Imperial Guard Rogal Dorn Battle Tank: Magnetize & Build

Rogal Dorn Battle TankDon’t miss our unboxing and build for the new plastic Imperial Guard Rogal Dorn Battle Tank as we show you how you can magnetize yours!

Rob is back unboxing the newest release for Warhammer 40k, which has created some controversy. He’ll see what it takes to get it ready for the tabletop, show you the model’s size, how to magnetize it, and tell you the GOTCHAS to be aware of when building it!

We will show you everything, including the sprues, bits, and of course, the size. That way, you can decide if this is worth your hard-earned hobby dollars.

Imperial Guard Rogal Dorn Battle Tank: Unboxing, Magnetizing & Build

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Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 2You definitely want to magnetize this as the kit runs for $90 on release.


Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 3Everything looks pretty good, and most things seem like they just slap right in. You get three sprues in total, but just for a comparison, the Baneblade comes with nine sprues, but the sprue count doesn’t really add up to the price anymore, as the Leman Russ also comes with three sprues for $60.

However, many people are upset about this not having a bottom, but that probably would have made GW make another sprue for the kit, which might have increased the price even more.


Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 4To start, the treads don’t look too bad to build. However, you already have to do some magnet work right here. Rob would put a magnet in the side tread panel, using a 3/8″ magnet to hold it on through the plastic. OR, if you want to drill it out, use a 1/4″ magnet for attaching the sponson to later on.

If you drill the hole at this step, it will be ALOT easier than gluing up the tread section and trying to do it later on!

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Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 5Overall, this looks like the chassis lines up easier than most of the tank kits from before.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 6The Turret is where you really need some magnets, as you may want all the options. He would put magnets on the initial assembly, but we’ll see how everything plays out when building it.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 7The side sponsons also look pretty simple. Hopefully, they are push-fit, and you don’t even need magnets. However, you could just use a 1/16″ magnet for them if you need to.

Assembled Model & Magnetize the Rogal Dorn

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 8The model looks pretty cool, but let’s first jump into the magnets!

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 9There are two main magnets we’re going to use here, 3/8″ and 1/4″. If you do not want to drill through the white section above, you can just use the bigger magnets, and it should hold just fine.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 10What he did for the sponsors themselves was he cut out two pieces from the sprue and glued them with a little poster tack behind them for support. Then he put the magnet on top of that.

For the sponson, he cut out some metal strips and put them on the front of the sponson, then a small 1/8″ magnet on each different weapon.

To drill out the small areas, he used the Wowstick to get the depth of the hole, then used a 1/8″ bit on his large pin vice to twist out the rest relatively easily.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 11The front turret doesn’t really need to be magnetized, as it just locks in place.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 12But if you want to magnetize the main turret to make it super secure, here is how.

Rob glued some metal strips onto the weapons themselves and drilled out the holes for the 1/4″ magnets on the turret. This way, the weapons are fairly flush and hold their weight easily.

Cap it off by adding a strip of plastic card in the hole behind the weapons mount, so the magnets dont fall into the turret and onto the table (because its bottom is open), and you’re good.

You can see the white plastic card behind the turret mount in the image above.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 13Here is the list of magnets you’ll need to get the whole thing done. Again, we get all our magnets for hobbying from The Magnet Baron. Use coupon code Spikey10off to get 10% off your next order with them!

Size Comparisons

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 14Here is the Macharius, and as you can see, it’s not even close size-wise.

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 15A Leman Russ with trench rails on it is about the same length, but the footprint is a little bit different.

No Bottom

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank 16Well, who knows, maybe you can use the bottom for extra storage. You don’t see it on the tabletop, but we can see how it is a little annoying not to have the bottom.

Be sure to watch the video below for all the tips on magnetizing your new Rogal Dorn tank!

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