So far most of the ‘mechs I’ve printed have been on the heavy side, so I was conscious that if I wanted a viable battleforce I’d need to augment them with some lighter ‘mechs.
Then, in a fit of insanity, I decided it would be fun to print half a dozen Fleas (15-ton scout ‘mechs)! I quite like the idea of a swarm of these critters crowding around heavier ‘mechs and being a general nuisance, even if they can’t deal a killer blow.
I wanted to emphasise their diminutive size, so I scaled them down a bit so they’re about the same size as an Epic-scale Sentinel. That’s another nice thing about 3D printing miniatures: you can very easily shrink or enlarge the model if you don’t like its size.
I’m taking a few of these chaps in a game tomorrow and I’m keen to see if my idea works out!
Fresh off the production line, here’s another batch of ‘mechs to go with the last. The picure above shows a MechWarrior Online-style Archer that I printed using my 3D printer. Stay tuned for more of these!
You wouldn’t know it from the contents of this blog, but I’ve been playing BattleTech for almost as long as I’ve been playing Epic: at least thirty years now!
However, despite playing the occasional game, I haven’t expanded my (fairly modest) collection of ‘mechs in at least twenty years, and certainly haven’t painted any this side of the Millenium.
I was very fortunate to receive a copy of the new Beginner’s Box and an Inner Sphere Battle Lance as gifts. These contain some of the gorgeous new miniatures being produced by Catalyst Game Labs, which have inspired me to get more involved in the game: I’ve now painted the plastic ‘mechs in a consistent colour scheme and will be going back into my collection of old metal ‘mechs to strip and repaint them. My gaming BFF Mark and I went halves on a set of GeoHex tiles to create some gorgeous battlescapes for playing games on!
This is just an extraordinary model, and the perfect exemplar of just how damn good Games Workshop’s designers have become at sculpting using modern techniques. This miniature literally could not have existed five years ago!
It was also surprisingly easy to paint to a level that I didn’t think I’d achieve given the amount of effort I put in. It’s not much more than a zenithal basecoat with a rattle can, some pin washes, and a bit of drybrushing.
This is two five-man Assault Intercessors squads, painted by Darren of Burning Beard Studios. As with the other models he painted for me, he’s added some 3D-printed accessories to make them distinctive. I really like the helmet on this sergeant:
Two of the characters from the Indomitus box set painted by The Unrelenting Brush. I have lots of Overlords but I really like this model – like the Royal Warden, it’s a very macho pose, and a lot more intimidating than the other versions of this character.
These models have been languishing in my “pile of shame” for no less than seven years, so I was very happy that Darren from Burning Beard Studios did such a good job on them. He added some 3D-printed bits to make them a unique squad.
This is such an awesome model! After I got it back from The Unrelenting Brush, I decided to add some flames to the armour panels (I also added the decals) which helps to tie it in with the rest of the army.
Another model from Indomitus, this time the Skorpekh Lord, as painted by The Unrelenting Brush. I love this model, possibly even more than I love Illuminor Szeras. It’s hefty in a way many necron models aren’t, while still being extremely necrony. Looking forward to getting it into the table!
More models from the Indomitus box set, once again painted (and augmented with 3D-printed bits) by Darren of Burning Beard Studios. I love the flames on the main housing of the bike: it’s not something I’d have considered painting, but it gives them a Ghost Rider vibe which works really well.
The Illuminor Szeras is a truly spectacular model, and a substantial improvement on the old Finecast version. As with the Terminators in my last post, I outsourced the painting of this mini, this time to The Unrelenting Brush. Check out his website!
At the end of last year, I came to the sad realisation that, due to the challenges of a change in job, moving to a new home, and the birth of my youngest child, all during a global pandemic, the amount of time I’ve been able to spend on the hobby had plummeted, and was unlikely to improve in the near future. And, to make things worse, I had been still been adding to my grey plastic pile of shame, meaning that my backlog had reached ridiculous proportions: it would have taken a decade of no new models to get it back to a reasonable size.
So I made the decision to (a) sell off a lot of the stuff I didn’t think I’d miss, and (b) outsource the painting of the rest, so I found a couple of commission painters who could reproduce my colour scheme at a reasonable price.
Last week I received the first couple of batches of painted models, and will be posting pictures of each unit over the next couple of weeks.
The first is this squad of Salamanders Terminators, painted by Darren of Burning Beard Studios. He’s done a fantastic job of matching my colour scheme for the Salamanders, and has augmented the models with some 3D printed accessories.
This squad will take its rightful place alongside the two other Terminator squads of the Firedrakes in my Salamanders army.
More pictures below the fold. If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable painting service, I can thoroughly recommend Darren, so check out his website.
Here are the first Knights I’ve painted for Adeptus Titanicus. I chose House Malinax based purely on how easy they would be to paint – as it happens, the colour scheme wasn’t all that easy (as you will now if you’ve ever tried to paint Wraithbone over black) but I’m still happy with the result.
