Back from the beyond

///Back from the beyond

It has been far too long since I last posted. Life, work, gaming and holidays all consuming my time like it was going out of fashion the past two months. Summer was a washout (quite literally) and the re-release of the next edition of 40K came and went without much of a comment from me. Partly because I have drawn my line under 40K gaming for now, but mostly because I have been distracted by newer and shinier things. What can be newer and shinier than an all new 40K and host of Chaos releases I hear you ask? Well, Dreadball for one, and a rekindled interest in all things Epic scale again.

Dealing with the former first, I think I shall remember this year as being the year of the “Kickstarter” for me. After injecting a sizeable amount into Sedition Wars, I have also been lured (finally) by something from Mantic with their sci-fi sports game Dreadball. Between the two of them that’s going to be enough miniatures to keep me chained to the workbench for the next year I reckon. Whilst waiting for the initial sets to turn up hopefully before the end of the year, I have winkled out a few Epic scale Titans to work on in the mean time. I will come clean, the catalyst for this wasn’t from the desire to paint more War Engines. It actually stemmed from an unfortunate mishap earlier in the summer. A rather exuberant party next door resulted in a stack of miniatures in the workshop taking a tragic nose dive off the shelving. The resulting impact of several trays of miniatures did not happen without casualties and a great deal of the damaged ones were from my painted Epic collection sadly. Some were repaired, others recycled back into the bits boxes, but for a few I decided to try to turn misfortune into opportunity and give them a new lease of life with a more up to date paint job.

A Dettol bath or two later to strip away the previous legion colours and a rethink on parts resulted in a handful of patchy Titans ready for priming and re-painting. As I had already painted up a reasonable number of War Engines for Legio Astorum, or the “Warp Runners” to give them their original moniker, I decided to make these the start of a Legio Ignatum battlegroup. Thus out of the ashes of misfortune the “Fire Wasps” are reborn. Ok, ok, maybe slightly overdramatic, but I have been itching to do Ignatum for years, but never found the time.

Lucius Reaver

Bonus points for anyone who recognises this model from it’s original scheme (the clue is in the feet). Stripped back to it’s naked shell I made a few weapon modifications after the other were damaged in the aforementioned incident.
I think I actually prefer the new loadout as it is far more in sympathy with some of the original Adeptus Titanicus artwork.

Legio Ignatum

Stripped back to the bare bones and ready to be re-primed/touched up. The start of a new Legio Battlegroup.

This is just the starter to establish the palette and markings. I do have two legacy War Engines in trial Ignatum colours which strangely survived the fall more or less completely unscathed. Based on the scheme in the Epic Armageddon rulebook, this is probably a bit more contemporary than I was looking for, but really suits the old style of Titans. What I am going to try to do is come up with a scheme that brings that and the more standard Ignatum colours Forgeworld tend to use together. It could work, or it could be a complete and glorious mess.

We will just have to see.

Until the (not so distant!) next time, have a great week.


By |2017-09-13T13:26:23+00:00October 21st, 2012|Categories: Epic|Tags: , , , |13 Comments


  1. carcharodon carcharias October 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Glad to have you back, I too have dropped a considerable sum on Sedition Wars, Dreadball and Relic Knights. Hears to keeping those dark nights filled with min painting!

    • Carl Woodrow October 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks man. It is a rather scary number of miniatures when you think about it, isn’t it? I don’t know what you pledged, but if it was anything like the ‘Biohazard’ or ‘Striker’ levels, then that’s going to be plenty Winter nights and most of Spring I’d say.

  2. Andrew King October 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear about your misfortune but it’s great that you are turning it into an opportunity. I look forward to seeing the completed battlegroup.

    • Carl Woodrow October 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Andrew. It’s a bit of an excuse to dive back into my old Codex Titanicus and Titan Legions books anyway.

  3. OPR8OR October 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Hey Carl,

    It’s great that your back. I was worried that you’d fallen in your bits box and couldn’t get up

    • Carl Woodrow October 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      If it was the one full of Hellhound and Tyranid Dominatrix bits … That would have been a real possibility. Lost count the number of times that box has drawn blood!

  4. Dubcity&yanke October 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Great to see the blog rolling on again looking forward to the not so distant future also keen to see what you do with your DZC stuff if it has turned up yet. All the best Ben

    • Carl Woodrow October 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Cheers Ben. Yeah, the DZC armies turned up with a couple of extras from Mr Lewis, which was nice. Not sure when I will get around to painting them as I have been lured back into 6mm for now. Re-reading Mechanicum whilst on holiday has meant I needed to scratch a War Engine itch first.

  5. GraemePaul October 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Nice to see you posting again Carl. Sorry to hear about the accident but at least these models will see a new lease of life.

    I liked some of your previews regarding Dropzone Commander and I am thinking of giving that game system a try however what has really impressed me is the resin buildings they are currently working on.

  6. GraemePaul October 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Just one other thing. Any chance of a battle report in the future. I know this is mainly a painting and modelling blog but would be nice to see some of your collection used in anger so to speak (and break out that awesome RoB epic board you made). 🙂

    • Carl Woodrow October 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      I would love to do something like a batrep at some stage, especially for Epic. But to manage expectations here, it is extremely unlikely that it would happen any time in the near future. I am more likely to use the RoB and other boards for a few proper army photo re-shoots (which are desperately needed by the way).
      The more likely candidate for a Batrep is also going to be Lord of the Rings if I am honest, because that is what I tend to play these days.
      I’m not ruling it out, but please don’t hold breath or anything alarming!

      I’m also waiting for those DZC buildings as well, so you are far from alone on that score.

  7. kmantgames October 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Great to have you back! I’ve been missing my lunch break hobby project fix 🙂

    Your “Kickstarter” comment brought a smile to my face as it’s rang very true with me too. I think more and more companies will be taking this route to initial release as it’s such a good way of planning their first production run.

    From October 31 people are able to list UK projects, which will be nice… if possibly even more wallet damaging!

    Looking forward to more updates and seeing what you do with Dreadball when it turns up.

  8. Carl Woodrow October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks man. I think the whole Kickstarter bandwagon (if I can call it that) is already changing the landscape quite significantly. I see a lot of small companies rushing to jump on; some with good campaigns … some, not so. What is going to be interesting to see is how much it affects the more established businesses like GW and Privateer and the independent local game stores.

    There is a danger hobby funds that might have made their way into the pockets of the FLGS will get soaked up by Kickstarters instead. I can only speak for myself, but funds that I might have considered spending on a few GW releases here and there have definitely been redirected into Studio McVey and Mantic this year.

    I will for sure be looking to get at least one team up and painted quickly once Dreadball ships, so yeah, it should be a fun (and noisy!) holiday. I suspect I shall start with Midgard, simply because Kev has set his sights on Trontek.

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