Hey everyone,

I hope things are well wherever you are.  I’ve been on a mid-year break, and during that time I decided to do up some Mechanicum.  I doubt these will be a stand-alone force, just simply reinforcements, to add to the Xth Legion.  I have to admit, I really enjoyed painting this small force.  Super impressive models from Forge World.  Speaking of the Xth Legion, I’ve painted up some Legionnaire reinforcements for them too.  However, they’ll be the subject of another post you’ll see in the next day or so.

A few quick comments on what you’re about to look at.  Firstly, the Castellax.  Those of you familiar with the models will notice that their arm weapons are missing.  This is because I magnetised them, and forgot to connect them for the photo shoot.

Secondly, the Thallax. I went to the lengths to buy up all of the various special weapon options for this unit and magnetise them too.  So the plasma gun shown is not a permanent fixture.  Should give me plenty of options depending on the threat.

Finally, the Domitar.  These are seriously cool models.  Just get some.

Well, lets face it, the whole Mechanicum range is… so just get some.

Mechanicum Castellax Battle-Automata With Darkfire Cannon Squad

Mechanicum Castellax Battle-Automata With Darkfire Cannon Squad

Mechanicum Castellax Battle-Automata with Darkfire Cannon

Mechanicum Castellax Battle-Automata With Darkfire Cannon

Mechanicum Domitar Class Battle-Automata Maniple

Mechanicum Domitar Class Battle-Automata Maniple

Mechanicum Magos Dominus rear

Mechanicum Magos Dominus

Mechanicum Magos Dominus

Mechanicum Magos Dominus

Mechanicum Thallax Cohort Squad

Mechanicum Thallax Cohort

Mechanicum Thallax Cohort

Mechanicum Thallax Cohort

Mechanicum Ursarax Cohort

Mechanicum Ursarax

Mechanicum Ursarax squad

Mechanicum Ursarax

Mechanicum Ursarax

Mechanicum Ursarax

Mechanicum Vorax Battle-Automata Sqd

Mechanicum Vorax Battle-Automata

Mechanicum Vorax Battle-Automata

Mechanicum Vorax Battle-Automata

Mechanicum Domitar Class Battle-Automata Maniple

Ok, that’s me.

Thanks for dropping in.  I’ve got 1-2 more posts to put up in the next few days.  So come back and check them out.  You won’t be disapointed…

Cheers

John

Hello everyone,

So this is a blog post I’ve been wanting to do for some time.  Remember a couple of months ago when I posted up that 30k Iron Hands army?  Well, I had the Ferrus Manus model ready to go at the time, but I really wanted to do something special with him.  Ever since Forge World released Ferrus and Fulgrim, and made their display bases in such a way that they could be joined, I’ve wanted to do them.  However, I didn’t just want to chuck them on their 60mm bases and call it a day.  I wanted something a little more befitting of such a significant, and one may argue, pivotal, confrontation between the Primarch of the IIIrd legion and the Xth Legion on Istvaan V.  The aftermath of the drop site massacre echoes through the legions present, and indeed had an indelible effect on the history of the 41st millennium.

So just a few quick thoughts on the painting of these minis.  Firstly, I didn’t want to do the ‘grey’ stone base for these models.  Firstly, Ferrus is black, which is a tricky colour (it’s a shade) to paint at the best of times, let alone trying to make it stand out on a black base.  Secondly, I wanted something to compliment Fugrim’s primarily purple and gold armour.  I ended up settling on a variant of the bases of the larger Iron Hands force I did, that being yellow.  Yellow is a nice complimentary colour for the purple and a good background to create enough of a contrast for Ferrus’s armour to stand out on.    The actual plinth the scene is mounted on is a trophy/plaque base.  Minus the plaque.  They come pre-lacquered to quite a nice finish.  I was going to get some dark marble in the beginning but after investigations I discovered it was going to be outrageously expensive, so I sought other means.  I chose the name of the scene for two reasons.  Firstly, it’s the name of the soundtrack that is played over the three-way duel between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.  Now, I’m not actually a Star Wars fan: at all, however, that fight scene is seriously impressive.  So much so that I went and tracked down the sound track that accompanied it.  It just evokes images of titanic and climatic clashes  in my imagination.  The second reason I chose the name was it seemed to suit this duel.  Once very close brothers: one now possessed by a daemon and condemned, one betrayed.  At the conclusion of this battle, the fate of both Primarchs, and their legions is sealed.  One Primarch and his legion now and forevermore heretics, and one Primarch dead, and his legion shattered and irrevocably changed for all time.

