Friday, 25 October 2019

Epic - Chaos Titans

A very quick update.

I took the notion to raid the bits box(es) this week and make some Chaos titans to flesh out my options.

I had an old Reaver (poor recast i think), and after throwing on some bits from the Banelord kit, 40k daemon prince, a lizardman head (maybe?) i'm calling it done.

Concept > build > painted took one evening and a couple of lunch breaks, so i'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It shows as a bit of a rush job on all fronts but that's because it is!

I also dug out the Hellbrute model from the 6/7th edition 40k starter set - have had it for about 7 years now and never touched it. i stuck a different head on it and reckon it will do nicely for a Nurgle warlord/Bubonis proxy, and i suppose it fits in with my little collection of 40k Chaos stuff too.

Lastly, my latest eBay purchase - an Ordinatus Mars for the Ad-Mech. Wasn't really looking for one of these, but when it popped up for a reasonable price and painted to my standards i figured, why not!?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Epic - Chaos Daemons

I've been on a bit of an eBay spree of late, but it's yielded some decent results...

I've picked up daemons for my chaos forces, most of which were painted fairly decently, meaning all that needed done/still to do is do a bit of touching up and re-base to bring them in line.

I've ended up with 3 units of Flesh Hounds, which is probably more than i'll ever field, but i'm happy to have them.

It something that still surprises me - the sheer number and variety of units that exist for each faction in Space Marine/Net Epic.

I naively assumed that i'd be able to paint up my Chaos plastics, grab a few metal models and i'd have a full army, with all the options. Where as really, all I've done is scratch the surface for some of the powers.

That said, i'm practising restraint, and in a similar fashion to my other armies, i'm drawing a line here and calling it 'done (for now)'. The big push is over and now i can spend some time hopefully playing with them, and trying out different combos, before i get the itch to add anything else to the pool.

I think this is pretty healthy. whilst i'm sure i could seek to ensure i had 3 or more of every unit, and have a complete collection with no restrictions on what to put on the table, i actually strive to not do this. It is the way i enjoyed the game as a kid, where i got to play with what ever new units my brother brought home and painted up, and after playing battle after battle, deciding on my favourites and forming a real bond with them (which is how i got back in this mess 20+ years later!).

I think this extends to lots of hobbies, and life in general. If you are given too much choice it can be overwhelming, or there could be a temptation to optimise, or 'min/max' as the kids would say.
This would lead to some things being sidelined, and never played, instead being present simply for completeness of a collection.

Once again I battle with my own conflicting desires to become more minimal/intentional in all aspects of my life Vs. being a nostalgic adult, with disposable income, part of the 'cult of the new' and trying to be a completionist.

The struggle is real!

Anyway, apologies for the psychology lecture, on to the pictures! also as an aside, i'm actually getting a game in with them this weekend, after a period of what seems like forever being a hermit, so i'll try and get some photos/after action report on that.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Epic - Chaos heavy support

OK, so even by my standards I've rushed this project...

I've churned out the remaining unpainted units for my chaos horde, and found some bits to make a Decimator super heavy tank - which i believe is something along the lines of a Chaos Shadowsword.

This was built from what i presume was a GHQ or similar 6-10mm M1A1 Abrams tank, which i chopped the back off, and moved the turret to the rear to make it more 'Tank Destroyer-esque'.
I added a fantasy Chaos shield to get the 8 pointed star in as a prominent feature, then some spiky sprue down the sides to widen it out, and make it look more armoured.
I mounted some sprue sponsons to the sides, and a couple of Ork battlewagon turrets, as well as coaxial las cannon.

Along with this I've painted a couple of Tzeentch Firelords, 3 Khorne blood reapers, and a unit of Juggernaughts.

finishing off my Khorne ambitions are 3 more daemon engines i picked up from eBay, with a paint job that i found fitted well, and as good/better than i can muster at the moment, so they are just going to slip straight into the collection.

My fliers also got a nice magnetic 'flying high altitude' base to use, which totally coincidentally is exactly 25cm tall - which is the range to add on when targeting units flying high... useless to know, but still!

Anyway, i'm not massively happy with my painting efforts this time around. I really did rush things, and the sloppiness/lack of cleaning of flash/mold lines is really evident in these close up photos.
That said, for 'tabletop standard'/from 3 feet away they look totally fine, and i'm much happier to have something painted that i can always revisit and improve on in the future, than something still in bits in a box, never to be used!

Overall i'm very happy with the amount of stuff I've managed to pickup, paint and get ready in such a short window of motivation. This amounts to a small force for each of the 4 chaos powers, some generic units, and more stuff for my Iron Warriors legion, and this was the goal at the outset.

I now feel I've got a good grounding, and enough variety of units to have lots of fresh games in the future, with an army that i didn't touch in my youth, so really looking forward to trying them out in battle.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Epic - Chaos Reinforcements

Making good progress with my Chaos project. In fact, i'd say i'm nearly done with my primary goal of having a few units from each power, which i can used together, or to support my Iron Warriors.

work in progress in the last pic.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Epic - Chaos Beastmen and Breath of Nurgle

Just a quick one;

Managed to get some more units finished off today so thought i'd fire up some photos for prosperity!

Beastmen, Breath of Nurgle and some Chaos Spawn;

Epic - Chaos (Sooner rather than later!)

OK, so i'm trying to capitalise on this period of motivation before it inevitably leaves me with a pile of half painted/un-based/still on sprue minis...

So, having snagged some units from eBay, i have begun painting the plastics that i do have, to form the core of my Renegades, minions of the 4 big powers, and bolster my Iron Warriors/Generic Chaos Space Marines...

I had roughly 2 boxes worth (10 sprues) of the old Chaos plastics, which with a bit of creativity is just about enough to form 1-3 of the core units, good old GW and it's funny model counts!

So far I've completed;

1 company of Chaos Space Marines (I've kept them in a fairly non-specific scheme so i can use them as Renegades, Death Guard, Plague Marines, or anything really assuming my opponent has no major objections!)

1 unit of Khorne Juggernauts - haven't/may never paint their banners, unless i can find some decals!
1 unit of Tzeentch Disc Riders

In progress I've got;
1 unit of beastmen
1 unit of cultists
5 chaos spawn (form the bits box + green stuff, not looking great, but then again, should they?!)
3 'breath of Nurgle' converted rhinos.
5 trolls to complete my unit

Not started;
More Marines! more Disc Riders! more juggers! Slaanesh beast riders, Chaos Squats, Androids, etc...

From eBay i'm waiting on;
Keeper of Secrets, Lord of Change,3 Firelords, Khorne Reapers, Slaanesh Subjugator scout titans...

So, if my maths is correct i should have a Greater daemon for each of the powers, and 3-5 minion followers, as well as a bunch of generic stuff.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Anyhoo, without further ado, pictures;

Monday, 26 August 2019

Epic - Chaos is coming!

Good evening!

I hit a little vein of epic inspiration this week and managed to throw some paint on a couple of miniatures whilst it lasted.

I dug out a couple of broken/incomplete Chaos units that I've had for a while and decided to fix them up and get them ready for battle.

Off the back of this I've began assembling some other units to follow them.

So in the coming weeks (Ok, maybe years!) expect to see a small war band from each of the Chaos gods take shape, as well as some renegades and cultists to bulk out their numbers.

I've also picked up some bits and bobs to make my Squats playable, but this is much more of a slow burner.