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28th May 2024: 40K-S Returns

Over the past couple of years, we've played a few games of some new Epic rules I've been working on for a while. Throughout this time, we had wondered whether these rules could be modified for use in 40K.

Well, as there was only one way to find out, I finally managed to get a rough ruleset written out, with some basic rules for Orks, Space Marines and Tyranids. I'm classing this ruleset as a 2nd version of 40K-S, which was a game Scoob and I tried to create about a decade ago.

A little while back, Scoob and I took these rules to the tabletop, controlling the Orks and Tyranids respectively, and played a couple of games.

The first game saw us play with 3 detachments of 700pts each, and the 2nd game saw us step it up a bit with 3 detachments of 1000pts each.

Unsurprisingly from my perspective, both games ended similarly with comfortable wins for the Orks.

The first game was an absolute spanking, with a score of 1643 to 330, while the other game was at least a bit closer with 1324 to 952.

Not that these scores really mean anything, as we have no idea if the points values are anywhere near correct. In addition, there are still a bunch of things missing from the game, like psychic powers, which really didn't help the 'Nidz.

Hive Fleet Odium face off against the Ass Kickin' Orks

Hive Fleet Odium face off against the Ass Kickin' Orks

The Meganobz tear through the Hormagaunts

The Meganobz tear through the Hormagaunts

Boyz and Warriors close in on each other

Boyz and Warriors close in on each other

All hell breaks loose in the middle of the battlefield

All hell breaks loose in the middle of the battlefield

28th April 2024: Strip It. Yeah!

In the tabletop hobby, there aren't many things I hate having to do more than painting. However, stripping old paint is certainly at the top of the list. I think I would prefer to paint all of my armies twice over than to go through much more of this stripping nonsense.

But alas, these models had been waiting patiently for me to get around to this for over a year, so I thought it was about time it got done.

Into the stripping pot went some Epic Orks, an old Warlord Titan, and the Space Crusade Dreadnought.

After having a couple of good dunks, and after picking at the remaining paint with pins and tweezers, I got them as good as I possibly could.

What weird colours were on that Dreadnought?

What weird colours were on that Dreadnought?

All dunked

All dunked

Time to pick at these little fiddly bits

Time to pick at these little fiddly bits

Up next was the re-assembly, as I really wanted to get them undercoated in a bit of a spraying session that was coming up.

The Warlord and the Dreadnought both needed pinning, as some parts were snapped on their original joints. Typically, once this was all done, I stumbled upon the plasma gun for the Dreadnought in a random bits box. Though this was discovered too late for the stripping, I think it might be ok if I use its original paint as an undercoat, and go over it with somewhat similar colours.

In the spraying session, I got to use some new Colour Forge sprays for the first time. I fucking love these, at least as much as I have used them so far. The matt varnish in particular was very good, and really brought all that Callidus Assassin shininess back under control.

Some assembly required

Some assembly required

Two war machines are no longer legless

Two war machines are no longer legless

Getting some spray down

Getting some spray down


I figured while I'd got the models out to varnish them, I may as well grab some piccies.

Some of these have waited several years for their photo op, so it's about time I did it.

Commissar Anders Krueger

Commissar Anders Krueger

Officer Cohen Maddox

Officer Cohen Maddox

Commissar Harran Loas

Commissar Harran Loas

Officer John Guyman

Officer John Guyman

Officer Killean Blane

Officer Killean Blane

Commissar Lucan Carver

Commissar Lucan Carver

Officer Patton Hillier

Officer Patton Hillier

Officer Patraeus Cosgrove

Officer Patraeus Cosgrove

Officer Talbot Denning

Officer Talbot Denning

Master Of Ordnance Vernon Kean

Master Of Ordnance Vernon Kean

Officer Wolfgang Pierce

Officer Wolfgang Pierce

Callidus Assassin Xenia Koza

Callidus Assassin Xenia Koza


I've got upcoming plans to try and make my own wargaming boards at long last. To help me out with this, I ordered some plaster so that I could make my own modelling compound.

But what did I find when I opened the box?

Yep, that's a damn good split, and clearing all that powder up is not going to be fun. I also need to find some other container to put it in.

Thanks, Amazon.

This thing needed to split

This thing needed to split

11th April 2024: Commissarations

Near the end of February, I finally got my butt in gear and started the task of finishing my Commissars. I had actually started these about 4 years ago after sorting out my other Guard characters, but as usual, my painting motivation fell off a cliff, and it's taken this long to get back to them.

Even this time, it's taken all these extra weeks to get the final details done, as an enormous Final Fantasy VII-shaped distraction landed in my lap.

In addition to the other two Commissars, I decided to give my old Yarrick model an almost totally new coat of paint over its old naff attempt, which I am much happier with.

How I painted Yarrick about 12 years ago

How I painted Yarrick about 12 years ago

Nearly finished the Commissars

Nearly finished the Commissars

Commissars all done

Commissars all done

At some point, I may actually take some proper photos of these Guard characters.

Maybe.

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