Playing EPIC in 28mm.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Cathedral & Scenery stuff for your delectation.

So looking around for things to make the Basilica project easier, I found these two:  I really, really like the archways on the Raging Heroes kits.  But the kit is printed cardboard, which would be fine on it's own, However, the rest of my scenery is hard plastic, so it just wouldn't match. 

So I'm looking at my existing bits and exploring ideas for materials from Wickes.

But both of these look great


Inside the Cathedral, the Pulpit of High Command


Friday, 5 October 2018

Oooooh Massive Occasion

Well, I made 50.  This was the best card:

Mrs Z finally relented and bought me a hobby related present !  Now, I didn't ask for a Warlord, but did put a Reaver on the list, just to see what happened.  What I actually got is an Arkurian StormLord, so happy with that !

And I had a look around the internet to see what else there is.  So there's stuff out there to spend my birthday money on (yes, even at the age of 50, birthday money appears !)

This looks like just the thing for my long-planned basillica:

The new statues in the new 40K/munda/KT scenery look the biz too, there's this:

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And of course this:

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Of course, I've believe that there are enough raw materials in the garage to build the shell, I'm just after the statues...

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Defenders of freedom, truth and justice.

The Gallant Col Ackland had more or less triumphed over the filthy heretics (although was in danger of getting his head stoved in by Ogryn at one point).  It was Sunday: the Sweden resident Australian had to fly to Switzerland Montag morning, we had time to array the forces defending Devos IV. 

That's a trio of turreted Laser Destroyers in front of Belligera Rex.  It transpires that Col Ackland has a warhound which he's converted to reflect it's allegiance to the six armed emperor.  He ought to blog that, even if it's WIP.

The armoured spearhead of the Emperor's Children, cause who doesn't like purple tanks ?  Those defilers need a bit of love, though. 

Blood pact nearest us, note the Terror Bird Death Riders at the back with the 2ed Sentinels.  Then the Devos IV PDF 2nd Regt (La Guardia Presedentiale), a row of Chimera which also need a bit of love, a column of the lost and the damned (World Eaters, Beast Men, Warpsmiths from 'The Cleaved' and their plague zombie/automata). 

The Storm Lord in front of the 2nd Regt carries the modest detachment of camouflaged Veterans who are parading in front of it.  Stretching away into the distance are the PDF 13rd Mech Regt (The Tigers) who you will note don't actually have any APCs/IFVs.  And on the far side are the PDF 99th Regt (The Bloodcoats).  Who some of you will remember are the Regt Gen Horpan, Erstwhile military commander of rebel forces, comes from.  Will having two formations with similar names confuse the Imperial Guard ?  Yes, undoubtedly. 

And in case you were wondering what mighty luminary could possibly hold together such a diverse, multi-faith, cross party, collaborative, modernist organisation, look no further, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Zhufor the Impaler, Master Butcher of Leigh on Sea.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Actual Macharian Thunderguard on Devos IV Part 2

The Lancers meet the only real point of resistance during the whole engagement, the Ogryn. 

The DKK Ulhans attack the Ogryn from the other flank.  The paucity of witches on the platform above is not due to the valour of the Iggies but by their fellows being consumed by their own blasphemous majik.  (gotta love scatter dice, they took a chunk out of one DKK troop and then dealt themselves 55% casualties the next turn - "play stoopid games, win stoopid prizes"...)

Storm Troopers from the 16th Elysian DTR tactically insert into the 'Hot LZ' (although all of the fire is being directed at the cavalry already on engaged).  Coincidentally, there is flash of warpy brimstone as a rage of Word Eater Terminators also arrive to contest the Thunderhawk, fortunately on the other side of it.

When the World Eaters arrive so does a valiant member of the Holy Ordos Hereticus, to lead and support the nearby Cadian FS Plt.  Who promptly open fire on him, not knowing who he is.  Fortunately no damage was done.

World Eater Terminators  They got a bit closer to the objective, but then I suppose they're less risk averse then carapace armoured normal men on grav chutes, as demonstrated by their method of arrival.  "A Rage" is the best collective noun I could come up with. 

The Inquisitor prepares to face the foe, who fortunately have their reaper cannon armed man at the other end of their unit.  Nice to see the Cadians sticking to their tactical doctrine and keeping adequate distance between them and the enemy.

The mounted grenadiers (Dragoons ?) doing their famous widths of the pool.

See the sweat, the frothing at the bits, smell those horses.  (They're Chaos Marauder horses because they are butcher and altogether more, um, manly than the usual 'empire' horses.  A lot of the Macharian Thunderguard are on these, all with the the chaos iconography carefully scrapped off.  Those reins are retrofitted so that they go to the riders hands, the lances on the lancers are amazing as well)

And here we see the endgame, the DKK commissar challenges the PDF commander and defeats him, gaining a prisoner for the =I= to question later.  Once all of the PDF were finally vanquished, the World Eaters reflected on their position and sough alternative employment elsewhere, leaving the securing of the Thunderhawk crash site as a famous Imperial Victory. 

Rigged for demolition, the Thunderhawk was denied (to the enemy) a few hours later.

