Saturday 30 December 2017

End of the Year Roundup!


Well it's been an eventful year here at Spacecow Towers!

We've moved house, got a cat and I've reignited my joy of painting which has been a real boon. Ironically, this year has seen me paint far less than the last few years and I didn't even play any games over the course of the last twelve months.

Now with that out the way, I have high hopes for the next twelve months!

I've got some projects which are starting to build up a little bit of steam and I really want to get a game or two in as well as keeping up with the painting.

Firstly, there's my oft picked up and forgotten Epic project which I finally seem to be building up traction with.
Marauding Renegades

I currently have several small forces which I am hoping to expand into complete armies in the coming year. For the most part, this is going to be relatively easy to do as I have a goodly amount of unpainted Epic figures knocking about. I do however still need some assorted gubbins for my Eldar force as it's a little threadbare at present.

Eldar Raiders

The plan is to slowly add to each force and try out a few different game systems over the next twelve months which is a fairly manageable goal to set myself, especially as the number of figures I have to paint to get the the game size I am interested in is pretty low.

Secondly, my 15mm figures have taken a bit of a back seat over the last year or so with most of the stuff packed away for the house move and not yet in any gameable state. 


I have some plans for the little guys in the new year which should see me getting my 15mm mojo back too in a limited but focused way. I'm hoping to actually paint up quite a bit of the mini leadpile I have accrued over the last few years with the ongoing Farpoint project and will post some updates on my plan in the new year.

Farpoint Yak Pack

Finally, I seem to have fallen back in love with 28mm scale which is both great and highly annoying!

Denizens of the Labyrinth
I must admit that this is something I am having a bit of a quandary about as I've been finding myself sorely tempted to expand my dabblings into a longer term and rather more ambitious project but am worried that I would sicken myself and end up in a painting funk that would ruin my enjoyment of my hobby which is something to be avoided at all costs!

As a way of appeasing myself, I am thinking that I need to have a bash at painting up a small regiment in 28mm on good old fashioned square bases or a full squad of something 40kish and see how I cope. I want to avoid the more modern sculpts where possible, reserving the more complex and detailed pieces I happen across for my Labyrinth project.

Now I doubt I will manage to put together much more than that at a push but I will have to see how I get on and whether this scratches my Middlehammer cravings that seem to refuse to go away, no matter how much I try!

If I do this, the larger scale figures will probably be purely for the fun of painting as I really don't have the space to play anything like a game of Fantasy Battle or 40k in 28mm but I keep finding myself hankering after something retro that my teenaged self used to obsess over.

With this in mind, I look forward to the coming year and hope that I will get chance to put some of the assorted projects I seem to have found myself with into operation!

In the meantime, All the best and I hope you all have a fantastic New Year!

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Epic Musings


Well I've been slowly painting some more epic scale gubbins for my Ultramarines as well as bodging some more buildings together and have had some further rambling thoughts on what I want to do with my collection moving forward into the new year.

I've got a decent amount of unpainted goodies still to work through, not to mention a complete starter set of Epic 40k awaiting me in the new year but I seem to be getting lots of ideas for reinforcements for my existing forces as well as entirely new ones.

 Mercenary Armour

I'm thinking of putting together an Imperial Guard formation too to match my 15mm stuff so I can try playing around with some larger scale encounters in the Farpoint sector. The plan is to slowly paint my way through everything I have in 6mm (which is a surprising amount!) and try to play out a campaign over the course of 2018.

 That was like, Ultra!

As things stand, I have a decent skirmish force for my Ultramarines and Eldar but need to bulk both out to cover all the options that I want to cover. My Squats are slowly coming together but I really need to add some more heavy vehicles to the mix. I have enough gubbins to build a decent Chaos renegade force as well as a fair chunk of Orks which should cover most eventualities.

Ultramarine VII company 

I'm hoping to incorporate several scales to the campaign, be they 15mm scale skirmishes, large scale rumbles in 6mm, dogfights in space and even some fleetscale shenanigans. I have several days off coming up over Christmas and between festive food I'm hoping to start building up my assorted forces and bulk up my scenery collection as well as getting the background put together for the upcoming campaign!

Eldar Raiders

I'm rather enjoying the prospect of playing out some game and hope that it will spur me onto painting more and really re-engaging with my hobby too! 

Now I doubt my armies will ever total the likes of this classic 2nd edition army but I plan on enjoying myself over the next twelve months!

 If only!

I think that I need to do a bit of a stocktake of the stuff I have and see about trading for the odds and ends that I'm missing and we shall see what I can put together and will post some further gubbins over the next few days including some epic scale Centurions for my Ultramarine legion!

In the meantime, All the best!

Thursday 14 December 2017

Mekboy Speedsta and Chaos Sighted!


Well I've managed to get some pics taken of my latest additions to my assorted projects!

First up, there's a Evil Sunz Mekboy Speedsta:

Mekboy Speedsta

Based on a Hotwheels dragster with a simple repaint and addition of a ridiculously big gun, I'm really chuffed with how it turned out!

 Go Fasta!!

I originally got the idea to add a ridiculously massive hotrod from the old Kustom Speedstas from epic which featured mentally over charged rides with forcefields and random weaponry and really wanted to add an interesting addition to my Orkish forces in 15mm scale.

 Zog Off!

While there's no rules for the Speedsta in 40k, I couldn't resist having a go at putting one together and suspect it's going to get quite a bit of use careening around the table unleashing lots of dakka before exploding impressively!

Kustom Paintwork

Next up, I've been perusing my Epic collection and realised I was rather short on scenery so painted up a couple of hab blocks:

 Settlement beginnings!

