Epic: Realm of Battle

All good things must come to an end. Several years after I produced the Epic scale boards in the previous post I replaced them with a set of Realm of Battle boards which Games Workshop had just released. Hard to believe these boards themselves are now around eight years old and the terrain on them significantly older than that when I come to think about it. I wrote this back in 2008 (I think?) so along with the other Epic articles it's one for the archives. I do still have these boards and with hindsight and the passing of time there are a few things I would probably do differently now, especially as I make far more use of an airbrush these days for terrain. That [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:04:55+00:00 March 6th, 2016|Epic|0 Comments

Epic: Legacy Boards

A bit of nostalgia in the archives today as this was the first themed 6' x 4' table I did for Epic back in 2001 as a demo table for Epic 40K. The overall table has long since been scrapped and replaced with a modular Realm of Battle set (which I'll include in another archive post tomorrow), but while I had it we had some great games on it. It was even used during some 'very' early play-testing phases of Armageddon while we were working on the flyer and war engine rules. Happy days. Unfortunately the photos are somewhat small being a sign of the times and as the boards are no longer in existence can't re-shoot them. Still, as a bit of Epic heritage goes they [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:05:33+00:00 March 5th, 2016|Epic|2 Comments

Epic: Gothic Ruins

Whilst I catch back up with the backlog I dug out another archive post from the old Epic site. The old plastic Gothic ruins from the games Epic 40K era were something of a classic and after its demise were significantly sought after. Hardly surprising as the set was fantastically flexible and at the time there really was nothing else on the market like it for Epic. This article was originally done when the buildings were salvaged from the previous permanent gaming table and re-cycled into a more modular arrangement. A much better use for them in my humble opinion. Simple Gothic Ruins The plastic gothic ruins I salvaged from my old Games Day boards were originally fixed in place, which meant they needed to be completely re-based [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:08:29+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Epic|0 Comments

Epic: Armageddon Steel Legion

The next Dropship archive army is one of my favourites, the Imperial Guard. I do technically still have this army somewhere, just not entirely sure where. Would I add anymore to it if I found it? That's a tricky question as my painting approach has changed a lot in the twelve years since I started it, so anything I added would almost certainly look completely different. That being said the scheme of the Steel Legion is somewhat iconic and really suits Epic scale with the right blend of a good contrast camo which takes weathering well and punchy regimental markings. For now however it's very much one for the archives. Enjoy. The Armageddon Steel Legion was the first army I assembled specifically for use during the development of the [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:09:01+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Epic|10 Comments

Epic: Chaos Hell Talon

Another archive post for Epic and the Hell Talon from Forgeworld. This was one of a number of flyers which Forgeworld developed for their ill-fated Aeronautica Imperialis. A nice idea on paper (and in the hardback book I shelled out for), but it never really took off in my eyes and I never got around to playing it. The miniatures however were great for Epic Armageddon so I snapped up a fair few in the period they were available. Not so much the Chaos chaps like the Hell Talon, but enough to augment most of the forces I do. Anyway, enough pre-able on to the Hell Talon I did back in the dim and distant past. I'll probably change that base now though! The Hell Talon is [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:09:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2015|Epic|0 Comments

Epic: 20th Anniversary Warlord

The Titan that started it all again for me. When Epic hit its 20th Anniversary in 2008 I wrote this piece as a weird way of marking the occasion; Epic and war engines in particular being favourites of mine. The idea was to create a hybrid design that merged the (very) old with the new. I've since gone on to produce a few more of these hybrid war engines which I really quite like. In many ways I find it ironic and amusing that Forgeworld today are doing very similar in their vision of the 28mm scale version which features noticeable nods to the original "beetle-back" in the carapace and head design. It looks terribly dated compared to my more recent Titan's and I would love [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:12:12+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Epic|4 Comments

Epic: Head Hunters

 It's Thursday, so that means another update of the archives. I'm going to stick with Epic after the Orks yesterday and have included the Mortant 'Head Hunters'. These were a bit of an odd force in that they weren't originally designed per-se, but evolved out of a re-painted demo force I originally painted for UK Games Day. The original scheme was a somewhat bland desert yellow so I was looking for a way of re-using the miniatures without having to resort to paint stripping. Not a problem for the metal, but wasn't sure how well the Forgeworld resin would hold up to that. Instead I came up with a scheme that could be applied effectively over the original paint to add tonal depth and thus [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:16:30+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Epic|0 Comments

Epic: The Ork Horde

I'm not even sure when I first started collecting for this Ork army in Epic as a lot of it hails back to the original Adeptus Titanicus era. The painting however as shown I'm pretty sure was started sometime back in 1996 (or possibly earlier) and refined with a second wave in 2004. The current size is considerably larger than what's shown here and should I ever manage to dig the figure case out of storage I will see about re-photographing. Like many of my Epic armies, I have no 'end game' in mind as far as the Orks are concerned and will just keep adding to them and letting them grow organically. Anyway, here's where they were back in 2008 ~ The Orks are [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:18:46+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Epic|2 Comments

Epic: Swordwind Flashback

As the Eldar are back featuring on my painting schedule I figured it would be a good time to pull across this old Dropship post into the archive for the sake of completeness. These were done way back for the Swordwind Supplement by Specialist Games (RIP). It's interesting how some of my methods for painting them have changed over the years and not changed in others. Just reminiscing... The Eldar are quite simply one of the most eye catching and spectacular armies to translate to Epic scale in my opinion, with their sleek skimmers and brightly coloured uniforms. Out of all of the armies that feature in Epic, the Eldar have always been a personal favourite, the Biel-Tan Swordwind and vivid red Saim-Hann in particular.   [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:26:14+00:00 August 2nd, 2015|Epic|5 Comments

Epic: Tyranid Harridan

Second archive post of the week pulled across from the retired Dropship site. Something of a rarity as it's a Tyranid Harridan which didn't really see release for all that long. Interest in Epic by GW and Forgeworld was waning at the time and I suspect this ripped the heck out of the silicon making it a 'beast' to cast. Anyway, here it is again preserved for prosperity. Sculpted by Simon Egan and based on his gargantuan Warhammer 40,000 beast, the Tyranid Harridan is probably one of the most highly detailed Epic scale models released by Forge World. The camera simply does not do justice to just how detailed this model is, with every crease and fold of skin and sinew carefully modelled to match its larger [...]

By | 2017-09-13T14:19:05+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Epic|2 Comments