So here are some pictures of my completed Epic Tau force. All of the figures are from the Onslaught Miniatures Okami Combine range. I am very impressed with the figures. Not only the level of detail in them but how easy it was to paint them up to a very good standard. The complete list of models is: 12 x Stealth Suits 10 x Gun Drones 10 x Crisis Suits 5 x Broadside Suits 6 x Ion Hammerhead 3 x Fusion Hammerhead 3 x Railgun Hammerhead 5 x Tetra 5 x Piranha 8 x Pathfinders 18 x Fire Warriors 6 x Skyrays As you can imagine, this isn’t the end of this force. I want to add a few more recon elements to the force, some more Hammerheads as well as some elements that are not in the army list like Vespids, Riprides and Sniper Drones.
Took some time out from all things Epic yesterday to start to build some of the terrain from the Adeptus Titanicus Civitas Imperialis Sector box. It contains a lot of sprues and once you figure out the particular manner in which the walls go together it is simple to start putting buildings together. One feature of the terrain that isn’t immediately apparent is that smaller elements easily stack on top of larger ones allowing you to build up higher terrain from multiple parts. I suspect, given that I haven’t played it yet, that this is very important for Adeptus Titanicus where you want to be able to create high blocking terrain to allow your Titans to get cover. For Epic the desire to build high isn’t as necessary so it means that you can take the smaller elements and create denser urban terrain sections with them. The buildings look large but certainly not out of scale with the Tau models I have so I am looking forward to getting these painted up and using them for Epic
So if I want to build a House Lakar Knight World Defense Force army then I am going to need to map relationships between the Epic Knight units and the models from Onslaught Miniatures Talos Syndicate range. There are four models that Onslaught have planned for release and they also offer all of the various Knight model arms as bitz so you can plan out your models and also plan on magnetizing them to allow you to create multiple units from the same Knight. Enforcer/Paladin Talos Syndicate Enforcer The Enforcer is armed with a Chainsword and Cannon making it a good proxy for the Knight Paladin. Onslaught is planning an Enforcer miniature that comes with a Shock Lance and Cannon allowing you to field the other Paladin variant. Marauder/Errant Talos Syndicate Marauder The Marauder is armed with a Flame Cannon and a Power Fist making it an excellent Knight Errant proxy. IF Don at Onslaught makes the arms for the upcoming Enforcer available as bitz you will also be able to field the Knight Errant variant wi
So now that my Tau are finished (aside from some aircraft) it is time to think about the next Epic army project. Here are a few of the contenders. Dark Eldar Pros: Onslaught sell almost all of the infantry and most of the vehicles. They are a fairly unique force with a focus on Assaults that will be a contrast to the Tau. Cons: None of the War Engines and aircraft exist as models so they will have to be scratch built. There are some simple steps to build the required models though that just require some 40K Dark Eldar Hellions and Reavers. There aren’t a lot of vehicles that need to be made though and the army can be played without them. Skitarrii Pros: Lots of fun vehicles and the option for some Titans. Cons: Half the army has to be scratch built. Vangaurd has teased the release of some more models for their Cybershadows range so this might be a more manageable option in the future. Knight World Defense Force Pros: Who doesn’t like Knights? Onslaught also make almost all of the Knight variants a
So I just finished painting the last of the Epic Tau Crisis Suits and Skyrays. I should have the basing done tomorrow and that will be it, for the moment, for the Epic Tau ground forces. I have some recast Tau aircraft that I am going to work on but I won’t be using those right away as the folks who I will be gaming with are still working through the rules so I suspect that aircraft and AA won’t be used yet. So what to do next? There are several options. I have some Stormcast Eternals primed and ready to go. There are some Warmaster Ogres that are also primed and ready to go. I also have a box of Adeptus Titanicus terrain that needs to be assembled and painted. So many options. I suspect that I will just pick up whatever looks interesting to paint and then go with that. Given my past history that will mean that it will be none of the options listed.
So a few hours last night and a few hours this morning and I am finished basing my Tau. All done So that is 12 Hammerheads, 7 Devilfish, 5 Tetras, 5 Piranhas, 8 Pathfinders, 12 Stealth Suits, 10 Gun Drones, 4 Broadsides and 18 Fire Warriors. Which is over 2500 points of Tau. I still have 6 Skyrays and 5 more Crisis Suits to paint and then base. I have 5 stands of Crisis Suits already painted but I picked up the plasma armed models and some Sha’s O models so I want to mix those together and then base them. After that it is time for the Barracudas and A10s but I want to try to start getting some games in before I finish those
Basing is a necessary part of playing Epic and it can often involve more work than painting your miniatures. Case in point, the bases of 26 stands of infantry that I need to apply Astrogranite Debris to. Doing the bases for the vehicles and the large infantry, like the Stealth Suits, was not too difficult but trying to cover a base and not cover up 6mm infantry figures is a bit more work. Its not overly complex or difficult but it does require you to take your time which is not really something that I am best at. Once these are done I have ten bases of Crisis Suits and six Skyrays to do and then I can get on to finishing the basing.
