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Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Hey guys,

This is going to be a blog where I revisit one of my first loves in wargaming - Epic. I first got into wargaming at the tale end of Rogue Trader and at that time 'Space Marine' (the 2nd edition of GW's 6mm game) was the current hot seller. I got the awesome 3-army starter set from the time, which included Space Marines, Orks and Eldar. Over time the collections of my friends and I increased to the point where, at its peak, we were playing 5-6 player games with getting on for 20,000pts per side(!) To put this in perspective this used to be played on about a 12ft wide playing surface with a dozen or more titans, entire battle companies of Space Marines and clans of Orks and fought over a weekend (so epic, in every sense of the word!) Now, some 25 years later I'll be revisiting this wonderful game, and plotting my progress as I go.

As an aside, to give this project some focus I aim to set it during the Great Crusade or Heresy as there is so much out there now with which to draw inspiration. I'll also use this thread to record inspirations, ideas and of course the important thing of buying the miniatures and resources for rules and playing the game.

So for starters, the wonderful artwork from the cover of the Space Marine boxed game (sadly the best resolution of the image I can find, although I think captures the scale of the game perfectly) and some Pre Heresy World Eaters that I started some time ago, as part of another project.

Thanks for reading, and much more to come shortly!



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Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut



Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK

Going to try to keep an eye on this, have seen a few scratch built epic scale models recently making me think that Spartans and malcador tanks might not be too hard to do
Do you have much in the way of super heavies like Capitol imperialis, leviathans etc? I always liked the idea moving fortresses and can imagine them n the armouries of some of the legions

   
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Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Yes I know the stuff you mean Radu, some really cool looking scratch builds of true-scale titans and the like. Basically like the crazy-big ones you used to see in some of the artwork (like the one above even). But would love to get my hands on some big war machines..

Another small update, again this one isn't new but thought I would share in this blog. A small diorama that I plan to use as an objective. Broken down because of a nearby artillery hit, or did they push the engines a bit hard?



Even though I know I want to do something 'pre-heresy', I wasn't that sure what legion to cover, or even if I wanted to do marines!
I've got some idea now, but need to do a few test pieces first.

In the meantime, a bit of artwork from the original Horus Heresy rulebook which is pretty inspirational (I used to absolutely love these kinds of dioramas when I first got into the game, and think they still fire the imagination!)

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2017/10/23 17:02:52


Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Quite a long gap between this and the last post, but I am actually working on it again as an active project so I thought I should update!



Have got hold of some of the brilliant Vanguard Miniatures 6mm range - 'Nova Elite'. These happen to be ideal to use as Space Marines for Epic! And more importantly they don't cost ridiculous amounts of money (a lot of the old epic stuff now is starting to get quite rare and expensive, and the deals of massive packs of stuff sold by unknowing parents 15 years after their kid has moved out and they're clearing the attic, much less common)

Here are some basic troopers as part of a tactical detatchment. The guys on the front right are a 'support' stand, equipped entirely with special weapons (flamers) that can negate cover.


Also here are some rhinos for them. These are some old GW ones (from the second edition Space Marine) I found that were painted badly (probably 20+ years ago). I found some decals on Bell of Lost Souls for Pre-Heresy world eaters, and the smallest of these fit well onto a Rhino door. They were printed onto white decal paper, and just used some decal softener to help them mould to the plastic shape.


Any comments welcome!



Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps





Earlobe deep in doo doo

Good to see some more Epic on here.

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
Mekagorkalicious -Monkeytroll
2017 Model Count-71
 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Thanks man - yes you don't see that much!

Although perhaps a bit more now, with rumours of the new Adeptus Titanicus, and the quality proxy miniatures coming from Vanguard and other companies.

Just a small update, some Rapier laser destroyers. These are the classic GW minis - if anyone has any of these spare, please let me know!


Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Towering Hierophant Bio-Titan





Fareham

Always love seeing more epic as it draws me into painting more of it myself lol.

The vanguard novan stuff is pretty damn good to be fair aswell.
For 30k it gives plenty of options too (jetbikes, javelins, superheavies etc)

I Would highly recommend their version of the mastodon too.
Lovely model that goes together and paints up amazingly.