Constructed from lids of coffee jars with some thin cardboard stuck on, I'm rather pleased with how they turned out, especially as they are a little bit reminiscent of the buildings featured in the original Rogue Trader rules!

 Latte and Espresso blocks

I've got several more in various stages of construction and will add pics of them as I get them finished and am rather chuffed how they turned out. The most difficult part was priming the finished scenery as the plastic lids have a rather shiny finish that was a pain in the bum to get paint to adhere to!

Lastly, here's a quick sneak peek of my Chaos raiders that I've begun painting up for my skirmish forces:


I'm rather enjoying painting up the little chaps and have several more bases getting worked on at the moment as well as reinforcements for my Ultramarines.

I'm not too keen on the whole Grimdark background of Chaos so will be reworking them to better fit my Alternative Imperium setting which is more based on Roman society with a generous dose of world myths added in so prepare for the return of the Fallen Titans!

In the meantime, All the best!

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Micro 40k


I've been perusing with interest the newest edition of 40k and am thinking of giving it a bash but in typical me fashion, I am eschewing the usual 28mm scale for something a bit different.

What I am planning is to get some use from my Epic collection to play a game or two!

That was like, Ultra!

Having looked at the changes GW has done to what was a very clunky and frankly unusable system has been rather refreshing with lots of nods to 1st and 2nd edition which I like but also streamlined and simplified which is even better!

Looking at my Ultramarine force though, I realise that I need to add some elements to give me a nicely rounded little force.

Ultramarine Force

At present, I have a Captain and three Tactical squads, a Terminator squad, a Dreadnaught, a Landraider and Rhino transports. To make my force a little more playable, I need to add a heavy weapon or two the the existing squads as well as adding some more crunchy squads and armour to give me many different choices and a playable and characterful force.

My Eldar are in much the same state!

Eldar Raiders

I have a Warlock, lots of Guardians and Falcons as well as some Dark Reapers, Banshees, a Dreadnaught and a Vyper but want to add some extra gubbins to the force to round it out!

Game wise, I think that the multi figure bases should work ok and changing measurements from inches to centimeters should deal with scaling issues. To top it off, I think I could play a decent sized game on a 2'x3' board!

I need to have a bash at some smaller games first to see how things work and to get the hang of the new rules but I quite like the idea and will be playing around with it to see how it works over the next few days and will report progress when I make it!

In the meantime, Stay Ultra! 

Saturday 2 December 2017

The Agamemnon


As promised, here's some pics of a miniature that I've been painting over the last week!

The Agamemnon is a Vulkan class mega dreadnaught that the Ultramarines have recently deployed on Farpoint to deter some of the restive Ork tribes from attacking the capitol, Freeport City.

 The Agamemnon

Armed with a Plasma Blastgun and Defence Laser as its main armament and backed up with a defensive multilaser not to mention massive adamantium slab armour and several void shields, the Agamemnon excels at targeting armoured foes. It's sheer weight and lumbering mass means it is mostly used in a defensive manner but thanks to a Vox XIV supercharged powerplant upgrade it recently received, The Agamemnon can put on a surprising turn of speed if required.

Ultramarine IV Legion markings

Although rarely used, the Vulcan class mega dreadnaught can be found in most Legion armouries and in the right circumstances, it's devastating firepower can reduce even Ork Gargants to scrap metal. 

The Agamemnon has a crew of two marines, one pilot who has control of the defensive multilaser and the gunnery officer who sits above and behind the pilot in the vehicles extensive cockpit. The Vulcan class sports very advanced scanning and targeting gear and is able to aim it's massive firepower with pinpoint accuracy.


It's two primary weapons cause a large drain of energy in the mechs power plant and as such, their crew tends to strike with the long range defence laser and use the plasma blastgun as a one shot kill once the target is weakened. Even with this measure, the heat buildup in the cockpit can be ferocious.

Plasma Blastgun 

The Agamemnon is originally a toy from the Havok range produced by Bluebird in 1997  and I fondly recall picking up their starter set for about a tenner from Argos when it first came out. Sadly I never got round to painting this guy and he has sat unpainted for almost exactly 20 years. The infantry got used in my Imperial Guard force which has long since been lost to ebay but this guy has sat in a box till last week when I finally decided to paint him.

 Eat Plasma!

He scales pretty well with a 28mm 40k Dreadnaught and if anything is a bit bigger but in 15mm scale, he pretty much counts as a Knight. In my version of the Imperium, Space Marine Dreadnaughts don't always contain badly mangled veterans but actual crews who operate them as actual mechs. The badly mangled will get incorporated into the Cyborg units but more on that for a later day!

 Pow Pow!

While long out of production, I did see another on ebay for 99p a couple of weeks ago so they can be picked up quite cheaply and as he's sculpted by Bob Naismith, he's pretty handy for folks who want to keep to the 40k classic aesthetic too!

Stand Fast!

Having spent almost a full week painting the big guy, I am taking a wee break from large figures and going for some 6mm goodness which I will post about in my next blog entry but I'm feeling rather inspired!

In other news, I've had to put comment moderation on again as for the first time in several years I seem to be attracting the spammers again which is really annoying me as I've had to fish back through posts to remove the offending comments. 

On a brighter note, I have pulled all the old posts and ramblings from my blog cull of last year back onto Tales From Farpoint as I was wanting to check back through some of my old gubbins and couldn't find them so there's now about 600 blog posts to peruse which weren't there before covering all sorts of stuff from background to ramblings and lots of pics too so do feel free to have a peruse!

Expect another post soon with pics of lots of tiny things!

All the best!