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In this blog I'll talk about various miniature games. Custom miniatures and minor conversions are my favorite pastime. I'll cover scenery making and painting too. The WIP you'll see here is all about Necromunda, Epic 40,000, Warhammer Fantasy 5th Edition, Warmaster and Warhammer 40K 3rd Edition.

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Epic 40,000 Eldar Exodites - assembly ...

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If you don't know Eldar Exodites, then feel free to read an intro here: https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Exodite .

It's Dino-riders* meets Warhammer 40K canon! thumbsupcool

It is unfortunate and uncomprehisible that GW's new tactic to publish new miniatures based on old lore did not apply to the reptile-riders yet! (Like they did/do with Genestealer Cultists and Sisters of Battle.)

So it's up to myself to produce an Epic 40,000 Exodite army for me. A selection of toy dinosaurs, my "bitsbox" and some Blu Tack** is the start of this cool project.



Over the year I scavenged some Eldar, Necron and other bits. Time to glue them together.



Guns from MechWarrior, a platform from Necrons, metal bit from GW. This is the look I wish to achieve for my Exodite air force leader.



To maintain an Eldar-look I need to use some genuine Epic Eldar weapons. But I'll use them in a different way than usual. The support platforms will become portable guns.

Have a look at my work on the Exodite army list: http://www.tocoking.be/homerules/files/Epic40000_ArmiesBook_... . The dinosaurs are called Megasaurs. They can be selected in your army as living tanks. But with the typical upgrades you can expect from Epic 40,000 (3rd edition that is). Heavy weapons, disrupt, anti-tank, ... So I'll stick some various weapon bits to various dinosaur toys and they all can be integrated into the Eldar Exodites detachments.



Offcourse these pictures are works in progress and more bits will be used to finish them. But it's a good "sketch" to show where I'm going.

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dino-Riders
** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu_Tack

Dino-riders toys from the eighties:
(These are not GW.)
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CRISIS 2018 Pictures Report Part 2/2

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Earlier editions:
CRISIS 2015
CRISIS 2016
CRISIS 2017

2018 Edition (pictures say more than words):



















Next CRISIS convention at Antwerp (Belgium) is November 9th 2019.

http://tsoa.be/crisis_general.html
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Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:26 am
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Epic 40,000 Tutorial Detachments

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Planning on re-learning Warhammer Epic 40,000 with these.


A little more paint and flock and they're fit for battle.

I made a detachment card for each army. All detachments are 200 points. Easy to mix 'n match and get new players into trying 6mm miniature gaming.
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Relearning Epic 40,000

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More than ten years ago I had an absolute fabulous time playing a lot of Warhammer Epic 40,000 tabletop battles. The 3rd edition of this 6mm miniatures game by Games Workshop Ltd. received a lot of flak by veteran 6mm players. This negative feedback by the vintage established Epic community obfuscated the existance of this MARVELOUS 3rd EDITION RULESET! You hear me well, there is nothing wrong with this game. It shines. It's smooth, it's tiny massive 40K! But indeed, it's not 2nd edition. And that's good. It's a new stand-alone game.

My knowledge of the rules I once mastered is now rusty. So I took it upon me to relearn it and I started a tutorial game. 200 Points of eldar versus 200 points of Tau. Only one detachment in each army. Too small for a normal game, but great as tutorial.



Both armies started around 2 meters from eachother and I placed some rocky scenery in between.



I immediatelly relearned that the miniatures in Epic can move crazy amounts of centimeters each turn. It's not because the miniatures are only 6mm that you can afford to use a smaller tabletop. Quite the opposite is true, for Epic you need at least a table of 1 by 2 meters. My Saim-Hann Eldar march moved 3 times 30cm!



Incomming! The first barrage by the Tau struck target. The Eldar detachment took some Blast Markers which are used to determine the will to continue fighting / leadership.



Here I was reading and rereading the rules for ranged attacks. You measure if the target detachment is in range, roll to hit, and then remove enemies. But what if there not all enemies are in range of all shooters... This needs study.



Then the Firefights. Great rule. Hard to masters. I played it wrong today, but after some study again later, I now remember.



It all end bad for the weak Tau who tried to get in close combat. Don't do this Tau! Not in Epic, not in WH40K!



Conclusion: Epic 40,000 has some rules that seem weird or even twisted at first glance. But once you understand why they are in place and what kind of action they actually simulate it all makes perfect sense. However the learning curve for Epic 40,000 more difficult than Warmaster. So I'll wait some longer to introduce Epic to players who are not familiar with miniature games. I'll show Warmaster first.
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Red Eldar - part 2

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Babysitting. Ideal activity to paint more miniatures! My Saim-Hann Eldar are nearing completion. Brings a big smile to my face.

You might have noticed I am painting batches of armies worth 600 points. The amount of miniatures to paint can be overseen and does not discourage the painter. It also is a good amount of miniatures to fight a battle with. However, I did try to choose units that are typical for each type of army. For the Eldar you have the Guardians and transports with support weapons and Dreadnoughts as benchmark. To add something special I added a Fireprism.



The tanks are now finished. I painted the weapons and mechanics black and sometimes watered down the paint. No highlights for the black parts. I did use a flesh color to highlight the red areas.



