Epic Terrain.

Here’s where I’ll show some of the battlefields that my Epic armies fight on.

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My terrain.

I’ve always felt that great looking terrain helps players get into a game. With my LotR terrain I constructed many purpose built boards which look good but take up a lot of storage space and are more easily damaged.

With my Epic terrain, I decided early on to make my collection much easier to store whilst trying to keep the detail high. To this end, I’ve created/bought many smaller pieces that can be set up in different positions every game. It doesn’t look quite as good as the LotR stuff but is a lot more practical.

Onto the photos.

4th May 2014 – Here’s the start of another themed table. This time it’s going to be an old, overgrown Eldar outpost.

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The buildings are from CNC Workshop in Australia.

More soon.

7th June 2012 – Here are a few work in progress of my newest Epic terrain – A fortress for my Iron Warriors (along with scenery to depict Madregard, the Iron Warriors home world).

The fortress was made using a Games Workshop bastion kit (and othe GW bspare parts I had), Spartan Games bits, Forgeworld bits, Exodus Wars bits, polystyrene and MDF.

Next up, my Adeptus Mechanicus Manufactorum. This is basically a factory that builds Titans (30 meter tall war machines) – hence the large doors. I based this piece on a Pegasus Hobbies Gothic City Small Building Set 2. The roof is hardened polystyrene whilst the base is 3mm MDF (to fit in with the CNC City Block tiles I also use). The pipes are from a Conflix Chemical Plant set whilst the AA guns & Ad Mech skull symbol are from Forge World.

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A Black Templar Fortress/monastery.

The castle is an ‘N’ gauge model railway kit that I’ve had for years. I built the hill out of hardened polystyrene. Once I’d carved the cliffs I used polyfilla to give a more rocky look. I also used a couple of Woodland Scenics rock moulds for a bit of variety on the cliffs.

Forge World Tank Factory.

Sadly this doesn’t actually belong to me. I was lent to me by it’s owner so we could use it in our campaigns and tournaments. I painted it for the owner as payment for borrowing it.

Industrial Facilities.

I made these pieces from a Conflix Chemical Plant kit, ‘N’ guage railway buildings and 1/300 scale buildings from JR Miniatures. The ladders & stairways were made using cable ties (the idea was given to me by a Mark_Logue). They are based on 3mm MDF and are generally painted using Woodland Scenics pigments (for the rust and dirty/oily look) and acrylic paint for the ground.

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Rivers and mountains.

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These silicone river sections are from JR Miniatures. The mountain pieces are terrain from a game called Heroscape. I repainted them (they are coloured to repesent ice peaks originally) and added some vegetation. These terrain elements are very customisable and get used in just about every game we play.

The bridges are from JR Miniatures.

Ruined Buildings.

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These ruined building sections are mainly Games Workshop plastic pieces glued onto MDF bases. I’ve Also used the (out of production) polystyrene buildings to give some variety to my bombed out cities. I carved the backs out of them and generally made them look like they are about to fall down. There is also an archway and small courthouse from JR Miniatures.

An Imperial Firebase.

This piece was made using an MDF base. The landing pads and buildings are from Dark Realm Miniatures. The concrete barriers are made with Hirst Arts blocks. The boom gates are from an ‘N’ guage train crossover set. The guard bunker is a Games Workshop objective. The barbed wire is just coiled fuse wire and the tank traps are leftover bits of sprue.

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An Imperial Fortress.

The fortress wall were converted out of Forge World 40K Firing Line set. The gate is a Forge World 40K Undergound Bunker entrance.

Tau buildings.

These buildings are from Old Crow Models. As soon as I saw them I thought of Tau.

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The larger Tau buildings below are actually magnetic wooden puzzles from IDA 3D (not sure if these things are still available).

 

Imperial buildings.

I was very fortunate to find a local supplier of these buildings. They are from a company called IDA3D. They are actually wooden puzzle block pieces that have magnets in the base. I originally discovered them on the internet a few years ago but was unable to get the seller to deal fairly with international postage. Later I accidently found them through a local wholesaler and love the gothic look to them. I bought about 20 different buildings to be able to reconstruct an Imperial administrative area or a Governor’s mansion.

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Iron Warriors Terrain.

I really liked the imagery of the Iron Warriors as the land on Hydra Cordatus in Storm of Iron. I wanted to find someway to recreate that look for my Epic Armageddon battles. I’ve used a STar Wars Venator class Star Destroyer as a base for my Armoured Dropship and a 1/144 Japanese military hovercraft as the base for my Land Transport.

The Dropship was chaosified with some spikes, guns, demon heads, etc. from my spares box.

The Land Transport was chaosified using 40K Defiler legs, spikes, Forgeworld AA guns, various plastic chains etc.

 Trenchworks.

I made these pieces from scratch. They are based on plasticard. The corrigated walls are made using card (which I pinched from my wife’ card making craft box). The piled up dirt is Polyfila. I used a few different types of talus/sand to give texture.

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Objectives.

The following are some of the different objectives I’ve made. These pieces represent important areas of the battlefield which must be claimed in order to win the game.

A Black Templar ruined monastery.

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An ammo dump.

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An Imperial Guard command base.

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A broken down/damaged tank.

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A crash-landed Tau Barracuda fighter.

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A pumping station.

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In-game photos.

Here are photos from some of the games we’ve played.

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They’ll be more photos soon.

Steve.

Epic Armageddon at Cancon 2014

Cancon 2014 – Epic Armageddon.

January 25th 2014 saw 18 players meet in Australia’s capital city – Canberra, to play in a 3000pt Epic Armageddon tournament. It was a great 2 day event with many resounding victoies, terrible defeats and long fought grinding draws.

I took the following Iron Warriors list:

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Here are the results from the event:

1. Tournament Champion Matt Aird
2. The General Mic Fair
3. The Destroyer Jayden Barr
4. The Artist Matt Dobbs

Well done to those that won prizes on the weekend. The rankings are as follows:

Matt Aird 29
Steve Marr 25
James Wallace 25
Lucas Connolly 24
Mic Fair 22
Jayden Bar 21
Tim Bolton 21
Ben Evans 18
Geoff Orton 17
Peter Wisdom 17
Mark Sheppard 14
Conor Wallis 13
Matt Dobbs 13
Daniel Collins 12
Duro Bozic 10
Duncan Stewart 10
Lucas Guglielmi 10
Robert Hook 6

The difference in positions on those with the same score was based on Victory Conditions achieved.

Here are a few photos I managed to take during the weekend.

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A group of the players also fought a Mega-battle on Monday. A recreation of the Drop Site Massacre during the Horus Heresy. This was a visual extravaganza with amazing terrain and armies.

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Many thanks to the organisers and participants for the weekend. It was well worth the 8000km round trip to be a part of it!

