Good afternoon everyone,

Well, CanCon 2016 has been and gone, and what an event it has been.  I have now attended three CanCon events over the years.  Once in 1997 (yep, seriously), in 2013 and now in 2016.  I can unequivocally say that 2016 was by far the best I’ve seen, for many reasons.  Allow me to explain.

Firstly, I was playing in a new type of tournament to what I usually play in.  I’ve been playing 40k (now 30k as far as I’m concerned) for over 20yrs now, and I’ve not really dabbled into too many other systems.  So to participate in a new system in a tournament setting was a new prospect for me.  As I predicted, the event organiser was right on top of his game.  Right from the players pack, to the terrain, to the trophies was all superb.  Best of all though was all of the great gamers I met from all over Australia.  Even Perth had a representation!  As you all know, the person on the other side of the table during a game makes or breaks the whole experience.  So playing in a system where all of the gamers were seasoned veterans made a big difference.  It seems to be a feature of the Epic Armageddon system, that only real wargaming die-hards seem to play it.  Which I like.  You have to be committed to get involved, which requires character and experience (for example, you can’t just simply order an army online and off you go, amongst other things).  Both of these qualities were abundant in all of the gamers that participated in the tournament, and let me tell you it makes such a difference.  Speaking of which, I need to give a shout out to the wargaming club, Newcastle Legions.  Almost half of the players were from this club (12-14) and they also brought a few tables worth of scenery.  Every guy I met from this club was awesome, and I hope to make it to their flagship event, Castle Assault.

The second reason why CanCon was so good in 2016 was just the energy of the event.  There just seemed to be lots of people attending.  Both spectators and participants.  There were lots of great vendors in attendance too.  So it really made it worthwhile for me, because I could cruise around and see whats new, and how other systems do hobby.  Which often is a great source of ideas and inspiration.

So, how did I go?  Well, I played in six games over the two days.  I didn’t have very high expectations for my performance, as prior to attending the tournament, I’d play only 1 game of Epic Armageddon 40k.  Here are the match ups for the six games, I took a generic Codex Marines list (Using models from my epic 30k World Eaters army).

Game 1 – Squats, yes Squats.  Those tenacious little midgets live on in Epic Armageddon.  It was an interesting game because there I’d never played a Squat army before (even in 28mm 40k) and the fan rules for them is (apparently) still under development.  The biggest take-away from this game for me was just how my army operates and what you can and can’t get away with using them.  While I didn’t win the game, I did learn a lot.  Thankfully I didn’t encounter the Squats again during the tournament, they’re tough little guys.

Game 2 – Space Marines.  I managed to win this game, mostly by fluke though.  It was good playing against another marine player, to see how they do business.

Game 3 – Eldar.  Just like in 40k, Eldar in Epic Armageddon are tricky customers.  I didn’t win, but I achieved a moral victory by killing his Phantom titan.  Apparently this is quite difficult (it was!).  Interestingly, my Whirlwinds did quite a bit of damage to it, which in itself is a miracle and significantly contributed to its demise.  However, this was a truly fun game and I enjoyed every second of it.

Game 4 – Tyranids.  I made a silly tactical error early on in the game that meant I had an uphill battle on my hands all the way.  Had I not been so bellicose in my first turn, I’m confident I would have had a strong victory.  I did manage to turn it around (through some exceptional luck on my behalf, and some exceptional bad luck on my opponents behalf) so it wasn’t a complete pasting, but a loss non-the-less.

Game 5 – Necrons.  Again, this is one of those armies that just like in 40k 28mm, they’re tricky to deal with.  I got totally hammered in this game due to not recognising that the army was a one trick pony, but oh what a trick it is.  Had I deployed with more foresight and understood a little more about how these guys operate, things would have turned out differently.  In the end, it was a pretty frustrating game.

Game 6 – Space Marines.  This was a Salamanders army (not the one I painted) and was very similar to mine (in terms of composition).  By this stage of the tournament I had a few tricks up my sleeve. I managed to get the initiative early on in the game and seriously compromised his core command unit.  Win to me.

The up side was I did win best painted.  To be honest, this came as somewhat of a surprise.  There were several extremely well painted armies present (in my opinion), most notably an Eldar army.  So I was pretty honoured to get this accolade.

Here are some photos of the tables and the armies.


Epic Armageddon - Table 1 Epic Armageddon - Table 2 Epic Armageddon - Table 3 Epic Armageddon - Table 4

Love this table, which is an homage to the Imperial Airbase “Typha-IV” as presented in Imperial Armour Model Masterclass Vol. 1. (if you don’t have it, you should.  It’s a must have for all model wargaming hobby enthusiasts).  Epic Armageddon - Table 5 Epic Armageddon - Table 6 Epic Armageddon - Table 7 Epic Armageddon - Table 8

As you can see, all of the terrain was first class.  Super impressed.