It was a real pleasure painting these two.

Here are the pics, enjoy.

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Ferrus v Fulgrim

Thanks for dropping in.

John

Hey there everyone,

Just two very brief posts today.  A bit of Sunday morning epic scale Legion Astarte glory… So, as many of you know that follow this blog, I recently held a dedicated 6mm Epic Armageddon 30k competition.  As a part of this monumental undertaking (seriously, it was…) I also made up two ‘starter’ armies to help teach the basic set of rules to prospective players.  In both armies, the three basic types of units found in Epic Armageddon were present.  That is an Assault Unit, Direct Fire Unit, and an Indirect Fire Unit.  These armies are based loosely on the training scenario contained in the Epic Armageddon Tournament Pack rule book.  For those interested, you can follow this link and download counters to assist in game play, as well as a set of counters that you can print out onto some card that represent the units found in the training scenario.  That way you can print them out, then have a game using counters while you’re assembling an actual army.  One last link I thought I’d share, it’s this one.  You can download a PDF quick reference sheet that is quite handy to use for new players that are in the throws of a game and don’t want to go rifling through a rule book.

So the second army I did up was a Death Guard list.  Please note, that these list are 1,000pts and are meant to conform to the so-called ‘mini-geddon‘ rules supplement.  I’ve added a little more to this list it since its original conception.  The 1,000pt list contains the following, based on the community list developed for the Horus Heresy supplement.

Tactical Detachment with Praetor and two Predators (tounge twister…) – Assault Force

Terminator Detachment – Direct Fire

Medusa Detachment – Indirect Fire

This list contains all of the ‘big muscle movements’ of the rule book, and will allow new players to get a solid understanding of the foundation epic rules set down, before moving on to more complicated aspects of the rules.  Don’t make the mistake I made, and had my first game that included air craft, orbital bombardments, space ships in orbit, plant falling units (drop pods) and air assaults.  Really stupid of me.  I would have been much better just easing myself into a few small games to get the swing of things, and then build from there.  Anyway….

I also painted up a set of objective markers for each list too.

Here is what I did up.

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As you can see, I’ve since added some Terminators and some Sicarians to the list too.

Thanks for dropping in

John

Hey there everyone,

Just two very brief posts today.  A bit of Sunday morning epic scale Legion Astarte glory… So, as many of you know that follow this blog, I recently held a dedicated 6mm Epic Armageddon 30k competition.  As a part of this monumental undertaking (seriously, it was…) I also made up two ‘starter’ armies to help teach the basic set of rules to prospective players.  In both armies, the three basic types of units found in Epic Armageddon were present.  That is an Assault Unit, Direct Fire Unit, and an Indirect Fire Unit.  These armies are based loosely on the training scenario contained in the Epic Armageddon Tournament Pack rule book.  For those interested, you can follow this link and download counters to assist in game play, as well as a set of counters that you can print out onto some card that represent the units found in the training scenario.  That way you can print them out, then have a game using counters while you’re assembling an actual army.  One last link I thought I’d share, it’s this one.  You can download a PDF quick reference sheet that is quite handy to use for new players that are in the throws of a game and don’t want to go rifling through a rule book.

So the first army I did up was an Emperor’s Children list.  Please note, that these list are 1,000pts and are meant to conform to the so-called ‘mini-geddon‘ rules supplement.  I’ve added a little more to this list it since its original conception.  The 1,000pt list contains the following, based on the community list developed for the Horus Heresy supplement.

