Monday, 12 November 2018

Epic.Legio Atarus

The first entry to my Imperial Epic/ Adeptus Titanicus forces is a Lucius pattern Warhound titan.
Although i prefer the mars pattern for Warlords and Reavers I have a equal regard for both Warhound patterns and acquired this one before the release the Mars pattern warhounds which gave me some time to test run painting and fielding.

For Titan legions I wanted to go with one of the original Titanicus legions (I remember when it first came out!) and settled on the Firebrands partly due to their colour scheme, i like the Red and cream colours and partly for their backstory as a more independent and rebellious Legion and Forgeworld.
I also plan on a Legio Tempestus at so point in the future as my second favourite Legion, and a big fan of the Horus Heresy book Mechanicum

Legio Atarus Warhound Canis Gladio (Sword Hound)

The red stripes were made freehand

The base used parts from 40k buildings and was made to match the Ork Gargants and terrain.

Purity seals were made from Green Stuff and metal foil 

The Lucius pattern gives a larger area to decorate 

Weapons are magnetised 

Saturday, 3 November 2018


Beneath the sickly moonlight unblinking eyes filled the tree line and watched as the Bright Prince stood before the stone table.
Worn reliefs and symbols glowed as he approached, it had been uncountable years since the table had last been used, almost forgotten in this quiet corner of Ridenia, but the stones had not forgotten and yearned for the flash of blade and pain, the sacrament of fear and blood.

A dozen Ridend had already been sacrificed, they were such small souls and bodies that many had been needed to complete the rite, but the last cut had been made and as its blood mingled with those beneath it the Bright Prince reached into his tattered robes and drew out a small pale object and with unholy reference lay it in the nest of the Ridends open chest
In sharp contrast against the dark scarlet ruin, the slight thing was a maggot.
Curled in on itself it could lie in the palm of a mans hand, nine fat segments in spoil milk white and pale veins the shade of red wine gone to vinegar. Cold and hard to touch, it sunk into the hot mass and began to drink and soften, to gorge itself on the offering and reshape it to its own dark design

The Bright Prince stepped back and began to chant, his words echoed by the shadowed host beyond, the Dead Sun at prayer

C'thu Ma'way fhtagn T'chag Shogra Ma'way Shogra Ma'way Shogra

The words came in tides, and washed over the stone table and the writhing mass that moved upon it. Against all natural law and hope, the dead were consumed and their parts broken and used again as the Shogra birthed itself and wove a new body. Organs pulled close and wove themselves together as Bone and muscle moved with the sound of wet cloth across gravestone. 

The beast took all it needed and more, bloated with trailing organs and dripping blood from it raw body as it birthed and stood down from the table and screamed into the night.

The Shogra is the next completed figure in my Relics collection. The Shogra is part of the C'thu faction originally released by Tor Gaming in their last Kickstarter. With my most recent Relics focused on the Orcnar I thought it was time to return to  teh C'thu and try and move the Shorgra and C'thunian warriors up the painting list!

The Shogra can be seen following the Prime in one of the images from the Kickstarter.

The Shogra was easy to assemble with the main body in one piece with the limbs to attach. I used Green Stuff to add some more trailing organs/tentacles to the middle

Parts of a Games Workshop skeleton horse added to base

Start of the blooding, Clear Red paint from the Tamiya paint range. 

Completed Shogra, exposed bone and dripping with blood and hanging organs

Detail on the base

Size comparison, left to right
Child of Niproth, C'tharac, Prime, Shogra and Vesparmoth 

Size comparison, left to right
Nuem Tormenta, Britanan Trooper, Shogra and Orcnar Eotan

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Bloodbath. The Dwarfs of Ashak Rise.P1

Taking advantage of some extra hobby time and the buzz from completing the Vile Rune Orks I have moved on to the next Command sheet and the Dwarfs of Ashak Rise which I had previously started.

This one of the smallest groups and is only 15 figures, 11 dwarf clansmen, two characters and three pack mules. 

The first job was to rebase the dwarfs as they had been placed on round bases which had been used before I decided on original bases, and then to to retouch the six dwarfs I had already painted. It also gave me an opportunity to revise some of the colours and go for a more sober look and bring the base style in line with the Orcs, although for the forces of good the bases will be a little more alive with green rather than brown foliage.

Five Dwarf Crossbows, three Mules from Wargames Foundry who now hold the original Citadel molds and the two characters

Borinn Fimbul and his son Snorinn Fimbul

rebased and repainted with new shield details that have the dwarf runes for Fimbul and Fim 

Friday, 26 October 2018

Bloodbath. The Vile Rune Orcs

Orctober is upon us and it is enough of an excuse to open up my Bloodbath at Orcs Drift project box and try and get a little further along.

I have previously posted the start of the Vile Rune Orcs and the other characters completed for my  first command sheet. The remaining 30 Orcs have finally been completed and I was down to the banner. Numerous failed attempts later , I settled on a scaled down version that the unit will carry and plan on printing a copy of the originals and mount them on their own bases.

Going for old school Tomato puree, the last best attempt before I gave up in disgust!

Settled on a simpler version with each of the Vile Runes

The full forty...