   
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Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Thanks a lot, and for the recommendations!

Have to say have been looking through your Epic blog and some absolutely fantastic stuff there. Some incredible work detail with those flames, looks brilliant, and the reviews of the miniatures are really useful (definitely going to be putting an order in for those 'heavy affray' units). Have you got any more work planned for that scale?

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Towering Hierophant Bio-Titan





Fareham

Sadly life kind of got in the way for a while but I'll be back to it soon.
Got a few odds and ends to add to my salamanders then I'll be working on a small 30k army after that.

Undecided on the chapter yet but I only want it for display.

   
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Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Ah OK mate, well hope you can get back to it! Will keep an eye out for your blog for sure.

A small, quick update. As opponents for my World Eaters I'm also working on a collection of Orks. These are some tanks that must be 25 years old or so, my early 90's self had done a pretty enthusiastic but poor job of painting them so they now have a new lick of paint. I'm also working on some infantry to go alongside these so hopefully will have some more posts soon.


Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

My latest update - a completed World Eater tactical detachment with their transports and command squad/legion champion.
I have the option of adding some close support squads (teams of guys with flamers, like the ones you saw in the Horus Heresy art books), so will do that at some point.

Must try and get some better photos as well, the auto-focus really struggles on these little guys!



Any comments very welcome!

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps





Earlobe deep in doo doo

Excellent which ruleset are you planning to use? My preference is Net Epic if I'm honest

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
Mekagorkalicious -Monkeytroll
2017 Model Count-71
 
   
Made in us
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

I'm making lists for Net Epic Armaggeddon at the moment, using some of the tournament pack rules. Although there is no reason I can't easily switch to the version that's a continuation of the 2nd edition Epic, will probably just wait and see what people want to play.

But the Epic Armaggeddon ones do seem to be the best regarded in terms of the tactics involved with the game, and I think have the larger player community.

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Yu Jing Martial Arts Ninja





The Lakes

Fantastic paint jobs Pacific, the Rhinos are particularly good. Epic so, so cool




 
   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps





Earlobe deep in doo doo

Fair enough I generally play Net Epic as I just wanted an excuse to use the models and thats the version my opponents played.

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
Mekagorkalicious -Monkeytroll
2017 Model Count-71
 
   
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Never Forget Isstvan!





The Netherlands

Awesome stuff!!!

Bits Blitz - the place to be for all your bits needs!

Too much sanity may be madness - world building through digital sculpting.
 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Thanks for comments guys! Have to say am really enjoying getting back into Epic. It's quite a strange feeling picking up miniatures that have been in a box for 20+ years and I had started to paint back at that time!

LlamaHead - I think great thing now is that you can play whichever version of rules you like, and it's easy to swap. I did used to love Epic 2nd edition (which I believe NetEpic is the extension of) so am sure I will have a go at that version of the game again at some point.

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

My latest update is some completed Goff Ork battlewagons for a warband. These are really old miniatures (about 25yrs) - after all of that time sitting unseen in a box they were probably thinking they would never ever see some paint!

It's quite a basic sculpt, looks quite limited compared to the later Epic 40,000 battlewagon miniature, and also suffer with a lot of the 1st/2nd edition Space Marine vehicles in being a bit underscaled. But, I've tried to add enough individual detail, weathering etc. that hopefully they should stand up well with the other ork vehicles.



Any C&C very welcome!

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Been a while since I have updated this project, but here are a few more pics.

This is an old Ork Gibbletgrinda (or a Battlefortress now under the current Armaggedon rules)
Bought a pair of them from ebay for a very reasonable price, and for once it was already pretty well painted and didn't need to go straight into a Nitromors bath - just added a bit of darker colouring so it fitted in with the other Goff stuff so it and some weathering.



