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  • #151307
    Mr. Average
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    I was rummaging for an old copy of Dragon Magazine a while back and turned up a trove of old White Dwarf mags from the early 90s – I had thought they were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina but this was a real pleasure to find! They were all the issues concerned with Epic (1st and 2nd Edition).

    The Blood Angels Studio Army for 2nd Edition always caught my imagination as a kid, and since I have 3mm figures from Vanguard on hand, I decided to start my own, along highly traditional, OSR, bright colored 90’s lines.


    It’s a pretty thrilling rendition of Blood Angels Orange, so far.

    #151310
    Steven Francis
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    Love proper blood angels colours, and the original style before they went all vampire. No issues with vampires, but my in power armour

    #151349
    Mr. Average
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    Yeah they got super emo didn’t they? But, well…

    My goal is to mirror the original Studio 6000 point force – a Battle Company, Assault Company, Tactical Company, Devastator Company, and support. It’ll have some modifications of course – I’m adding a Thunderhawk Gunship, jet bikes instead of motorcycles, more Dreadnoughts instead of the nigh-unusable Imperial Robits, and a bevy of Predator Tanks. Maybe some Superheavies if I can mash up reasonable rules for them. No idea what to do about the Titan yet, I’m afraid – I’m not paying $150 for a Warlord that’s way out of scale. Maybe a friend with a 3D printer will help, but that’s a big if for now – might content myself with some proxy Reavers instead.

    #151367
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    I can’t wait to see these finished!

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

    #151407
    Mr. Average
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    I have several more companies coming in the mail as we speak. One of the things I really liked about 1st/2nd edition Space Marine was that it was strongly infantry-centric, and that the various forces felt very unique and had a distinct style of play attached to them. They also gave infantry a strong chance against the tanks so combined arms support was essential. No aspersions cast upon lining up your tanks and having a blast, but something really got genericized round about the 3rd edition. I know the feeling was it got too complex but that never really bothered me.

    Incidentally, Thaddeus, I’m using your scale conversion: X/5cm*1”=3mm scale distance. That will keep the size of my board manageable, I hope. Although I recently got myself a nice 60” square tabletop that will be quite appropriate for battling upon.

    #151417
    Mike
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    5′ with 3mm?
    Crikey. You can use Titans on summat that big.

    #151426
    Mr. Average
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    That’s the idea! Battle is my primary goal, “More Epic Than Epic” is my motto.

    #151429
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Yep. I call it “apartment dweller scale”.

    You can play a traditional 6×4 game on a coffee table and it looks brilliant! You can also play mega-fucking-huge games on normal 6×4 table.

    Right now, I’m taking a break from 3mm for a bit, as I have just moved to a new apartment that actually has room for a 6×4 table in the office (collapsable, but still). So I allowed myself to go back to 28mm for ONE period/theme, just for the nostalgia of it. Oathmark and Saga have always tickled may fancy, so I have gone Dark Age Fantasy.

    But as soon as we finish unpacking (July?) I plan to rebase my fantasy set up along Mat’s lines.

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

    #151430
    Mr. Average
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    The two scales are somewhat interactive. Play skirmishes in 28mm that provoke epic, society-altering battles at 3mm.

    #151487
    Mr. Average
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    Speaking of Titans, I have managed through secondhand channels to acquire some original Imperator Titans, miraculously unassembled – originals! I’m beside myself. At their classic size, they scale out almost perfectly with 3mm scale. This is going to be a hoot!

    #151491
    Darkest Star Games
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    Now when you say originals, do you mean these?:

    OG titans

     

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

    #151492
    Mr. Average
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    No, I mean these:


    A friend of mine just moved and had some “lying around.” Heard I was doing a 3mm epic army and asked if I wanted them. Did I ever!

    #151493
    Mr. Average
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    That’s just a photo I found for descriptive purposes – my models are all jumbled up in a plastic bag and need sorting out but I think there are several models’ worth in there – and I counted at least two of each piece, more of some.

    But these guys duking it out is exactly the right amount of crazy for 3mm scale.

    #151495
    Mr. Average
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    My backup plan is 6mm scale Stalkers from Vanguard, to play up the widely varied and ultimately ludicrous size of Titans in the 40k milieu.

    #151496
    Darkest Star Games
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    Ah, my bad.  I have some old Warlords laying around somewhere if you’d like 1 or 2?

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

    #151500
    Mr. Average
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    If you’re willing to part with them!

    #151502
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I loved Adeptus Titanicus.

    #151503
    Mr. Average
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    So did I. It’s where I learned what Superheavy Tanks are and I’ve always included them in my orders of battle ever since!

    #151529
    Mr. Average
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    Too humid to prime today but I’m basing marines instead. Part of the Sixth Company here – tactical marines.

    #151590
    Darkest Star Games
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    I made the mistake of priming on Friday and then air brushing on Saturday, both high humidity days.  The primer did a weird glaze thing and the airbrush paint did stick right so comes off at the slightest touch.  So weird!

     

    Going with the old-school basing layout, classic!

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

    #151595
    Mr. Average
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    Yeah it took an enormous amount of willpower but I’ve found that if I spray prime anywhere above 60% humidity it does not take. Wednesday will supposedly be dry and sunny so maybe then – I have a full Tactical company ready to go!

    And yes, I always loved the little five man formations, wether it “made sense” or not. The visuals of it always radically superseded the supposed realism. And square bases made close assaults a lot easier to handle (a glaring weakness in Epic Armageddon is that they took the simple and elegant close combat rules from 2nd Edition and made them a complicated mess.)

    #151603
    Mr. Average
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    Humidity dropped tonight, right to the sweet spot – 40%. Twenty stands of marines and eleven rhino bases are now drying in the garage.

    #153554
    Mr. Average
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    First Detachment of the 6th (Tactical) Company.

    #153990
    Mr. Average
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    Thought I’d also post a useful comparison: the 6mm scale Wyvern light dropships from Vanguard scale ideally as full sized gunships with 3mm scale figures. Whether that’s by design or not, it’s a very clever crossover in the two miniatures lines.

     

    #154094
    Mr. Average
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    My cards, assembled from a whole bunch of sources including my own drawings, layouts, and a lot of cobbling together from rules sources and re-scaling for 3mm scale, arrived from the printer.  I’m very happy with the outcome!  Tonight is devoted to finishing the rest of the 6th Company and prepping a few detachments for painting next: Whirlwinds, Vindicators, and that Thunderhawk, which is going to carry a detachment of Veterans.

    #154096
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    I can’t wait to see the whole set up!

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

    #154098
    Steven Francis
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    Loving this…but so do not need a new scale!

    #154099
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    3mm is a freebie scale, Steven: quick and cheap enough to dabble in without significant problems.

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

    #154102
    Mr. Average
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    Need is a weak word!

    #154108
    Mr. Average
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    Working on some banners for the commanders and special units.  The colors are all so bright, it’s wild.  But I kind of love it!

    I’ve had a lot of problems with toner on my laser printer, it’s about a decade old and the fuser is not what it once was (the toner flakes off and I’ve had things delaminate fairly easily).  So I’m not quite sure how this will work – maybe I’ll try protecting the banners with plastic tape and then giving it a spray with flat lacquer to kill the sheen.  Or maybe I’ll actually send these out for printing on a better quality decal paper.

    #154110
    telzy amber
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    The banners are excellent. I assume, left to right, every pair is one banner? Really really nice. I might steal them for.. something. What I do not know but they are so attractive I will find something I’m sure

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