Tactical Detachment with Praetor Supreme Commander – (Assault Force)

Landraider Proteus – (Direct Fire)

Whirlwind formation – (Indirect Fire)

This list contains all of the ‘big muscle movements’ of the rule book, and will allow new players to get a solid understanding of the foundation epic rules set down, before moving on to more complicated aspects of the rules.  Don’t make the mistake I made, and had my first game that included air craft, orbital bombardments, space ships in orbit, plant falling units (drop pods) and air assaults.  Really stupid of me.  I would have been much better just easing myself into a few small games to get the swing of things, and then build from there.  Anyway….

I also painted up a set of objective markers for each list too.

Here is what I did up.
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As you can see, I’ve since added some Terminators to the list too.

So jump onto the next post, to have a look at the second trainer army I’ve done up, the Death Guard.

Thanks for dropping in

 

John

Hey everyone,

So the 30k Epic Armageddon competition that I hosted at BrisCon 2016 has come and gone, and the day was a huge success.  In total 8 players attended, which is a great number considering the game has been OOP for around 10 yrs now, AND the era we gamed in (30k) was not contemplated by the game designers when the game was released.  The rules for the units are completely fan created.

So we had on the loyalist side, Emperors Children, Dark Angels, Ultramarines and Iron Warriors factions present.  On the Traitor side we had World Eaters, Alpha Legion, Emperors Children and Death Guard.  The Loyalist took the day, winning quite convincingly in the final round (it was actually neck and neck at the end of the second round).

The Alpha Legion won Best Painted, the Loyalist Emperors Children took out first place on battle points, followed by the World Eaters in second, and the Iron Warriors in third.  However, overall, the scene in Brisbane had a massive win.  I hope that this event will be a catalyst for more Epic scale 30k gaming into the future.

Michael and Tim, from the Eye of Horus podcast were in attendance, so no doubt in the coming weeks they’ll also be doing a feature on the event too.  So go check them out to hear a more detailed break down of how events unfolded on the day.

As an aside, it was very pleasing to see the BrisCon format reinvigorated.  The venue was great, lots of room, plenty of tables, good on site facilities and lots of very high quality vendors and tournaments being played all coupled with a solid turnout of gamers and curious onlookers.  I anticipate in the coming years BrisCon will become a regularly booked event on the Brisbane (and dare I say, interstate) gaming calendar.

Ok, enough waffle, here are some pics

The first three are of the tables.  You’ll notice that the tables are only 120cm x 90cm.  I did this for two reasons.  1.  The epic scene is in its nascent stage in Brisbane.  So I wanted to keep the comp as simple as possible to allow the gamers to get a feel for the game mechanics.  I also limited the type of units gamers could chose, and also the size of units too.  This meant that the games only had to deal with the core rules of Epic Armageddon.  2.  I didn’t want to be making tones of scenery for this event.  Prior to putting my hand up to run this event, I didn’t have any scenery, so all this was made for the comp.

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A few action shots….

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Thanks for dropping in,

Until next time

John

Good morning all,

Heres a project I’ve been working on over the Easter Holiday break.  It’s about 4,000pts worth of 30k Iron Hands.  I’ve still got Ferrus to go, and quite a substantial amount of Mechanicum too.  This is just the first tranche to get the ball rolling.  It was a real pleasure to paint.  Black, as you all know, is a tricky ‘colour’ (it’s actually a shade) to paint.  To make a black army look good is very difficult.  I tried a few different techniques on this army to help overcome some of the obstacles faced by painting a black army.

You’ll notice that I’ve used the new Forge World Iron Hands decal sheet.  I have to say, I am a little disappointed by it.  There are a few pros, but also a few cons too.  Let me explain.  The main pro, is that, unlike the older FW decal sheets, each decal is printed on its own piece of clear film.  So no more spending hrs cutting around 50 shoulder pad markings.  Oh, the time I’ve spend doing that.  Another pro is the totally awesome Clan markings.  There are some really nice ones on this sheet.  So thats it for the pros.  A few of the cons.  There are not enough Clan markings to do anymore that 15 or so marines.  So that means, with a force this size, I would have needed to buy about 3-4 sheets if I wanted to do a whole army from the same clan.  The other con is the lack of the roman numeral “X”.  One thing I really love about 30k modelling, is festooning the marines and their vehicles with their legion number designation.  It just looks hard as fuck.  There are no Xs” on this decal sheet.  Also, the new style ‘graphic’ decals look childish to me.  I used them, and they look ok, and some had some cool shit on it (an inverted pentagram) but overall, not that impressed.  I preferred the old decal sheet….