Epic Armageddon game reports

Iron Warriors V2

12th January 2014 – Iron Warriors vs Minervan Tank Legion

Minervan Tank Legion

  • TANK COMPANY [575] Thunderer, 8 Exterminator, Flak Support (Hydra), Leman Russ
  • TANK COMPANY [675] 10 Exterminator, Supreme Commander, Flak Support (Hydra) (BTS)
  • ARTILLERY BATTERY [250] 3 Manticores
  • DEATHSTRIKE MISSILE BATTERY [200] 2 Deathstrike Missile Launchers
  • SALAMANDER SCOUT PLATOON [125] 3 Salamanders, Salamander Command Vehicle
  • SUPER-HEAVY TANK PLATOON [200] Shadowsword
  • THUNDERBOLT FIGHTERS [150] 2 Thunderbolts
  • WARHOUND [275] 1 Warhound Class Titan
  • WARHOUND [275] 1 Warhound Class Titan
  • WARHOUND [275] 1 Warhound Class Titan

Iron Warriors (V2.0a)

  • DEFILER ASSAULT PACK [275] 4 Defilers
  • DEFILER ASSAULT PACK [275] 4 Defilers
  • DEFILER ASSAULT PACK [275] 4 Defilers
  • CHOSEN [125] 4 Chaos Space Marine Scouts
  • OBLITERATOR CULT [425] 5 Obliterators
  • HAVOC COMPANY [400] 4 Havocs and 2 Land Raiders, Warsmith (Supreme Commander), Stalker
  • ARMOURED COMPANY [250] 4 Chaos Predator, Stalker
  • SUPER HEAVY COMPANY – DECIMATOR [225] Decimator
  • DEVASTATION CLASS CRUISER [150]
  • ORDINATUS MEDRENGARD [600](BTS)

Board set-up and deployment. The Chaos Devestation Cruiser is coming on turn 1.

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Turn 1.

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Iron Warriors teleport in the Obliterators near the Minervan Deathstrikes/Manticores and Salamanders.

Strategy roll goes to the Minervans.

A Warhound advances on the Obliterators and kills one of them (even using the Plasma Blast Gun). Fearful of the unbroken Obliterators, another Warhound attacks them and manages to kill one more, breaking them.

The Chaos Cruiser activates and hits the Shadowsword with the pin-point attack (killing it on a critical). The orbital bombardment hits a Leman Russ Exterminator formation. Retaing, the Ordinatus sustains fire and hits both tank companies and a Warhhound.

Thunderbolts dive down and attack the Ordinatus. One of them was shot out of the sky by the Ordinatus AA fire and the remaining TBolt took out 2 Void Shields.

Iron Warrior Defilers march along their base line, heading nearer to the Minervan forces but staying out of Exterminator effective range.

The Deathstrikes failed to activate (even with a re-roll) and fired a titan-killing missile on Defilers which missed.

The Manticores were also fairly ineffective on turn 1.

More of the Iron Warrior formations move along the base line to set themselves up for objectives in the following turns.

The Minervan Salamanders had a few shots at the Broken Obliterators but caused no damage.

Exterminator tanks advanced towards the middle of the board.

The remaining Imperial Warhound failed to activate and broke.

The other Tank Company also failed to activate and cleared blast markers.

Chaos Predators, the Decimator and the last Defiler formation all headed for the middle/right side of the board.

The remaining Thunderbolt is shot down exiting the table.

Rally phase.

All Chaos forces Rally.

A couple of the Minervan formation fail to clear all their blast markers.

Turn 2.

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No teleports.

Strategy roll goes to the Iron Warriors.

The Obliterators (who are in the Salamander’s zone of control) double through the scout screen (one failing a dangerous terrain test in the swamp) and place a blast marker on the Deathstrikes. Attempting to retain with the Ordinatus fails and it clears it’s blast marker.

Warhounds again pour their Vulcan Mega Bolter rounds into the Obliterators and break them. The 2 remaining Obliterators head for the Minervan Blitz objective.

Defilers move through some ruins and fire on an Exterminator Tank Company, killing one tank.

An Exterminator Tank Company fails to activate (for the second turn in a row) but rolls forwards towards objectives.

The other Tank Company rolls forwards and takes a few long range shots, breaking the Chosen formation.

Iron Warrior Predators advance on an un-activated Warhound and strip it’s shields and cause 1 DC damage.

The Decimator super heavy tank follows up and breaks the Warhound which withdraws towards the Chaos Blitz objective and the Ordinatus.

The Deathstrikes follow the Obliterators, trying to keep away from the Defilers.

The Manticores are ineffective again.

The Salamanders pull back to try and protect the Deathstikes from the Obliterators.

Rally phase.

The Iron Warrior Chosen formation remains broken and moves in the way of the advancing Minervans. The Obliterators also fail to rally. The rest of the Chaos forces rally.

The broken Minervan Warhound fails to rally as does one of the Tank Companies. The rest rally.

Turn 3.

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No teleports.

Strategy roll goes to the Iron Warriors.

The Iron Warriors head for objectives and place as many blast markers on Imperial formations as possible.

The Minervans do the same, placing a Tank Company near an objective on their side of the board and breaking a nearby Defiler Pack.

The Decimator heads for an objective and takes a long range shot at the Tank Company, killing one tank. The Ordinatus opens fire and hits a Warhound.

The broken Chosen formation is wiped out.

With the last activation of the turn, a Warhound doubles onto the Iron half of the board and contest an objective (the Iron Warriors were set to win at this point 2:0 with Defend the Flag and They Shall Not Pass). Onto turn 4.

Rally phase.

All Iron Warrior forces rally.

All Minervan forces rally except the broken Warhound near the Ordinatus.

Turn 4.

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No teleports.

Strategy roll goes to the Minervans.

An Exterminator Tank Company engages the Chaos Predators and wipes them out, also placing a blast marker on the nearby Decimator.

The Ordinatus sustains fire on the BTS Tank Company and breaks it. The Iron Warrior Havocs follow the broken BTS Tank Company and kills two tanks, causing a total of 5 Exterminators being destroyed. The lone (Fearless) Commissar tank remains close to a ruined building for cover.

Warhounds break Defiler formations with relative ease.

The Obliterators engage the Deathstrikes and wipe them out, placing a blast marker on the nearby Salamanders (the Salamanders are one blast marker off breakingas are the Obliterators).

The Decimator opens fire on the remaining Tank Company and breaks it.

The Salamanders pass their activation roll and break the Obliterators.

Rally phase.

At this stage, The Iron Warriors had 4 formations on the Minervan half of the board. All were Fearless and all were broken. If one of them were to rally, the game would go to points. With both Minervan Tank Companies broken and near Chaos formations, the Iron Warriors were quite hopeful. Unfortunately for the Iron Warriors, all four broken formations failed to rally and both Tank Companies successfully rallied. The game was won by the Minervans, MUCH to their surprise!

2:0 with Defend The Flag and They Shall Not Pass.

A memorable and enlightening game. Many thanks Matt.

13th October 2013 – Iron Warriors vs Codex Marines

The Iron Warriors:

  • DEFILER ASSAULT GROUP [250] 4 Defilers
  • DEFILER ASSAULT GROUP [250] 4 Defilers
  • DEFILER ASSAULT GROUP [250] 4 Defilers
  • IRON WARRIOR TERMINATORS [275] Iron Warriors Lord, 4 Iron Warrior Terminator
  • CHOSEN [125] 4 Chaos Space Marine Scouts
  • HAVOC COMPANY [400] 4 Havocs and 2 Land Raiders, Stalker, Warsmith (Supreme Commander)
  • ARMOURED COMPANY [400] 7 Chaos Predator, Stalker
  • SUPER HEAVY COMPANY – DECIMATOR [225] Decimator
  • HELLTALON FLIGHT [225] 2 Fighterbombers
  • ORDINATUS MEDRENGARD [600] (BTS)

The Minotaur Codex Marines:

  • TACTICAL DETACHMENT [350] 6 Tacticals, Rhinos, Land Raider
  • TACTICAL DETACHMENT [300] 6 Tacticals, Rhinos, Razorback
  • DEVASTATOR DETACHMENT [400] 4 Devastators, 2 Land Raider
  • SCOUT DETACHMENT [175] 4 Scouts, Rhinos, Razorback
  • LAND SPEEDERS [200] 5 Landspeeder
  • LAND SPEEDERS [200] 5 Landspeeder
  • LAND RAIDERS [400] 4 Land Raiders, Hunter
  • PREDATORS [325] 4 Destructor, Hunter
  • PREDATORS [250] 4 Annihilator
  • VINDICATORS [225] 4 Vindicators
  • SCOUT DETACHMENT [175] 4 Scouts, Rhinos, Razorback

Deployment on turn one (the Scout Marines in the bottom right had already moved before I took the photo).

