Sunday 29 November 2015

Epic Eldar


Not only do I have a day off but it's snowing which is rather exciting!

Better yet, I've had a bit of spare time on my hands for the first time in ages and actually sat down and painted something in the form of some reinforcements for my Epic Eldar!

Eldar Detachment

I am never going to have enough space to play a proper game of Epic with the little chaps but have plans of playing some games of Gruntz in 6mm scale which will allow me to field a platoon strength force with some armour assets which is fine by me as the eventual army is going to be more akin to 2nd edition 40k in size rather than an epic warhost.

Upcoming Warbands?

I currently have some Howling Banshee's and a Warlock stand on the painting table which will give me the command and close combat troops that I need and also plan on painting up a couple of support weapons for my Guardian squads before fielding them against my Ultramarines and Squats!

 Ultramarine Veterans 

I don't know what has brought on the sudden urge to paint tiny figures but I am rather enjoying it and suspect that my Alternative Imperium is going to get some more attention soon which will be fun as I have quite a lot of Epic figures which will allow me to field multiple small forces of Eldar, Imperial, Squats, Orks and other assorted riffraff.

Squat Brotherhood

With a bit of work, I think I can get the Eldar finished today and even add a few reinforcements for my other units which will allow me to get some games in the coming week but I do find myself in need of some scenery suitable to the scale so will be rummaging around to see if I can't find some bits and bobs to bodge together!

I've also been inspired to re explore my 6mm fantasy stuff so am aiming to finish off the wartowers for my Horned Folk force and possibly even add a few bits and bobs to my Grey Elves...

 Horned Folk Warband

Looking at what I have, I need to paint up another four stands of Beastmen and two more wartowers and my Horned Folk will be complete for the time being, although I am looking for some larger warbeasts to add a bit of visual punch to the force...


The Elves on the other hand, need quite a bit of work as converting the spearmen is quite time consuming and a bit boring to be honest but I only need a few more before moving onto archers and warbeasts which is handy!

 Grey Elves

I must admit that I really want to get some of the Microworld miniatures as they look so much better than the Irregular fantasy stuff I have at present but my budget won't allow for it at the moment so I suspect that my plans for a Dwarven army will have to wait till next year...

I think that I am going to have enough stuff to keep me going for the remainder of the year though which is good and better yet, it's varied enough to stop me becoming bored!

All the best!

Sunday 22 November 2015

Capellan Confederation Infiltration Mech


Well it's been two weeks since I have had chance to update my blog and once again work has kept me really busy so hobby time has been really limited but I have managed to finish something that's been lying half finished on my painting table for ages: The Capellan Infiltrator!

 Capellan Infiltrator Light Mech

Constructed from an EM4 Miniatures plastic mech with a few conversions, namely reposed waist, reposed legs and scratchbuilt arms, the mech turned out rather nicely!

The Infiltrator is the newest addition to the Capellan Confederation's arsenal but the cutting edge technology that is required for their construction has thus far limited their deployment. The original blueprints for the Infiltrator were from the Draconis Combine but a unit of Deathshead Commandos stole them and with several modifications, the Capellan scientist have created a supremely fast and maneuverable machine that can rapidly engage opponents with a devastating salvo of short range laser and machinegun fire before heavier, slower foes can respond.

The Capellans have been using the growing disorder on the border between themselves and the Federated Suns as a testing ground for their new tech and thus far the Infiltrator mechs have proven themselves in several engagements.

Hopefully I will get chance to add to both my forces in the coming few weeks but I suspect that it might take me a bit of time to get another update!

In the meantime, All the best!

Thursday 12 November 2015

Specialist Games You Say?!


Well I'm back from work and having survived the torrential rain and driving wind, I find the interwebs ablaze with apparently confirmed rumours that Specialist Games is being relaunched by Games Workshop.

While there seems to be rather a lot of skepticism floating around there, I quite like the idea of classics like Necromunda, Battlefleet Gothic and Epic making a comeback.

Epic Goodness!

Looking at the rather scarce information floating around, it does look like GW is concentrating initially on the more 40k elements of the specialist games range (with the exception of Bloodbowl) but how will the new games, if indeed there are, differ from the classic 90's and early 00's classics?

Well one would suspect that the quality of the miniatures, scenery and books will be far higher than of old with Forgeworld taking over design and production. One also suspects that this will result in prices going up rather a lot from the golden days of yore which will no doubt result in lots of frothing but is hardly surprising as GW looks like it's aiming at a boutique and specialist section of the market.

I have my suspicions that some of the games may well change beyond recognition from their predecessors. Just taking a brief glance over the style of the artwork and setting gives some indication that the games are going to be more gothic (possibly GRIMDARK) than before and I even suspect that GW may take the leap from 6mm to 10mm scale for Epic.

Before the wailing and gnashing of teeth begins, just take a look at the likes of Dropzone Commander and the quality of the sculpts they produce. Could GW do something similar? I have my suspicions that they can indeed, especially if it gives them the opportunity to go for some really impressively detailed vehicles and war engines.

Similarly, I foresee interesting changes and developments happening in their other games with rumours of Battlefleet Gothic being ported back to 30k and the Horus Heresy and instead of lots of releases, is it more likely that GW will go for everything in one box like their new game (whose name escapes me now!) and Dreadfleet is anything to go by. It would be nice to think of a more fleshed out range but I do have memories of rumours from a couple of years back with regards to something similar.

Needless to say it's far too early to get too excited or enraged about the whole business but it does sound like we are in for an interesting time in the hobby.

All the best!

Saturday 7 November 2015

Battletech Project: Federated Suns Superheavy


Well it's been a totally mental month or so with work and believe it or not this is my first day off since my birthday so unsurprisingly there's been no time to do any hobby related stuff.

What I have managed to do is to finish off a repaint that's been languishing on my painting table for ages. I picked up one of the Matchbox Blockade Buster tanks a while back with intentions of doing something with it in 15mm scale but have decided to shoehorn it into my Battletech project instead!

 Farpoint Defence Force Blockade Buster codename Master Blaster

One of the things I don't like about the old Mechwarrior Clix was the fact that the battletanks were all over the place scale wise so it was quite refreshing to actually paint up something that looks truly menacing to mechs.

Weighing in at 100 tons, the Blockade Buster isn't intended to be a fast moving machine but uses its twin AC10's and 4 heavy lasers to pummel all but the heaviest machines with a single volley.

Despite its powerful weaponry, the FDF has had difficulties making the most of the behemoths as much of the planet is covered in thick forests and the machines have mostly been relegated to defensive positions around Freeport City.

One of the design oddities the Blockade Buster features is an infantry compartment that can transport a full squad.
Battle Armour and Superheavy Battletanks!

Hopefully the paintjob makes it look a little less toy like but I must admit I rather enjoyed painting it up and hope to get a second painted up soon to supplement my forces!
All the best!