Playing EPIC in 28mm.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Inquisitorial Commandos. (500 words)

One of these commandos is a lady called Sera Pahuelpan; she is a scion of the ruling house of the Filario Industrial Syndicate who own a significant share of civil engineering companies on Palladia as well as interests as diverse as hospitals as far away as Jornath and even abattoirs (now destroyed by war) on Devos IV.

Paint by PirateVikingPainting

Her father, Arvies Pahuelpan married into the Etaltua family who own outright a chain of eleven hives on Palladia Prime as well as many more in syndication.   He was a hive ganger.  His children were raised in a very peculiar manner – half of their time they were raised in the pressure cooker environment of High Society with it’s academic and societal expectations and the other half was a curious mixture of brutalisation, combat training and lessons in planning and influencing delivered by his former gang mates.

Just at the age she was due to finish school, her parents were killed (by a fire bomb in a restaurant) in an internecine vendetta the like of which rearranges the top levels of the rich and powerful.  She and her other siblings were abducted and sold to a pit fighting gang in one of the mining outposts, at which point her father’s seeming overly harsh treatment of his own children began to make sense.
Two years later, in one of the pogroms which sweep the Palladian Mining Colonies from time to time, she and her remaining brother escaped.  Staying firmly in the underworld, they set out for Umbria et Etaltua[1]. 

It was relatively easy to find allies who also had reason to want revenge on those at the top, some for reasons directly related to those people and some for more general or political reasons.   There are plenty of reasons to be angry with the ruling elite of a hive city; economic, political and religious differences, segments of the population forgotten, internment without trial, failure to ensure security where it costs but does not deliver returns, pollution, lack of health care, lack of care, lack of opportunity, rampant corruption and cronyism.   They became one more clique of violent dissidents in the underhive.

Over years, patient diplomacy forged an alliance of several major Hive Gangs; but in the end the gangs sold her brother to the ruling family in a blatant double cross.  Sera escaped due to random spyrer attack on those chasing her.

The Inquistion came, chasing mutants.  They gutted the staff of the ruling house and they would obviously not be able to hold onto power.  With the remaining allies she had, she infiltrated the upper spires and fought her way into the inner sanctum; after all, she grew up there, the security had not been told to forget the dead, so she could just switch off all of the automated measures.
That’s when her unexpected new life began.

[1] The region of Palladia where they were raised, where their parents were killed and where those killers were still enjoying the lifestyle of hive rulers.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Replicating an existing colourscheme

One of the last complete units (read - Imperial Guard armies) I bought before my children ate all my money was Jeff (Pirate Viking Painting)'s lovely iggies.  As as well as the foot soldiers, there are these mechanised assets as well, a demolisher, a hell hound and a chimera as well as a sentinel troop. 

They are all finished in a nice two colour camouflage with brown and black separating stripes, in the manner of a 1980's NATO scheme - google image US or Spainish 1980s armour for best results.

Click the pic, as Inso would say, and the glory of Jeff's subtle and realistic treatment of military themes is evident. I'll let you scroll down through the picts.

So my challenge is to colour match this scheme.  There's a huge amount of variation int he paints in my pile of airbrushing paints - all AFV colours, so I've got the right colour, I'd just need to match up correctly.  "Why, Zzzzz ?" I hear you ask, well gentle reader, these babies are going to join the same unit:

Gotta find some hatches, some dozer blades (got loads of those) and some searchlights.  Here's looking forward to child free good weather to actually get some airbrushing done.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Repainting DKK Leman Russ

You may remember the green LRMBT with the broad white and orange stripes.  I did the salt and hairspray on it and duly transferred it to it's new unit with a smart new panzer grey livery. 

Which I promptly attacked with warm water and an old, soft, toothbrush (actually a teethbrush, I still have most of them).

You can see the green through there as well.  I'm pleased with how this turned out.

Where the clean up lifted the orginal paint up, humbrol enamel bare metal turned real damage to deliberate weathering.

Still a bit more to do - another coat and wash on the hatch liner, homogeneity for the mud on the tracks and a bit more mud'n'rust.

Even as I write this, the decals on yellow to match the markings on green have been applied.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Mortian King Russ nearing completion

So here are all six at the same stage. 

The top tracks are done, but I plan on more actual mud on the bottom tracks, largely to hide the missing or broken ones which I cunningly managed to get at the back on all the models

A little bit of the painting needs tidying up; the rotating barrels in the sponsons could do with a bit of work as well, there are lines of resin where from when they were sprayed in the first place and one has had an interesting encounter with mig rust.

I'm thinking one last thin wash - it would be a pin wash, although these babes have very few rivets...

And then the lenses on the searchlights - these are green on all the other ASL vehicles.

So I'm thinking of a bit of sponge chipping. 

And then a final flick of rust and one of mud.

And then when with a final varnish, hopefully that decal backing line around the number will disappear.

But despite taking an absolute age, I'm liking them.

Rust and soot on the exhaust, black and burnt umbra oil paint as oil around the engine areas.

The green panel on the back of the bustle will get a white aqilla and a repeat of the tank number. 

And the type of gap that the mud will have to hide.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Reverse building DKK heavy weapon teams.

These are part of the large fb DKK page purchase made a couple of years ago. 

I'm just getting around to removing the 1/35 Italiera sandbags.  They're too big so they gotta go. 

That arch, nice though it is, is for the chop.  I would save it if I could, but the polystyrene cement was applied generously and so I'll saw it off as close to the ground as I can, but remembering that the aim here is to save the HW teams for re-painting.

Some sandbags are already gone, but some will need creative removal methods to avoid the actual weapon systems.

There, a short post about the squidgy bits of an Iggy army; now back to the armour !

Monday, 11 June 2018

Progress report

OK, so whaddave I done ?

Here's the list:

Mad max post apoc scavvies                    WIP, some built. 
Post apoc war rig 
DKK Engr, golliaths, Hades Drill               Engrs Done, rest is WIP. 
2 DKK Engr Chimera
DKK Gren                                               Built
DKK re-arms                                           Un-built, need arms.
DKK Hvy Wpns                                        Need to be un-built
Jornathi grunts                                       Built
Meridian Infantry Coy
Delaques                                                WIP
BP BFG Crews
BP Bradley                                             Opened the box
Blood pacters                                         WIP, but at least they're not shiney any more
Last thunderer
Assorted civvies & pilgrims                     WIP
7 BP Half tracks
4 Esienkarn APCs
2 Lynx HQ vehicles
1 Chimera HQ vehicle
Ad mech bodies 
6 SAM launchers                                     3 Done
2nd regt rebuilds
2 Chaos spawn (bones cthuloids)             2 built, 1 painted
4 Star Wars Vendettas
ARC 170 fighter bomber
2 Thunderhinds
=I= Gun Cutter (Millennium Falcon)          Needs more work
TGG Nuns with guns                                Done
And an entire Space Wolf army.

And some added things:

3 ASL STuGs                                          Done
DKK LRMBT                                           Done
6 Mortian 'King Russ' MBT                       Done
Gregor Eisenhorn
Loki the Trickster