Epic Mechanicus – some Skitarii

Finally managed to get a bit of painting done, the first batch of my Epic Heresy Era Mechanicus Skitarii.

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I know there are only six units, but that was because I didn’t really take any kind of unit building structure into account and thought that this sounded like a sensible number. How wrong was I?

This wrong.

 

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It turns out that six units simply isn’t enough, there need to be ten units of regular infantry and on top of that there need to be two units of fighty Tech-priests, then add a Magos to make it better. Then they need some snazzy treads to ride around inside, so I’m using those steampunk tanks. It turns out I’m still a couple of infantry stands short so I think I might use some Servitors (from the Defeat in Detail Cybershadows Specialists pack) to make the unit look a bit more interesting. Don’t get me started on the support options! That’ll be more tanks, I’ve got some beefy multi barrel big gun tanks which I want to use as Minotaurs. Oh, and robots. Lots and lots of robots. I’m very excited about the robots.

It’s strange, I’ve always loved Epic ever since I got the Space Marine boxed game but I’ve never actually played a game or even read the rules. I do however want to play some solo games set in the Heresy era which will give a reason to paint up some assorted astartes units; particularly Night Lords, World Eaters and Alpha Legion (I’m planning to use the ‘sudden overwhelming force’ element of Alpha Legion tactics as an excuse to paint loads of huge assault tanks, stealth tanks, troop carriers and a rather swish looking mobile command centre – complete with spy/attack drones).

More on the way soon!

 

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Epic Mechanicus – some Skitarii

A bit more work on the Epic Primarch


Yay! Managed to finally get a bit of detail on my diddy Vulkan. So, as you can see he now has a shouting little head, a more substantial left arm and hand, some fire blazing from the top of his armour (I know it looks big, but it’s a little model and I think it looks quite fun).

I’ve also added his cloak but I still need to get some lizard skin texture on it, so no pics for now.

His proportions ain’t quite right, but I’m just charging on regardless since this has turned out to be quite fun. I think the next primarch will be a bit more proper, with an armature and so on.

I’ve also started painting the fledgling mechanicum force, so hopefully some of that up soon.

Thanks for looking.

A bit more work on the Epic Primarch

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:

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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?

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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

Rhino-Plasti…….. or, my continued effort to make a 15mm Rhino

A little update on my progress. I’ve added some more plasticard to the surfaces – Yeah, I know, it’s all a bit wonky but don’t judge.

APC 3

During one of those “what on earth am I going to use for wheels on my tank” moments, which I’m sure we all have, my eyes settled on a piece of work related detritus.

APC 4

Indeed, the trusty edding 55 Fineliner! Being subject to much abuse from my students the crippled husks of these workhorses litter the department as a warning to other, more sensitive writing implements. Needless to say I thought it could serve me well and promptly tore it apart………….. resulting in some perfectly(ish) sized little wheels.

The machine still needs a bit more work but I’m already planning my next one, with maybe putting a bit more effort into trying to line stuff up. Maybe.

Thanks for looking.

Rhino-Plasti…….. or, my continued effort to make a 15mm Rhino