The unit is made up of metal miniatures from several Citadel eras and also a unit of spears I picked up from Black Tree Designs. 
Bloodbath features three Orc tribes and although i could reuse the one unit for all of them i want to be  able to give each tribe its own character and colour scheme.

I also need to pick up some regiment bases and will probably run them as two 20 boy units rather than as one big mob!

One big Mob

Vile Rune standard and Sticka guards

The Vile Rune Tribe led by their Chieftain Fangor Gripe and supported by the Rock giant Guthrum Mane and the Half-Orc spy Silas Meel

One down...

Thursday, 25 October 2018

AA. The Iron Guard.

I have been collecting miniatures for over 30 years and thankfully still have the majority of the figures I gathered in the early years, such as my beloved Slann, but numerous house moves and some possible patches of bad memory have caused some gaps and a list of figures I want to repurchase if only for the sake of nostalgia.

One of the sets of figures i had fond memories of and somehow lost were my temple guard. I must have been about 11 and I cannot remember how I acquired them but the unit of about 10 identical armoured knights with ornate helmets, horns and halberds were my pride and joy. I had built a small (about the size of a large shoe box) hexagonal temple (open box) out of some spare tongue and groove planks as a Temple of Death and a shrine for a large shrouded skeleton miniature (still not sure on this one) and it was guarded by this unit as its elite temple guard. The figures went through various paint jobs, the last I remember was a particularly bright and thickly painted gold and red scheme, curtesy of my humbrol enamel paints.

The figures, Death and his Temple have been lost but I recently came across them on the Alternatives Armies Website and that the range had been expanded on. I picked up a unit and command squad and on delivery found that they had lost none of their charm and will be adding them to the list of armies, and terrain pieces to build with a new temple being planned!

Serving under General Blix, the Armoured Goblins of the second Iron Company are bound as temple guards to the Temple of Death, a shrine that marks a gateway to the underworld a way station for Charon. The Guard bear the sigil of the Temple, a stylised hourglass empty of sand.

First unit of Halberdiers. 

Figures come with metal bases attached but i have mounted them on 20mm squares

Command unit and the recently released Knight with Great Sword

Unit standard and back banner show the empty hourglass and strikes of the Second Company.

Whole force so far, next on the list will be some more halberdiers and a chariot for General Blix
i will also have to try and remember and find out the large Death figure!

Alternative Armies

Epic. Imperial City

As a terrain junkie the new Adeptus Titanicus comes with an extra treat of new terrain! I still had several buildings from the earlier editions, printed Card with plastic roofs but the new buildings come  with almost unlimited potential and customisation. while waiting for the arrival of my Adeptus Titanicus box I made a start with what I had and raided the my bits box (and eBay).

First was repurposing some 40K corner ruins and turn them into the corners of a couple of burnt out warehouses, Imperial architecture tends to be very monumental so the sizing was fairly easy, with extra floors added in to give it scale.

Foamboard base

Titans have just walked through them!

My planned city also included some highways courtesy of some matchbox roads

test set up with completed warehouses and original Epic buildings.
The tank and plane are 8mm 

Rubble added to the roads and concrete damage made with cork.

Competed Epic buildings with new paintwork on the roof

I split the terrain kit into base buildings which is mounted on plasticard and some separate buildings which I can add as needed. i also constructed a spire as well.

Ruined building made up from remaining bits, eventually plan to get another terrain set just to make up into ruins.

Ruin assembled in the correct size so I can still add the separate buildings if I want

The first of the buildings assembled as per the instructions to get an idea of assembly

base building with added sections

The largest building is the base for the Church of the Emperor

Assembled Church with all loose sections

Building and bases match up to the completed matchbox road sections

Painting - 
For the painting I wanted a quite minimal but unified look to keep the focus on the Titans and use the detail rule that the terrain should be painted as if it far away and not add too much. 

The roads and building bases had gravel added with PVA and then sealed once dry with 70/30 PVA water. The base coat is B&Q Colours Asphalt Matt Emulsion ( 2.5l for 12) and then covered in Nuln oil. I then add a heavy drybrush of the emission again and successive dry brushes of lighter greys (administratum Grey and then Dawn stone). For the roof sections I brushed the centre of each panel rather than the whole roof to give a more weathered effect. For the rubble I then wash with Agrax Earthshade twice and dry brush with karak Stone. Random patches were stained with Nuln, Agrax and Reikland fleshade

Metal was painted in Iron Breaker with washes of Nuln and Agrax for rust. The gold was Balthazar Gold with Seraphim Sepia and then Agrax Earthshade washes and Balthazar detail.
The fully rusted details were made with typhus Corrosion and a Ryza Rust dry brush 

There are some posters scattered on some pieces and I plan on adding some more and a couple of billboards. Theses have be sourced from Necromunda posters and resized.


Some shots of all the completed terrain so far, next on the list will be some ruined buildings, some statues/monuments, Space Port, Airship base/masts and hangers and then onto some defences - Walls, trenches and weapon emplacements etc. It also needs a matching base and I am as yet undecided on a battlemat or MDF boards painted up.

Some shots from games at my local club, running my Bad Moons as proxy knights and warhound Titan