed Aquila lander from the battle of McCragge boxed set that I painted a few years back.

  2. Nice! I love it! Cool effects :)

    1. Cheers Suber! I have to say I think it looks pretty good, it's urging me to play a game with it soon!!

  3. That's a brilliant piece of battlefield terrain.

    1. Thanks mate! I'm glad you like it! I really do like how it turned out! Should provide some interesting options on the battlefield!