Archive for September, 2012

I’ve finally finished painting six Mark 1 Imperial Guard Hellhound, the models that ground down all enthusiasm I had for painting. These aren’t just ugly models they look weird as well, hence my lack of interest in finishing them off. I mean, seriously, could you imagine a 40k scale version of these? Nope, me either. To be fair they actually painted up better than I was expecting, I gave them a much harsher Lavado wash than I normally would but I wanted these to look grimy and covered in soot from firing their flamethrower.

I recently discovered three Epic Space Marine models I didn’t realise I still owned.

You could briefly buy these lead versions of the plastic marines plus lead command sprues around the time when the Codex Titanicus supplement for Adeptus Titanicus was released. I bought a couple of blister packs of these models and, stupidly, years later I traded them with a friend for some Warhammer Empire models that have long since been sold on ebay. I’ve always regretted trading the Epic Marine models because they’re very hard to come buy now and they’re great figures for the scale. Even so, every so often one or two of them turn up in unlikely places as I’m searching for something else. The commander figure, on the right, is damaged and will need some repair work doing to him before he’s painted.

The intention is to use these metal Space Marines as command stands. The figures are slightly too large to fit any of the Space Marine or Epic bases which means that, unfortunately, they have to be clipped to fit into said bases.

In other news I managed to get around to building a Gargant. You can’t tell from the below photo but he’s, ahem, “excited” to see his opponents. 😉

I really love the original 1st edition Space Marine Gargants but I’m not too sure about this updated version, that was released for 2nd edition Space Marine, because the head reminds me of Metal Mickey. If you know who Metal Mickey is without looking then congratulations you’re probably as old as me. 😉

Having spent a fair bit of my free time rummaging around my Epic collection and whatnot I’ve also started painting Epic Imperial Guard vehicles again but I’ll save those for my blogs next update.

Now that I’m back from my holiday I’ve been spending limited my free time sorting my Epic Ork and Space Marine armies out. This meant actually working out an inventory of what I’ve got for each army and how I can best make the armies work for both Space Marine 2nd edition and EpicA. I already have my Space Marine army worked out for EpicA so retrofitting it for Space Marine 2nd edition was quite easy. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that I can field every type of SM company, I new my years of hoarding Epic models would pay off! 🙂

Flicking through the Warlords supplement, it was interesting to see just how much character they stripped out of the Ork army when they moved to EpicA. Jervis recognises in the EpicA rulebook that “some players don’t like this abstraction” and you can put me in the “don’t like” camp. I completely understand the whole “Orks are now a barbaric horde” army thing but I’m really not keen on it. Even so I’ve got enough models for either four Clans of Orks which is enough for over three ‘Uge formations in EpicA. Clan wise I’m aiming to get a few more Orks so that I can cover all of the six Clans. I’m not massively keen on GW’s prices for their Epic ranges so I’ll keep scouring ebay.

Because of all the above I’ve spent a fascinating two days rebasing Epic Ork and Epic Space Marine models from their oldschool square bases and onto the current skirmish strip bases because I’ve never been a fan of the old square bases and I really like the look of the current bases. There were a few casualties along the way, a small number of Assault Marines snapping at the knee, but I was expecting worse and they can always be carefully glued back together.

Having glued all of my infantry onto bases I was facing the issue of how I was going to store them. For 6mm plastic infantry the thought of buying cases with foam trays is a bit of an overkill imo. Instead I’ve used the below plastic case that’s designed for drill bits, nails, screws and the like that I refound when rummaging through the garage:

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I bought it in a long gone pound shop for, surprisingly, one pound. Currently I’ve only put painted models into it but it should cope with all of my infantry models given that there’s storage on both sides. The unpainted models are sat in separate boxes counting down the years until they’re eventually painted.