Chimera “Dauntless”

Another addition to my mechanized army: A new Chimera!! I got it from an eBay purchase several months ago. It was completely un-assembled when I got it so it was fun to put together.

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Partially completed Chimera

I originally thought of giving it white “Tiger Stripes” but it didn’t look very good, so I went back to the matte grey like the rest of my army.

I also made a conscious decision to keep it as simple as possible. The base model is 65 points so I left it at that. It’s a fairly versatile tank like this because it already includes a searchlight and smoke launchers. I can always add more features later.

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Chimera “Dauntless”. Front view

 

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Chimera “Dauntless”. Detail of nameplate

 

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Chimera “Dauntless”. Side view

 

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Chimera “Dauntless”. Rear view with guardsman exciting the hatch

 

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Chimera “Dauntless”. Rear/side view with guardsman and Techpriest

 

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Chimera “Dauntless”. Front View

 

Chimera "Dauntless". Detail of "Tank Commander"
Chimera “Dauntless”. Detail of “Tank Commander”

 

As you can see in the below photos, even though the design of each vehicle is quite different, the Chimera and Taurox look like their part of the same army by virtue of their similar colour schemes.

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Chimera “Dauntless” with Taurox “Lechon”

 

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Chimera “Dauntless” with Taurox “Lechon”

 

Chimera Tactics

Imperator Guides and Grumpy Guardsman each have great tactics articles on the Chimera. I plan on using this as a “meltavets” Chimera with a squad of veterans and two meltaguns that can can fire out of the top hatch. It could also be an effective mobile command vehicle with a company command squad or platoon command squad inside with an officer, vox-caster and couple of special weapons like meltaguns or plasma guns.

Name Origin

I had the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” on the background while painting this tank. The HMS Dauntless was a Royal Navy vessel. It was the vessel of Commodore James Norrington, so it was essentially a command vessel or flagship. I thought that sounded appropriate for what would be a command tank.