Join us today as we build a great-looking vehicle kit from Warchimera, their Hammer Armoured Personnel Carrier. The Hammer APC is a 28mm armoured transport that will fit well in sci-fi and post-apocalyptic themed war and skirmish games. For us, this will make an excellent Chimera with wheels in our Astra Miliatrum forces.
Here are all the parts we received for our Hammer Armoured Personnel Carrier from Warchimera. This completely resin kit is priced at €20.95 (around $22.50) from the Warchimera online store. Be warned though, this photo shows the parts after we have done a large amount of clean-up work, there was quite a lot of chunks of sprue and rough edges to deal with.
Here is one of the toughest parts we found to deal with, the wheels. As you can see the excess resin formed when casting these pieces is joined to the wheel in such a way that it is very difficult to remove without damaging the wheel – remember resin can be quite brittle! It looks like these were originally designed to fit together using the pairs of ridges on the back, but most of the wheels we received were not quite round and so this did not work for us. In the end we carefully cut off all the excess resin and the ridges themselves so that we could assemble the wheels as best as we could.
Here are the wheel halves after a lot of cleaning up work. *phew*
The main chassis of this vehicle comes as one large and solid block of resin. There are a few issues here with air bubbles on the front and side, but we’ll fill those later with green stuff or similar. There are some parital holes one one side which appear to be where the wheels go, but they’ve only appeared on one side of the part, so we’ll need to drill those out on both sides when assembling. Looking past those issues, this chassis does have a nice shape that will fit into our Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard force well.
You may have already noticed this brick of resin is not uniform in colour, and this can be explained by looking at what will be the underside of the vehicle. As you can see, during the casting process this part has been filled all lots of junk resin which we assume is to make this large solid peice more cost effective. It’s not very attractive, but should not detract from the completed model.
The kit comes with these two rails which will go along the sides of the Hammer APC above the wheels.
This part makes up the firing hatches that will be towards the rear of the vehicle. The multiple firing slits means this should be perfect for our intended use as a 40k Chimera.
The Hammer APC uses this large dozer blade to push aside rubble and wreckage, it will eventually be attached using the two smaller parts in the foreground of this photo.
We’ve got a choice of turret mounted weapons with this kit. There’s a turret ring, the turret body, a top hatch, plus weapons including a flamethrower, machine gun, and laser cannon.
Ok, so it was a good amount of work preparing the parts for this kit, but we’ve not given up – lets put this thing together. We’ve started here by taking the main body and drilling out the (roughly 4mm) holes for the wheels.
Next up the firing points are added at the rear of the vehicle. Warchimera do a second version of this kit called the Hammer Anti Aircraft Defender, where this part is replaced by quad anti-aircraft cannons.
Here we have glued the side rails in place, it’s easy to get them in the right place as they hook into small grooves at the front of the vehicle.
Time to add some wheels! Our wheels are not perfect, but we’ve aimed the most uneven parts towards the ground so that they’re not too visible.
When adding the dozer blade at the front, the two small connecting pieces fit nicely into grooves on the front of the tank as shown below. Once these are in place you can glue on the dozer blade.
This turret ring wasn’t flat when we received it, so its been heated in hot water and then re-shaped to fit nicely, ready for the turret to go on top.
We decided to opt for the flamer weapon on the turret, its a simple job of attaching the hatch in either a closed position or open if you plan to have a mini in there, and then gluing the weapon to the flat area at the front of the turret.
Here’s the turret placed on top of the turret ring, we’ve not glued this so that the turret can freely rotate 360 degrees.
And we’re finished! We’ve still got a couple of bubbles/holes to fill with green stuff, but its a cool looking little tank. The completed The Hammer is 4,5 inches long, 4 inches wide and about 2,25 inches tall (11,5 x 10,1 x 5,7 cm). Here are some photos from various angles.
We picked this tank in the hope that it might make a good wheeled Chimera in our Warhammer 40k Astra Militarum armies, and as you can see in the photos below, this is going to work out very well. The Hammer and the Warhammer 40k Chimera shown for scale on the right are very similar inside, and both have similar equipment and layouts.
Here is an additional photo for sale showing the Hammer Armoured Personnel Carrier alongside a 28mm Warhammer 40k Imperial Guardsman.
This was an interesting review for us to write, The Hammer Armoured Personnel Carrier definitely works well as a wheeled Chimera for 40k Astra Miliarum players, or as a well armoured APC in many similar games, but it does require quite a bit of hard work to assemble properly. For us as experienced model builders this just meant the kit took a little longer than normal to build, but younger or less experienced modellers might struggle with some of the clean up needed to make this kit work – especially on the wheels.
Once assembled, the Hammer Armoured Personnel Carrier looks great and is generic enough in style that it could be used in many sci-fi or post-apocalyptic games as it is, or as a great base for some added details depending on the game system. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this kit in the comments below, and if you’d like to see this and the other kits Warchimera have on offer, head over to http://www.warchimera.com