Epic Armageddon - Chaos Space Marines Epic Armageddon - Eldar 1 Epic Armageddon - Eldar 2 Epic Armageddon - Size Comparison

The old GW Warhound Titan, compared to the 6mm version of the Forge World Warhound.  Interestingly, I’ve seen a similar comparison between the old Armour Cast Warhound and the 28mm Forge World Warhound.   The size difference is comparable there too.   Epic Armageddon - Game against TyranidsThe World Eaters desperately defend the township from being overrun by the Tyranids in game 4.  I did managed to turn the tide around (pardon the pun) but it was too little too late.  All I can say is Land Speeders in Epic Armageddon are the bomb!
Epic Armageddon - Titan Maniple There were a few Titan Legion armies present.  

Epic Armageddon - AoP Epic Armageddon - AoP

 

Epic Armageddon - World Eaters

This is my World Eaters that ended up taking out best painted.  I like the composition of the army, I doubt I’d change anything.  However now I’m a little wiser I would certainly do things tactically a lot differently.

So thats it for this wash up.  My holidays are rapidly coming to an end, and I have many unfinished projects on my bench.  I’ll be away next week for work, so I won’t be able to get any painting done.  However, when I return home next Friday, I’m going to use the following weekend to attack whats left.  We’ll see how we go.  I’ve also been invited as a guest on a friend of mines podcast.  You’ve probably heard of it, The Eye of Horus.  The shows host, Tim & Michael are two great guys, and in the unlikely event you’ve not listed to their podcast, go and download a few episodes now.  They’re knowledge of the various GW gaming universes (WHFB, AoS, 40k and 30k) is encyclopedic!  They recently attended ACT of Heresy, which was run in Canberra over the same weekend as CanCon.  I had too much time pressure to visit it (I did lend them my new ZM board though!) and by all accounts it was a resounding success, and has set a new bench mark for wargaming tournaments in Australia.  There is an impressive photo gallery of the event here and here.

Until next time, take care

John

Zone Mortalis Board

Posted: January 17, 2016 in Horus Heresy, Scenery, World Eaters

Good afternoon everyone,

Today is a great day, I’ve finally finished a project I’ve wanted to do for the longest time and it’s the second of three posts I promised you before I return to studies.  A Zone Mortalis board.  This blog is festooned with some pretty ambitious scenery/table making projects.  Many of you probably don’t know, but I sold, yes sold, all of my boards late in 2014.  Fear not, they’ve gone to a very good home, and I routinely see pictures of them being put to good use.  Why did I sell them? Well, by taking terrain making to such an extreme (by that I mean a dude tooling around in his garage, not a professional design studio) I learnt some very good lessons.

The lessons boil down into striking a balance between three competing, inter-related issues.  I’ll call them the dark triad.  Playability, robustness & storage.

Playability.  One of the main reasons I wanted to make some awesome terrain in the first place, many years ago, is because we spend so much time and energy on our armies.  Then we go and play games on a piece of MDF with a few (poorly) painted pieces of styrofoam, aquarium plants and a hill here and there thrown on it (if we’re lucky).  Gaming is a social, visual and intellectual pursuit.  It’s a noble hobby and for me, having terrain that matches the time we put into the miniatures we game with is just as important.  However gaming is an abstraction of reality.  Therefore, boundaries need to be easily and identifiably established between say where a road ends, and a crater begins.  What this boils down to is drawing a line between making a massive diorama to play on, versus a wargaming table.  A wargaming table needs zones that can be segregated physically and visually as clearly as possible to conform to the rules system that is being used.  This means making a compromise between a board that looks amazing (a massive diorama) but is difficult to establish where a road ends and a crater begins and a board that can be played on without confusion over where a piece of terrain starts and ends (a wargaming table).  After making boards previously that were a little too close to the diorama side of the house, I now can see that keeping an eye on playability is an important factor when designing and constructing a wargaming table.  Which leads me to my next point.

Robustness.  In a sentence, the cityscape boards I made were not robust.  Yes they looked good, yes there were tones of fun to play on, yes I loved making them (some of the best modelling experiences I’ve had actually).  But they were very fragile (even though I tried to make them durable).  This lead to breaks, and worst of all, friends were worried that when they played on them they might damage something.  This lead to trepidation and a reluctance to put miniatures in certain positions because they were difficult to get access/retrieve said miniature.  It also meant that packing up the board and moving it was a massive logistical exercise.  Particularly because I couldn’t just place all the scenery in a storage box and leave it at that.  It had to go in a certain way, which isn’t a very economical use of space, and even then, breakages were abound.  So, yes a spiral stair case looks badass, was a great modelling challenge, but totally impractical because it was very fragile due to all of the hand rails and putting miniatures on it was a massive pain in the ass.  So again, making a compromise between having a nice looking piece of terrain, and one that can stand up to the rigors and demands of being used during gaming, moved from one location to another for a game is critical.  That balance that needs to be struck is again in favour of being first and foremost a robust piece of scenery, then a good looking one after that.