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Turn 1

No Teleports.

Strategy roll goes to the Marines – they give the Iron Warriors the first activation.

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The Marine Devastator Detachment doubles forward and shoots the Defilers – killing 1 and breaking them.

The broken Defilers move next to the hill in the middle of the board.

The Chaos Hell Talons attack a Scout Marine formation. Retaining, a Defiler formation goes on Overwatch.

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Scout Marines retain and Engage the broken Defilers. They are hit by Overwatch fire and a Rhino is destroyed.

The Scout Marines win the engagement killing a Defiler – the (Fearless) broken Defiler moves further across the board and hides behind a building.

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A Landspeeder formation doubles and catches the Chaos Predators in a crossfire – killing one of them.

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The other Landspeeder formation doubles and breaks the Chaos Predators.

The Marine Land Raiders double forward – destroying two Defilers and breaking them.

The Chaos Chosen Marines Advance.

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A Marine Tactical Formation doubles forwards and kills a stand of Chosen Chaos Marines.

Vindicators March across the the board ready for turn 2.

Tactical Marines Double along the road and open fire on the Decimator.

Rally phase

The Helltalons are shot at by a Hunter as they withdraw which downs one of the planes.

Marine Predator Annihilators fail to rally and pull back towards the Marine Blitz objective.

Other Marine formations rally.

The single Broken Defiler fails to rally.

All other Iron Warrior formations rally.

Things are looking bad for the Chaos forces as they’ve been pushed back with the Marines in good position for turn 2.

Turn 2

Iron Warrior Terminators Teleport in near the Marine Blitz objective.

Strategy roll goes to the Marines.

The Vindicators double towards the Chaos Blitz and strip 2 Void shields off the Ordinatus (also moving into a great position to support an engagement against two intermingled Chaos formations).

The Marines attempt to retain on a 2+ to engage the Intermingled Defilers and Decimator but roll a 1.

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The Marine Predator Destructors moved into position to support another intermingled engagement.

Unfortunately, the Marines rolled another 1 when trying to retain with Landspeeders (fortune was shinning on the Chaos forces and gave them a chance to turn the tide of the battle).

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The Devastator Detachment doubles and places a blast marker on the Chaos Predators.

The Chaos Predators double  and attack a Scout Marine Detachment.

Another Marine Scout Detachment fails to activate and makes a single move.

Defilers engage the Vindicators in close combat and kill 2 of them and break them.

The Marine Land Raiders Marshall and place another blast marker on some Defilers.

Havocs Sustain fire on the Land Speeders and wipe them out.

The Terminators Engage the nearby broken Predators and destroy them, consolidating back into cover (near the Marine Blitz objective).

The lone Helltalon fails to activate.

Rally phase

The Marine Vindicators don’t rally.

All other Marine formations rally.

All Chaos formations rally.

Turn 2 had seen the Iron Warriors break through the Marine lines (with some very good fortune it must be said).

Turn 3

No teleports.

Iron Warriors win the strategy roll.

The Havocs sustain fire on the Predator Destructors and break them.

Retaining, the Chaos Predators sustain fire on the Devastator Detachment and break it.

The Marines finally get to make the intermingled Engagement on the Defilers and Decimator. The Decimator is destroyed and the Marines win the assault. The broken Defilers move in between the Land Raiders and the nearest objective. Unfortunately the Marines cannot consolidate onto any nearby objectives.

The Ordinatus sustains fire on a Scout Detachment placing many blast markers but not breaking the formation.

The Scout Detachment moves onto an objective.

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The Chosen Marines place a blast marker on the Marine Land Raiders.

Unfortunately, the last Marine formation (a battered Tactical Detachment) fails to activate and makes a single 15cm move.

The Iron Warrior Terminators move onto the Marine Blitz to claim it.

The lone Defiler doubles over to another objective on the Marine side of the board to claim it.

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A really interesting game with a big swing in the fortunes of each army.

Many thanks to Glyn (and commiserations for appalling dice rolls in turn 2 which shaped the outcome).

15th September 2013 – Iron Warriors vs Codex Marines

Frosthammer and I managed to get a couple of test games for our developmental armies.

My Iron Iron Warriors (using V2) took on the Raptor Space Marines (using the Codex Astartes list).

The Iron Warriors:

  • DEFILER ASSAULT GROUP [250] 4 Defilers
  • DEFILER ASSAULT GROUP [250] 4 Defilers
  • DEFILER ASSAULT GROUP [250] 4 Defilers
  • IRON WARRIOR TERMINATORS [275] Iron Warriors Lord, 4 Iron Warrior Terminator
  • CHOSEN [125] 4 Chaos Space Marine Scouts
  • HAVOC COMPANY [400] 4 Havocs and 2 Land Raiders, Stalker, Warsmith (Supreme Commander)
  • ARMOURED COMPANY [400] 7 Chaos Predator, Stalker
  • SUPER HEAVY COMPANY – DECIMATOR [225] Decimator
  • HELLBLADE FLIGHT [200] 3 Fighters
  • ORDINATUS MEDRENGARD [600] (BTS)

The Raptor Space Marines:

  • TACTICAL DETACHMENT [450] 6 Tacticals, Supreme Commander, Rhinos, Hunter (BTS)
  • DEVASTATOR DETACHMENT [350] 4 Devastators, 2 Dreadnought
  • THUNDERHAWK [200]
  • TERMINATOR DETACHMENT [400] 4 Terminators, Captain
  • TERMINATOR DETACHMENT [400] 4 Terminators, Chaplain
  • TERMINATOR DETACHMENT [350] 4 Terminators
  • LAND SPEEDERS [200] 5 Landspeeder
  • WHIRLWINDS [300] 4 Whirlwinds
  • THUNDERBOLT FIGHTERS [175] 2 Thunderbolts
  • THUNDERBOLT FIGHTERS [175] 2 Thunderbolts

The board at the beginning of the game. The Raptors had chosen corner deployment.

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Turn 1.

No teleporting.

Marines win the Strategy Roll and place one of the Thunderbolt Squadrons on CAP.

The Iron Warriors move forward cautiously.

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Imperial Navy Thunderbolts attack the Chosen Scout formation destroying a stand and placing 2 blast markers.

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The Thunderbolts are shot at (by the Ordinatus) during their disengagement move and one is destroyed.

All Iron Warrior formations rally.

Turn 2.

No teleporting.

Marines win the strategy roll.

The lone Thunderbolt fails to activate and stands down (clearing it’s BM’s).

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The Chaos Hellblade fighters go on CAP.

Seeing the Iron Warriors begin to head for the objectives, the Thunderhawk drops it’s load of Devastators and Dreadnoughts on the objective in the woods. The Hellblades CAP the Thunderhawk but do no damage for the loss of 1 fighter.

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The Iron Warrior Chosen formation moves to keep a scout screen around the Ordinatus.

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The Marine Whirlwinds advanced to get into a better position for turn 3.

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Turn 3.

Iron Warrior Terminators teleport into the center of the board on top of an objective.

2 detachments of Marine Terminators teleport in near the Chaos Terminators and Decimator.

Another detachment of Marine Terminators teleport in near the Chaos Predators and Defilers.

Marines win the strategy roll.