Here’s a Reaver titan to go with the Warlord titan I finished late last year. Definitely much easier to paint! I managed to slightly mis-position the feet and toes, meaning that the armour plates on the leg are a bit wonky, but thankfully it’s not too noticeable. I won’t make that mistake again!
I’m now working on some Cerastus and Acastus knights. Rather than going for a homebrew House I’m going to paint them as House Malinax.
I’ve finally finished my ten-man squad of Intercessors! The squad is set up so that I can split it into two five-man squads: one of the battle-brothers has a Forge World shoulder pad so he’s easy to “upgrade” into a Sergeant.
Of course I’ve pre-ordered Adrax Agatone, so expect him to make an appearance on this blog in the next few months!
As soon as Forge World released this model I knew I wanted one! My amazing other half bought me one for Christmas, and I’ve just finished it.
It has the same basic colour scheme as my other large Necron models: I used a piece of firm sponge to stipple Warpstone Bronze over a black undercoat, and then drybrushed with Brass Scorpion, finished with a highlight of Vallejo brass. Simple but very effective!
Over the Christmas and New Year break I thought it would be fun to focus on a single model, and this is the result. This Librarian for my Salamanders army is based on the model of Jensus Natorian of the Blood Ravens from Kill Team Cassius, with an alternate left arm and shoulder pads, and a bit of etched brass on the left greave.
Here is my Word Bearers army for The Horus Heresy, which was painted for me (based on my test model by Mick Clark of Bunyip Studios. Mick put an awful amount of work into painting this army and I am delighted by how well it’s turned out.
I’ve long been a fan of Kotrin‘s alternative NetEpic army book for Necrons, which I have always used when playing with my Epic necrons. The “official” Necron rules for NetEpic are bundled together with another set of rules for “Space Slann”, and are a bit of an afterthought.
A few years ago, after GW and Forgeworld had produced a number of new models, I wrote some rules for them that were compatible with Kotrin’s rules. However, since then, Kotrin appears to have disappeared, and his website has been broken for several years.
After I’d finished getting the new NetEpic website up and running I decided to bite the bullet, and I have now finished a new version of the Necron Army Book, based on Kotrin’s original version (which I had to convert from PDF to Word in order to edit: cue hours of reformatting and rejigging). The new version includes the rules I wrote for the new models and I’ll keep it updated as GW/FW release new models for my favourite robot zombies!
You can download the new book by clicking on the following link:
Last night I thought it would be fun to lay out my entire Warhammer 40,0000 Salamanders army (at least, all of it that’s painted). I did a quick tot-up and it turns out that I have over 4,000 points worth which is a lot more than I would have guessed!
Another nice surprise is how consistent the colour scheme is between the first model and the last, despite there being a six-year gap between them. My painting skills have definitely improved in that time but the old and new models both work perfectly well next to each other on the table.
My copy of the new version of Adeptus Titanicus should arrive today, but that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to paint classic Epic titans! Here is a rather esoteric one: a Custodian Titan. Each titan legion has a single Custodian titan, which replaces its carapace weapons with a Devotional Bell, built from sacred Terran metals and annointed with drop of the Emperor’s blood. The bell acts as a mobile shrine for the Imperial Cult and a rallying point on the battlefield. The presence of a Custodian Titan in a battle is a complete anathema to daemonic intrusions into the material universe as it directly extends the Emperor’s will and spirit to his mortal followers.
As well as its Devotional Bell, this titan also has a Command Head and Carapace multi-lasers, and its arm weapons are Lucius-pattern weapons from the Mk III Warlord Titan.
My love affair with all things Primaris continues! Just like the Hellblasters and the Astraeus, the Redemptor Dreadnought is both an awesome model and also really easy and fun to paint: all the green parts were painted separately from the dreadnought’s superstructure, so the whole process was relatively quick and easy (albeit spread out over several months since I no longer have a permanent hobby space).
The flames on the armour plates were painted using Duncan‘s technique for Salamanders flame heraldry, and I am very happy with how it’s turned out! I may be going back to some of my older models and adding it to them (especially the shoulder pads on my tactical and assault marines).
The right arm weapon is magnetised so I can swap the plasma incinerator (which is the obvious choice when fielding Vulkan He’stan, since you get a re-roll to avoid the mortal wound on a roll of 1 when supercharging) with the gatling cannon, if appropriate.
Xavier was a Chaplain in the Salamanders Chapter of Space Marines. He is regarded as the greatest Chaplain the Salamanders have ever known.
A proud upholder of the Salamander’s Promethean Cult, Xavier is said to have epitomised the Chapter’s ideals more completely than any other Marine in their history. Dedicated to encouraging his fellows in feats of endurance and fortitude, it is said that when Xavier led them, the Salamanders never fell back before an enemy. As a sign of this dedication, he was entrusted with the keeping of “Vulkan’s Sigil”, a relic believed to have been carried by the Primarch Vulkan. He is also famed for having slain a particularly ancient and monstrous salamander with his bare hands.
