Big Taxis for a Big Game: CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT!

Another day, another backlog cleared. Double Crassus is fun!

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.

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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.

You can tell, barely, that the grey is fairly bright on the inside. That is from the spray Vallejo makes.

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.

A muddy floor, and I painted a few switch’s and button, as well as a servo-skull.
Which….you can’t see any of. Hey, at least I know its there.

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.

Not a bad starting shade!

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?

In the 41st Millennium there is only Mud.
A few layers of dry brushing here, from a bright yellow to a more pale flesh tone tan.
A lot of mud around the back door….
…which opens up to show the interior. The mud on the right side is really caked on, an accident I’m having trouble reversing.
The other side. In faint white lettering is the regimental designation.
I imagine these vehicles come from a Super-Heavy Transport regiment, or a Munitorum supply vehicles commandeered for Guard use.
The view from the front and above. The Crassus’s Heavy Bolters make it look like it has eyes, derpy eyes.
Very derpy eyes. A dignified vehicle this is not. It looks like a frog!

Of course, the eagle eyed among you will notice I was working on two…

Double CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORTs all the way!
Much the same as the first one, but a few things were done better on each one, and the pattern of mud and detritus will help tell them apart. I might add unit numbers…
Since I didn’t show it on the other one, here is the exhaust/muffler. Its been weathered heavily, with soot and carbon around its exit.
I’m much happier with the mud on this one! It looks a little bit more reasonable, and less like smeared…lets say paint.
And another rear hatch. Again, filthy, as the PBI get in and out and make a right mess of things.
And finally, for scale, some Tallarn(Victoria Miniatures homage version)standing near one. While the vehicle is massive, it would need to be considerably larger to fit 30 men!

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.

8 thoughts on “Big Taxis for a Big Game: CRASSUS ARMOURED ASSAULT TRANSPORT!

    1. Thank you!

      They do have just that right amount of archaic, old school design that would make them fit that need!

      Alternative WW1 you say? I’ll need to look into that, that sounds like an awesome idea for a setting!

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      1. I recall seeing two alternative timeline ranges of minis set around WW1, although both in 15mm scale I think. One was “All Quiet In The Martian Front” and was basically a second War Of The Worlds with the Martians invading in the WW1 era. Can’t remember the name of the other one, but when the Brits exploded their massive mine under Messines Ridge it opened a portal to another dimension and all sorts of nasty stuff came through (think Chaos-warped British WW tanks)! I think I’d probably tend to go for a Plan 1919 approach, when some of the new tank models would be coming into service, like the Mark VIII, Char 2C, Fiat 2000 and K-Wagen – this would work for me since I’ve got all the infantry I need anyway, but a Crassus model would fit nicely into any of these settings!

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      2. Oh yeah, it totally would! Ever considered 28mm? You lose some of the epic scale but you’d get access to a lot of models. And with plastic WW1 kits coming out these days it’s nowhere near as expensive as it used to be. And in plastic, you can “weird war” them up really easily!

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