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Marine Terminators wipe out the Chaos Terminators. Retaining the initiative, more Marine Terminators engage the Decimator super-heavy tank and destroy it.

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Chaos Defilers move to firefight the un-activated Marine Terminators. With supporting fire from the Predators, the Marine Terminators are wiped out for no loss. The Defilers consolidate onto the nearby objective being guarded by the Devastators.

The Ordinatus opens fire on the Devastators in the woods and kills several stands, breaking the formation.

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The Marine Land Speeders double across the board and attack a Defiler formation, placing a blast marker.

The Iron Warrior Predators advance on the Whirlwinds and destroy 2 of them.

Thunderbolts ground attack the Defilers and kill 1 of them, breaking the formation.

The Iron Warrior Havocs (and Warsmith) and Defilers double forwards now that the Terminators are all in play. They had been guarding the Ordinatus from Terminator assaults.

The Marine Tactical detachment (with Supreme Commander) advances to claim 2 objectives

At the end of turn 3, the Iron Warriors have 1 Victory Goal (Defend the Flag) to the Marines none. Onto turn 4.

Turn 4.

No teleporting.

Iron Warriors win the Strategy Roll.

Fortune smiled on the Iron Warriors and they took advantage.

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Thunderbolts strafe the Defilers holding the objective in the woods but only place a blast marker.

The Havocs advance on the Land Speeders and destroy them. They spread out to claim 2 objectives.

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The Marine Tactical detachment goes on Overwatch to deter any advance on the Marine objectives they are guarding.

At the end of turn 4, the Iron Warriors have 2 Victory Goals (Defend the Flag and They Shall Not Pass) to none.

Chaos wins!

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8 Player Mega-Battle 2013

22nd September 2013, 8 local players (from Perth) got together to have a big fun game of Epic Armageddon.

There were 12,000pts on each team.

One team consisted of 2 Minervan Tank Legions, a Titan Legion and Squat allies.

The other team had Red Corsair Chaos Marines, Tau and 2 Gargant mobs.

These are just a few photos of the game.


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The game ended on turn 3 with a slight victory to the Imperials – 1:0 (Break Their Spirit). Fun day as always!

*****

More game reports soon.

Steve.

VARIOUS TERRAIN PIECES AND DIORAMAS.

 

A Simple Guide to making Wargame Terrain

 

First stage

 

Materials used:

  • – CD (base)
  • – Polystyrene
  • – Blocks made using Hirst Arts Moulds and dental plaster
  • – PVA craft glue

 Tools used:

  • – Craft Knife
  • – Felt Tip Pen

  

The first stage is the simplest but also has a huge impact on the finished piece.

  1. To begin with, cut the polystyrene (using the craft knife) to the shape of the base (outline the CD on the polystyrene using the felt tip pen). 
  2. Glue the polystyrene to the CD using PVA craft glue.
  3. Place the terrain (in this case blocks cast using dental plaster) on the polystyrene dry at first until you are happy with the design. The blocks are then fixed in place using PVA craft glue.

 

 

For more information on using Hirst Arts moulds see their website – www.hirstarts.com

 Second stage

 

Materials used:

  • – Cork (from wine bottles)
  • – Various grades of Talus/gravel (I use mostly Woodland Scenics products)
  • – Fine sand
  • – Scenic Cement (made using PVA glue diluted with water)
  • – PVA craft glue

 

Tools used:

  • – Craft Knife
  • – Water sprayer
  • – Long necked pliers
  • – Sharp modeling tool
  • – Sanding block

 

The second stage is where we start to make the terrain look real.

  1.  Using the craft knife, I trimmed the edges of the polystyrene to give a more natural curve to the base. Use a sanding block (or similar) to smooth the trimmed edges.
  2.  The long necked pliers are used to chip and gouge the blocks to make the terrain look weathered and old.
  3.  The sharp modeling tool is used to carve cracks into the plaster blocks.
  4.  Next the cork boulders are glued into place using PVA glue. These bits of cork are made from old wine bottle corks. I use the long neck pliers to pull the corks apart and then the craft knife is used to give the corks a flat bottom.
  5.  The whole base is then covered with a generous layer of PVA glue. I also dab a bit of the PVA glue onto the tops of some of the blocks using an old paint brush (PVA will rinse out in water).
  6.  Starting with the coarse talus first, I sprinkle the area nearest the terrain ruins. This is to depict the larger bits of masonry that have fallen off the walls.
  7.  I then make a mix of sand and fine talus and cover the rest of the base and the areas that I dabbed on the tops of the blocks.
  8.  Once this is all dry, I spray the whole piece with Scenic Cement. This is an extra layer of glue to hold the sand/talus in place. It also helps to seal the polystyrene for the next stage of construction. I make my own scenic cement using PVA glue and water. Remember to rinse the sprayer out thoroughly with plain water straight away when finished. PVA glue will dry in the sprayer and block it up.

 

Third stage

Materials (Games Workshop paints) used:

  • – Matt black (I used a spray can)
  • – Graveyard Earth
  • – Shadow Grey
  • – Codex Grey
  • – Bleached Bone
  • – Skull White

 

Tools used:

  • – Old paint brush
  • – Kitchen paper towel

 

 

The third stage is where we start to add some colour.

  1.  First, I sprayed the entire piece using a can of matt black paint. It is very important that the polystyrene has been sealed before this happens. The propellants in spray paint can eat away the polystyrene and ruin the base. You could also paint the base by hand.
  2.  Using the Graveyard Earth, I gave the ground a generous coating of paint.
  3.  Moving onto the ruins, I applied a heavy dry brush of Shadow Grey. Dry brushing is a technique whereby most of the paint is wiped off the brush (I use kitchen paper towels) before painting. This leaves recessed areas black and helps to depict shadows and give some contrast.
  4.  Next, I do a slightly lighter dry brush using Codex Grey. I also dry brush some of the larger talus/gravel around the ruins with Codex Grey.
  5.  After the Codex Grey is dry, the entire piece (ground and ruins) is dry brushed using Bleached Bone. This gives highlights to the ground and continues to add detail to the ruin walls.
  6.  Lastly, a very light dry brush using Skull White is applied to the ruins.

 

 

Final stage

Materials used:

  • – Woodland Scenics Stone Gray
  • – Woodland Scenics Raw Umber
  • – Woodland Scenics Burnt Umber
  • – Woodland Scenics Green Undercoat
  • – PVA Craft Glue
  • – Leaf litter (from Antenociti’s Workshop and Heki)
  • – Tufts of grass (from Noch)
  • – Woodland Scenics fine Turf
  • – Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage (Dead Foliage)
  • – Woodland Scenics Foliage Clusters (light and Medium green)
  • – Antenociti’s Spring mix (flock)
  • – Scenic cement
  • – Wattyl Matt Estapol furniture varnish
  • – Testors Dullcote
  • – Super glue
  • – Human hair

 

Tools used:

  • – Wooden skewer
  • – Water sprayer
  • – Scissors

 

 

The fourth stage is where we start to bring the terrain to life.