Storage.  Lets face it, we all have lots of stuff these days.  Just our armies alone can take up a considerable amount of space.  Now imagine the storage space needed for 6, 2′ x 2′ tiles plus the terrain that goes on them.  Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a permanent gaming room with a table and shelving set up, storing the board tiles and scenery is challenging.  This is compounded when you want to transport it all from one location to another.

So, this has lead me to the conclusion that wargaming scenery needs to be visually appealing, but not over the top so that it compromises its robustness, playable and finally, easy to store when not in use or being transported.  I intend on making one or two more boards (an epic scale 30k board, think Istvaan III, Choral City post fire storm and a ruined/abandoned/city of death style board for 30k).  When designing and constructing these boards, striking a balance between the dark triad, with more weight being placed on playability, robustness and storage will be the order of the day.

Well, with that said, here is the first board I’ve produced in a long time.  This scenery ticks all of the boxes.  It’s very playable, no confusion where something starts and ends, plus it looks amazing.  It’s robust, seriously, this stuff (whatever resin FW uses) is strong.  As a side note, I suspected that the more recent castings of these tiles has more resin in it than older ones.  A few weekends ago, I took a new board piece along to a tournament I was playing in with a small set of scales, knowing that it would have a Zone Mortalis table.  Anyway, the old piece of the same design tile weighed in at 720g, while the new piece weighed in at 980g.  Thats a significant difference.  It is also apparent in FW’s larger Realm of Battle tiles.  If you recall from previous posts, there were significant warpage issues with the older tiles.  Well, not any more.  As a part of this purchase, I also got one of the new Industrial Complex tiles because I liked the detail on them and wanted to use it as scatter terrain for the board.  Anyway, it is seriously heavy (and very well packed too).  So good work to FW for improving their products.  These things are tough.

They’re also easy to store, I can fit the entire 4’x6′ board in two 500mm cardboard boxes.  Nice.  This has gotten me thinking about other board systems that use a 12″x12″ tiles, as opposed to FW’s 24″x24″ system (Secret Weapon I’m looking at you).  It seems to be a lot more transportable and easier to use and manage.

So on to the pics.  As you know, I really like my boards to tell a story.  This is meant to be a flight deck of sorts on the Conqueror.  I took inspiration from FW’s amazing display board they did a few years back on a similar theme.   Zone Mortalis Zone Mortalis Zone Mortalis Zone Mortalis

All World Eater’s ships need a dueling arena don’t they?  Plus it just looks cool stencilled onto a tile.  I plan on making a frame for this one tile, so that it resembles a pit when not being used on a ZM board.  For Primarch/named character fights that have become fashionable at clubs and tournaments recently.  Two men go in, one man comes out, n’that…        Zone Mortalis

I actually made those fuel pods myself.  If you cast your mind back a few years, FW actually made a similar one.  I tried getting hold of one from eBay, but it sold for $250AUD!!!.  So I thought, just make one… it’ll be fun, and a lot less expensive.  So I did.  Here is what the original looked like.  I think the piece of PVC pipe was the most expensive bit ($2).  Moral of the story, buy FW terrain, it’s a good investment.

IMG_5013  Zone Mortalis

As I mentioned, I cut off some random bits of detail from a FW tile to have as scatter terrain (see those generator things?)  I also made up some containers from old Necromunda bulkheads.  Good times.

Ok, thats me for the time being.  My next project is on the bench and under coated.  Want to see it?

IMG_5019

What could it be?

Zone Mortalis

So next weekend I’m off to Canberra for CanCon to play in an Epic Armageddon comp.  It should be interesting.  I’ll do a short post on it with some pics.

Until then, take care

John

As promised, here is the first of the next three projects I’ve got on my bench that I’ll be completing in the next few weeks.  I’ll give you a hint at the end of this post what the second of the three projects is.

Onward.

So, this army isn’t mine.  It was a commission that I was approached to do earlier on in the year, however due to study commitments I wasn’t able to paint it until now.  The owner has been collecting it for some time (it’s epic in every sense, weighing in at almost 4kgs) and it arrived in the post the day I finished my epic scale World Eaters.  Enthused by my World Eaters and getting some time to paint again, I attacked this project with gusto.  Often I worked 7-9hrs a day on it straight (yes, if you do the math, I painted this in two weeks).  I did take the odd morning/afternoon tea break to restore my normality however.