(Pictures are never perfect, but I guess you can see this miniature is tabletop-ready. Not a single bare metal miniature hits my gaming table. That's why I go for tabletop-quality painting. More detail would take me too long.)



The infantry bases need a strong contrast green grass or flock. It will bring out the tiny red figurines. The scenery bases of the Jetbikes will be a combination of dark grey ruins and green grass.



That's why I don't base my tanks. They are finished when the paint is done. Infantry has bases, and those need flock. Extra work!
Anyway, another army nearly finished. I have already picked my next army: the Imperial Guard.
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Saim-Hann Eldar: 600 points

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After my painting succes with the Epic Tau detachments, I'll make good use of this positive momentum. My new painting method is paying off. My private life is very busy, and I don't have much spare time. And still I am able to paint miniatures! How? Well, I select a small group of miniatures, be it an Epic detachment of 6mm miniatures or a Necromunda squad of 28mm miniatures. And leave all other miniatures locked up in the closet. Don't look at them. Only pay attention to the selected group.
I put those on a plate, together with my brushes and paint. This plate rests on my desk and at any time I can just grab this plate, pour water in a glass and start painting for half an hour. Time's up? No problem, empty the glass of water, clean brushes, and put the plate back on the desk.
This method allowed me to start on the Eldar. I've chosen for the Saim-Hann craftworld. That's a lot of red!



The basecoat was applied with a red spraycan of Army Painter. Then I started painting all the white helmets with a tiny brush.



I strongly believe in using a small color palette. The use of only a small amount of different colors unites all your miniatures. It makes the army look coherent. After the red coat and white details, I picket out details to paint blue. Blue will be the "contrast" color. I'll use it on the windows, powerweapons and gems.



Black is used as a "separator". When painting with a tabletop quality, it is sufficient to add a stripe of black in the middle of a leg to create a knee. This simple technique makes my Dreadnoughts a whole lot better. (Not pictured.) The black will also be used for all weapons, and the occasional special characters like Dark Reapers.



Using a little amount of colors doesn't mean you can't add layers with highlights. The crystal of the Fire Prim tank would be very dull if I just painted it blue. That's why a highlighted it with a more bright blue and then a 3rd highlight with white.

And now this Eldar detachment is back on it's plate, waiting for more paint-time. A new blogpost will appear when I find myself another half hour of spare time...
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Epic 40K Exodites

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The Eldar Exodite Dragon Knight miniatures above are from "Exodus Wars". I was in doubt whether I'd put them on square or rectangular bases. Final decision: square bases.



For the Exodite Squads I'm using the new Eldar Guardian miniatures (by GW). I'll add two Farseers later to represent Exodite Worldsingers.
The armoured dino's look a lot like the new Warhammer Lizardmen Bastiladons. But I'll glue some armour plates and weapons to them later.



The Eldar Warwalkers in the back will be my Exodite Drovers. You can spot two stands of snipers that will represent Outcast Ranger Squads. I cannot find a good miniature to represent Pathfinder heroes...

Any ideas?
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Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:45 am
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Dinosaurs everywhere!

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I've got sidetracked from my epic Epic adventures by the new release from GW: Lizardmen!



I never owned Terradons because I hated the old miniatures by GW. But I could not walk past a box of these wonderful new sculpts!


... But I know I promised you to start working on my Epic 40K eldar Exodites, so here goes:

Please have a look at my homebrew Exodites army list at http://www.toco.be/homerules . You'll see there's an entry for flyers. The next picture compares the size of the new WFB Terradons with my toy dinosaur pteranodon for the Exodites.

Exodite Pteranodon:


I'll add some gear and cannons to it later. He'll rule the 40K skies

Exodite Storm Guardians:


In my Exodites army list you'll see Harlequins (or Storm Guardians) can be hired. I did not have many of those miniatures, so there are only 4 on each base. Rocks are used as a base filler.
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Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:15 am
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It was nice weather to apply primer.

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We finally have some summer-sun here. So I can continue spraypainting my Epic miniatures.

The final batch of Eldar troops received their red primer this weekend.



Top right you can see Hemlocks and Nightshades. These are miniatures from Silent Death: The Next Millennium Deluxe Edition. Note the tailwings of my Vampire Raiders in the front. I did not glue the vertical parts onto the model. Only the horizontal wing. That's because I dislike fragile metal parts that needs to be glued with superglue. Long live plastics!



I don't know if these Night Wings will see the table top very often. Because I like the Hemlocks and Nightshades more. And 9 fighters is too much for a game of Warhammer Epic 40,000 in my opinion.



With work finished on the Eldar, I could start priming my Squats. I did the infantry first. They'll receive a grey basecoat and orange as contrast color.



Results were great. I really like "Army Painter" spraypaint.



And that's when the funny thing happened.

After gathering all painted miniatures and cleaning the area, I discovered an odd miniature, unpainted. One of the Squat Landtrain wagons was still in the table and missed my painting session. You can spot him on the last picture.
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Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:20 pm
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Saim Hann Batch 2

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Work continues on my Eldar warhost. The painting goes slow because of the toddler in the house.





Oops! I accidently spraypainted my Warp Spiders red too. They should have been black ...



Only thing left to prime now are the flyers and the remaining Speeder Bikes.
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Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:29 am
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