 

  1. Firstly, the ground is washed using the Woodland Scenics Raw Umber and Burnt Umber. The Ruins are washed using the Woodland Scenics Stone Gray. Once dry, the ruins are dabbed with the Woodland Scenics Green Undercoat in the recesses to simulate moss.
  2.  Woodland Scenics Fine Turf is lightly sprinkled over the ground followed by the leaf litter. The whole piece is then sprayed with scenic cement to hold the turf and leaf litter in place.
  3.  Several tufts of grass (Noch Tufts) are fixed into place using PVA glue once the scenic cement is dry.
  4.  A few clumps of Woodland Scenics Foliage and Fine Leaf Foliage are glued into place using PVA. A trail of PVA is placed on the ruins and then sprinkled with the Spring Mix flock.
  5.  The long dead sprouts of grass are made using human hair. Twist a few strands of hair together and then dab a small amount of super glue in the middle. Wait for the super glue to dry then cut through the middle of the super glue. This will leave you with 2 small tufts of dead grass held together with the super glue at the base. Trim them with scissors if needed. To fix them to the terrain, simply push a small wooden skewer into the polystyrene. Place a drop of PVA in the hole and then push the hair in.
  6.  Once this is all dry, give the whole piece another spray using scenic cement. Lastly, spray with the Wattyl Matt Estapol for protection and the Testors Dullcote to give a more natural finish.

 

A Christmas present for my wife.

I made this present as a suprise for my wife. I’ve meant to do this for her for several years but finally got round to it in December 2010.

  • I got the statue of the mother and her child from Thomarillion.
  • The praying woman was bought off Ebay.
  • The brickwork is all made using Hirst Arts moulds.
  • The tree and vegetation were all made using Woodland Scenics bits and pieces.
  • The base is an MDF heart.

 

A few terrain features I made for my local game club.

I really enjoy attending Tabletop Gamers Association bur there is one small issue with the venue…
The airconditioning doesn’t work! Living in Western Australia is fantastic but it can sometimes get really hot (up to 40*C).

I came up with an idea to raise some money to get it fixed. The guys that run the club (Cam and Adam) covered my costs and I made some multifunctional terrain that they could sell to pay for the repairs. Here’s what I came up with.

An altar to Chaos.

 

Gothic ruins.

 

A watchtower.

All were made using Hirst Arts moulds (along with polystyrene, 3mm MDF, PVA glue, acrylic paint and various Woodland Scenics products. A lot of the rock faces on the Watchtower were made using tree bark.

 

Tom, Burt and Bill from The Hobbit.

I bought these statues from Thomarillion a few years ago. Sadly it seems that these statues are no longer available from Thomarillion.

 Late in 2010, I finally got round to building this memorable scen fromThe Hobbit. I used MDF for the base and Woodland Scenics for the trees/vegetation.

Cheers,

Steve.

My Hobby stuff.

12th JuneThere is Only War 2016 an Epic Armageddon tournament.

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22nd May 2016War Without End Epic Practice League gets under way.

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12th September – Added Forgeworld’s Perturabo to my Iron Warriors page.

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12th September – Started a new page to store 30K Heresy game photos.

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14th May – Added a new page 40K Various Models.

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19th April – Added a Skaven team to my Blood Bowl page.

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22nd February – Added more units to my Heresy Iron Warriors.

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January 2015Painted a Norse Blood Bowl team for a friend.

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20th SeptemberAdded a Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team.

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23rd August40K (Heresy era) Iron Warriors started.

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14th July40K (Heresy era) Iron Hands page added.

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1st July There is Only War 2014 tournament report.

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1st JuneThe War Without End Epic Armageddon campaign begins.

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12th April 2014 – Added photos of a Halfling and Amazon Blood Bowl teams that I’ve painted for local raffle prizes.

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28th December – Updated my Blood Bowl Orc team.

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10th August – Added photos and details of There is Only War 2013 an Epic Armageddon tournament.

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June – Here’s the report of our 4 week Epic campaign War Without End 2013.

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3rd March 2013 – Painted a Dwarf Blood Bowl team for a friend.

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23rd December – Started painting a Chaos themed Guard army for Epic.

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11th October – I’ve started a Nurgle Death Guard Epic Army.

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9th July – Added a report of our Epic Tournament – There is Only War 2012.

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21st May – Finished the Blood Bowl Stadium.

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22nd April – A few more WIP photos of the Blood Bowl Stadium added.

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23rd March – Started a log of my Blood Bowl Stadium

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24th February – Added 4 more players to my Norse Blood Bowl team.

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14th January 2012 – Uploaded some more photos of my Tyranid Horde.

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6th November – Added a few photos of my Epic Armageddon Tyranids.

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28th Ocober – Here’s a write-up of our recent Minigeddon 2011 tourney.

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15th September – Added my Blood Bowl Team. The Nevasober Vikings.

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11th July – Added a report of my The is Only War 2011 tournament.

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30th March – Added photos of my updated Necron army.

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29th March – Week 1 of the War Without End campaign. Details here – War Without End 2011

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10th March – Added a page with the details of our upcomming Epic campaign War Without End 2011

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20th February 2011 – Added a new page of Various Terrain pieces and Dioramas.

  • This page also has a simple guide to making wargame terrain.

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 10th October – Added a write-up of my Epic tournament There is Only War .

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30th July – Added an Imperial Fortress to my Epic Terrain page.

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4th July – Photos of our campaign, War Without End, added to my Epic Armageddon page.

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25th June – Some more reinforcements for my Iron Warriors.

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29th May – More Epic Chaos forces added to my Chaos Marines page.

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17th April – Updated my Epic Ork army page with my own Green skins.

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31st March – Added a Fallen Reams army and some Nazgul to my Lord of the Rings page.

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6th January 2010 – Added a SoulGrinder to my Epic Chaos Marines page and a crashed Thunderhawk objective to my Epic Space Marines page.

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8th December – Added a Dark Realm Miniatures page to my Epic Armageddon section.

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20th November – Added my Tower of Evil to the Lord of the Rings area.

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18th September – Added my Erebor board to the Lord of the Rings section.

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23rd September – Updated my Loyal Titan Legion page.

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11th September – Added another Reaver and my Chaos Knights to the Chaos Titans page.

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10th August – Added another Defiler to my Chaos Marines page.

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24th July – Isengard added to Lord of the Rings Armies page.Helm's Deep.

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1st June – Added Elves to my Lord of the Rings Armies page.

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26th May – Added a new page – My Lord of the Rings Armies.

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25th May – Small updates to the Chaos Marines and Chaos Titans pages.

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15th May – Updates to the Chaos Marines and Chaos Titans pages.

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10th May – Adeptus Mechanicus added to the Imperial Guard.

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28th April – Updated the Necron page.

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15th April – Updated my Tau army details.

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29th March – Added a battle report for Epic Armageddon HERE.

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27th March Guardian Angels diorama added.

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26th March – A few little updates to the Loyal Titan Legion page.

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17th MarchEpic Ork page updated.

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 16th MarchKrieg army added to the Imperial Guard page.

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14th March – I’ve been trying to upload something new everyday (I have quite a few hobby projects – some completed, some still on the go and I’ll be updating as often as I can).

The most recent additions include my Epic Forge Knights (on the Loyal Titan Legions page) , the Epic Terrain page has been updated and I’ve added the write-up on the Amon Hen board I made for a local LotR SBG player.

A Tower of Evil.

By Onyx.

Here’s a few pictures of a tower that I’ve painted for use in my Lord of the Rings games. It will eventually also be able to be placed inside some castle walls and will be used as a border fortress for my evil armies.

 

The tower is from Monolith Icon in Poland. It stands at just over 50cm’s. They make some amazing terrain pieces and I will definitely buy from them again.

I made the base of the tower out of MDF and the wooden beams are balsa wood.