And a size comparison shot with a gunwagon and rhino - these things are big! You can imagine the Rhino driving straight under that


Hopefully should have a completed Ork warband unit to post soon.
Any C&C greatly appreciated

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps







Great stuff - those ork battlewagons were the first GW miniatures I ever got, back as a teen. you've done a great job with bringing out the small detail, but the world eaters decal doesn't look like much at this scale I'm afraid, sort of some blobs of color.
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Thanks for the comment Kestrel - yes I see what you mean about the World Eater logo, it does hide into the blue colour. I might try putting it on the white section or maybe fine-lining it with black to make it stand out.

My latest update is a Goff Ork Warband. This consists of two stands of Nobz, 6 of boyz, 2 of gretchin with their transport. The miniatures are a mix of Vanguard Skinnerz and some of the old plastic Epic Orks for the Nobz and special characters. Think the heavy army helps disguise the less dynamic pose of the GW minis and helps them fit in a bit.

Any C&C very welcome!




Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Latest update - Have just received a few of these bad-boys through the post, they'll start as the core elements of an Evil Sunz Kult of Speed. Interesting question - is it only Evil Sunz that ever have groups of speed freaks? How about any of the other Ork Clans? (I can't remember seeing any!)
I'm gradually collecting a group of the old metal GW vehicles for this (Scorchas, Spleenrippas, Gobsmashas) as well as some new Skinnerz warbikers from Vanguard miniatures to use as Warbikes.

Anyway - for these guys will probably use the Dragster as a buggy and the other two as 'Oddboy with Super zzap gun' or 'soopagun' as they are in the Net Epic Armaggeddon rules.

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut






UK

Can't believe I've only just stumbled across this, Epic was one of my first loves too! We play 2nd Ed but planning on trying NetEpic this year - we'll have to compare notes ;-)

Excellent paint jobs, byw. Subbed and looking forward to updates

Skinflint Games- war gaming in the age of austerity

www.skinflintgames.co.uk 
   
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Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Many thanks for the comment Skinflint Games

I have heard great things about Net Epic Gold (which I believe is the popular version based on the old Space Marine Epic - 2nd edition)

I've been hoping to collect for Epic Armageddon but it's good to know its very easy to switch between systems. And to see just how damned well the community is still going for the game, despite there not being any official GW releases for so many years.

Am just finishing off some Stompas and tin botz (again Goff clan) to hopefully post over the next few days.

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut






All very nice stuff.
   
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YES! This is exciting. I haven't played Epic since '98 but still have a love for it. Your work is excellent and I'm really looking forward to following where this goes.

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Cheers man. That was exactly the same for me, really fond memories of 20+ years ago and massive, 20,000pt armies with dozens of titans on the battlefield. I don't think I've ever really found anything in wargaming in the years in-between to match that. Was really good to find out there is still a community going of dedicated players keeping tournaments and events going, and a number of really cool 3rd party producers out there now. Not to mention Adeptus Titanicus hopefully just around the corner!

A quick update for a Stompa Mob that I'm working on - going to be some of these bigger guys, some Killa Kanz (this is an old tinbot miniature, have found a few of these lying around) and probably some dreadnoughts.



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Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in gb
Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

Got a very nice small collection of 2nd hand Orks: Some metal Gobsmashas for my Evil Sunz, some fighta-bomberz and a large Battlefortress vehicle (one that I haven't seen before!)

Got these from someone on an excellent FB group, Epic Space Marine 40k. Totally recommend it as an active community, there is an awful lot going on there
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SMEPIC40K/



Just painting up some other bits & pieces now so will hopefully have another update soon!

Epic 30K&40K! A new players guide, contributors welcome https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/751316.page
Small but perfectly formed! A Great Crusade Epic 6mm project: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/694411.page
Excellent discussion forum & information collection for Epic and other small scale miniatures: http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

 
   
Made in nl
Never Forget Isstvan!





The Netherlands

Ooooh, very cool!

Bits Blitz - the place to be for all your bits needs!

Too much sanity may be madness - world building through digital sculpting.
 
   
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[DCM]







That is an excellent haul, really looking forward to seeing what happens. How many models are you planning to build? Wait, let me guess...

 Pacific wrote:
All of them


The battle fortress is excellent and I haven't seen that model either.

 
   
 
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