Assembly and preparation were very time consuming (there are over 50 tanks, walkers et al and some 300 infantry).  I’ve mentioned in the past about changing paints.  Well, I’ve now gone “full vallejo”.  The quality of their ‘game colour’ and ‘game air’ range is second to none.  For someone who uses an airbrush a lot when I paint, the game air range is magnificent.  None, to little thinning required (depending on application and therefore air pressure required).  Whist I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Citadel paints, I’ve now moved on (Citadel, it’s not you, it’s me).  I was vallejo curious a few years ago when I started using their weathering pigments.  I never really considered their paints however.  This was until mid-2015 when I purchased Space Hulk.  I was in Sydney at the time and dropped into The Combat Company.  In Brisbane, where I’m from, there isn’t (disappointingly) any real independent games stores anymore (aside from more broader “hobby” stores).  So I was excited to venture in and see what they had.  Suffice to say, I was impressed with their on-hand range and saw both the full Vallejo game air, and game colour range.  So I picked up a few paints for Space Hulk and my World Eaters.  After painting the World Eaters (the white was such a pleasure to use, as was the black undercoat) I decided to convert (Space Hulk remains unpainted…).  Everything about the range impresses me.  Coverage, consistency, application, storage, colour selection.  You name it, it ticks all the boxes.

Enough with the unsolicited plug for Vallejo, and onto what you came here for, painted minis!

Salamander Assault Marines

MkII Assault Marines with Jump Packs

Salamander Caestus Assault Ram

Caestus Assault Ram – These models are amazing. I’d like to get my hands on some for my World Eaters. There is something very satisfying about having solid metal minis again.

Salamander Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer

Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer

Salamander Contemptor Dreadnoughts and Deredeo Dreadnoughts

Contemptor Dreadnoughts and Deredeo Dreadnoughts

Salamander Deimos Pattern Whirlwind Scorpius

Deimos Pattern Whirlwind Scorpius

Salamander Demios Vindicator Laser Destroyer

Demios Vindicator Laser Destroyer

Salamander Drop Pods

Drop Pods – On round bases to improve game mechanics

Salamander Falchion

Falchion – Very impressive model. Who am I kidding, they all are…

Salamander Fellblade

Fellblade – The Astartes super heavy workhorse

Salamander Fire Raptor

Fire Raptors, The Astartes answer to the A-10, or is it the other way around…?

Salamander Glaive

Glaive

Salamander Javelin Attack Speeder

Javelin Attack Speeder Squadron

Salamander Land Raider Armoured Proteus with Terminators

Land Raider Armoured Proteus Squadron with Terminators – When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed

Salamander Land Raider Proteus and Fire Drakes

Land Raider Proteus and Firedrakes

Salamander Landspeeder

Landspeeder Squadron

Salamander Objective Markers

Objective Markers – My customer saw the ones I did for the World Eaters and asked me if I could make him some, who am I not to oblige?

Salamander Predator

Predator Squadron, note the different variants

Salamander Primarch Vulcan

Primarch Vulcan

Salamander Rapier Laser Destroyer

Rapier Laser Destroyer

Salamander Spartan and Pyroclasts

Spartan and Pyroclasts

Salamander Storm Eagle

Storm Eagles

Salamander Tactical Detachment 1

Tactical Detachment 1

Salamander Tactical Detachment 2

Tactical Detachment 2

Salamander Tarantula with Anti Air armament

Tarantula anti-air battery

Salamander Tarantula with Lascannons

Tarantula with Lascannons

Salamander Vindicator

Vindicator Squadron

Salamander Xiphon Pattern Interceptor

Xiphon Pattern Interceptor Squadron

Believe it or not, the army is actually bigger than this, I only photographed single units.  Some of them are in multiples.  My customer liked the bases I did on my World Eaters, hence the resemblance.  He isn’t quite so strict with his flying stands or conformity to basing sizes and standards as I am (for tactical purposes I believe)  I have no idea how many points this army is, but it would have to be in the vicinity of 20,000 points.  I thoroughly enjoyed painting it, and hope to see it across from me on the battlefield one day (no doubt my World Eaters would totally smoke them though, just say’n)

Onto other news.  I’ll be attending CanCon in 2016 playing in the Epic Armageddon tournament.  Some of you who’ve been following this blog for some time may remember that I went back in 2013 and played in the 40k comp.  I don’t want to dwell on my last experience and let it colour my perceptions of other events run over during CanCon.  I am really looking forward to attending this year, I know the organiser of the Epic Armageddon competition and know he takes epic scale wargaming VERY seriously.  I am confident that every aspect of the competition will exceed my expectations.  Expect a full wash up post following the competition.  For those interested, I’m using my World Eaters as a generic proxy for a 40k Epic Armageddon Space Marine army.

Anyway, my family and I are heading off for our Christmas holiday tomorrow, so no more painting until early January 2016.  Until then, thanks for dropping in, take care and have a safe and Merry Christmas for you and yours.

John

PS.  Here is the sneak peek I mentioned of what I’ll be working on next…

War_Maniple_Ferrum_Mori

I finally finished study for the year, which means that I now have time to do some painting and gaming.  To kick things off, I attacked this Epic Scale World Eaters army I’ve been nursing for the past seven months.

