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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 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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Tau Teaser, Maxi Manta!

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Here's the datasheet for a popular Tau war engine; the Manta.



This allows you to play with the Manta in Epic 40,000!

This model is quite expensive when buying the Forge World version, but if you search a little further, you'll find alternatives...
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Epic 40K Tau - in color

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Christmas. A day off. Ideal to find a spare hour for painting. And that's what I did. I took my WIP off the shelf, gathered my bristles and bottles and painted for one hour to finish my first Tau detachments.

I still had to drybrush my Crisis Battlesuits and Riptide. A couple of "Vomit Brown" paintdrops later, the basic colors were done.



To identify my command units I am using "Bone White". My Citadel paint from Games-Workshop is in a TYPICAL state: solidified. angry



But my Vallejo paint is still perfectly fluid. Both bottles are of equal age. After the white details it was time for the blue details. I gave the exhausts of the tanks a layer of blue on top of black. A final highlight with white will make them sparkle and burn.



I am strictly keeping the amount of colors used low. This makes the army look coherent. My Tau units have ochre, blue and white. The exhausts of the drones received a dot of blue, later highlighted with a smaller dot of white.



Following picture shows the finished roaring exhausts of the tanks.



I painted the inside of the shields with blue to represent the forcefields. All weapons were painted in black because this contrasts well with the ochre.



So, the only thing left to do is adding some green flock to the bases to bring out the models even more.



I know you can paint miniatures to a much higher standard. But because I really don't have much spare time, I always try to make good use of drybrush techniques and small color palettes. My miniatures are painted to a tabletop playing standard. I do not use varnish. The idea behind that is when I'm finished with an entire army, then I can continue painting more highlights and deatils.
Eventually, when I am 120 years old, my armies will look verrrry nice...
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First paintjob in years: epic moment. Epic Tau!

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After a loooong period of collecting, converting, glueing and basing, I finally managed to start painting. (One of my own armies, not presents for others. If you followed this blog.)

I am totally emerged in Warhammer Epic 40,000 lately so it doesnt come as a surprise that I'm painting an Epic army. I've chosen the Tau for starters. It's one of those rare armies because it's hard to find good miniatures for them.

First I had to apply some plaster to the bases. This is the foundation of my scenic bases. Later I'll add sand and flock.



After a brown basecoat I painted the base colors ochre, bone white and blue.



The drybrush technique is perfect for me. I'll be painting a huge amount of miniatures in the future. So I settle for tabletop quality.



First batch ready to accept details! Highlighting and details will finish the paintjob. But I think these guys could allready enter the battlefield with the current colors.
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Epic Tau buildings

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With my Riptide battlesuits almost finished, I continued work on 6mm Tau miniatures. Following image shows Tau buildings I'll use as objectives or maybe just as scenery.



The base and model will be painted in the same color. The slottabes is actually a part of the building. I'll add a scenic base later...
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Epic 40K Tau Riptide

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The Warhammer 40,000 Tau army recently received a very cool new unit: the Riptide. This giant battlesuit (inspired by Gundam Wing) does not have a miniature for the 6mm game Epic 40K. But I want one... or better, I want two!

So I have been searching various miniatures brands, from HeroClix to MechWarrior etcetera. By chance, I stumbled upon some very nice cheap plastic robot models on eBay.



I gathered some Tau bits from Warhammer 40,000 models and started tinkering. The small round shield generators will be excelent to make the small Riptide have a distinctive Tau "look and feel".



I'll paint the small square part on the front of the body in a bright color to represent the Riptide's head. Tau battlesuits have small heads in comparisson to the body, so this will be just fine. There was a problem with the knee joints and feet. Tau Riptides have sleek legs. So I came up with an ingenious idea. Cut the leg and turn it upside down!



The right arm of the plastic miniature looks like a Tau Ion Cannon so I did not have to convert anything. I added a shield generator to the left arm. This finishing touch really makes it a Tau unit.



If you compare the size of the Riptide miniature to an Imperial Knight (which is HOT at the moment) and Crisis Battlesuits, then it will fit perfectly in the game.
One thing (or two actually) is missing: feet. The Riptide has no feet.



The plastic sprue with robots had some other legs and bits. I first wanted to use the huge clawed feet (see picture) but decided they were too large. Then I noticed a shield sprue laying around on my (messy) working bench. Those Chaos emblems would be perfect feet for my Epic 40,000 Riptides!



So, currently I have the coolest Tau Riptide miniatures for Epic 40,000 on the WWW!

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PS: If you want to use the Riptide in your Warhammer Epic 40,000 battles - http://www.toco.be/homerules/files/Epic40000Armies_Tau.pdf
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Preparing Blocks of 600 Points

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I want to prepare 600 points of Warhammer Epic 40,000 Tau. When these three detachments are glued and based, I can start painting them.

Tau Hunter Cadre - 298 points
Command
Ethereal Caste 50
Tau Commander 1 Crisis Team Unit 50
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Fire Warrior Team 1 Unit 11
mount in Devilfish 12
Fire Warrior Team 2 Units 22
mount in Devilfish 12
Fire Warrior Team 2 Units 22
mount in Devilfish 12
Crisis Battlesuit 23
Crisis Battlesuit 23
Crisis Battlesuit 23
Drone Squadron 1 Unit 7
Support
Hammerhead Railgun 31

One Ethereal Caste leader is more than enough. I've used a Dark Realm miniature combined with drones from Onslaught Miniatures.



For Fire Warriors I'll be using Dark Realm miniatures. Unfortunatelly these 6mm mini's have bases that are too thick for the official Epic 40,000 infantry bases. So I had to file a lot of metal. My fingers are sore now...



Tau Hunter Cadre - 201 points
Command
Tau Commander 1 Crisis Team Unit 50
Main
Fire Warrior Team 2 Units 22
mount in Devilfish 12
Fire Warrior Team 2 Units 22
mount in Devilfish 12
Crisis Battlesuit 23
Support
Hammerhead Railgun 31
Hammerhead Railgun 31

My regular Tau army will be painted in the standard ochre colors.



No Tau army without drones! So I am using the leftovers from Onslaught's vehicles as Gun Drones. Based on the flagpoles from Space Marine and glued to a scenery piece they'll be good-looking skimmerers.





Tau Hunter Cadre - 96 points
Command
Tau Commander 1 Crisis Team Unit 50
Main
Crisis Battlesuit 23
Crisis Battlesuit 23

This last (small) Crisis Suit detachment will be painted red to represent Commander Farsight.

(Illustration by LordDirk)

PS: As an afterthought, It would be better to base the drones on 2cm/2cm bases instead of the intended 1cm/4cm bases to prevent toppling over...
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Onslaught Minis 6mm Tau Vehicles

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For starters: I am not affiliated with Onslaught Miniatures. Just a hige fan.

Man, was I happy when I discovered this range of 6mm alternatice miniatures! They are awesome. Finally I'm able to field a Tau army in Warhammer Epic 40,000.

Following is my first Raijin Grav Tank, or better "Hammerhead with Railgun":



I added a Space Marine infantry unit for size reference. You can see these tanks come with optional drone replacements.

Offcourse my Tau Fire Warriors will need transports. The Baku APC Tank will be very suitable as a stand-in for "Devilfish Troop Carriers".



I will use the spare drones (2 per tank) as Gun Drone infantry units.



Now if only there was a European distributor... Customs are bleeding me... soblue
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Thu Jan 9, 2014 8:07 am
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Epic TAU

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Here's a sneak peek on my workbench...



EPIC TAU! cool
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Tue Jan 7, 2014 9:06 am
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