Playing EPIC in 28mm.

Saturday 9 November 2019

No change here...

Stolen pict - this by Arkuion from the 'Doom of Sevarus Prime' project.  Worth either a google or just look him up on deviantart. 

I'm still suffering from an excess of Real LifeTM and now the weather has turned too cold and wet to allow any work in the garage.  I hope all of you out there are getting some me time/hobby time and all that good stuff. 

Sunday 1 September 2019

Saturday 29 June 2019

Random Aquisition No2

I went to a 50th birthday party the other week.  Well, actually, I went to the prep and then came home again, I didn't actually go to the party, but that's not the point.  My host is one of those childhood friends I grew up playing D&D with.  And the early WH.  and then MERP and so on, one of the four Apocalypse Generals. 

Anyway, it turns out that during his ten year project to refurb his house, he came across these.  I think that looking at the prices (99p for a multi model blister pack) and that Mark Copplestone is working for Grenadier at this time.  And that the model line is Grenadier Future Warriors, these could be comfortably dated to between 1986 and 1990. 

I was given these by his better half as I left.  The only way he'd ever build and paint this lot is if I did them anyway, I suppose.

So with the increase in Rogue Inquisimunda Team, these are welcome addition.

Hopefully, I'll be able to make a start on these before 2026.  

Looking at the Closet of Doom (TM), I think that's a decent target date.  

And if you do click the picks and have a look, you'll see one blister is entitled 'Killer Bimbos'.  Which with hindsight seems a little jarring to the sensibilities of 2019.  How very 80's. 

Saturday 22 June 2019

Random aquistion No1

I take No1 daughter to Banbury every other Saturday morning.  Whilst she is trampolining, I get a coffee, go to the comic shop, drop in on the GW and so on.  Occasionally there's a marker stall which does toy cars.  First edition dinky toys in their boxes for £50 all the way down to the rummage box which usually contains a load of old rubbish. 

But a casual glance brought my eye to this old thing, the head lamps and front bumper are broken off, the drop top is missing and the windscreen frame might not survive being stood back up.  But it is the right scale.  If 'stealer cults have limos, those vehicles have to come from somewhere, right ?  There will be folk in the hive who can afford things like this ?  PDF staff car, anyone ? 

So one for the pile.  Hoping to one day blend it in with these:

I only hope I get Dick Dastardly enough...

Saturday 25 May 2019

Secenary WiPs

Here's a section of wall.  Base colours only so far (double yellow lines next).  And I need to put end sections on as well

There are banners to be hung from the horizontal bars.  

Superheavy tank for scale. 

Assorted statues, various sources, sprayed with wilko's own brand copper 'craft' spray and then washed with the GW verdigris wash stuff.  

Sentinel for scale

And here it is again, peeking through a pedestrian gate in another wall section. 

And another gate section.  Either the two SM statues or the Basillica ones are going in front of the two large uprights.

Like I say, just base colours so far.  More to do

Saturday 11 May 2019

Carcharodons Outer Darkness

Some may remember my review of the first Carcharodon book.  On the strength of that one good experience, when this caught my eye, I stuck my hand in my pocket.

If you've spent long, lonely hours, sat in your cell, pondering the ins and outs of how any of multiple types of Space Marine chapters might work as you illuminate letters in your hand written Libram Imperialis by the light of a tallow candle, then this might be for you.

It's been out a while (I picked this up at the beginning of February), so hopefully there are no spoilers here for anyone who might have been hanging on out there for it to be published.

As with the previous book, what Robbie MacNiven has done here is explore the functioning of a fleet based chapter through the medium of an operational deployment. This is done in a considered, engagingly paced way in a manner which makes logical sense within the context of the fluff.

As with the previous book, there is a cast of 'normal people' as contrast and to compare to the genengineered super soldiers.  In this case, an inquisitor and his retinue straight out of the Daniverse - exactly the type of writing BL should be peddling, IMHO.  And a useful conduit to introduce common characters (and hence plot points hinting at a greater story arc) from the previous book. 

As with the previous book, the Carcharodons themselves are carefully presented as both a Space Marine chapter and also the scary bogey men from the FW Badab War books.  Tyberios the Red Wake is there in character, which can't have easy to write and might or might not have been rewritten more than once to get right. There are hints and tit bits, about them as shadowy outsiders and as a fleet based chapter, in there to inform and entertain.

If you want to know what a blackshield chapter might look like after ten thousand years, one permutation is presented here.  They are certainly interesting and hopefully someone in BL who enjoys the FW insights into the 40K universe will ask for them to make a re-appearance at some point.  Perhaps even Mr MacNiven has a plan for them; through the course of the book, I certainly saw more than one future for them. 

