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11th February 2021: Da Blue Boyz

On the wargaming front, my efforts have died down a little since Christmas, and I need to get back into it pronto. I was supposed to be painting my epic Evil Sunz, but after making my own clan I just had to start painting them instead. I've done them all except the Grots which are mostly basecoated, with the Boarboyz to do after that. If only I could finish something before moving on to something else...

One would think I'd be tired of painting dark blue by now.<br />One would be correct.

One would think I'd be tired of painting dark blue by now.
One would be correct.

12th November 2020: The Endeavour Continues

It's taken a staggering amount of time, but finally my epic Eldar army is stripped, re-assembled, and ready for some paint. This has been without doubt one of the most time consuming and frustrating projects I've ever had in wargaming. There was so damn much paint on the large army I bought, that I don't think the previous owner even used a brush. I think they used their fingers.
Still, at least I was able to get all the paint off that army, eventually. The smaller army I bought, though only undercoated, was undercoated in a paint that I have been completely unable to remove. So I have no idea what kind of weird paint it is. It didn't all come off even after several dunks in the stripping pot. I could have spent hours with a small pin or knife and tried to scrape all the small details clear, but I've already spent way too long on this, so I'll make do without.

I just never want to have to strip any models ever again, and I'm so glad it's over.

Now I just need to wait for this stupid pandemic to be over so I can go and look for some new undercoat for the little pointy-ears.

Epic Eldar army ready for paint

Epic Eldar army ready for paint

A little while back, I decided to get all of my Epic miniatures out at the same time to see how much I actually own. It already looks quite eye-opening to me, to see all the painting work I still have left to do. But this picture was taken before I had fully prepped my Eldar, and before my recent efforts to get even more of my old spare models battle ready. The means the image does not contain a further box of Eldar, or the new Ork clan I've just made.
Sheesh.

My entire Epic collection, almost

My entire Epic collection, almost

Speaking of the Ork clan, here they are: Gwapstik's Boyz. They are based on my small 40K collection, so are a traditional Ork mob like the Snakebites, who also have access to Imperial vehicles like the Blood Axes. This is because they sometimes team up with other armies to attack Warboss Gwapstik's nemesis: Warlord Smashgrot, who is the ruler of my entire Epic Ork army. As the name would suggest, Smashgrot likes killing Gretchin, so all my Epic scale Grots hang out with Warboss Gwapstik.

I've also boosted the Orks even further, with some special characters from the old Epic 40,000 box set, as well as some battlewagons and pulsa rokkits for the Bad Moonz.
Counting my spare Chaos models that I didn't use a couple of years back, I realised I could put together another squad of Chaos Marines. I had so many heavy weapons that I've put two on each base, and will use them as Havocs.

But now all that assembling is done, it's time I got back to the painting, picking up from where I left off last time with the Evil Sunz.

Gwapstik arrives on his boar to hunt down his nemesis

Gwapstik arrives on his boar to hunt down his nemesis

Chaos Marine Havocs ready for battle

Chaos Marine Havocs ready for battle

Painting the little red ladz re-commences

Painting the little red ladz re-commences

20th September 2020: An Epic Endeavour

It's been a slow, strange few months, during which I should have been rattling out achievements to document here. However, I have found myself completely unable to play computer games because of some bad RSI in my mouse-clicking fingers. And the hot weather, as it does every year, really put a dampener on my painting.

And yet, there has been a bit of movement in the tabletop gaming arena, especially these last couple of weeks.

Though I'm supposed to be painting my 6mm Tyranids, I instead got the urge out of nowhere to paint my 40K Imperial Guard characters. I rattled the officers off in short order, but my motivation ceased when I got to the Commissars.
That has pretty much been my only 40K involvement for the past 6 months, other than my decision to correct some big fuck ups with some green stuff that I made nearly 11 years ago now. I had never been happy with my hair attempt on either model, so I tore that crap off, and will now have to put them both in the stripping pot so I can re-paint them at a later date.

Working on Guard characters

Working on Guard characters

Getting rid of the mean green

Getting rid of the mean green

I have continued to feel the urge to get my Epic armies to the tabletop again, but I'm still struggling to fully work on a new ruleset.
I have instead been doing some work on preparing the armies. I've freshly basecoated all of my Evil Sunz, as well as re-basing a lot of Orks and Imperial Guard. As I had never painted one before, I decided to paint the Mega Gargant first, which was an interesting challenge, though I've also done the Fighter-Bommerz. I'll next be moving on to the rest of the red ladz, but first I figured I should finish the Trygons that had been sitting half-painted since some time back in March.

The Evil Sunz come out to play

The Evil Sunz come out to play

Working on re-basing some Orks and Guard

Working on re-basing some Orks and Guard

The little big thing and his little buddies get painted so they can go faster

The little big thing and his little buddies get painted so they can go faster

Finally getting these damn things done

Finally getting these damn things done

The main reason that I'm really feeling Epic right now is that I got tempted to pick up some Eldar again. I used to have an Eldar army back in the 90s, but Scoob ended up with it at some point. I can't remember how or why, but I've always regretted getting rid of it.

But now, I'm looking to rebuild my pointy-ears, and I've started with winning two armies from ebay. Some of those old models are in a pretty bad way, and they're going to need some serious TLC to get them up to speed.