A few years ago I was at a 40k tournament and noticed that there was an Epic Armageddon tournament also happening on the other side of the hall.  Always intrigued by Epic Scale, I went and had a look.  To my surprise, I noticed that fans were now producing their own miniatures, in spite of Games Workshop abandoning the system almost a decade ago.  Since that point in time, I’ve been hooked.  I have to say, these fan made miniatures are superb.  If you look at the post just before this one, where I painted an Epic Armageddon Renegade Milita army, you’ll see what I mean.  The fans that make these models appear to design them using CAD, then 3D print them out.  The quality and attention to detail is truly astonishing.  A real testament to the dedication and commitment that members of the gaming community have to the hobby.

So after much researching, I discovered there is a hardcore, dedicated community that still play using the Epic Armageddon rules set.  To bring the system to modern standards, the community has created their own supplements to contemporarise the army offerings in Epic Scale that have since been made available in 28mm scale that were not around when GW abandoned the Epic format.  These rules (not surprisingly) are balanced and comprehensive.

There are a few very positive aspects of this ‘garage’ version of Epic Armageddon when compared to its 28mm counterpart.  The first is cost.  The army that you see below, which is about 5,500pts worth (most 30k Epic scale games are 4,000pts) only cost me around $400AUD. (interestingly, 40k Epic Scale games are around 3,000pts)  The other point is storage.  If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I (used to) have a vast collection of armies, Titans and scenery.  These armies and scenery are very difficult to store.  A 5,500 point Epic army fits very comfortably into a shoe box.  Finally, the actual game itself.  This is a real tacticians game that is very interactive and dynamic.  It’s not a strict “you go, then I’ll go” style of play such as that found in 28mm scale 40k.  This means that rates of advance, synchronising the effects of supporting units (so called force multipliers), weapons ranges, weapon effects, terrain and close air support are all critical considerations (far beyond that of 28mm 40k).  I’ve only had a handful of games, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each game, and learnt more and more each time.  As well as deepening  my appreciation of the subtleties and nuances of the gaming architecture of the system too.

If you’d like to download a copy of the core rulebook, it’s available here.  You’ll also find there many of the army lists for the various 40k races.  If you’re interested in using this system for games of 30k (as far as I’m concerned, Epic Scale is the scale that 30k should be played in, and will be my hobby/gaming focus for the foreseeable future), you can find an excellent fan site with the various Legion rules here.  This last site is very good, as it has, amongst other things, an excellent outline of how to build an army list, along with army lists summaries and quick reference sheets.  If you think of this site as a supplement for the core rules, similar to how a Codex works in 40k, that will help put it into perspective.  I doubt I’ll get into Epic Scale 40k in any meaningful way, for the same reason I’ve more or less abandoned 28mm scale 40k (its become a caricature/parody of itself).

Ok, let me give you a quick breakdown of what I’ve put together here.

Traitor World Eaters
Unit Qty Uprade Pts
5400
Legion Detachments
Tactical Detachment 1 8 x Tacticals 275
1 Drop Pods 25
4 Tactical Spt Squad 200
1 Lieutenant Commander 50
Tactical Detachment 1 8 x Tacticals 275
4 Heavy Spt Squad 200
1 Centurion 50
Tactical Detachment 1 8 x Tacticals & Rhinos 275
4 Heavy Spt Squad 200
1 Centurion 50
Legion Support Detachments
Rampager Squad 1 6 RP & Centurion 350
Rampager Squad 1 6 RP & Centurion 350
Thunder Hawk 1 200
Thunder Hawk 1 200
Strike Cruiser 1 200
Contemptor Dreadnought 4 Drop Pods 265
Landraider Battle Squadron 6 480
Storm Eagle 3 375
Legion Lords of War
Angron 1 Teleport 475
Fire Raptor Wing 2 300
Fellblade 1 250
Glaive 1 250

Here is the army in full…

World Eaters Epic Scale Family Shot

Ok, so now some details shots

World Eaters Epic Scale Angron

Angron, Primarch of the XII Legion, The Red Angel

World Eaters Epic Scale Comparision

A quick scale comparison.

World Eaters Epic Scale Infantry

The first Tactical Detachment. Note the Tactical Support squad at the rear

World Eaters Epic Scale Infantry 2

The second Tactical Support Detachment

World Eaters Epic Scale Heavy Weapons

The second Tactical detachment, with a closeup of the heavy weapons

World Eaters Epic Scale Rhinos

The Rhinos for the third Tactical Detachment

World Eaters Epic Scale Drop Pod

One of the two drop pods, utilised for the first Tactical Detachment and the Contemptor Dreadnoughts

World Eaters Epic Scale Contemptor Dreadnoughts

Contemptor Dreadnoughts

World Eaters Epic Scale Objective 4

Objectives play an important role in Epic Armageddon. Each side requires three. I decided to make destroyed/crashed vehicles with injured/wounded/survivors to rescue.