It makes perfect sense as a stand alone book, you don't need to have read Red Tithe first, you could read it afterwards and it just make even more sense.  The story is nicely paced and the action is consistent with the game mechanics and fluff;  It's also a set up for a third book...

Friday 8 March 2019

bacck to place holding

I was getting tired of the KS question, so here's more photos from the archives:

Freebooter's fate masquarade figure done as Mandrake for me by PVP:

Old School Sentinels (from Admiral Drax) done as Blood Pact by Raven's Nest Painting:

Random Imperial Shrine city picture:

Antenocti's Zebu as Police Cruisers done by Golem:

Death Riders (Uhlans) holding the center ground somewhere:

I need to get my hobby night back, it's been taken over by ballet, guides and the shopping delivery (all whilst Mrs Z is at Rock Choir). 

Sunday 10 February 2019

Kickstarter question

Has anyone in the UK committed to this? :


There are a few bits in here which I would buy, but I'm not buying a load of STL files for a printer I don't have.

From the KS FAQ:

  • Can I buy printed Terrain?
    RM Studio Terrain is not selling prints through the kickstarter, after the campaign is successful their will be printers around the world that you will be able to purchase pre-printed terrain from.

And no, I'm not going to buy a 3D printer just for this, I did make an enquiry about some Chimera bits, but it turns out that the thing would take 9 hours of supervised printing to do.  So that's a non-starter, I don't have a spare 9hour block of time free for about another decade, so then, anyone out there got a route to getting these ?

Wednesday 16 January 2019

The Plan for 2019

Part of 902 Div HQ Echelon - Jus' coz they're pretty.

So all of the gang over at the Bread Bunker have done pieces about doing stuff in a year.  In the past I have put up an occasional (usually the first post in Jan, but not this year) post about the vast amount of stuff I have on the go at the same time.  Like this, the last one from Jun 18.  But as previously discussed, in 2018, I spent about half of what I did in 2017, so the rules of acquisition are working (Cheers, you sexy Ferrengi !)

There's a lot going on in there (the garage). 

So this year I'm going for a four output plan:

  • City/Church Wall scenery (with a few statues) to make a processional way (or photo backdrop)
  • Finish the Macharius and Stormblade (not a lot of work, but no progress for ages)
  • Build the Christmas Vulture
  • Build the last three ASL HVM AAA (would involve buying 3x Chimerae)

And anything else will be a bonus !  So that's it, just four things to be done, with plenty of scope for all the other stuff off that list (and the Griffin models that DragonForge has in the pipeline...) being 'extra, bonus, super wonderful stuff'.


I'm hoping that picking just four things to do this year, bearing in mind the amount of time I get to 'hobby' in makes my plan achievable.  Will doing all of these push the overall Devos IV project towards completion ?  Yes, the two armoured thingies round out 902 Div, the scenery just needs to be done and the Vulture, done nicely, might get me another one when my birthday rolls around. 

And hopefully some extra things will get done as well, otherwise I'm looking at another decade to get through the plastic crack pile !

The bunker, here as an example of 'scenery', build by men without rulers or plumblines

Sunday 6 January 2019

Christmas Post 12 - It's a bit late for that, I know.

My attempt to spend less has worked, although the figures still seem a bit high. 

Adding up the little box I added to the blog gives a 2018 total of £601.00.  I've gained (bought) Isenhorn and the Kromlech Triumphant Archway as well and also bought two sets of FW Punisher cannons (pushing £40, just for that) so with the odd bit of paint and glue, I'm possibly looking at the other side of £700.00.  Ouch.

Others have been far more successful:


In other news, I did get one of these for Christmas:

Image result for forge world vulture

From the fearsome Mrs Zzzzz.  Which hopefully is an indication of future birthday and Christmas things.  I'd have loved to pick up Blackstone Fortress and a couple of 'muda gangs but I still have a huge 'to do pile' hidden in the garage ('Closet of Doom' ?  Pah !  I'll see your cupboard and raise you a double garage....) and cannot justify adding to the pile.

I'll retire in 2035, so hopefully will have it all done by then....

I will be doing to expenditure tracker again.  And I've already started, those DragonForge Chimerae variants are too good to pass up, so they'll likely be first on the list - I get paid in the middle of the month these days (changed job, not career) so here we go again.

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Christmas Post 11 Thunderer build progress.

warhammer 40k blinde: Dkok Tanks 

Ooooh, this is somewhat sexy in a weird 40K manner.  I'm wondering about hertzer kits in the January sales now....

You may remember these three and me agonising about not having any hatches.  My hobby bacon was saved by Courtney from Cadian 127th.  He's selflessly provided the three FW hatches to further the war effort on Devos IV

The commander is from the StormBlade (the StormBlade will be getting a DKK commander). 

So the next stage for these is to colour match the camouflage.