Space Marine Vindicator “Subtlety”

I’m finally getting through my backlog of vehicles and able to share some finished pictures.

The first tank I recently completed was a Space Marine Vindicator. Imperial Fists are considered to be siege masters, so the Vindicator seems thematically like the most appropriate tank for them to start with.

The Vindicator is a brutal tank overall. It is a Heavy Support option for 125 points and has AV 13 11 10 and BS 4. . This tank is based on the Rhino  chassis but replaces the transport capacity with a ridiculously devastating Demolisher Cannon.  That cannon is ordnance and has a rather limited range of only 24″, but is S 10 and has AP 2! In my battle with Andrew about two months ago, he used a Vindicator to vaporize a whole squad of my guardsmen with a single shot!  

I got this particular model from eBay.  I like to think I got a pretty good deal on it. It was primed black, but I could see that there were some traces of blue on the bottom. It’s an older version of the model, which I don’t mind at all. It doesn’t have the dozer-blade/siege shield, which would be thematically appropriate, but I decided to save some points and go without it. 

Vindicator model as shipped from eBay
Vindicator model as shipped from eBay

 

I started by priming the whole tank skull white, and then did a dirty base coat of Averland Sunset. I highlighted the black and metal parts, but unfortunately some wound up on the yellow. Those are hard to clean up!

Base colours applied to the Space Marine Vindicator
Base colours applied to the Space Marine Vindicator

 

After reviewing the codex, I realized that smoke launchers, smoke light and a storm bolter are included in the 125 points. I thought it would be useful to have the pintle-mounted weapon, and since it was already included, I decided to add it. I had to make some modifications to the tank commander. It was surprisingly hard to cut off the pewter arm, but I think the final product looks convincing.

Space Marine Vindiciator,  now with pintle-mounted storm bolter
Space Marine Vindiciator, now with pintle-mounted storm bolter

 

As I mentioned earlier, covering dark spots with yellow was tricky. It took several coats of Yriel Yellow to get a nice even colour, but I’m pretty happy with the end product.

Side view of my Imperial Fists Space Marine Vindicator Tank
Side view of my Imperial Fists Space Marine Vindicator Tank

 

I like how many of the paint features turned out. The leadbelcher metallic really shines nicely and gives it an industrial feel. There were other parts I highlighted with Averland Sunset and then covered with Auric Armour Gold, and it looks really sharp, shiny, and golden.

The wooden boxes in the back look pretty effective too.

Rear view of my Imperial Fists Space Marine Vindicator Tank
Rear view of my Imperial Fists Space Marine Vindicator Tank

 

Front view of my Imperial Fists Space Marine Vindicator Tank
Front view of my Imperial Fists Space Marine Vindicator Tank

Why did I name it “Subtlety”? Well, it’s meant to be ironic. A bright yellow tank with a monstrously large gun is probably the most unsubtle thing imaginable.

My bright yellow tank with a huge cannon is ironically named "Subtlety"
My bright yellow tank with a huge cannon is ironically named “Subtlety”

 

I look forward to fielding this some day with my Imperial Fists allied force.

It's bad news time when you're staring down the barrel of a Space Marine Vindicator's Demolisher Cannon
It’s bad news time when you’re staring down the barrel of a Space Marine Vindicator’s Demolisher Cannon

And I imagine my opponents won’t look forward to staring down the barrel of the Demolisher Cannon!