This Battle was brought to you by WH 5th Edition and sponsored by Col Ackland, and Australian temporarily resident in Sweden. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Actual Macharian Thunderguard on Devos IV Part 1

A Thunderhawk has crashed.  The causes have not been transmitted to the local IG - enemy fire, mechanical failure, pilot error, who knows ? Also whose Thunderhawk is it ?  Black Templars ? or following the rumours it might be Vilya Fenryka or even Relicators.  Perhaps even an Inquisition one. 

It has, however, come down smack bang in front of separatist defences on the northern edge of Xyphonica.  Falling between the 72AG and 3422AG the Thunderguard are detailed to secure the crash site and assist engineers re-tasked from 569 Div (Armd Engrs attached to the Hrossey Yeomanry) to deny the wreckage to the enemy.

Separatist defences are formidable;  dug in regular troops with plenty of mortar, HMG, Auto cannon and Quad Gun support.   

DKK Uhlans form part of the Cavalry force.

Along with Lancers from the Thunderguard.

And a detachment of Penal soldiers from the Cadian 24th.

The cavalry advance across the table.  Their speed largely takes the defenders by surprise. (those grenadiers you can see with the guidon [pendant] were doing widths of the table like it was a swimming pool).

Col Ackland signals the charge, his first order of the day.

The DKK Uhlans are overcome with enthusiasm.

The defender's view.  By now, it's already looking to me like the first order will carry the day (see what I did there ?) not a good day for freedom.

Soldiers from 1/99 Devos IV PDF "the Bloodcoats".

Prepared positions.  Heavy Stubber teams open up on the armoured cavalry and their augmented mounts.  Massive mortar and Thud Gun barrages ensue.  Fast, tough and a little bit more special than the Separatist high command had anticipated, the Thunderguard's casualties are unexpectedly light.

When they reach the rebel soldiers, carnage ensues and victory is eventually almost total. Even the penal troops make the mortar positions and add to the melee.

The Thunderguard will go around the edge of the bunker walls, their speed and manoeuvrability allowing them to charge the PDF wherever they are. 

You can't see from here, but there is a FS plt form the Cadian 24th in support, keeping up auto cannon, mortar and missile fire throughout.  Those dug in Quad Launchers are targeted with AT missiles - the air around those positions is thick with flying sandbags as porsche after porsche is fired into them.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

28mm 40K imperial fighter on KS

Here !

Looks good, multiple airframes on offer...

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Monday, 27 August 2018

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

DKK re-arms 3 of 3

This may appear a random selection, but bear with me. 

The GL guy is to add to the FOO party, as they don't have much in the way of local boom.  They have, as the great poet Baldrick observed, an awful lot of Boom, but need some boom to go with the flashlights.

The other two, one with an Anvil assult rifle and one with a broken las gun, are intended as buddies for the snipers.  the las rifle will need repair, fortunately I have a doaner. 

And the anvil stuff included some bits which are doubtless intended for the underslung GL they can provide for SM bolters.

The man with the book will join the watchkeepers at Div HQ

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

DKK re-arms 2 of 3

These guys need to be Blue Kreig, which is not actually a colour scheme I've ever done myself.  

But I appear to have another Quad Launcher, so these guys have a job.

Again, finished with a selection of VL, Anvil and Pig Iron

Monday, 9 July 2018

DKK Re-arms 1 of 3

A while ago, Admiral Drax expressed incredulity at some DKK needing re-painting.  So just to reiterate, these are the orphans from the internet - they're all the wrong colour(s) and of varying standards of finish and repair. 

DKK with sniper rifles.  Ghillie suits are a fantastic modelling option but I don't know if I'm up to that yet, we'll see how these go.  There is already one Artillery unit sniper, so two of these will go grey with mustard facings.  Which means I'll need another one to then have a set for the Brown Kreig.  I'll need some more bits - most of which I probably have but just need to find.

The rifles and arms are from Anvil.  Good stuff, reasonably priced and quick delivery.  I love VL stuff, which although sometimes looks a little odd on line, that's because it has been designed to be included as a part of a model.  But Australia is a long way away (Ask Col Aukland, te he) so the delivery times can be long.

There's a few FW bits and some white metal pouches from Pig Iron.  I love the Pig Iron stuff and was as pleased at their relaunch as I was sad when they shut up shop.

Getting ready for sniper duels in the ruins of Xyphonica.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Mortian King Russ completed

Bored now.  I'm calling these finished and have put them away. 

A sentinel.  It's the same colour scheme using the same tools. 

Aaaargh !  Transfers coming off callsign 34 !  despite the varnish !

Droopy melty barrel.  And the muzzle vents need cleaning out as well.

But hey, they look ok, especially en masse.

Either las cannon or auto cannon hull weapon

Twin heavy stubber hull weapons

The rear numbers.

Never did get 'round to disguising the gap in the track links with mud.  Oh well.

But not bad

And I didn't get 'round to any sponge chipping, either.

But these are good to go; they're possibly better (certainly painted in a more technical fashion) than the rest of the ASL.

But the sentinel will get a bit more work.

Off they go into storage; brumm, brumm.