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"A Hover Or 'Lifter' Light Vehicle..."

Updated: Dec 24, 2023


"...The 'Battle Taxi' combat APC variant which carries Eight Troopers and Two Crew."

This 15mm scale Grey Adder APC Battle Taxi Lifter is sold by “Alternative Armies” and can be purchased as Pack Code IAF036G from the company’s "The Ion Age" range. Supplied as a single piece resin vehicle, it has a "front mounted Angis 12.5mm AP Gun", and is approximately 60mm long, 45mm wide and 25mm tall.


Due to my desire to use the miniature as a test piece for my recently acquired pot of "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, I super-glued it to a large-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures” and primed it using two coats of the aforementioned layer paint. I then shaded the entire automobile with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, before treating it to an enthusiastic dry-brush of (more) "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green using a soft-bristled make-up brush.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" - The Strawman, Talos, Giant Ape, Titans, Simian Minions and Robots

With the basic bodywork completed, I next applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Battle Taxi Lifter's flexible skirt and a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to the engines, vents and gun. I was actually somewhat tempted to stop at this stage and call the model done, as having perused a fair few of the Legion's fully-pigmented "Games Workshop" vehicles on the internet, the vast majority of them seemed to simply be pure Sons Of Horus Green.


However, having also seen some of the colour schemes for the heretical space marines' armour, I really wanted to give the 'proxy Rhino' a splash of colour, so picked out its top cover and entry hatch in "Citadel" Abaddon Black, as well as a long strip of piping in "Vallejo" Gold and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Finally, I applied one of the Sons Of Horus Legion transfers I've just received from "Games Workshop" onto the vehicle's rear hatchway. At £20 a sheet these decals are incredibly expensive, but seemingly highly sought after as they're already "temporarily out of stock online" despite only being available since this past Saturday.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - Two MG34 Machine-gun teams

Alongside the Battle Taxi Lifter I have also been working on some other 15mm miniatures, albeit 'proper' historical stuff. One of my earliest weekly painting challenges, randomly chosen upon the turn of a playing card, was to pigment ten German soldiers from the “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War”, and having made a couple of false-starts on this small-sized project, I am finally knuckling down with the two remaining sMG34 Machine-gun teams I require to field a full platoon.


In addition, my recently completed Titan by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" brought another of my weekly painting challenges to an end. This one required me to finish ten 28mm scale figures, so I thought I'd use it (and last month's Monster May(hem) event) to clear through a number of the Lincolnshire-based manufacturer's models which have been sat upon my hobby desk unloved for a considerable period of time...

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 13, 2022

Great work on the hover tank Simon

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 13, 2022
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Cheers Dave. Really like the colour scheme Sons of Horus Green creates.

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undercoat2670
Jun 11, 2022

I think that Sons of Horus green looks tremendous. It looks great on your vehicle and I can't wait to see it on some marines. The transfers are a bit expensive, but they do look good and you do get a lot of them to be fair. Nice group shot of minis, that company does do some nice sculpts.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 11, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Definitely sold on "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green as one of my gave paint colours. I too am looking forward seeing it on some 28mm marines - as it'll mean I've got my "Horus Heresy: Age Of Darkness" box set. 😀


I don't plan on getting any more GW decal sheets for now - due to their cost - but as you say, there's plenty on the A4 sheet.


Totally agree about Crooked Dice and their miniatures range. Which is why I'm doing another ten of their 28mm models for another Weekly Painting Challenge. 😄

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planetmut
Jun 10, 2022

I saw the Sons of Horus transfer on the top photo and immediately though, "ooo, I bet they were expensive" LOL! Seriously, twenty quid for a sheet of transfers is just taking the piss on GW's part but as they know they'll sell, they don't care. Have you ever looked into getting decal paper for your home printer? I've got some and have yet to use it, but it looks fairly easy.


Apart from that the vehicle looks great, and the SoH paint is a lovely shade of blue-green. I like the little details you added such as the gold trim, it just adds a touch of secondary colour which minis at that scale really need.


Seeing that group shot…

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 10, 2022
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Cheers Matt. I have considered home decals before, but in the end simply went with the GW ones because I didn't want to spend time sketching, sizing transfers etc - and the GW decals are extremely well-made and drawn tbh. The price is a big problem though - especially as I fancy doing several different Legions for HH, and don't fancy paying £20 for each one.


I think the black and gold really helps break up the SoH Green, so am pleased with how it turned out.


Some of the Crooked Dice models are huge, and I have more set aside for next year's Monster May(hem) already.

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wsd50
Jun 09, 2022

Nice work on the "lifter" mate, but £20 for a sheet of decals does indeed smack of "taking the piddle" on GW's part, I did go over and have a look at the box set, after our last "comments chat" it does look very nice and they are proper "beakies" but it's WAAAAY out of my price range at £180. I'll just have to enjoy you painting yours 😁.


Lovely Monster Mayhem entries too (I hadn't realised you'd done two of the smaller titans. Is this your most productive MM challenge to date?


Keep chomping through the jerry's mate!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 09, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I actually plan to get into HH in quite a big way, as it would appear you can have a second legion as an ally, so the notion of different pair-ups is rather appealing. Plus there are already plenty of primarchs and character models to drool over - albeit most seem to be from the super-expensive Forge World.


£20 is an incredible amount of dosh for decals, especially if, like me, you fancy fielding a few different Legions over time. But they are A4 in size and absolutely packed full of transfers of all shapes and sizes.


Definitely my best Monster May(hem) to date - although the second titan was a couple of days late being posted, and…


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