Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Model Collect T-80U and frenz

Latest of their kits, very fiddly with lots of brass etch that I think went a bit overboard, but the end product is nice. Painted in the 'standard' russian tri-tone woodland and weathered considerably.

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Also, a few more little green men from Elhiem and Enfilade

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RPG-29 was a figured I commissioned, needed a big can opener for those TUSK IIs

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Titan Legions

Another couple specimens to bulk up my little Titan maniple.

First up a proper scale Reaver from a private sculptor.





And the old classic Warlord by GW, slightly modified. For the lucuis pattern I decided to stick with a matte finish, as the Gloss didn't really suit the aesthetic.



A lineup of all these metal monstrosities



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Warlord Mephiston

The Mephiston was one of 6 Warlord class titans deployed to the surface of Taros. Weighing close to five thousand tons, the Mephiston represented the single largest concentration of firepower used by by the Imperium on Taros. As a Mars pattern MK II model, it far out performed its brother Lucious vehicles.Given how hilariously tiny Grandma Wendy's warlord is I went a searching for a viable alternative. Utilising Troublemaker Games' Shadow Stalker as a base, I improvised some different weapons and a head to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Two more stompies to go - one more warhound and a reaver.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I shall call him Mini Warhound

As part of the immense war effort to recapture the Taros sector, several dozen Titans were mobilized from the Legio Aithon: the Nova Stallions. The large-scale deployment of these ancient machines was designed as the tip of a campaign of shock and awe, designed to cause immense degradation to the defender's morale. A secondary reason was the experience of Titan use during the first Taros war, which saw the much smaller deployment of light titans spread thin. This, in turn, lead to numerous losses, where individual titans were effectively cornered and overwhelmed by swarming Tau forces. The Machiavi was just one of many Warhound class titans that took part in the campaign. Despite the overwhelming numbers of titans deployed, the legion's warhounds still suffered a heavy toll on Taros, as their size as scouts left them vulnerable to the far more agile Tau observational forces, who could quickly direct seeker missiles and indirect particle weaponry on one of the exposed machines. Under such a barrage, even the void shields and heavy armor of the warhound stood little chance for long.


The was a really fun build, I got to revisit my childhood with the color scheme and try out a bunch of airbrush masking techniques to add some fun character. Weathering was kept light, as I wanted the colors to remain extremely vibrant. I also went with a full gloss coat to finish him off, as I think something as illustrious as a titan is really complimented with a gleaming aesthetic.

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The nice thing about this titan is it is properly scaled, unlike the old GW titans which were diminutive. Scale added, as per Braxen's suggestion :)

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I've also done the first tester for some epic 30k Iron warriors. The first of many!

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GW legal swings the derp stick, once again

I woke up this morning to find a rather sad email in my inbox. It seems that Trolls Under the Bridge, a Czech based company that makes fantastic epic models has received a hit from the GW legal team, commanding them to shut down all operations relating to any vehicles based off 40k imagery.

I think what I find most frustrating about this is that Epic is an area GW abandoned long ago, has no intention of revisiting and has done nothing to support the community of for around a decade. The decision to attempt to stifle a company that has built itself up creating extremely high quality products to support this niche seems completely unecessary, given that it doesn't affect the sales of GW in the slightest. Hell, even Forge World abandoned the Aeronauticus scene.

Trolls are a bunch of great dudes and have built their company up with skill and talent. Their products are high quality original sculpts that far exceed the original offerings by the Epic line and were in no manner simply knockoffs or recasts.

Arguments over aesthetic aside, many of the vehicles taken down were more 'inspired' by the GW imagery than they were simple downsized copies. The Russ line, for example, retained a similar chassis to the 28mm model, but the turrets were completely scratch built. Hellhounds, Salamanders and Griffons fell into a similar boat.

I'm certainly no legal scholar and don't feel comfortable really weighing in on that component of the arguments over this, however, I feel this is a pretty dick ethical move by GW legal and will only reinforce their image as short-sighted and increasingly ineffective bullies.

Oh well, it wasn't as if I'm going to ever buy genuine product of theirs ever again.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

mega ultra epic desert Krieg update

poured a bunch more time into some epic 40k stuff. Switched my scheme towards a more drab version of the earlier disruptive, utilising olive drab and desert yellow. I think it comes off as sufficiently Kriegish. I also stopped using edged highlighting, as I feel this doesn't really suit my style in 6mm. Without further adeiu

Although the use of Basilisks in regular line units is rare, the Krieg armoured regiments deployed to the Taros reconquest effort made extensive use of them. Basilisks were commonly utilized for both indirect fire and to engage Tau railgun AFVs directly, as their earthshaker cannons were capable of achieving far greater ranges over open sights than the battle cannons of the Leman Russ. The Lucious STC patterns were most common in Krieg units, as their enclosed cab offered nominally more protection in close quarters, although in reality, Tau pulse rifles struggled little against this thin extra armor.

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Macharius units utilized on Taros were kept as a divisional asset and doled out on an 'as needed' basis. They often served as frontline breakthrough tanks, although with their limited range main guns they faced similar issues to the smaller Leman Russ tanks. As a result, commanders were forced to use them en masse to overwhelm the defenders, typically with high casualties. Despite their weaknesses, however, the Macharius was far more rugged than the Russ, both in terms of armor and mechanical durability.

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Although utilising mainly mechanised and armored regiments on Taros, Krieg commanders nevertheless retained their penchant for massed heavy artillery. The higher level of resources granted to such units offered them greater access to some of the more sophisticated platforms in the Imperial arsenal. Several dozen Phaeton pattern Praetor MRLS were dispatched for the reconquest effort, with the Kriegians often utilizing them to blanket civilian areas with cluster munitions. It was felt that given the lack of civil uprisings against the new Tau authorities, these former Imperial citizens should be considered excommunicae traitoris and dealt with appropriately.

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Krieg armored and mechanised regiments made common usage of specialist assault companies that comprised a mix of Hellhounds, Medusa and Demolishers. These were rarely utilised as complete formations and generally attached to specific missions at the discretion of battalion HQ. While of little use in open desert warfare, they came into their own in the close quarter fighting encountered around dense population centres and the myriad resource extraction infrastructure and refineries encountered across Taros.

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Salamander scouts remained integral to the effort of moving across the Taros surface. Although experiencing high casualties due to the effective screening and sensory nets established under Tau dominion, such vehicles were key in both establishing the nature of the enemy before an attack and directing ground, artillery and air assets once a battle had been initiated.

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The mainstay of the Krieg armoured regiments, the Leman russ was used en masse on the surface of Taros. With its rugged design, augmented by extensive filtration systems common the Krieg units, the Russ was reliable and decently armored. To overcome its inherent disadvantages with respect to Tau technology and gunnery, commanders would often swarm tens or hundreds of the vehicles in a single battle to overwhelm enemy forces. Casualty rates amongst could be as high as 60% in a victorious engagement and units required a constant turnover in both crews and vehicles, easily handled by the gargantuan logistical apparatus common to any Krieg deployment.

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plenty more to come in the future. I intend on doing an entire battalion of forces alongside a large titan maniple :)