With several Spartan Assault Tanks the MkIIb Phobos Pattern Raiders are proving less than useful/favourable in army lists, as such i’m converting one up to be an Armoured Proteus.
Narrative justification is that this is an early variant of the MkII Raider Chassis, (MkIIa maybe), which doesn’t have the assault ramp, but retains the features of the MkI armoured proteus, albeit in a variant shell.
The assault ramps was carefully clipped out and replaced with the armoured front plate of a Land Raider Achilles (fortunately left over from another conversion). The slight gap between the Achilles front plate and the MkIIb top plate and gun mount was covered with some plasticard, added to with rivets and the extended hinge sections of the old assault ramp.
The heavy bolters were then removed and replaced with an additional twin-linked lascannon making this tank’s output quite considerable. The lascannons are taken from the sponsons of another Forge World Astartes tank and simply glued into place.
A little green stuff work to fill panel gaps and smooth over a couple of details is required prior to painting.
Until Next Winter…