World Eaters Epic Scale Objective 1 World Eaters Epic Scale Objective 2 World Eaters Epic Scale Objective 3

World Eaters Epic Scale Landraiders

The Landraider Battle Squad

World Eaters Epic Scale Thunderhawk 1

One of the two Thunderhawks. To be thorough, I created both a flying and a landed base. You’ll notice the ‘cleared landing zone’ on the landed base. I really can’t stand Astarte’s flyers with their landing gear permanently down.

World Eaters Epic Scale Thunderhawk 3 World Eaters Epic Scale Thunderhawk 2

World Eaters Epic Scale Fellglave

Fellglaive

World Eaters Epic Scale Fellblade

Fellblade

World Eaters Epic Scale Storm Eagle 1

Storm Eagles

World Eaters Epic Scale Storm Eagle 2 World Eaters Epic Scale Storm Eagle 3

World Eaters Epic Scale Fire raptors

Fire Raptor

There you go.  I’ve had one game with them (I got hammered, thanks Alan).  I plan on adding some Spartan’s, Rampagers (there are now some fan made ones, I used assault marines in this incarnation), Predators, Vindicators, plus a few other random bits and pieces.

A quick note on the the bases.  A few people who’ve seen this army already have asked me where I got the flying stands from, and the tank bases.  I’m a real stickler for consistency.  The bases for the infantry are the rectangle ones that GW produced back in the day, so I wanted everything else to be rectangular too.  The various sized bases for the tanks etc are generic Flames of War bases produced by a British company called Plastic Soldier.  It’s there “15mm Mixed Base Set”.  The flight stands are from Hawk Wargames.  I just take the clear rod part and attachment and fix it to a plastic soldier base.  I did consider the GW flying bases, but this would mean they’d be round and also, I wanted the flyers to have a little bit of height on the table too.  GW stems are quite short.

One final thing.  I’ve not posted for well over 10 months.  However I wanted to say thank you for everyone that keep on visiting this blog while I was away.  It’s astonishing how many people visit this blog on a daily basis, even when I’ve not produced any new content for such a long time.  So thanks for you’re continued interest and support.

I’ve already got my next three projects on the bench, so stay tuned.

Thanks for dropping in.

John

 

Well, after many days of toil, I finally finished my first commission.  As many of you know, I don’t really accept commissions.  For many reasons, the first and most important is that it takes away from my own time painting, and the second is that because there is such a low barrier to entry into doing ‘commissions’ the fees the market has come to expect is well and truly below my opportunity cost.  Both personally and professionally.  However on this particular occasion both of these criteria were met and exceeded.

I’ve always had a fondness for Epic scale armies. However ever since Games Workshop abandoned the system some 10 years ago (has it been that long!?!) the support for the models and rules has not been there.  While Games Workshop and Forge World have come ahead leaps and bounds (especially Forge World) in terms of model design, sadly the old epic range hasn’t kept up.  Until now.

All I can say now is that this army has really re-kindled my interest in this scale of modelling and wargaming.  Specifically 30k era gaming.  I’m really excited to get my hands on some 30k models in this scale and recount the battles on Istvaan III and then Istvaan V.  Epic in more ways than one.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the owner of this army wishes to remain anonymous,  however if you’d like to be put in contact with him, contact me via my Facebook page.  I’ll forward you his details and maybe he’ll share with you where he sources this magnificent models.

Speaking of, BEHOLD!

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Alpha Legion Allied Detachment

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Hell Blade Chaos Fight Squadron

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Legio Mortis Warhound Pack

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Renegade Death Strike Missile Battery

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Renegade Hydra Flakk Tank Battery

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Renegade Malcador Defender Squadron

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Renegade Malcador Tank Squadron

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Renegade Mechanised Infantry Company

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Renegade Minotaur Artillery Tank Squadron (front & back)

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Renegade Objective Markers

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Renegade Ogryn Berserker Unit

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A selection of Renegade tanks and infantry for scale

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Well thats it for now folks.  Its been a really privilege to paint his army.  Thoroughly enjoyed it form start to finish.  The standard of these models is exceptional and will stand up to the most rigorous scrutiny.

I’ll be returning to uni on 02 March.  Between now and then I’m aiming to do a little bit more painting.  With any luck there’ll be one or two more posts in me before then.

Thanks for dropping in.

Questions and comments welcome.

See you next time,

John

 

 

Hey there,

It’s been a while since my last proper post, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about painting.  I’ve been doing a little here and there, however its been sporadic and not as focused as I like it to be.  This has been largely due to my studies.  The good news is schools out for the year!  The bad news is I won’t be able to much painting between now and new year.  Got a bit on, including a trip to New York City and Washington DC over the Christmas period.  Really looking forward to that.  BTW, if any of my readers know some cool shops I should check out hobbywise, even plastic kits etc, please word me up.  We’re staying just near time square and will travel for awesomeness!

