Archive for December, 2012

Over a year ago I bought a box of EpicA Leman Russ tanks directly from Games Workshop with the idea being that it was quicker and easier to pay over the odds for the models to get them all at once rather than piecemeal via ebay. When they arrived, I checked the contents to ensure that they were complete and they sat on the unpainted lead pile. Fast forward to yesterday and I finally dug them out with the intention of cleaning them up and building them. This is when I noticed just how poor the casts are to the point where I’m really quite annoyed that I paid a premium price for such dreadful casts. The examples below were done using one of the EpicA Leman Russ tanks, picked at random, against the Epic40k equivalent sculpts that I bought from ebay as a sealed blister pack. Have a look below and see just how dreadful the casting quality is of the models Games Workshop are currently selling:

Body comparison – EpicA L Epic40k R


Side comparison – EpicA


Side comparison – Epic40k


Not only is the casting quality extremely poor, I’ve seen better amatuer recasts, but the tanks are actually about 1mm smaller than the Epic40k versions. Had I actually noticed all of this when I bought them they would’ve been sent straight back. Unfortunately, given that it’s over a year since I bought them, sending them back isn’t an option. So, all I can say is “The best model soldiers in the world!” my arse.


In more positive news my Chimedons are now complete:


The photo isn’t great due but it gives you an idea of just how boring these models look.

By sheer coincidence I was routing around my bits box today and I discovered that I had another Chimedon turret and a spare Epic40k era Chimera minus its turret. You know what’s coming next.. below is the dry fit version of the model, note that the turret looks wonky because it’s plug is currently too large for the Chimeras hole:


Now THAT is how an assault APC should look! 🙂


I finally get a free Sunday and I wake up with an absolutely stinking cold that’s making it impossible to concentrate properly on painting or even prepping models. No good.

Even so it’s given me time to re-read through my Epic books and supplements, including the unofficial fan supplements “Epic Raiders” and “Epic Siege”.

Not from my collection

As ever this got me thinking about the Epic models in my collection and how I can get best use out of my Imperial Guard models but at the same time stretching my painting a bit because I’m beginning to feel as though I’m becoming stuck in a rut with how I’m painting them. The idea is to continue painting my “classic” Imperial Guard models as I have been and to follow this colourscheme through with my Steel Legion Imperial Guard using Epic40k era models. However, to stretch myself a new colourscheme will be used for my Baran Siege and Kreig armies using primarily either Baran Siege or Forgeworld models. To make life more challenging the idea is to use models from my Baran Siege and Kreig armies, along with some other bits and pieces from Forgeworld, that will allow me to field the Steel Legion armylist using a combination of the Baran Siege and Kreig armies.

The problem, other than me attempting to buy long out of production Forgeworld Imperial Guard Chimera models for a sane price, is that I’m not 100% sure which colourscheme to go for. I want to paint the models using Vallejo Model Color instead of the brighter Vallejo Game Color and I’m leaning towards a WW1 or WW2 colourscheme. It’s obvious to do WW1 or WW2 Germans so to avoid that I’m thinking about WW2 Russian. The Baran Siege army lends itself well to a Russian colourscheme but I need to do further research before I decide if Russian is the way to go. I’m not convinced that the infantry in greatcoats will look right painted as traditional WW2 Russian infantry and I might find the endless sea of green tanks becoming tedious to paint.

Btw, both Raiders and Siege are available as free PDF’s from If you can get hold of them as books I’d recommend that because they’re very nicely put together, especially Epic Siege.