I started painting on my new rhino for my Red Corsairs this weekend using the razorback I won at the tourney sometime back. The razorback's turret will go to my Tyrant's Legion army in the form of a converted sentry gun. I just HAVE to have those sentry guns and for no other reason than the fact that an 'immobile' fast attack choice amuses me to no end.
Anyways, the rhino...
The exterior will be the usual red & black however being pirates, I figured it would only be appropriate to have their rhino appear to be stolen/captured. Now, in the CSM codex, there's a story where the Corsairs capture a SW strike cruiser, and one can only assume that there were a few rhinos in its hold. Therefore I'll also assume that this was one of them.
I'm rather pleased with the SW pack marking on the floorboard if I do say so myself. Rather than paint over it, someone just sprayed the wolf icon with a burst of bolter fire, to show the proper level of respect that the Corsairs have for some of the Emperor's favorite lap dogs.
However my freehand painting isn't near good enough to pull off something like this. To compensate for my lack of skill, I made the stencil at left using adobe illustrator & a scan of the SW decal sheet. I output a film positive & then hand cut the black areas out with an exacto blade. Paint was applied one stencil layer at a time, though I skipped the rectangle & just painted the entire floor yellow to start. After stenciling, I touched up the lines, painted the recessed strips black & the bolter holes with boltgun metal. Gave it a wash in Orgyn flesh, and then dirtied it up with a dry brushing of deneb stone and...some sort of khaki color, I forget which off hand.
Now I'm sure that were this the interior of a Black Templar rhino (or some other overtly religious chapter), then the entire interior would be repainted as the wall-to-wall scripture would be sheer torture to the Corsairs riding within. However while the SW are a loyalist chapter, piety isn't one of their strongest traits. So the interior was left more or less as is, with just a few of (my still feeble attempts at) Dave Taylor's chaos stars decorating the interior walls. I also added a chaos arrow to the wall mounted bolter, though you really can't see it that well in the pics below.
Just one thing else of note. I unfortunately had to glue the rear ramp closed after taking these photos as it simply wouldn't stay shut. At least the top hatch doors won't be glued in place (otherwise this would have just been a pointless endeavor).
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