As many of you know, I don’t do commissions.  I tend to find the opportunity cost too great.  It takes away from my own painting time too much.  However I got a very interesting request recently that I couldn’t resist.  To paint a Net Epic Renegade Guard army, with some Titans and Alpha Legion marines.  I won’t go into the background of Net Epic, but suffice to say, Epic (Space Marine, Adeptus Titanicus, et al) used to be one of the raddest games that GW ever produced.  It was in 6mm scale, and you could wage war on a scale that was commensurate with the 41st millennium.  Then GW ballsed it up and decided to discontinue it.  However, some passionate gamers picked up the system and improved it, developed more rules and army lists for it and published it for free on the internet.  Nice.

I’ve always really liked the system.  My first exposure to it was via Space Marine, and who could forget the evocative box art.  Totally amazingEESpaceMarine1991

Then of course, GW produced some expansions for it.  The one I most fondly remember was ‘Renegades’  It had that totally insane World Eater on the front cover.  It also had one of the first coherent explanations of the confrontation between Horus and The Emperor during the Horus Heresy.  Truly amazing stuff.picRenegades__Eldar_and_Chaos_Armies_for_Space_Marine

And of course that now (in)famous picture that accompanied the story describing the Emperor teleporting onto Horus’s Battle Barge at the siege of Terra during the climax of the Horus Heresy.

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Just sit back and take that amazing picture in.  Truly from the ‘halcyon’ days of GW

Anyway, enough of a trip down memory lane.  Suffice to say, when I was approached to paint this army, I was pretty keen.  I’ve actually painted a few 30k World Eaters in 6mm scale and really enjoyed it.  So to share with everyone this really interesting, revived gaming system and range of models, I’ve decided to document it for you all.

Here goes

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These represent objects I believe.  IMG_4083

Yes, you can believe your eyes, a 40k scale Warhound Titan, in 6mm scale, complete with interior detail.  IMG_4086 IMG_4087 IMG_4088

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As you can see, tanks feature heavily in this scale…. The level of detail on these models is truly astonishing.  IMG_4095 IMG_4096 IMG_4099

Now getting down to business.  It’s actually been fun working with models made out of white metal again.  There is something peculiarly satisfying about holding a metal miniature.  IMG_4102

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Some of the tanks require minor assembly.  I’ve used a 2-part expoxy resin, held in place with clamps while setting. IMG_4105 IMG_4106 IMG_4107 IMG_4109The infantry.

Well, thats it for now.  It’s late and I’m tired.  The owner of the army wishes to remain anonymous.  If you want to know where there minis were source, send me a message via my Facebook page.  I’m really excited about this army and can’t wait to start getting some paint on it.  By the way, thanks to everyone who inquired about my armies and titans I had up for sale.  They’ve all gone to a new home and are being well and truly enjoyed.

Until next time!  Bye for now

John

Hey Everyone,

Bet you weren’t expecting that!  Well, I’m moving house soon and re-assessing what I need and don’t need.  Although collecting these armies has been a real joy, its time to give them their marching orders and assign the to a new posting.  My plan is to put them on eBay, however a friend of mine suggest (very thoughtfully) to put them on my page first incase someone wants to buy either all of the Iron Hands, Titans or Guard.  You see, if I put them on eBay, I’ll be breaking them up.  The post code that they’ll be sent from is 4067, Australia.

So, whats on offer I hear you ask.  I’ll start with the easy one.  The Titans.

You get the Reaver and two Warhounds pictured.  If you want to see them being assembled and painted, click here and here. These Titans have been featured on Forge Worlds Facebook page (when it existed), in two magazines (national and international) that I know of and the Reaver and the Warhounds have also won awards in few painting competitions (local and state).  The internals of the Reaver and one of the Warhounds is painted too.

They’re pretty heavy and big, so if you live overseas, be prepared for a pretty hefty postage cost.  However if you’re game, so am I.

Please note that only offers over $2,000+P&H will be considered.  Expressions of interested can be made by messaging me though my Facebook page – click here


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It is important to note that if you buy this army complete, it’ll come with Battle Foam trays that suits everything listed below.  If you want to see this army being assembled and painted, click here and here

