Epic Scale Primarch W.I.P

Hello all. Well, it’s been a bit of a busy time at the moment but I have at least managed to prime my epic Skitarii unit so I hope to be getting some paint onto them soon.

Also, I sat down this evening at a bit of a loose end. Not really wanting to start any painting and certainly not wanting to wash any resin, so I ended up chopping up a 10mm Orc. As I was doing so it occurred to me that an Epic scale Primarch might be quite fun and a big lad like this should work out pretty well. I found a figure with a hammer and thought I might have a go at cobbling together a mini Vulkan. Here he is after a bit of fiddling around, he still needs quite a bit more work but I hope you get the idea.

Primarch wip

I need to let the putty cure before adding any more but I hope to get a head and cape done along with some details and corrections. I popped a Novan Elite and Onslaught Cultist next to him for scale.

And yes, the lizard skull is huge but it’ll do for now. This is a bit of a mock up and I think I’ll have a go at sculpting a primarch or two from scratch, maybe Magnus, without his weird pec-horns.

Thanks for looking.

Epic Scale Primarch W.I.P

Small….. But perfectly formed – 6mm size comparisons

Hello all. No painting or modelling today I’m afraid, but instead something that may be useful to some.

I’ve been putting off buying some of the Defeat in Detail Novan Elites for quite some time now, not sure as to whether they would look very good or be wildly out of proportion with any other figures suitable for this diminutive scale. Over the last couple of years I’ve been impulse buying 6mm figures from Microworld Games and Onslaught Miniatures (and random purchases of Spartan Games’ Dystopian Wars and Planetfall, but more on that Later) in the hope of creating some kind of 30k 6mm armies, unfortunately I never really focused enough on the project and it’s languished in neglect for too long.

One of the main issues I had was finding any images illustrating the sizes of the figures in comparison with one another, so I’ve taken some pictures of some of my little chaps:

Big Group

from the left we have: Epic Armageddon Predator (turretless), OM (Onslaught Minis) Corrupted Athena, OM Athena Defender, DiD (Defeat in Detail) Novan Elite, OM Hellborn Cultist, MG (Microworld Games) Cyclopean Demon, OM Minerva, OM Nemesis Bike.

Small Group

Again from the left: SG (Spartan Games) Faust Battle Robot, OM Athena Defender, DiD Novan Elite, EW (Exodus Wars) Edenite Jump Infantry and finally the Hellborn Cultist again.

I think I have enough of a selection for pretty much most of the armies I would want to make, these being: A variety of Astartes Legions, Custodes and Mechanicus.

I’ve made a tentative start on the Mechanicus and this is where some of the varied Spartan Games purchased are going to come into their own. The Dystopian Wars range looks pretty good for the steampunkish look of the Mechanicum (and would probably look fine with a legion like the Iron Warriors). Here is a little sneek peek of some of Mechanicus hardware:

Mechanicum Hardware

I think they’ll work nicely. Also, a group of Skitarii have scrounged a gunship from somewhere:

Skitarii Dropship

It’ll need some bits and bobs tacked on, probably from the extremely useful 40k Skitarii sprues, coils and whatnot. Once that’s done I think it’ll make a pretty serviceable piece of kit.

Oh, and if anyone is wondering what army lists I’m using the short answer is I’m just trying to throw together fun units that I think should exist…… I don’t really know any of the rules.

Thanks for looking!

Small….. But perfectly formed – 6mm size comparisons

Iron Hands – Test model

Hello all, another little tester today. This time it’s an Iron Hand, I’d put this figure together a while ago with the intention of him being an asthmatic Death Guard but I thought he frankly just looked a bit more Iron Handy. What do you reckon?


I was a bit apprehensive about all that black since I tend to avoid it, but I threw caution to the wind and just bloody went for it. Also, in a similar way to white gouache on a watercolour, adding the sctatching and chips seemed to help. The muddy boots were a crushed brown pastel mixed with a bit of matt varnish, so basically super cheap weathering pigment.

Now, up until this point I’ve never been interested in the Iron Hands…… ever. But it seems that they are growing on me since they appear to be very simple conversion fodder – perfect for those Skitarii who I can’t be bothered to assemble so I think they’ll be fun for spare parts, heads, weapons and so on. I quite like the mechanicum too so the whole post-human meets cold rational machine stuff looks like it could be fun…… and there’s no forgetting the mechanicum and the “Motive Force” stuff. I’m thinking of converting an Age of Sigmar figure into an Iron Hand Force Master…..or something.

Anyhow, back to the plastic and resin carvery for some chaps to keep him company.

Thanks for looking

Iron Hands – Test model

Death Guard Test Painting WIP

Finally managed to spend a bit of time on the Death Guard test figure which I began quite a while ago now. As I think I mentioned before, I really wanted to try to free up my painting technique a bit and be a bit more gestural with my approach. This kind of worked and I think it suits the Death Guard – particularly the 26th Company (clerical error – but this, and their somewhat unorthodox history, will be elaborated on later).

DG Front

I’ve had a go at some weathering, grime and whatnot and found the scratches a bit of a struggle. I used a bit of sponge (probably far too tiny) for the scratching which was a little tricky to control but came out okay-ish I think. I’m quite happy with the result of the armour colour, almost the colour of nicotine stained teeth, since I really wanted to move away from white. The emblem was a pain, so I’m really going to have to practice that.

Any weathering tips are more than welcome, I’ve checked out loads of tutorials but word of mouth knowledge is always better in my opinion.

Anyhow, he still needs a bit of soot staining and mud as well as the base, so there are still some bits to do. I primed my converted figure so I’ll start on that too I think, when he’s done I’ll put up some history for the 26th.

Thanks for looking.

Death Guard Test Painting WIP