I have the legs, torso and carapace of a Mark II “milk float” Warlord (the other bits have gone into othermodels). Despite being quite detailed, this model has a very boring, static pose (example here), so I thought I’d try giving it a more dynamic pose by twisting and bending the legs.
I also raided my bits box, giving it a close combat head and a pair of Exodus Wars Edenite Reaper turrets as Vulcan Mega Bolters on the carapace. I’m still not sure what I’ll be mounting on the right arm.
The new pose means that the feet are no longer flat on the base, so I built up a pile of rubble using pieces of cork to create a stable platform for the front foot. The rear foot is pinned to the base.
Earlier this month I took my Knights down to No Mans Land for a 6,000 game of Epic with @StegTheDinosaur, my gaming partner in crime, who used his Squats.
The battle was incredibly one-sided, as you can see from the live-tweet below. This was primarily due to the cheesy nature of my Adeptus Titanicus army, which included ten titans, combined with the relatively inflexible Squat army list which had been designed to deal with swarms of robots.
The Epic reaver is Games Workshop’s oldest model still in production, and this item does sort of show it: it’s hard to guess how old the cast is (I bought it off eBay, so it could be two years or twenty years old), but the detail is pretty poor, and the flat surfaces are rather pitted.
Colour-scheme wise, this guy is nothing new. He has the same black and white checked pattern I’ve used on all my titans (one day I’ll do a big family shot so you can see them all), with the additional bronze edging that I’ve given to the “elite” titans (on the Warmonger side of the family).
This is the first Reaver I’ve painted since the mid-nineties, and I have two more to do to complete the second battlegroup. One thing I’ll do differently next time is paint them in pieces and then assemble afterwards: there are a lot of fiddly bits!
It occurred to me that I with a bit of work, I could probably get my knights into a state where I could submit them to this year’s EpiComp.
For those of you who don’t already know, EpiComp is the premiere (ok, probably only) annual Epic-scale painting competition. It regularly brings in some amazing work by the best painters and modellers working in the 6mm scale.
You can see my submission above. I took a load of photos, which, due to the limitations of the competition rules, I can’t submit, so I’m posting them here.
This represents about one third of the models that are going to form the Knight army. I still have another squadron of French chevaliers, two squadrons of Castellans, and a load of Paladins still to paint, not to mention a Leman Russ Company, a Stormblade Company, two Ordinatii majoris, and some Skitarii. You’ll be seeing more of them in 2013. In the meantime, these photos include everything I’ve painted (Epic-wise) in 2012. Enjoy!
In my last post I mentioned that my wife and I had put our house on the market, so I wasn’t allowed to make any mess. Well, it’s now been about three months since we started having viewings, and we’ve not made any progress. The place that we fell in love with has been lost to another buyer, so we’re at the point of not really caring any more about the whole moving-house thing, and will probably taking the place off the market soon.
This is a bit disappointing, but it does mean that I’ve been able to break out the toy soldiers again!
While my wife took the kids to visit her sister, I’ve had a few days entirely to myself, and I’ve been making good use of them. Apart from making inroads into the 3rd edition of In the Emperor’s Name (for which I’m the editor), I’ve also been working on some more knights.
Here’s the first finished squadron of Castellans:
And here’s some Errants, which just need a decal on the right shoulder and they’re done:
Finally, here’s a Reaver titan, the first I’ve painted since the mid-ninities:
Like most hobbyists I tend to have a lot of different projects on the go at once. Here is a list of my unfinished projects as of writing:
Firedrakes 40K Army
Khador Warmachine Army
Epic Knight Army
Inquisition retinue for In The Emperor’s Name
Epic Tyranid Army
Praesentia Army for Critical Mass (15mm SF)
Blue Moon Shivan Sisterhood Army (also 15mm SF)
Khurasan Mekanoid Army (ditto)
Terrain projects for all of the above
In addition, I also have some repairs on my Warmonger to do: as predicted, the fragile resin Hydra turrets have been damaged, so I need to replace them with spares from the bits box.
So what have I been doing today? Starting something new of course! Some more titans:
I have another Reaver waiting to be assembled, and want to get another one to form a Battle Group. This will leave my Titan Legion army with 2 Warlord BGs and 2 Reaver BGs which, along with the aforementioned Warmonger and its Imperator counterpart is quite enough I think (although I do need more Warhounds…)
I’ve also been sorting out some mechanised firepower to support the Knights and Robots. I’ve just finished stripping, reassembling and basing these:
The Ordinatus Golgotha has a fearsome reputation as an anti-Ork unit: any Ork unit that’s even targeted by one of the six missiles has to take a morale check (which is 5+ for Orks) making it highly effective at breaking large Ork companies.
I am planning to scratch-build at least one other Ordinatus using miniatures from Brigade Model’s Neo-Soviet range.
Stormblades are Titan and Super-heavy hunters. They mount a Plasma Blastgun which is normally carried by titans, as well as a number of specialist and one-shot weapons. I have a couple more coming from eBay to form a Stormblade Company.
These are also basically tank-mounted titan weapons. You can pick any of the one-shot titan missiles to mount on each model.
The mainstay of any Imperial army!
This is the first time I’ve based vehicles and I am starting to think it’s a good idea!
I’ve made some progress on my modular Imperial city. I still need to add more colour and detail, but here’s what I’ve got so far:
With the building modules removed, you can see the road layout:
There are pieces of plasticard in the slots to elevate the building modules. This gives the effect of a slightly elevated pavement. The buildings represent three generations of Epic: the original foam buildings from the Adeptus Titanicus boxed set, the ruined buildings sprues from Epic 40,000 and the later Forgeworld Epic buildings:
I’ve also created some ruined buildings, which could be used to replace buildings destroyed during the game:
The roads are arranged so that another board can be slotted in on either of two sides (assuming S6 starts selling the road system again, or I’m able to find suitable replacements). The other two sides will have a reinforced defensive wall from GameCraft Miniatures.
Here’s the finished titan that I posted back in May, Interfector Tertio:
I replaced the normal Warlord head with a Deathstrike Cannon, which (in 2nd Edition Space Marine and NetEpic) halves the Titan’s movement to 8cm. I mounted a Edenite Reaper Turrent from Exodus Wars at the front of the carapace to give it a face: this counts as an additional weapon (a Vulcan Mega-Bolter), at the expense of weakened armour. The arm weapons are from a Mark II Warlord.
Every now and then — but particularly after I’ve had one of those clear-the-desk days — I get the urge to paint another titan. So this afternoon I pulled out my Big Box of Titan Bits and put one together. But I think I’ve gone a bit over-the-top with this one, what do you think?
I’m quite pleased with how this Eldar Phantom Titan turned out. I painted it as a gift for a friend, so it’s a one-off. I only used washes – Thraka Green and Gryphonne Sepia, with a healthy splash of Devlan Mud over the top.