Heres what you get

  • 1 x Iron Father (GW metal Techmarine, the one without a helmet only available through the online store)
  • 1 x Tech Marine (modern one with the large servo arm contraception on his back)
  • 1 x Librarian in Power Armour with force sword
  • 4 x Tactical Squad – these all come with either a Drop Pod or Rhino (the Rhino has removable top doors to accept a Razorback turret) – The heavy weapon in the squad is magnatised and will take either a Multimelta or Missile Launcher, the special weapon is magnatised and will take either a meltagun or flamer
  • 1 x 10 man Devastator Squad – all with magnatised missile launchers
  • 1 x 10 man Assault Squad with jump packs – various Sergeant arm weapon options are magnatised
  • 5 x 5 man Terminator Squads – they all have their arms magnatised and come with thunder hammer and storm shields. The other magnatised arms allow for the usual storm bolter/power fist combo with cyclone missile launcher, heavy flamer and assualt cannon options too.  There are a few chain fists in there also.  Finally, there are enough lightening claws to make up two squads.
  • 1 x Vindicator
  • 3 x Landspeeder – these have all, yes all, weapon combinations magnitised.
  • 1 x Landraider redeemer
  • 4 x Dreadnoughts – all have magnatised standard armaments that come with the kit (twin lascannons, assault cannon, missile launcher and powerfist) and also a magnatised multimelta (from forge world)
  • 5 x Iron Clad Dreadnoughts – again, all weapon options, including hunter killer missiles, are magnatised
  • 1 x Forge World Iron clad with power fists (I used to use this a proxy for Bray arth’ ashmantle)
  • 6, yes 6 x Forge World Dreadnought Drop Pods – The Lucius Pattern ones.
  • 2 x Forge World Deathstorm drop pods (missile launcher variant)
  • 1 x Forge World Storm Eagle
  • Lots of random bits, including about 2-3 parks of the GW Iron Hands upgrade kits in white metal and just general random marine parts, some Forge World dreadnought twin autocannon arms and razor back turrets (all unpainted of course)
  • Enough Battle Foam trays to fit all this in

Please note that only offers over $3,200+P&H will be considered.  Expressions of interested can be made by messaging me though my Facebook page – click here

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Last but not least, the Imperial Guard (Astra Militarum)

Those of you who have been following me for some time know how massive this force is.  It’s gigantic.  Again, everything listed comes with enough Battle Foam trays to fit it all in.  Click here to see details of it being built.   Here goes…

Please note that only offers over $5,500+P&H will be considered.  Expressions of interested can be made by messaging me though my Facebook page – click here

  • Please note, that ALL, yes ALL the infantry listed below have the Forge World Respirator upgarde kit attached (helmet and back pack upgrade)  ALL OF THEM….
  • 2 x Company Command squads with custom master of ordnance, fleet and astropath plus 2 x melta guns in each squad
  • 3 x wounded guardsman objectives
  • 3 x Ministorum Priests (with Eviscerator)
  • 3 x Commissar’s
  • 9 x 10 man Infantry Squads (two squads have radios and the sergeants have power weapons)
  • 3 x Platoon HQ’s – each has a radio operator
  • 3 x Mortar squads (thats 9 bases of mortars)
  • 3 x Heavy Bolter Squads (thats 9 bases of heavy bolters)
  • 3 x Missile Launcher Squads (thats 9 bases of missile launchers)
  • 1 x Auto Cannon Squad (3 bases of auto cannons)
  • 3 x Special Weapon squads with Sniper Rifles (18 guys in total) – think sniper sections
  • 3 X Special Weapon squads with flamers and demo charges (18 guys in total) – think assault pioneers
  • 10 x Armoured Sentinel’s with Auto Cannons (yep, 10)
  • 7 x Leman Russ – All have magnatised sponsons and weapons
  • 3 x Leman Russ vanquishers – All have magnatised sponsons and weapons
  • 4 x Valkyrie/Vendetta – All have the Forge World Vendetta upgrade kits that are magnatised and the standard Valkyrie weapon load out magnatised
  • 1 x Baneblade super heavy tank
  • 1 x Forge World Macharius Vanquisher – this tank also comes with the turret that makes up the Vulcan variant
  • 1 x Chimera
  • 3 x Chimera (part painted)
  • 1 x Forge World Medusa (part painted)
  • 1 x Forge World Manticore (part painted)
  • 9 x Forge World Guard with melta guns (unpainted)
  • 1 x Lord Castallan Creed (unpainted)
  • 1 x Colonel ‘Iron Hand’ Straken (unpainted)
  • 1 x Vindicare Assassin (unpainted)

IMG_2038IMG_0525 IMG_0806 IMG_0812 IMG_1123 IMG_1140 IMG_1147 IMG_0988 IMG_0994 IMG_1987 IMG_1990Now, as I mentioned, if you’re keen, message me though my Facebook page – click here

I accept that the market for these armies is pretty small at these price points, however it would be nice to sell them whole, rather than breaking them up on eBay.  Hence this is my first port of call.  They all represent excellent value for money, as I’m only looking to recover the cost of the models, no time allowed for painting.  Also, please share this post on whatever other pages you visit.  Like I said, it’d really like these armies to go whole.

On a different topic, I have been painting.  Lots and lots of World Eaters as a matter of fact.  So hopefully you’ll see some posts on them soon.  However with Uni, moving house and end of semester exams (plus a trip to New York for a month at the end of the year coming up) I’m pretty flat strap.

Thanks for dropping in,

John Sutton.