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!

 

Epic Mechanicus – some Skitarii

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.

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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