Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl Halfling Team

Little buggers for another Blood Bowl team. Working on the Treeman now.

Blood Bowl Halflings - Linemen

EPIC Terrain

Epic Buildings

Hmm… another long break induced by my frustrated desire to finish that 40k Blood Angel army. But I did manage to sneak in some buildings for Epic. The pyramids are just foam on a hard wood base for stability. The adobe buildings are a nod to the old Titan Legion cardboard buildings but made out of wood (MDF) to inaugurate my new scroll saw (a couple of years ago when that saw was actually new – I only just got around to assembling, texturing and painting them).

EPIC Terrain - Pyramid 1 EPIC Terrain - Pyramid 2 EPIC Terrain - Mud Houses 4 EPIC Terrain - Mud Houses 3 EPIC Terrain - Mud Houses 2 EPIC Terrain - Mud Houses 1


Painting Warmaster

Warmaster Wood Elf Army

I managed to finish lots much of the Wood Elf force in the last couple of weeks. They have their own page now. Have a look for more pictures.

WM Wood Elf - Treemen

Painting Warmaster

Warmaster Project Prep

With the motivational slump from the Blood Angel experiment, I need some small scale projects to get me energized again. As a challenge, I will try to paint one Warmaster army every month. Let’s see how it goes.

Step one was to acquire all of the remaining Warmaster armies (I already have five), adding in some War of the Rings forces for good measure. After removing a metric ton of flash and gluing everything onto millions of painting sticks, I am now ready to go.

The first few models are just left-overs for the existing armies to practice a bit of 10mm painting.

The Orcs get a second unit of Boar Boyz and another Rock Lobber (if you can’t tell the difference to the 2002 version then I did a decent job blending into the old paint job).

WM Orc - Rock Lobbers WM Orc - Boar BoyzNext, Chaos got a third unit of hounds just because I had them lying around.

WM Chaos - Warhounds

The Empire received a unit of Mortars that I picked up at some point.

WM Empire - Mortars

Finally, I painted some Tomb Scorpions for the Tomb King army. I got these when I ordered some Reaper soft plastic models for another project.

WM Undead - Scorpions





Painting Warhammer 40k

Blood Angel Golden Boys

I finished a few of the golden lords of the Blood Angels: Tycho, The Sanguinor, and Dante. All stock models.

40k BA - Sanguinor 40k BA - Dante 40k BA - Tycho


Status Updates


Wow, it’s been a long time. A full year since my last post. I blame the Blood Angel project. In the fall of 2012 I had this crazy idea that I would do another 40k army. I built quite a few of those in the earlier part of the last decade, even won a number of Grand Tournaments. Eventually I shifted interest back into the smaller scales and left the world of 40k behind for close to decade. But the interest lingered, and all those videos of beautiful armies on the internet eventually won me over again. So I bought a few hundred models and went to work on a Blood Angel force.

And it was painful. I made the big mistake of approaching the this project like one of the many 6mm or 10mm I built in the last decade: assemble everything, base coat everything, detail everything, finish. That works great for an EPIC or Warmaster force where I can bang out the entire force in a couple of months. For a 200+ model 40k army it drained me of all motivation within weeks. Detailing the 200th shoulder pad kills you inside. The only thing worse is finding out that @#$%#%^#$% Games Workshop doesn’t make their metal shoulder pads at a consistent size scale, thus forcing you to throw away and paint a new batch of 200 shoulder pads (yes, it happened – and assembly line painting of course only discovers this at  the end of the line…). Eight months into the project, I still didn’t have a single model truly completed. Big mistake.

The second demotivating factor was the development of 40k over the last year, or at least my perception thereof based on what I see online. Instead of a visually appealing skirmish battles in the 40k universe, the 40k game seems to have become an exercise of pushing as many disconnected models onto the tabletop: flyers on a tabletop not even large enough to be their airfield; alien monsters fighting side-by-side with humans; armies with more characters than troopers; tanks that drive sideways; and, worst of all, Blood Angel armies that sit back on the base line. It has become a truly weird game – and looks even weirder when you watch it.

Between these two factors, motivation slowly drained out of me and the project stalled. And with it all other painting projects stalled as well. At least until a few weeks ago when I summoned the energy to jump back into the fray and finish at least a few models. I gave up on the vehicles, for now, but will be slowly wrapping up the infantry units (and post them here). First in line is Mephiston, or at least, my proxy thereof. The real model is quite dated so I made this from the Dark Angel Librarian, a Space Wolf head and assorted bitz.

40k BA - Mephiston

EPIC Painting

Salamander Landing Craft

Wrapping up some leftover pieces on the painting table: A Salamander Landing Craft based on the Forge World Thunderhawk Transporter model.

EPIC Painting

Eldar Revenant Titans and end of ToEG

And another army is completed! Two Revenant Titans ready to fry some aliens (I guess the Eldar see humans as aliens, right?).

The complete Eldar page is also up with larger images of the models painted during the Tales of Epic Gamers on the Tactical Commands forum.

EPIC Painting

Eldar Avatar and Titans

After a longish break from painting, I finally wrapped up the remaining Eldar items for the Tale of Epic Gamers going on at the Tactical Commands forum.

The Avatar was redone from the previously failed “molten lava” attempt. He is still rising from lava but transitions from heated orange to bone white around the kneecap.

I magnetized the titans for flexibility. The heads can be swapped between Phantom and Warlock configuration. Both arms can be switched as well to field any combination of weaponry (I have at least two of each weapon type). I also adjusted the pose of one of the titans to make them less similar.

EPIC Painting

Failed Eldar Avatar wip

July wasn’t the greatest month for ToEG:

1 Autarch
8 Warp Spiders
8 Shining Spears

Just 600 meager points. That only left the big guys: 2 big Titans, 2 Revenant Titans and the Avatar. The latter killed all my momentum for the month. I had originally sculpted the model to be rising out of a lava fissure so the idea was to paint it in a molten lava scheme. And so I did. And then didn’t like it. At all. The lava scheme clashed badly with the white/purple style of the rest of the army. So the top of the model went into a stripper bath, making it the first model in the now 11k points Eldar army not to come out right on first try. Let’s see how version 2 looks like.