Astra Militarum Taurox “Lechon”

I bought this as part of my big $120 order to get the Web Exclusive Space Marine Captain. The Taurox is a new vehicle for the Astra Militarum that isn’t getting a lot of love. I was looking forward to building and painting it during my vacation a couple of months ago.

I’m was agonizing over whether I want to play it as a regular Taurox or a Taurox Prime, and after fielding it once as a Prime, I’ve decided to make it a regular Taurox.

As a regular Astra Militarum Taurox, it’s a cheap transport with the ability to transport a 10-model squad. It also comes with twin-Iinked autocannons. However, it has no fire points which is a bit of a drag, and it lacks the Chimera’s capacity to add a couple independent characters and also lacks the chimera’s special rule of mobile command vehicle, so I won’t be placing a command squad in it. Imperator Guides has a really good blog post talking about the Taurox.

For only 30 more points, I can upgrade it to a Taurox Prime. That adds a nifty battle cannon and it becomes a fast vehicle which can move 12″ per turn and fire both weapons. However, it can only be taken by Militarum Tempestus Scions, which I find very expensive to field.

 

Construction

Since I bought this vehicle new, it started as merely a collection of sprues.

Collection of sprues that would become a Taurox
Collection of sprues that would become a Taurox

 

I spent a lot of time making a detailed interior. I probably shouldn’t have bothered because it wound up being completely enclosed and hidden anyways.

 

Taurox under construction
Taurox under construction

 

It was a fun model to build. The instructions were clear and

Its first iteration was as a Taurox Prime with the gatling gun.

 

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Taurox Prime with Gatling Gun

 

As I discovered in the battle against Andrew, the Taurox Prime didn’t do much and neither did the mandatory Scions that had to go with them. So, I converted it to a regular Astra Militarum Taurox.

 

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Astra Militarum Taurox with Twin-Linked Autocannons
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Taurox “Lechon”. Front View.
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Taurox “Lechon”. Front/side View.
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Taurox “Lechon”. Back View.
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Taurox “Lechon”. Side View.
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Taurox “Lechon” with Chimera “Dauntless”

 

 

Why did I call it “Lechon”? Well, Lechon means Roast Pig in Spanish and many spanish-based languages, including Tagalog. And apparently, it’s also the national dish of the Philippines! Many early reviews referred to the Taurox as a “Spider-Pig”. And, when I played Pokémon W2, I started with a Tepig which I named Lechon.

So, roast pig seemed appropriate.

 

 

Grumpy Guardsman seems to think that the Taurox is pretty good, while Imperator Guides does not. I’ve run it in a couple of battles and I’m not sure yet. It is a nice cheap transport, and the Twin-Linked Autocannon is quite versatile, but I don’t think it’s not good as the Chimera.

 

Many more vehicles to be posted soon!