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  • #67579

    Mr. Average
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    Thanks to the National Cheese Emporium, I have been provided with an Armored/Mechanized Regiment’s worth of Epic 40K proxies, which have been cleaned and are now drying in the sun while I wait for the humidity to drop, which is supposed to happen this afternoon, so I can prime them.

    In the meantime, here’s a first look at what will be the mysterious Solar Auxilia force known as the Saturnine Hoplites, veterans of the Schism of Mars, the Battle of Venus, and possibly even the Battle of Terra itself, as well as other critical events in the Imperial Civil War.

    All around very nice models.  The detail rendition is excellent with Frosted Ultra Detail.  They took a little more cleaning than usual because of the undercuts and such, but nothing that was insurmountable.  Super-extreme thanks to javelin98 for this lovely little line of proxies – this is Epic as it should be – true to the scale of a really “epic” battle!

    In re: colors, something is speaking to me of grey and yellow, somehow.  Not sure why.  I have to give it some thought and maybe test it out on a model to see if it works.

    #67591

    Mr. Average
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    I got my hours of good weather!  Here are some of the battle tanks with a coat of primer.  The white shows off the detail much better.

    Again, great models for  javelin98!  Looking forward to painting these!

    #67599

    Mr. Average
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    Did a quick color test on some spares.  I didn’t think the yellow and grey would work as well as they seem to be.  But the red-brown looks good too, and works for Martian and Desert environments.  The green and brown is a little too “typical,” but does look nice and military.  Maybe I’ll save it for the Western European Union in my other project.

    I think maybe the red-brown looks like a native Martian color scheme – perhaps for the Deimos Militia.  I’m feeling the grey and gold for the Saturnine Hoplites.  More reminiscent of bronze armor and barren outer moons.

    #67601

    Thanks for posting.

    His store temps me quite a lot though I am undecided on Scifi or the moderns

    #67607

    Alexander Wasberg
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    They look lovely, that’s great detail for 3mm!

    I agree on the scheme, the middle one looks good even if I like the red/yellow one too. As you say, the martians need something too 🙂

    #67620
    Ivan Sorensen
    Ivan Sorensen
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    Those are very impressive indeed. 3mm is pretty amazing in the amount of detail you can get.

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    #67726

    Mr. Average
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    Yeah the models are really excellent. These 3mm scale figures are the first 3D printed direct-to-game production that has really matured, in my opinion; cost is still too much a factor for larger scales, such that metal, in particular sculpted pieces like AB and Microworld sell, are really dominant; or at least, 3D is useful there only for character pieces or masters for later casting in metal. But I have to say the quality here is really excellent and the cost, though significantly higher than metal, is not exorbitant to field a nicely balanced force of custom models that would otherwise be unavailable.

    Incidentally, I went with the gold and grey scheme for the Saturnine Hoplites. I’m painting the first Armored Company now. They’re really pleasant pieces to handle, and as I’ve said previously, the processing on Shapeways “FUD” material has gotten much better lately, to where there’s much less support material and lubricant left over on the pieces than used in the past to be the case.

    #68168

    Mr. Average
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    First tank platoon has rolled off the line:

    #68175

    Alexander Wasberg
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    They came out great, that paintjob looks really nice! Are you thinking you’ll use the same for any infantry elements, or are the hoplites going to be another color?

    #68176

    Mr. Average
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    The Hoplites themselves will be grey with yellow helmets.  And thanks!  This color scheme is surprisingly challenging at this scale – the detail is in lower relief than with metals and so it takes a lighter touch.

    #68274
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    For some reason I read this as having something to do with Centaurs, but was not disappointed by what I saw!  Great looking paint jobs, will really stand out on the table. (and that’s important at 3mm!)

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #68291

    Mr. Average
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    Maybe you were thinking of Saturnalia?

    Thanks, either way! I, too, am happy with the colors, even though they’re a little more vibrant than the Imperial Army usually gets in the fluff. I do think they stand out well.

    Incidentally – word to the wise, Loctite CA glue holds these guys like a son of a you know what. I’m used to being able to break off my metal tanks with a little effort – not so, here. Once they’re on the base, that’s IT.

    #68318
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Jesus Jumpin’ Christ on a cockroach, Mathieu! Not-Eldar at Pico Armor right now!!!!111!

    https://www.picoarmor.com/product-category/sci-fi-3mm/page/2/

    Jet bikes! Power Armor! Tanks, IFVs and tank destroyers! Mutherf**kin’ space elves with swords!!!

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…!

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #68343

    Mr. Average
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    It’s so beautiful I want to weep!

    #68350
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    For titans, you can use those Infinity Figures I have.

     

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #68355

    Mr. Average
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    Perfect size, as I’m using the Talos Syndicate mechs from Onslaught as Imperial Titans. Sarissas make great Wraithlords, by the way. The infantry really was the last piece of the puzzle, wasn’t it?

    #68358
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Well, that and the jetbikes and the wraithguard…

    We still need Eldar-style dreadnaughts.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #70617

    Mr. Average
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    Looks like Aspect Warriors are coming, now, too? Not bad!

    #70634
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Yes! And a not-Lehman Russ (for those of us who can’t pay Shapeways prices):

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #70636

    Mr. Average
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>I saw! That model can serve a lot of purposes nicely, actually. Inter-War ImagiNations for example, as well as retro-far future.</p>

    #70644
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Yes. Totally Indiana Jones, too.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #70653
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    These fuckers are going to get me back into Warhamster Epic. I can feel it. 🙁

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #70654

    Mr. Average
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    I should add that the samples I’ve had from Vanguard are compatible scalewise with O8 and NCE. So, score.

    #70669

    Alexander Wasberg
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    That’s good to know, even though it makes 3mm sci-fi that much more plausible to start warring with my 6mm time 😉

    #70679
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    I didn’t even know there was a warhammer 30k. What is that about? The Horus Heresy (my GW fluff knowledge is fairly limited…)?

    I must say, I like the Sicaran better than the Landraider.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #70681

    Mr. Average
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    It’s the seminal event of the 40K background, a civil war that happened just after the founding of the Empire, and about which they’ve been writing endless sci fi novels in recent years. If you look it up on 1d4chan it’ll fill you in on the whole convoluted mess.

    In re: the Sicaran, it’s an interesting design. It is to the Kand Raider as the Predator is to the Rhino, is my understanding. It’s faster than the Rhino but slightly less shooty and less heavily armored, albeit better reinforced. I’m using them in support of my two lead Terminator Detachments.

    #70698
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Is this the Horus Heresy or did that come later?

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    #70717

    Mr. Average
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    It’s hard to say, as GW is continuously retconning their material. The Heresy was apparently always canon but it’s been fleshed out in recent years. Probably mainly to match up to new products they want to sell.

    #70718
    Ivan Sorensen
    Ivan Sorensen
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    The Heresy goes as far back as the original Realm of Chaos books. It’s been heavily expanded recently through the novels and the Forge World figures and rules.

    Nordic Weasel Games
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    #70724
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Apparently, 30k is the heresy. At least skimming the Epic Armageddon fluff.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #70778
    Ivan Sorensen
    Ivan Sorensen
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    Yes 🙂

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    #70783

    Mr. Average
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    Ah, I see, I didn’t understand what the mixup was. Yes, according to the “canon” the Heresy happened around the year 30,000, while the “meat” of the game world is supposed to be set around the year 40,500 or so.

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