Ok, the models, behold!

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ThugIMG_3932 IMG_3933 IMG_3934 IMG_3935Really like the new Spartan.  Having the tracks cast on to the hull makes SUCH a massive difference when painting and assembling.
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So as many of you know, the hull is based on the plastic Baneblade kit.  The instructions that accompany the Fellblade are basically useless.  This kit is a real prick to assemble.  Looks fucking cool though!  Tough as nails too…
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I bought a Glaive turret off eBay so I could make two tanks with the one chassis.  IMG_3943 IMG_3944 IMG_3945 IMG_3947 IMG_3948 IMG_3949 IMG_3950 IMG_3951 IMG_3952 IMG_3953

Probably my favourite models from the FW Iron Hands range.  These guys look like Special Forces about about go and kick down a door or something.  They’re covered in bits of kit and just look like they’re ready for business.  I want to get more.IMG_3954 IMG_3956

Husta la vista….IMG_3957 IMG_3958  These guys are magnetised so that they can take a variety of support weapon choices.

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Thats it for the time being.  Back to study now.  See you all for the post Emperor’s Legions Epic Scale 30k Comp I’m supporting at BrisCon on 01 May.  If you’re thinking of coming, please head over now a pick up your tickets.

Thanks for dropping in

John

Hey everyone,

Just a quick note on the upcoming Epic Armageddon 30k event The Painting Bunker is hosting at BrisCon 2016.  We’re about 6 weeks out from the date and about 6 people have confirmed their attendance.  If you’ve read the Epic 30k 2016 BRISCON Players Pack, you’ll know that places are limited to 12 players.  So, the guys organising BrisCon 2016 have updated the website so that you can now actually buy a ticket.  As the Epic Armageddon 30k event is only 1 day (1 May) the cost is only $20(!!) I’ve cooked up some incentive in an effort to get the amount of attendees squared away, and add a little value for participants.

So here is the deal.  If you pay up $20 and have your list submitted to me by 17 April you’ll get a free set of objective markers and an awesome Epic Armageddon gaming aid.  Don’t finish reading this post, go to the BrisCon 2016 website and confirm your attendance.  I’ll wait here will you do that….

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Before I continue, I would like to acknowledge the creator of the original template that I’ve modified for my event.  This supremely useful template was conceived by the awesome guys at the Newcastle Legions wargaming club.  If you recall, I’ve mentioned this great bunch of guys from a previous post.  Suffice to say, they’ve generously allowed me to modify this template to give away for BrisCon 2016.

Ok, now you’re back I’ve got some awesome tables planned for the comp too!  We’ll be playing on 6, 120x90cm boards.  The themes for the boards are based around the early part of the Horus Heresy civil war.  The first board is based on Choral city, so think ruined buildings, and a generally bleak landscape.  The second theme is based on the Urgall depression, bunkers, hills and killing fields, and the final theme is based on lush forests.  So dust off you old epic minis, come along and roll some dice, it’s going to be a great day,.

Just a quick summary of the players pack

  1. 2000pt army – Legion and Titan list only
  2. Max unit cost is 650pt
  3. No flyers or orbital deployments
  4. 3 games
  5. Any minis can be used (within reason of course) to represent formations
  6. Net Epic Armageddon rules can be found here
  7. Legion army lists can be found here
  8. 12 places are reserved, 6 for loyalist, 6 for traitor
  9. Outrageously awesome prizes, including an epic scale Reaver Titan!
  10. You get some FREE awesome stuff too!

So, lets get this scene happening, go sign up and help build the 30k community

Thanks for dropping in

John