The Chimera, a versatile and robust Astra Militarum fighting vehicle, serves as an essential troop carrier for safely transporting infantry into the most hostile war zones. While on board, the infantry can operate the Chimera’s built-in lasgun arrays from the vehicle’s armored confines. Upon disembarking, the skilled crew of the Chimera provide effective fire support utilizing its adaptable heavy weapons.
This multipart plastic kit allows you to construct one Chimera, a formidable transport vehicle capable of deploying troops and providing mobile firepower. The Chimera features a turret-mounted primary weapon, allowing you to choose between a multi-laser, heavy bolter, or heavy flamer. Additionally, it is equipped with a hull-mounted heavy bolter or heavy flamer. The vehicle is equipped with a lasgun array that can be operated by the embarked troops, featuring six integrated lasguns along its sides. The kit also provides options for enhancing the Chimera’s capabilities, including a hunter-killer missile, dozer blade, and the choice of a pintle-mounted storm bolter or heavy stubber.
The Chimera offers flexibility in its assembly, allowing you to build it with either a closed or open hatch. In the latter configuration, you can choose from various head and arm options for the exposed crew member. The kit includes a range of additional accessories to customize your Chimera, such as a searchlight, comms system, towing hooks, and the iconic aquila sigil.
What’s in the Chimera box
- x95 Plastic Components: The Chimera kit consists of 95 plastic components, allowing you to build and customize your own Chimera model.
- x1 Astra Militarum Vehicle Transfer Sheet: Included in the kit is an Astra Militarum Vehicle Transfer Sheet. This sheet features various tactical markings, numerals, and regimental heraldry, providing you with options to personalize your Chimera with the symbols and markings of your chosen regiment.
How to paint the Chimera set
- Step 1: Basecoat
Start by applying a basecoat of Mechanicus Standard Grey to the entire Chimera model. This will provide a solid foundation for the subsequent layers of paint.
- Step 2: Hull and Turret
Use Abaddon Black to paint the hull and turret of the Chimera, ensuring smooth and even coverage.
- Step 3: Metallic Details
Paint the metallic details such as the heavy bolter, tracks, and other metal parts using Leadbelcher. This will give them a realistic metallic appearance.
- Step 4: Lasgun Arrays
Use Cadian Fleshtone to paint the lasgun arrays along the flanks of the Chimera. Apply thin layers to achieve a smooth finish.
- Step 5: Weapon Options
Choose your desired weapon options for the turret and hull-mounted weapons. For example, you can paint the multi-laser with Mephiston Red and the heavy bolter with Zandri Dust.
- Step 6: Highlighting
Apply edge highlights to the model using lighter shades. For instance, use Administratum Grey to highlight the edges of the Chimera, emphasizing its contours and details.
- Step 7: Camouflage
Add camouflage patterns to the hull of the Chimera using colors like Castellan Green and Mournfang Brown. This step is optional but can add visual interest to the model.
- Step 8: Details
Paint the smaller details such as the searchlight, comms system, and towing hooks using appropriate colors. For example, use Yriel Yellow for the searchlight lens and Balthasar Gold for the towing hooks.
- Step 9: Weathering
Apply weathering effects to give the Chimera a battle-worn appearance. Techniques such as dry brushing with a light grey or brown color can simulate dust and dirt.
- Step 10: Final Touches
Add any final touches, such as painting the aquila sigil on the hull, adding decals from the Astra Militarum Vehicle Transfer Sheet, or applying a protective varnish to seal the paintwork.