Finally managed to get a bit of painting done, the first batch of my Epic Heresy Era Mechanicus Skitarii.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
Hello all! As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been going through my boxes of kit and thought it would be nice to throw together the start of a Chaos Nurgle/Corrupted/Grubby force. Here’s a photo of some of the miniatures I’ll be using as a basis (forgive the dark picture, my camera seems to be struggling with daylight):
I’ve included a Land Raider and Forgeworld Baneblade for scale purposes. If you’re not familiar with the miniatures, I’m using a combination Dystopian Wars and Firestorm Planetfall (both by Spartan Games), Exodus Wars (I think) and some Onslaught Miniatures and some die-cast Star Wars troop carrying dropships. They all seem to scale alrightish – the Dystopian wars tanks have a lot of detail compared to the Planetfall tanks, but once covered with mutations and corrosion they should look fine – also I quite like the idea of the corrupted forces being made up of a variety of different cultures and traditions before they turned.
It’s worth mentioning that the Dystopian wars box sets are often on sale at pretty impressive discounts and often you will get a good boxload of tanks for the price of a tiny number of official miniatures or even the clones found on ebay. Due to some pretty amazing discounts to a variety of different sites I’ve got several more armoured battlegroups to add as Nurgle forces and one in particular for an Iron Warriors contingent. The Star wars troop ships look pretty fun and I’m going to use them to deliver a unit of World Eaters (Edenite Jump troops in this case) deep into the heart of the enemy…. after it’s been upcycled with some spikey bits.
There are also some more Airships which I’m hoping to modify with a load of tentacles hanging from their undersides, but I’ll need to save up for a Greenstuff World Tentacle making kit unless I fancy going mad!
Here’s a picture of a couple of partially modified Ramjack APCs:
Still managed to get a bit more sculpting on the Arabians done and I’m quite pleased with how they’re shaping up, and even based up the Pikemen…… these pikemen seem to be taking ages but I keep putting off basing since it really bores me. The Epic project is intended to focus my easily distracted nature onto another comprehensive project with a (kind of) structured approach. I’ve also got a box of Epic Squat sprues who I’m planning to use a an interstellar Mining Union using vehicles from the Firestorm Planetfall range (Directorate, Terran etc) who will be my protagonists against the Chaos forces they accidentally dug up – Dwarves and their digging up trouble eh?
These armies will not really work according to the established army lists since I never really got into any of the rule-sets and don’t particularly like the pages of additional rules and complexity (I’m a simple soul really). I’m planning on using a modified version of Dragon Rampant for some fast paced and fun sci-fi rules.
Thanks for looking.