However, with some cheating, I think I can currently make the following army:
3 Titans, 3 Tempests, 4 Wave Serpents, 6 War Walkers, 2 Prism Cannons, 2 Doomweavers, 3 Warlocks, 7 units of Guardians, 4 units of Jetbikes, 2 units of Vypers, 4 units of Tremor Cannons, 3 units of Lascannons, 5 units of Wraithlords, 2 units of Exarchs, 1 unit of Rangers, 1 unit of Dark Reapers, 1 unit of Swooping Hawks, 1 unit of Dire Avengers, 2 units of Fire Dragons, 2 units of Harlequins, 2 units of Striking Scorpions, 1 unit of Howling Banshees, and 1 unit of Wraithguard.

There are a few things I'd still like, such as the very important Avatar, but getting the forces I've already got table-ready will be a task all on its own. Oh well. Better get back on ebay...

The first delivery arrives

The first delivery arrives

The second delivery arrives

The second delivery arrives

Metal stuff ready to strip

Metal stuff ready to strip

Working out exactly what I can put together

Working out exactly what I can put together

10th May 2020: The United States Of My Armies

<Old Stuff>

Since I changed the "feel" of my site last year, these next few pictures have not existed online. However, I want them out there as a method of shaming me into actually pulling my finger out.

These pictures show the state of all my wargaming armies, or at least, how they looked the last time I lined them all up for photos. Not a great deal has changed for most of them, which indicates just how much of a task I still have in front of me in order to get them all done.

Here are my 6mm Epic armies. It's one of my deepest gaming regrets that I have not really shown this game any love for the last decade. I mean, I used to really enjoy playing the old Epic Space Marine, and my later botched attempts at reviving it. Plus, I have so many models, including some Andrayada from Dark Realm Miniatures that I was working on making up my own rules for.

A lot of the models that I have painted for this game were done back in the 1990s, so are really crappy and in dire need of being updated. Therefore nothing is really up to my current standard other than the Khorne and Nurgle parts of my Chaos army, while hopefully the Tyranids will be done at some point sooner rather than later.

Epic Andrayada army<br />Photo taken July 2009

Epic Andrayada army
Photo taken July 2009

Epic Chaos army<br />Photo taken February 2015

Epic Chaos army
Photo taken February 2015

Epic Imperial Guard army<br />Photo taken August 2010

Epic Imperial Guard army
Photo taken August 2010

Epic Ork army<br />Photo taken February 2015

Epic Ork army
Photo taken February 2015

Epic Space Marines army<br />Photo taken March 2018

Epic Space Marines army
Photo taken March 2018

Epic Space Wolves army<br />Photo taken December 2010

Epic Space Wolves army
Photo taken December 2010

Epic Titan Legions army<br />Photo taken December 2010

Epic Titan Legions army
Photo taken December 2010

Epic Tyranids army<br />Photo taken December 2010

Epic Tyranids army
Photo taken December 2010

Here are my 40K armies. I'm further along at getting these painted compared to my Epic armies, but that's not really saying much. All of my Tyranids are done, and the vast majority of my Space Marines. I've just got to paint the other Marines that I added to the army a while back.

That only really leaves 3 armies, though I only count them as 2. All the way back from when I first started to collect them, it has always been my intent for the Eldar and Tau to be one allied army. Of course, as is typical of me, I didn't play anything of 6th or 7th editions, when these two were actually allowed to ally together and were supposed to be quite powerful. But hey, I don't care. If I do get round to using them in 8th I'll probably still throw them together, even if it means losing a lot of their special rules.

I do also have a small number of Orks and Sisters Of Battle, but they're nowhere near full armies, and I don't intend on making them so. Got enough to get through already...

40K Eldar army<br />Photo taken June 2019

40K Eldar army
Photo taken June 2019

40K Imperial Guard army<br />Photo taken April 2011

40K Imperial Guard army
Photo taken April 2011

40K Space Marines army<br />Photo taken August 2018

40K Space Marines army
Photo taken August 2018

40K Tau army<br />Photo taken June 2019

40K Tau army
Photo taken June 2019

40K Tyranids army<br />Photo taken December 2019

40K Tyranids army
Photo taken December 2019

8th May 2020: Spraying Some Big Bugs

After months of waiting, time off work and some good weather finally allowed me to go crazy with the varnish and get all my big bugs tabletop ready at last. Now, the thing is, getting them all out of and back into their cases was an absolute pain in the ass because of all their spiky bits. I don't think I'm going to like doing that very often when we game, especially as the Nidz are a bit weak rules-wise right now.

Maybe I need to paint up my Guard or Tau real quick...

Bugs get proper sprayed

Bugs get proper sprayed

8th March 2020: Getting A Hold Of The Tiny Gribblies

It's not going as fast as I'd like, but I'm still making fairly decent progress on updating and adding to the paint on my old Epic Tyranid army. I've now got one of the two boxes and a Hierodule Titan all finished and ready to base. And up next are the Trygons.

I had a thought the other day about the old Epic Tyranid models that I used to have, before I bought the new ones that came out in the Epic 40,000 era. My belief was that I'd thrown them out when I tidied out my epic spares box a couple of years ago, but I was happy to find them still skulking in the loft. When I (finally) get around to doing the Epic-S rules again, I think these bigger, older models will get their own rules, that make them a bit stronger and tougher than the newer versions.

Last stages of the Hierodule

Last stages of the Hierodule

Epic Nidz progress so far

Epic Nidz progress so far

Different generations of bugs

Different generations of bugs

15th December 2019: Some Smaller Bugs

Though I've made some progress on the painting side, I can not take my foot off the gas, not when I have a bunch of other armies and teams still to paint across a bunch of different games. Case in point, I still have another army of Tyranids to paint, this time in 6mm scale. These poor little buggers haven't been touched since the 90s, so are going to need some serious work to bring them up to date.
But I figured while I was painting Nidz, I may as well get these done as well.

Epic Tyranids up next...

Epic Tyranids up next...

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