Finally back with some Epic-scale Space Marines tanks! A formation of Whirlwinds and a Hunter anti-air tank. I used them in my first game of Epic I had last weekend.
These are really old minis as you can see on the Whirlwind launcher designs and so far they actually are the only metal tanks in my Ultramarines army.
The Hunter was built literally the night before the game as I had a sudden surge of fear possibly facing Ork flyers. So I decided to build a Hunter, based on the trusty old plastic Rhino.
I cut away the handles and some bits fro the top hatch, made it one
smooth surface, added the turret ring (not the correct term, I know) and
built a Hunter missile launcher from some Tau Crisis Suit weapons (always a good source of mechanical looking parts I find), a handle from a 1/35 scale Panzer III kit, some plasticard, a thin plastic rod, a magazine of Eldar hand grenades and a lasgun stock.
As for the game itself, Epic Armageddon seems to be a darned nice ruleset. The Epic community in Austria is very, very small (yeah, everything is small here but the Epic community especially so), even compared to the number of people playing Warmaster so it took me a while to find someone to play with. All in all, very good system. Tactical, fast, not getting bogged down with equipment options and special rules, not completely I-go-You-go but alternating activation of formations so very little downtime on the players which also always is a plus.
Here’s a quick shot of the army I fielded, all crammed into one picture (that’s 2000 points):
So those are a bunch of Ultramarines from the first and second companies plus a few Squat allies (Bikers and Scouts). Had a very fun game. 🙂
In other news, the third part of my Zombies review got a bit delayed because shipping from the UK seems to go straight through the warp. Sometimes stuff arrives just days after it’s been sent, sometimes it takes up to three or more weeks. And is completely soaked. I’ll show you the pictures later, it’s quite remarkable.
Anyway, I hope you liked the tiny blue tanks and if not – there’ll be 28mm stuff again very soon
Thanks, I'm glad that you like them. 🙂 So far, the army cost me € 2,00 but I'm afraid that I will have to invest in some more tanks and maybe a Thunderhawk or two next.
Those look great. Now I want to try my hand at painting epic stuff too. ~Sigh~ More stuff to add to the ever growing list o' things I want to paint 😉
Indeed. Over the past year I got into so many new wargaming periods and rulesets, many of them smaller scale, and I'm really taking a liking to these. I did 6mm now, 10mm (lots thereof) and 15mm and all of them have their own things to consider but all of them are fun to paint. Also – as it's a problem with many of the "big mainstream" wargames – tables can be very full with stuff these days. Not so much a problem when using 10mm minis for example. 😉
Very nice. I only recently realized how tiny these models are when I saw some next to a 15mm flames of war sherman. They are so small!
- Night Runner
Long live Epic. Beautifully painted.
These are simply wonderful, although the Squats do look a bit odd to my eye!
I would love to see what you could do with plasticard, Milliput and some greenstuff with regards to the Thunderhawk.
Ditto some drop pods, which although repetitive are fairly straightforward at least!
Finally, some Lascannon razorbacks might be useful – you can use old plastic Rhinos and some spare IG laspistols (trimmed down) for the turrets – I've seen Predators and Vindictors done a similar way too.
Oh, and "turret ring" is in fact the correct term! ;0)
Looking forward to seeing more of your Epic – this and Stahly's Necromunda are some of my favourite articles you guys have done so far.
@Cameron: Yup, especially the older Epic minis I'm using which actually are much closer to 5mm scale than 6mm scale. Lateron the models, as natural with GW, grew a fair bit.
@Night Runner: Thanks muchly!
@Gilbear: Thanks, I'm glad that you enjoy the Epic stuff. 🙂 As I wrote, I just had my first game but it really seems to be a cool system. Thanks for the suggestion on the IG laspistols. I should have a fair amount of those lying around. 😉 As Razorbacks are a.) very good in-game it seems but b.) prohibitively expensive I thought of using turrets from plastic Ork battlewagons to make Razorbacks but let's see. About Drop Pods – yeah, those probably are something to scratchbuild.
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They are amazing! Best EPIC mini's i've ever seen. Great work!