  1. I sprayed the tower black.
  2. Next I drybrushed the whole thing with a medium grey acrylic paint.
  3. This was followed with a very ligh drybrush of white acrylic.
  4. The whole tower was washed using Woodland Scenics Stone Gray pigment.
  5. All the metallic features were painted using Games Workshop Boltgun Metal.
  6. All the wooden features were painted using GW Scorched Brown, Bestial Brown, Codex Grey and Bleached Bone.
  7. Next, the whole tower was washed using Woodland Scenics Black pigment.
  8. Woodland Scenics Green Undercoat was painted into recessed areas to depict damp/moss.
  9. The rust was created using GW Dark Flesh, Bestial Brown, Blazing Orange and Golden yellow.
  10. I then washed the rusty metal areas with Woodland Scenics Burnt Umber.
  11. I glued the chain in place and washed it with Woodland Scenics Burnt Umber.
  12. Woodland Scenics Raw Umber was dabbed onto the base and lower parts of the tower to represent dirt.
  13. The plants growing up the side of the tower were made from a mix of Woodland Scenics Coarse Turf-Light Green, WS Fine Turf-Yellow Grass, WS Fine Turf-Weeds and a small amount of Light Green static grass. It was glued in place using PVA glue and a puffer bottle.
  14. The whole thing has several coats of Wattyl matt Estapol and Testors Dulcote.

When I make the rest of the Fortress, I’ll try and take some photos of the various stages of construction.

 

Cheers,

Steve.

The Ruins of Dale.

By Onyx.

 

Building Dale.

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INSPIRATION
“they could see in the wide valley shadowed by the Mountain’s arms the grey ruins of ancient houses, towers, and walls.
‘There lies all that is left of Dale,’ said Balin. ‘The mountain’s sides were green with woods and all the sheltered valley rich and pleasant in the days when the bells rang in that town.’ He looked both sad and grim as he said this: he had been one of Thorin’s companions on the day the Dragon came.”

J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit.

This modular battle board is meant to represent part of Dale. It will be used with other boards I am building to depict the Front Gate and valley of The Lonely Mountain (The Battle of the Five Armies). It can also be used with any of the other boards I have made (I have 8 so far) to represent old ruins from Osgiliath to Arnor.

Materials and Equipment.
Materials.

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  • MDF 600 x 600 x 6mm
  • Polystyrene block 600 x 600 x 50mm
  • Medieval Roadway terrain board
  • Bostik Craft & Hobby PVA glue
  • Homemade scenic cement
  • Polyfilla
  • W.S. Raw Umber pigment
  • W.S. Ballast (fine & medium)
  • W.S. Talus (medium)
  • W.S. Foliage (light & dark green)
  • W.S. Turf (Weeds, Soil & Yellow grass)
  • A.W. Cork rubble
  • A.W. Spring & Autumn mix
  • A.W. Autumn Static grass
  • Superglue
  • Acrylic paints:
  • -Jet Black
  • -Alabaster White
  • -Weathered Grey
  • -Statum Rock (brown)
  • Hirst Arts Blocks:
  • -Small Brick mould
  • -Bell Tower mould
  • -Ruined Tower mould
  • -Fieldstone Wall mould
  • -Flagstone Floor Tile mould
  • -Prison Tower mould
  • 5 Ruined wall sections
  • Chess game-piece
  • Small Wooden Coffee stirrers
  • Wooden Toothpicks
  • A small polystyrene ball
  • 50mm duct tape
  • Human hair (!)

Equipment.

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  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Tweezers
  • Small file
  • Modelling tool (scraper)
  • Foam nails
  • Sprayer
  • Paint brushes (large & small)
  • Foam brush
  • Homemade scatter Sprinkler
  • Engraver
  • Wooden skewer

 

1. Getting Started.
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I’m not one for making big plans before I start. I have a picture in my head of the outcome I want and then I go about building it.
After gluing the polystyrene to the MDF for strength, I started playing, er I mean planning the board. That’s the beauty of these Hirst Arts blocks. You can dry-build the ruins to get a formation you like. With other modular boards I have constructed I have made the mistake of not allowing enough space around the ‘central feature’ for bigger mini’s to move freely. It helps to have a few of the bigger ones around (a troll in my case) to help plan to make room for them.
I knew I wanted a central statue figure in the entrance square so I pinched a polystyrene ball (6cm diametre) from my wife’s craft box and cut it in half. Then I glued the old chess game-piece to it. The H.A. circular floor tiles ringed it perfectly.
I broke one of the ruined wall sections and placed them all on the outside of the’town’ to form a decayed outer wall. I didn’t want the buildings to be too similar so I made sure I used a variety of block styles for character. I used the Medieval Roadway terrain board as the floor for one building and the Flagstone floor tiles for the other.
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I thought the town should be raised up so I found a piece of polystyrene sheet about 1cm wide to build a base. Next, cut the edges with a craft knife and sand them smooth. Glue the base down with PVA and smooth the join with some Polyfilla. Start planning the ruins again, remembering not to make it too ‘cluttered’. You have to be able to move your mini’s around without having to play ‘around’ the scenery.
The remaining half of the polystyrene ball looked perfect for a domed roof of a small guard tower so that’s what it became. I got the fireplace idea from the Hirst Arts site and thought it would make a nice touch. Once happy with the layout, glue the blocks together (either PVA or superglue will do) and stick them to the base. Break up a couple of the Wooden Coffee stirrers and glue them down to represent broken planks. Also use the wooden stirrers for the mantle piece over the fireplace. I made the ladder in the watch tower out of wooden toothpicks. The metal bar in the window, near the entrance is made of an old plastic model railway power pole. Use Polyfilla to cover over any obvious joins in the H.A. blocks.

2. Ruining the Ruins.
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Use the engraver to cut cracks into the walls and statue. Use pliers to break off the edges of bricks to simulate weathering and decay. The file can also be used at this point for detail.
With the basic buildings all secure you can start placing the ‘debris’. I like to use various sizes of Talus and Ballast for realism. Rubble comes in all different shapes. Dab PVA glue in the corners and around buildings to ‘bury’ the wall/floor join. Start with the Antenociti’s Workshop Cork rubble and gradually move onto the smaller grades until a last fine coat of Woodland Scenic Turf is used to represent dust. A heavy spray with scenic cement (or 2 if needs be) after, to make sure all the debris is set in place.
*I make my own scenic cement spray using PVA glue and water. Always clean out the sprayer after use. The cement is still glue and it will set in the sprayer, making it useless.*
Here I also started experimenting with colours (watchtower roof) for the base coat.

3. The Base Coat.

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On previous boards, I have given the whole ‘ruins’ a black undercoat for more detailed shading in the recesses. On this board, I wanted the buildings to be similar to Minas Tirith in colour (much whiter than I have done before). Also for a better contrast between the floor and the walls, I chose to give the buildings a Weathered Grey base coat and the floor, Jet Black. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies to get a solid colour for the base. A very ‘light’ drybrush of the grey over the floor brings out the detail of the rubble.
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For the grassed area I use a Stratum Rock (brown) base. Again, a good solid coat all over and down the sides of the polystyrene base is needed to hide the white. At this point I gave the walls a ‘heavy’ drybrushing of Alabaster White. Give the floor a very ‘light’ drybrush of white for more detail.

