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More Adeptus Mechanicus Reinforcements

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Last night I finished a few new units for my Adeptus Mechanicus army. Above you can see some Knights Warden (more french chevaliers) that have been blocking my painting queue for far too long: the gun barrels on the arms were extremely fragile in resin, so I decided to replace them with new ones made from plastic tubing and brass rod. Because that was an awkward and fiddly job, they went straight into the “To Do” drawer, which has stopped me from painting any more Knights for probably a couple of years! So it’s good to be able to finish them.

Below, you will also see another company of Stormblades, and a Heavy Artillery Company of Basilisks.

For the Omnissiah!

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A new legion rises…

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Here is the magnetised Reaver that I showed a video of in my last post. You will not that its colour scheme doesn’t match my other titans: this is because I have decided to build a new legion; because of the increased interest in Epic in my local area, I’ve been playing more titan-versus-titan intro games, and I want to have two different legions for these games.

The colour scheme is an old one: I had a few titans painted in this colour scheme many years ago, but repainted them as Legio Pantera (something I now regret!).

I’m currently working on some Warhounds to go with the Reaver, and then a Warlord or two thereafter. I’m planning on magnetising them all!

More pictures below.

Magnetised Reaver Titan (Video)

I decided to see how effectively I could magnetise the weapons on a metal Epic Reaver. 3mm neodymium magnets work just fine, as you can see! Click here if you can’t see the video embedded above.

NetEpic Imperial Titan Weapon Tactica

I made this for the benefit of a friend who just acquired a job lot of plastic Warlords and has no idea what the weapons are. For copyright reasons, the NetEpic rulebooks don’t include any images of the weapons; so new (or returning) Epic gamers often have a hard time identifying the weapons (and why they should use them on their titans). But it seems fair use to me to include low-res images in a simple document such as this:

Click to download (PDF)

Comments and feedback appreciated!

Infinity PanOceania Force from Operation Icestorm

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At Salute last year I picked up Operation Icestorm. I’ve just finished the PanOceanian models from that box. The anime/manga-influenced style of Infinity is well outside my grimdark comfort zone, and it was pleasingly challenging to paint the models in the same style. I won’t pretend that they’ve come out great; but they’re definitely good enough for the tabletop. And as usual, my inability to paint faces has made itself apparent!

More pictures below.

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Epic Necron Ghost and Doomsday Arks

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My friends and I are planning a big all-day Epic game next month and I decided that I needed to reinforce my Necron army. I picked up some Ghost Ark proxies from eBay – turns out I need another couple in order to field two legal units! D’oh!

I also painted up some more kitbashed Doomsday Arks, similar to ones I made a while back.

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More pictures below.

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Vindicare Assassin

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I Just finished this Vindicare Assassin, to be a sting in the tail of my Salamanders army, or for use in In the Emperor’s Name.

Salamanders Deimos Pattern Predator Infernus

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I am quite pleased to have finally (after 9 months) completed this model, as it’s been a complete pain in the arse. The cast was fairly poor (bad enough that I could probably have got a replacement if I’d wanted) and I struggled with the paint job, thanks to my bad habit of assembling the model too much before painting (specifically, the exhaust pipes on the side) which meant that I had to mask off and respray a few areas to cover up the places where I’d got paint where it should not have been.

I magnetised all the weapons, so I can swap the Flamestorm Cannon for a Magna-Melta, and maybe also change the sponsons if I pick up some alternatives at a bits site or elswhere. I’ve also made some plastic doors that fit into the sponson and turret sockets, so I could even use it as a Rhino or Razorback if I wanted.

More pictures below.

Kavan Bor’seth, Chapter Master of the Salamanders, Regent of Nocturne (M35)

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Kavan Bor’seth was Chapter Master of the Salamanders during the 36th Millenium. After a distinguished career as a Sergeant in the 3rd company, he was elevated to the ranks of the Firedrakes, ultimately rising to lead the First Company and assume the mantle of Regent of Nocturne. He was presumed killed after many years of service, when his strike cruiser Sentinel of Hesiod was lost in the Warp en route to the Diadin sector.

Bor’seth wore a legendary suit of Artificer armour dating back to the Great Crusade. The suit was the subject of many legends: some say that it was wrought by Vulkan himself for one of his favoured commanders, others say that it was claimed as a trophy from the decapitated corpse of a traitor legionary during the Scouring. Alas, due to the loss of the Sentinel, this relic of the chapter is now lost forever, taking its secrets with it. The suit’s backpack includes an integrated auspex and teleport homer – technology once common during the Great Crusade but since lost to the Imperium.

Bor’seth’s preferred armament was a finely-wrought Thunder Hammer (with a similar pedigree to the armour he was clad in) and a regulation combi-melta, a weapon he grew fond of during his time in the Sternguard squads of the Firedrakes.

As soon as I saw it, I realised the conversion possibilities of Armillus Dynat (from the the Horus Heresy Character Series) and decided that I wanted to give it a go. The scale-pattern of the Heresy-era Alpha Legion works just as well as drake-scale in my opinion. And given how distinctive (and expensive) the model was, he couldn’t just be a veteran sergeant or company captain, so I decided to write a biography for him and place him far enough back in history as to avoid any conflicts with canon.

More pictures below.

Battlefleet Gothic Necron Fleet, Resurrected

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You may recall that last year I painted a Cairn-class Tomb Ship, which inspired my to repaint the other ships in my fleet. Well, there they all are!

The colour scheme is based on the same bronze and gold scheme I’ve used on my Epic- and 40K-scale Necrons, so there is consistency across all three games.

More pics below.

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Scythe-class Harvest Ships.

Scythe-class Harvest Ships.

Shroud-class Light Cruisers.

Shroud-class Light Cruisers.

Jackal- and Dirge-class escorts.

Jackal- and Dirge-class escorts.

The assembled fleet.

The assembled fleet.