Today and yesterday was spent mostly starting the process of basing my Tau army. In between applying coats of Astrogranite Debris to the bases of vehicles and some Stealth Suits I also finished up 18 stands of Fire Warriors, six Pathfinders and 6 more Stealth Suit stands. There are only six Skyrays left to paint and an additional 5 stands of Crisis Suits. After that I will start working on the aircraft. I am hoping to have an army ready to go without aircraft and then start getting some games in. The basing process is going to take a while as I need to get 24+ stands of infantry and 10 stands of Gun Drones before I can start drybrushing the bases. So much basing to do.
So the Piranhas and Tetras are done and waiting to get based. For some reason I wasn’t able to get the highlights done as precisely as the other vehicles but I still think they look good. Onslaught Miniatures sells the vehicles in sets of five but the units in E:A can come in sixes so I will be forced to put in a Piranha into my Tetra unit to make a full unit. I should have taken this into account when I made my order but given how many other things I forgot… Once I make another order I will be able to put out pure Tetra and Piranha units as I want to be able to do. The Piranha has Guided Missiles while the Tetra has markerlights so there seems to be almost no point in mixing them. I am actually looking forward to being able to field a unit of both just to Sustained Fire a group of Piranhas at a unit that the Tetras are hitting with markerlights. Fun!
Part of the order I received from Vanguard Miniatures were some more figures from the ever-expanding Tau force. I took some time from painting to build six Skyray AA tanks, six stands of Stealthsuits and another stand of Gun Drones. I have ten Crisis Suits that I will need to clean up but I am waiting to pick up some bases before I do that. The weather here is still quite cold so I have had to resort to using Vallejo Surface Primer to get started on my Fire Warriors and Pathfinders. I have been batch painting all of the infantry so I have a try with 18 stands of Fire Warriors and 8 Pathfinders to add primer, Skeleton Bone and then Seraphim Sepia to. Simple enough to do while I watch Man City demolish Chelsea. I am not sure if I am going to use the same process to do the Skyrays so I have one model that I am going to do a test on to see if it is a doable process. Mostly I want to ensure that the colour is consistent with the vehicles I have done earlier. The basing will begin on Tuesday as I need to head to th
Despite the inclement weather the post arrived today and it included my first Vanguard Miniatures order. Specifically the 3mm Novan Elites Affray Infantry Century on foot from their Defeat in Detail 3mm range of ‘not Heresy’ miniatures. One of my hopes is to build a set of Horus Heresy armies (thinking of Ultramarines and Word Bearers) but I want to have some very large battles and so I was thinking that doing them in 3mm might keep it more affordable and also make it seem more sweeping in scale. Now Vanguard is developing their own set of 3mm miniatures to do large battles from their own ‘not Heresy’ background but one thing I like about Epic gaming is the interplay of individual weapon systems on the game and your strategy. Their rules have generic attack and range values as well as large based units with a mix of units on them. It looks really nice but its not my thing. Thankfully the Epic AU group are still working on their Horus Heresy rules for Epic: Amrageddon and so those look
So before committing to basing a lo of miniatures I decided to do a small test on two stands of Tau models before going all out. This is a variant on the Epic basing scheme I used previously on my older Epic armies. Previously I would have added sand to the bases, painted it and then drybrushed it. Now I can skip a step and just use Astrogranite Debris texture paint from GW. My main concern was that the texture in it would be too large for Epic models but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The light in the photos is a bit off but there is some brown drybrushed into the texture, after doing two passes with some greys, in order to break the colour up and also to weather the base a bit to make it look like it is varied terrain and not just a single material. So now I just need to go get some more Astrogranite Debris this weekend and I can start getting them all done.
So the Devilfish are done. I had some free time and got the rest of the highlights done on the models. They followed the same pattern as the other vehicles so it was a quick job. I’ve started the Piranhas and Tetras and also started to do a quick test of some basing options for the rest of the models.
All I appear to be doing at the moment is painting Epic Tau. My second order from Onslaught Miniatures came in a few days ago so I have been busy assembling some stands of troops. I ran out of small Flames of War bases so I only have 17 stands of Fire Warriors assembled as well as eight stands of Pathfinders. The Pathfinders are on round bases to easily distinguish them from the Fire Warriors and as well it continues a standard of having core troops on rectangular bases. I have two command stands (not that the army requires them) as well as an Ethereal stand and a stand with a warrior equipped with a sword for any bonded formations I use. Prior to this I managed to get some stands of Stealth Suits and Gun Drones done. Nine stands of Gun Drones and six Stealth Suit stands. I had to cheat a bit and add some Gun Drones to fill out the Stealth Suits to make a full unit. So far the count for the army is 12 Hammerheads, five Crisis Suits, five Broadsides, nine Gun Drones and six Stealth Suits. Currently on the pain
Well I am calling them done. I suspect that there are some other details I could paint but they look good enough for me. No basing done yet, I am still not sure what style of bases I want, but they do look good assembled in a unit. I took a shortcut and made the highlights on the weapons and the blue panels the same shade of light grey. I didn’t have a light blue that was bright enough to use as a highlight on the panels and the Vallejo light grey has a slight blue tone to it so it works well without being the exact colour I would want. I could have mixed something but I don’t want to have to remix a paint every time I do highlights. Next up are the last six of the Hammerheads and then the nine Devilfish.