4. Adding the detail. 
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Next I gave the whole ruins area (walls and floor) a wash of Diluted Woodland Scenic Raw Umber pigment. I love these pigments and use them on both terrain and mini’s for adding detail. The wash ‘ages’ the brickwork and helps add definition on the recesses and cracks.
The surrounding grass is made of equal amounts of W.S. Yellow Grass and Weeds Turf. Brush a layer of PVA glue on the base first then sprinkle the grass mix over the PVA with the (homemade) sprinkler. Spray several layers of scenic cement over the whole thing after to seal it. I prefer a mixture of colours as nature always seems very colourful to me. A few sprinkles of Antenociti’s Workshop Spring Mix help to break it up a bit.
*I use this grass theme on all my boards and that helps the modular aspect work. They all have the same type of border and so can be set up in many different formations.*
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The planks and mantle-piece are drybrushed with brown and lightly touched up with white around the edges.
The moss and other vegetation is added by dabbing PVA glue in the desired spot and using the homemade ‘flock sprinkler’ (got to get a puffer bottle one day) to cover the area, liberally.Let it dry, then blow away the excess (or collect it and reuse it). I used the darker Weeds turf for the corners and in recesses. The lighter Yellow Grass is on the more exposed areas and the Autumn Static grass is used for variety in a few patches.
The long tufts of brown grass are actually my wife’s hair (long story – won’t bore you with it now). The stuff is a nice colour and basically lasts forever (Antenociti’s Workshop used to have useful tips on making long grass – not sure if it’s still there). The wooden skewer is used to poke a hole in the foam base and a dab of PVA is squeezed into it. The prepared grass is then pushed in the hole.
A very light drybrush of black in and around the fireplace makes it look more realistic.
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This ‘glory’ shot of the entrance shows the Raw Umber wash more clearly. Also the plant growing up the wall is made using a PVA trail covered with A.W. Autumn mix.The bushes around the outer wall are made from W.S. foliage (light and dark green). I prefer this to lichen as it’s more realistic and easier to glue. Put a blob of PVA on the base of the bush and push a Foam Nail (metal pin) through it to hold it in place whilst drying. These pins can help with getting more of the bush into contact with the floor, making the join more secure. The two colours add contrast and realism.
The wooden upper floor on one of the buildings is made using the Wooden Stirrers, glued together underneath with some braces and fixed to the building with PVA. It was painted with a black base coat and drybrushed with brown and white.
The whole board was given several coats of scenic cement to help seal it.
A line of Duct tape is used around the outer edges of the base to protect it and give a nice finish.
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The finished board, ready for battle.

Tyranids.

This page will showcase my Epic Tyranid hordes.

Believe it or not, this is actually many thousands of points worth of Epic Tyranids and some terrain to help the battlefield feel more alien.

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I’ve finally stated painting my bugs (thanks to the EpicUK Tyranid list).

The Tyranid horde (so far – there is more to add eventually).

Here are some photos from my first few games.

The Tyranid Digestion pool (the piece is from Ziterdes).

More Tyranid terrain.

More photos soon,

Steve.

Chaos Marines.

By Onyx.

“Death to the False Emperor”

Death Guard.

I’m putting together a Death Guard army to give away as a prize (or maybe raffle) at my next tournament/campaign (mid 2013). Here’s a few photos as I get started.

A few new photos.
The lot so far:

Plague Bearers.

Hell Talon fighter bombers.

The war engines – Plague Tower and a Plague Reaper.

I’ve been able to finish off most of this army now.

The whole lot now (over 5500pts worth in Epic Armageddon)

A Daemon Prince and a Greater Daemon.

Havocs and Blight Drones.

Plague Zombies (Chaos Beastmen used as proxies).

Hellblade Fighters.

Death Guard Terminators.

The War Engines (including the Fester Titan now).

If I’m able to find/build some decent Defiler proxies, I’ll update this army but otherwise it’s finished for now.

My Iron Warriors.

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I have become the Army Champion for the Iron Warriors in the NetEA project.

Here is the latest version of the Iron Warriors army list for Epic Armageddon:

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Iron Warrior units V3.0

 

Whilst I’ve been painting the Iron Warriors army for a fellow Epic gamer (see below), I’ve also been building up my own Iron Warriors force. I was inspired by the Black Library book Storm of Iron (a great read).

This army is still a work in progress but I’ll add a few pictures now as I get things started.

Test miniatures for my Iron Warriors army.

I wanted to use octagonal bases (8 sided) to try and keep a theme with the Chaos 8 pointed emblem (the bases were custom made by Likto.

I’ve finished a couple of command stands and my Deamon Princes.

And a photo of some of the WIP’s from this army.

Finally got enough painted for a 3000pt game (which I won   🙂 ).

Some new photos of the growing army.

Some new additions/upgrades.

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Some of the characters from the army (based on the Storm of Iron book).

  • (note that to keep in theme with Honsou’s polluted Geneseed, I used Space Marine legs)

Here’s a few photos of the characters as I was working on them.

More Iron Warrior reinforcements.

Objectives – A damaged Daemon engine and a command post/shrine.

Another Chaos Thunderhawk.

Iron Warrior Predators and a Land Raider.

3 Rhinos for my Khorne Berzerkers.

Chaos Raptors.

Some more Iron Warrior Terminators.

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Greater Daemon with Lessar Daemons.

Harbinger Bomber.

Epic Chaos Marine Bikes.

Chaos Marine retinue.

Chaos Champion and Icon Bearer upgrades.

Chaos Dreadnoughts.

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My 2nd Defiler .

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The 3rd Defiler.

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I wanted to experiment with a rusty look after seeing some brilliant rust paint jobs recently. It’s the first time I’ve really had a go and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I’ll be rusting up some of more Ork army (pictures to come soon) as a result of this.

I’ve converted my 4th Defiler into a Desecrator (a new unit for the Epic Chaos legions with an anti-air capacity).

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SoulGrinder 

 

 

 

I converted this SoulGrinder using a dragon head from a Warhammer Dwarf cannon (I think) and a Reaper Warlord, Demon Warrior, Darkspawn adept. LOTS of fun!

I was never fully happy with the head on my Soul Grinder so I glued some horns onto a skull and used that instead. I think this looks a lot better.

All my Chaos Defilers so far 

 

Chaos Thunderhawk.

This Thunderhawk is based on a Space Marine one. I’ve removed the Imperial Eagle emblems and added a Chaos 8 pointed star to each side. I’ve also used Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy Battles shields as the upper wings and a W40K Deamon weapon head on the battlecannon.

Iron Warriors Terrain.

I really liked the imagery of the Iron Warriors as the land on Hydra Cordatus in Storm of Iron. I wanted to find someway to recreate that look for my Epic Armageddon battles. I’ve used a STar Wars Venator class Star Destroyer as a base for my Armoured Dropship and a 1/144 Japanese military hovercraft as the base for my Land Transport.

The Dropship was chaosified with some spikes, guns, demon heads, etc. from my spares box.

The Land Transport was chaosified using 40K Defiler legs, spikes, Forgeworld AA guns, various plastic chains etc.

I’ve got a lot more of my own Iron Warriors projects on the go so I’ll be adding more photos as I get things finished.

 

 

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Iron Warriors.

“Iron Within, Iron Without”

This is a huge army that I’m painting for a fellow Epic player. He has been building this army for years and it has many rare and intersting pieces – from Obliterators to Titans, Beserkers to Forge World Fighters, Terminators to Deathwheels.

The army has been sent over a box at a time with the owner already glueing the infantry to the bases and converting/building all the Titans etc, so all I have to do is paint them all.

The 1st box.

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There was a bit of a learning curve with the 1st box. I’d never painted Iron Warriors before but thankfully, the owner provided me with some photos of what he was wanting and that made it a lot easier. I’m a big fan of painting armies for the battlefield rather than the parade ground, so most of my stuff has a weathered, dirty look. I’ve painted this army with that in mind. Scratched paintwork and rusty/dirty tank tracks are the go here.

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The 2nd box.

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The 1st box had been mainly Chaos Warriors, with Rhino, Vindicators and Land Raiders with 3 Decimators for heavy fire support. The 2nd box had a bit more variety, including Basilisks, artillery, Terminators, Predators, Hell Blade fighters and Hell Talon Bombers.

