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Shadow War Campaign Final Mission Part Three

When we last left the Shadow War Campaign Final Mission, the Sisters of Battle had taken the lead having captured their primary objective and carried it off the table via their deployment zone.Part one, covering the mission and deployment is here.Part two is here.When we left things in Part Three, the Sisters of Battle had just carried their Primary Objective off the table, securing them 3 victory points. As they were in second position on the leader board, that meant any other Kill Team than the Orks needed 4 Victory Points to beat them and win the campaign.Enough Orks had recovered to try and drag their primary objective, the Doomsday Device, back towards the table edge. But they were now coming under attack from Blood Angel Scouts and Tau, both of whom needed to go through the Orks to get their own objectives and both of whom needed to stop the Orks if they were going to win the campaign.But despite the heavy attack, the Orks kept struggling on.Meanwhile, having lost the Data Bank that was their primary ob

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Shadow War Campaign Final Mission Part Two

Part Two of my report on the final mission of my Shadow War Campaign. Part One, covering the mission rules and deployment is here.The Orks took the first turn and advanced quickly, swarming over the archeotech.The Sisters of Battle advanced more cautiously, sending out a scout ahead while the rest followed on.At the end of turn 1, the Dark Eldar and Blood Angels arrived, deploying on opposite sides on the far left and near right.The Dark Eldar quickly found themselves under heavy fire from the Orks.While the Sisters broke off part of their forces to pursue this new threat.The Orks had seized much of the archeotech, but were now under heavy fire from all sides. And at the end of the turn the Chaos Space Marines and Tau arrived.The Sisters poured fire on to the Chaos Marines, doing no damage but keeping them pinned.Meanwhile, the Seraphim seized their primary objective.Despite being delayed by the Sisters and Orks, the Dark Eldar continued their advance.While on the left, the firefight between the Orks and Tau

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T`au SEED Destiny: ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited

My latest unit in my Gundam SEED Destiny inspired T`au army, this is the first set of 3 Battlesuits that will become my force's mainstay units.Basicaly standard Crisis suits, and they have the option to add an extra armoured suit.So to represent the special upgraded 2+ suit, I used an old commander head for the `leader` of the squad, and armed him with the Cyclonic Ion Blaster, a bit of the T'au equivalent of a plasmagun as it has the danger of overloading and wounding the bearer.  The other two come with the Burst cannons to lay down a serious amount of firepower with the unit.They also have Missile Pods each, but more importantly, and together with the 'horn' on the head of the leader, they have shields.Joining the squad are six drones, in the form of 2 Marker Drones and 4 Gun Drones.And those let me to teh completed unit, good for 254 points to add to the tally...The Inspiration:The GOUF, a mass produced, more close combat orientated suit that usually works in unison with the ZAKU.  They are ofte

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Epic returns!

So after many, many years away from the game I finally have managed to get in a game of Epic: Armageddon. Mark, Danny, Palmer and I all had a four player 3000pt a side battle at Mark’s very well appointed game room. I have never played with the Tau force I have built so I really had no idea how things were going to work on the table and in a game. So this was a bit of a learning experience for me. Palmer and his Dark Angels were paired up with me and Danny with his Slaaneshi Black Legion were teamed up with Mark’s Imperial Traitor Guard. I didn’t take a lot of pictures as I was pretty busy trying to remember how to play as well as trying to figure out how to use the Tau. One complicating factor was that there was not a lot of terrain in the centre of the table so there were not a lot of places for my Tau infantry units to advanced and take cover. Consequently most of my units remained on my table half while Palmer’s Dark Angels lead the attack into the opposing table half. The plan was

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Epic Tau done

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.

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So what is next

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.

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Basing done

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

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Basing Epic infantry

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.

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Basing and painting

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.

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Tau recon units done

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!

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So many things to build

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

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Basing test

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.

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