Games Workshop re-released this model last year through their “Made To Order” service, and since it’s the only other Salamanders-specific model that GW ever made (apart from Vulkan He’stan), obviously I had to pick it up.
After a succession of “large” models (whether the Astraeus, the Imperial Navy fleet or the Epic-scale Necron praetorians) it was nice to get work on some small models for a change. The bases of these Canoptek Wraiths are 20mm in diameter!
My Epic Necron army, large though it is, is a bit light on close combat units (something also true of necrons in 40k) so these beasties should be a useful addition to the legions.
I am not normally a fan of grav-tanks, and when I saw the Astraeus Super-Heavy Tank, I wasn’t immediately taken by it. But over time I’ve come to really love the design so I decided that I wanted one for my Salamanders army, and I treated myself to one for Christmas.
Compared to the other Forge World models I’ve built and painted, this one was a breeze to assemble and needed very little work to get it ready for painting. The only pain point is the huge number of grav skids that you have to paint separately and then glue on.
I played a game with my Epic Necrons a couple of weeks ago, and since I’d got all the models out of storage to assemble my army, I thought I’d take a moment to get everything out and take some “show us your hordes” style photos.
I still have some Canoptek Wraiths and some more Immortals to paint and add to the army. I’d also like some more Monoliths but I’m not sure I can get some that are the same design as the ones I have.
My birthday treat to myself last year was this, a Necron Pylon from Forge World. It was a fun challenge to get the paint job to match that of my other 40K Necron models, some of which are now over 5 years old, using a different palette of paints (since GW changed their paint range and I’ve started using a lot more paints from other manufacturers). But I’m very happy with how it turned out!
Here are some Doom Scythes and Night Shroud bombers for my Epic Necron army. I love these models – they are beautiful and very easy to paint, and they are an absolute menace on the battlefield! So much so that I added another squadrom of Doom Scythes to bring the total up to four squadrons of flyers for my Necrons, who haven’t lost a battle since I started using them.
I’ve become a big fan of the Hawk Wargames “widgets” which are perfect for miniatures that use flight stands: simply glue the widget to the underside of the model and it will provide a high grip push-in plug for 3mm flight stand poles. The model won’t wobble during games, and the flight stand can simply be pulled from the widget at the end of your games, allowing the stand to be packed separately. And only 13p each!
I haven’t posted much in the last year or so, because of two things: first, I have been getting less hobby time due to personal reasons which I won’t bore you with, but also because it’s so much easier to just throw a photo up on Twitter.
But I really should be posting stuff here more, so I thought I’d throw up a few posts with some of the highlights from the recent fallow period.
First up, here’s Lorgar, who (as you might expect) is the leader of my Word Bearers army for The Horus Heresy:
My Word Bearers army is based on the models from the Betrayal at Calth box set, here is the test model that I painted:
After I assembled and base coated most of the army I made a decision to commission a local freelance painter to finish the army for me: when it’s finished I will post pictures, but if you check out the Facebook page on that link you will see some Work-in-progress links.
I’ve just finished repainting some of my Imperial Navy fleet for Battlefleet Gothic. The old ships (as you can see) were not painted in a consistent colour scheme, so I decided to strip them off and repaint them.
About half of the original fleet remains unpainted. I think that I will turn them into a Rogue Trader fleet: I have some old Space Fleet ships which are quite characterful and would work well in that faction.
One innovation in my painting technique for these ships was the use of Sharpies metallic pens to do a lot of the metal. It’s much faster and easier than brushing on paint, and the finish is perfect. I recommend investing in some!
Long time no see! I won’t bore you with the tedious details of why I haven’t been blogging much (too much Real Life getting in the way), but although I haven’t posted here in over 10 months, I haven’t been idle: I’ve just finished the titan legion I posted about last June:
The legion consists of four Warhounds, three Reavers, four Warlords and a repainted and refurbished Warmonger (which still needs a bit of attention as one of the Hydra turrets has lost a barrel).
with the exception of the arm weapons on the Warmonger, and the Carapace weapons on the Lucius-pattern Warlord, every single weapon is magnetised, meaning that I can customise the weapons load-out of each titan as I see fit. In addition to a lot of classic metal and plastic titan weapons, I’ve also included some of the weapons from the Defeat in Detail Cybershadows Leviathan models to proxy as various different weapons.
These titans are painted in the colours of Legio Crassus – a titan legion that was loyal to the Warmaster during the Horus Heresy. None of the titans show the corruption of Chaos – but that might change in the future! For now, they are just a Heresy-era traitor legion, and wear the Eye of Horus proudly over their metallic green armour.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.