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The 3rd box.

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The 3rd box had the usual abundance of Chaos Marines, Rhinos, Predators and artillery but also included Dreadclaw drop pods and Obliterators. The Obliterators (and many other command stands) were converted by Mark Logue and he did a brilliant job.

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I painted the Obliterators in the same way I painted all the infantry (see below for more detail) but the organic parts were slightly different. These areas had a basecoat of Dwarf Flesh, followed by a diluted wash of Tamiya acrylic Clear Red with a final wash of diluted Jo Sonja’s Carbon Black (with a drop of dishwashing liquid to remove surface tension) for extra detail.

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The 4th box.

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Again, there were many Chaos Marines but this box had some of the many Legio Mortis Titans that will also support the Iron Warriors.

The centrepiece of this box was an Abominatus (the converted Imperator Titan).

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Lots of fun to paint!

There were also some Feral Scout Titans, Ravagers and BaneLords.

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The owner had converted the Titans and they looked amazing. It was easy to get motivated to paint them as I was very inspired by his creativity.

5th Box.

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The 5th box has a wide variety of epic miniatures. There are the obligatory hordes of Chaos Marines but there are also Khorne Berzerkers, artillery guns, Predator tanks, Land Raiders, Death Wheels, Defilers, planes, Titans, BFG space ships and the Warsmith himself.

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Fighters

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Death Wheel1

Death Wheel2

BFG Iron Warriors Fleet1

titan1

titan2

 More details of the Titans on the Chaos Titan page.

How this army has been painted.

The Infantry.

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  1. The first part of the process is to stick 6 infantry bases to a spray can lid using Blue-tac. They are then sprayed silver.
  2. Next I use Chaos Black to paint the shoulderpads, guns and flags. Shining Gold is used for the trim in the shoulderpads. The helmet plumes are painted according to the company colours (Blood Red in this case). The comand figures are painted in many various colours to break things up a bit.
  3. The third stage is a simple wash using diluted Jo Sonja’s Carbon Black acrylic paint. This helps pick out all the detail of the (6mm) miniatures and dulls down the bright colours to a more realistic, battlefield look. I also paint the black and yellow stripes at this point (Golden Yellow first followed by stripes of Chaos Black).
  4. The edges of the bases are painted using Graveyard Earth.
  5. Finally, a thin layer of PVA glue is spread on the base and then the stand is dipped into the baseing mix (Woodland Scenics Fine Brown Ballast and Woodland Scenics Fine brown Talus). A spray of Testors Dullcote and they’re finished.

The Vehicles.

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  1. Again, the miniatures are attched to a can lid and sprayed silver.
  2. Next, any main weapons are painted Brazen Brass. Shining Gold is used to highlight all the hatches & trimming and various colours are used for the swags, bedrolls etc, stored on the hull. Bleached Bone is used for the ropes.
  3. The vehicles are then washed with diluted Jo Sonja’s Carbon Black. Once dry the yellow and black chevrons are painted onto various plates, hatches etc, to define the Iron Warrior look. If there are tank tracks visable, they are washed uing Woodland Scenics Burnt Umbar for the dirty/rusty look.
  4. The edges of the yellow/black chevrons are drybrushed using chainmail to give a scratched look to the stripes. Any skulls visable on the hull are painted using Chainmail to highlight them. A final spray using Wattyl Matt Estapol furniture spray to varnish them and they’re done.

More to come…

Necrons.

By Onyx.

 

“The red harvest”

I’ve updated my Necrons for use in the War Without End 2011 campaign. I managed to source more detailed Monoliths, Obelisks, Tomb Spyders, Nightbringer through Tactical Command and replaced all my infantry with Exodus Wars Edenite miniatures.

I scratchbuilt my Warbarque from a 40K Necron Destroyer body and some bits and pieces from my spares box.

Here’s a few more photos of the army.

I have another Infantry Phalanx to paint and I’ll be re-basing my old Flayed ones to keep the hexagonal base theme going. The bases are 1.5mm clear acrylic pieces, custom made by Litko Game Accessories.

 

I’ve also been building some Necron themed terrain.

The resin crystals are from Evil Mushroom Games. I painted them with a white basecoat and a couple of layers of Tamiya Clear Green.

 

I’ve also put together some Necron Tomb World buildings.

I bought the kits from Griffin Grove Gaming and converted them to 6mm scale buildings.

 

My original Necron army.

The following pictures were what my Necron army used to look like. Most of the infantryand the C’tan now belong to another Necron player.

 

 

Since Games Workshop have never released an Epic scale Necron army, this force is a collection of bits and pieces from many suppliers. I’ll try and list all the parts as I go.

C’tan.

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  • The Nightbringer (left) is a Ferryman miniature from West Wind Productions.
  • The Deceiver (right) is a Woodelf Spellsinger from Games Workshop.

necron-infantry-phalanx

The Warriors are Dark Realm Miniatures Andrayadas Infantry. The Necron Lords are Andrayadas Commanders and Bodyguards.

necron-flayed-ones

The Flayed ones are Alien Xenomorph miniatures from GZG (DF- x01).

necron-destroyers

I made the Destoyers using Games Workshop Scarabs and DRM Andrayadas Vanguard torsos.

necron-heavy-destroyers

The Heavy Destroyers were made using GW Scarabs and Andrayadas Vulturs. The Destroyer Lord used an Andrayadas Bodyguard for the torso.

necron-wraiths

For the Wraiths, I used GW Tyranid Ripper tails and DRM Andrayadas Bodyguard torsos. I’ve never been 100% happy with their appearance but it is generally obvious what they represent and that will do for now.

necron-monoliths

My Monoliths are actually cast out of dental plaster. A mate made up a mould and I cast several Monoliths from it. I painted them in the same metallic style as the rest of the army for continuity. The green crystals were bought from a local craft shop (Spotlight). They have been given a bit more detail by using off-cut bits of cable-ties.

The Obelisks were made from long, out of production, Cyborg miniatures (can’t remeber the company that sold them).

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I used Bionicle parts to make my Pylons.

necron-pariahs

The Pariahs are made from GZG Alien Bounty Hunters (DF- x01) and GW Epic flagpoles for the War Scythes.

necron-immortals

My Necron Immortals are made from DRM Andyadas Vanguard.

necron-tomb-spyders

These Tomb Spyders are made using old style GW Necron Scarabs.

necron-harvesters

The Aeonic Orb was made using an Exodus Wars Khazari Droid Controller, Bionicle bits, green crystals and a marble.

The Abattoir was made from Hirst Arts moulds (Sand Blasted Pyramid Mold #92), half a GW Battlefleet Gothic Blackstone Fortress, Green crystals and a pipe cleaner (to represent the harvester tentacles underneath).

necron-tomb-complex

Here is my Tomb Complex. It’s made using the same Hirst Arts mould as the Abattoir (as are the objectives).

How they were painted. (basically the same for the vehicles and the infantry)

  • Spray with a silver basecoat.
  • Wash the whole thing with Woodland Scenics Green undercoat.
  • Pick out any details (eg, Obelisk copper pipes painted with GW Dwarf Bronze, etc).
  • Wash with Woodland Scenics Black pigment.
  • Basecoat any of the glowing green areas with Skull White.
  • Go over the white with Tamiya Clear Green Acrylic paint.
  • Glue fine Talus on the bases using PVA.
  • Varnish with either Testors Dulcote or Wattyl Matt Estapol funiture varnish.

There will be a few more additions to this army – a Warbarque (or 2) and a Scythe Class Harvester (spaceship) at least.

The present army list is available for download from HERE.

Steve.