Hello and welcome from a friendly painter / modeller / hobbyist in Canada! Total Picture Count: 58
I had never envisioned myself as a "tread head" or enthusiast of tanks; however, i did grow up building plastic models and my first was a Monogram Snap-Tite German Tiger I tank.
Although I had built a few of the Space Marine Mark 1 Rhino as they originally came three to a box when first released, the only Imperial Guard tank i had was a Chimera APC.
Here is an Imperial Guard Appendix that mentions the Armoured Company, with Leman Russ tanks as HQ
as well as Elites, Troops, and Heavy choices:
This is the original plastic kit for the Leman Russ tank, catalogue photos are courtesy of Stuff Of Legends:
This is the original Imperial Guard Vehicle Accessory Sprue.
Below it is a selection of pewter metal bits that were available in the plastic tank kits for a while:
There were two separate Leman Russ boxed sets sold at that time with extra pewter bits, the Demolisher
and the Exterminator
Ever since the introduction of Forge World
Imperial Guard Resin Conversion Kits
for the Leman Russ Battle Tank
, I had always wanted to field a variety of tanks.
However, the expense of purchasing Forge World resin kits and shipping to Canada was prohibitively expensive, while as a kit-bashing / scale-modeller I had envisioned making my own conversions.
I started acquiring Leman Russs tank and extra bits in the form of used, second-hand tanks provided by a friend who originally wanted to start a Chaos renegade army but gave up.
Purchasing one Leman Russ tank kit brand-new, and taking his two used tanks into my Imperial Guard arsenal, was the start of my Leman Russ Tank Squadron!!!
The next two colour photos were taken by myself over a decade and a half ago; according to the date stamp it was August 8, 2002 .
Leman Russ battle tanks, two acquired second-hand and one purchased new:
Leman Russ Tank Squadron, after recovery work: