Forge World Anphelion Base – Finished !

Posted: February 16, 2014 in Anphelion Base
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Well, its done.  What a mission it was too.  I have to admit, I’m quite pleased with the finished product.  I don’t know about you, but often when I’m half way through a project I get disheartened because I think its not going to turn out the way I want.  The temptation to not persevere  is high.  On many occasions with this project I was in that place.  However experience has now taught me to keep going.  As they say, when you’re going through hell, don’t stop!

I actually finished this several weeks ago.  In that time, I’ve probably had about 10-12 games on it.  Its loads of fun to play on.  Having actual buildings, not ruins on the table is fun.  It throws up some interesting challenges.  The other unique aspect to playing on this board is that we use the Zone Mortalis rules from Horus Heresy Book 1 when fighting inside the Anphelion Base.  Again, this brings an interesting dimension to the game.  Its not all just woods, craters and ruins.  There are doors, ladders, emplaced weapons, comms relays, firestorm and shrapnel, reaction fire, impassable terrain, difficult and dangerous terrain to negotiate.  Basically, playing on a board with actual intact buildings is a pleasant change.

Also, you’ll notice that this is a 4 x 4 board.  I’m heading down this path for several reasons.  1.  It works for my tournament that I’ll be running shortly.  2.  Its the best size for 1000pt games, which I tend to play more of these days as I feel its more tactical and 3.  Quicker build times.  I’ve actually built another 4 x 4 table which I’m just in the process of finishing off as you read this…  I’ve called it ‘Air Strip One’  You’ll see some pictures shortly.

Ok, enough chit chat.  Here are the pictures.


Table 3

Forge World Anphelion Base 1

Forge World Anphelion Base 2

Forge World Anphelion Base 4

Forge World Anphelion Base 5

Forge World Anphelion Base 6

Forge World Anphelion Base 7

Forge World Anphelion Base 8

Forge World Anphelion Base 3

Well folks, there you have it.  One Forge World Anphelion base.  Now, I have some good news, and some bad news.  The good news is this.  I’m trying to get my friend, Aaron, over at Forlorn Hope to come over with his Tyranids so we can have a proper Nid v Guard bash on this table, and of course bring you a battle report.  However he doesn’t get to Brisbane all that much and we had it all planned for last Saturday, however I had to cancel due to another commitment.  So I’m anxious to have that game and do a battle report for you all.  Help me, help you and get Aaron to Brisbane with his Nid so we can have this game.  Fill out the poll below to show your support.

Now to the bad news.  Its almost back to school for me, and that means less painting and modelling, so that means less posting… I’ve still got a few more posts up my sleeve yet, AND I’ve got my tournament to run in March too.  So you’ll definitely be hearing about that.  While we are talking about The Emperor’s Legions.  If you happen to be free on Saturday the 15th of March, feel free to drop into the Holland Park Hotel, Brisbane to check it out.  You’ll see probably the best painted armies from some of the most talented painters around in one place at one time.  All of the players that are attending are super excited and there will be much rivalry and good times had on the day.   It’d be great to see as many of you as possible and put some faces to names.

Ok, until next time thanks for dropping in


  1. Leeman says:

    Absolutely stunning! Great job!

  2. Mangozac says:

    It looks awesome, John! The weathering on the base turned out beautifully! I’d really love to come check this out in person one day – like you say the Anphelion base itself is certainly a special collectors piece!

  3. Aaron Bailey says:

    Even I voted to get me up there ASAP!

    The base looks stunning mate, I can’t wait to have games on it, it’ll be a privilege and an honour.

  4. Rictus says:

    Turned out looking great, well worth the time and effort you put in.

    I think Sheep should be ashamed if he doesn’t get up there forthwith for a game. I shall demand an explanation from him when we next speak on FB…

  5. cowie165 says:

    Wow. Just wow. I know how much time terrain can take – and it’s more than people think. I can see the work you’ve put into every single piece mate. Great photos; outstanding result.


  6. 40kterminatus says:

    Wow, really good job.

  7. Bloody brilliant mate – really came up a treat – very thematic. The hairspra chipping has really enhanced the weatherd look. Brilliant.

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  9. D.Sims says:

    Your blog is a real treasure. Thank you for sharing your efforts and processes. I especially love the stacked conex boxes scattered around the base with the 55 gallon drums. It looks like you recast the conex on the Anphelion base fuel depot. Is that correct or did you find those pieces someplace else? I ask because I would love to make a naval port with those boxes and I own two of those fuel depots. If you did recast those I can do the same and hopefully come close to your fine results. If not can you tell me where I can find those boxes. They are beautiful as is the rest of the project by the way. Thanks for the intelligence. Enjoy your beautiful table.

    • John Sutton says:

      Hey mate. I actually made it myself. It is made from sections of the bulkheads from the game necromunda. I just cut them up, made them into a box, then made a mould of that. Thanks for dropping in

  10. Vendrette says:

    These were actually available for sale once upon a time?

    I remember seeing this in the fifth edition rulebook, from when I was a young Hivemind a decade ago. I’ve always wanted one.

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