A few months ago, I played my first game of Warhammer 40k Apocalypse, the older style version where you simply played 40k at gigantic table sizes and point limits. My infantry-heavy Guard list suffered horribly in terms of board control, I just simply couldn’t get anywhere. While I now know the Move Move Move Order trick to move individual squads at frankly insane speeds, it doesn’t help the rest of my men who go without an officers order.
I was resolved to buy a few transports, big ones. And I didn’t want Stormlords; while that Baneblade variant is plenty capable, and really is the better option, I decided to get myself a couple of CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORTs.
Memes aside, the CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORTs are something I’ve been wanting for years, and are not always in stock at Forge World. I purchased them months back, as part of a joint order.
They were simple to put together, although suffering some panel gaps that I couldn’t really fix very well with green-stuff.
I needed to paint them in a scheme that fit with most of my Imperial Guard regiments, so I went with a khaki colour. Vostroyans are often depicted with tan or khaki tanks, and Praetorian Guard armour is often depicted on other blogs in a cream or khaki colour as well. Tallarn tanks are also conveniently happy in any desert colour.
However, I was stuck at home today, and had to use what paint I had available. I went with Rust-Oleum Camouflage Khaki, a spray that dries quickly and very flat. Before I got to spraying the hull, I sprayed the interior components with Vallejo Spray Primer Grey. This is a very light grey, which looks good as the inside colour for a bit of contrast.
I really like the look! It wasn’t entirely pointless, as I wanted the ramps to drop, and the inside would show, if only just. I therefore gave it a fairly lazy interior paint job.
I then used green-stuff(as well as I manage at least!) to fill in a few gaps. Then I hit it with the khaki spray.
I then got stuck into painting it. I’m not the best painter, but I gave it a good try. It has been a while since I painted a vehicle quite this heavy and large. Mostly, it was a mix of drybrushing lighter shades on, picking out details, adding metallic tracks then washing them. The real secret ingredient was mud, a lot of Stirland mud, to really make the tank filthy. I’m planning on repainting my tank fleet, and while I certainly wouldn’t go as heavy on the mud again, I’m still reasonably pleased by the result.
Lets have a look, shall we?
Of course, the eagle eyed among you will notice I was working on two…
The CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORTs were a fun project, and minus the months they were sitting unassembled, they were assembled and painted in less then 24 hours. I’m reasonably happy with how they turned out!
They should be…interesting to game. Transports are at a new low in the current ruleset, and smaller table sizes make them a hard sell. But I’ve always enjoyed playing my 40k games a bit more ‘realistic’ and combined arms then most, so they will definitely see some table use!
Thanks for checking in, and I hope to catch you in the next post! Happy Wargaming wherever you are, and may the light of the CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT guide your way.
*The Author makes no apologies for introducing you to CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT memes.