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Fredmans
07-09-2009, 19:35
Greetings. I have just finished last year's Tale of 40K Painters and painted two Epic armies: 4050 points of Tyranids and 3650 points of Imperial Guard Steel Legion.

So, having completed that, I decided to start a log for all my Epic projects. First off, for this year's tale, I will try to paint 4000 points of Ordo Malleus Inquisition and 3500 points of Lost and the Damned Cultists. If I manage, I will also try adding to the Tyranids, polishing and adding to the Guards, do some Epic terrain, a Titan battle group, some Red Scorpion Marines and an Ork army.

So, this is where I am right now:

Tyranid army-shot:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti10.jpg

Steel Legion army-shot:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Guardsaugusti1.jpg

/Fredmans

Fredmans
07-09-2009, 19:37
The Tyranids are inspired by the colour schemes in Imperial Armour 4, one brownish red and one camouflage green for carapaces. The common body scheme is bestial brown with a thin brown wash painted to a highlight with khaki. I found khaki to be perfect, since it works with both greens and reds and really gives the army a uniform feel although it consists of two (or as you can see, three) different schemes. The bases were painted with the same purpose in mind, to be brownish red as well as green. They are basically sand and small stones painted in scorched brown and drybrushed with bone white, patched with green grass.

An example of brownish red: A base of scorched brown/dark leather followed by dark leather, highlighted with vermin brown.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjanuari7.jpg

An example of green: A base of Vallejo Model Color Russian Green, followed by Cayman Green and finally Camouflage green.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmars3.jpg

After painting a couple of broods of each colour, I started experimenting with mixing them on the same base:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril1.jpg

On the bigger bugs, I also use the different colour schemes for "inverted" areas, like on this Malefactor:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoct17.jpg

Some "infiltration" units received a third cityscape colour scheme as I plan to build some city terrain to match. These were painted in Adeptus Grey up to Fortress Grey, but keeping the bestial brown -> khaki bodies:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjanuari5.jpg

Tongues and vessels leading to weapons are consistantly painted in a purple -> purple/dwarf flesh 1:3 -> purple/elf flesh 1:3 process. Wings and membranes are painted differently depending on whether it is a "green" or "reddish brown" creature. Green creatures are painted with a 1:1 mixture of khaki/cayman green, drybrushed in khaki, washed in a watered down "dirt" ink mix (black, green and brown), and a final highlight in khaki.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsnovember1.jpg

/Fredmans

Fredmans
07-09-2009, 19:41
Since Epic Tyranids are long OOP, and the 40K Tyranids have evolved since then, there are ample opportunities for conversion:

For Lictors, I have re-arranged the arms, sculpted tails and face tendrils to make them look more like their 40K counter-parts. Raveners are construed from 40K Rippers and Epic Tyranid Warriors and some brown-stuff and odd plastic and metal pieces:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril6.jpg

For Winged Hive Tyrants, I have used old 40K Gargoyle wings with some modifications and removed the upper two arms from a E40K Hive Tyrant:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti2.jpg

The Epic Trygon comes from the really old era, and really looks like the underground worms in "Tremors". The solution was to replace the head with a Ripper head.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril4.jpg

On the Dominatrix, I added some Termagaunts to the base, and angled their heads in a somewhat bird-dinosaurie way.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti7.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti6.jpg

So, what remains to be done. A lot, I am pleased to say:
Objectives
Green hierophant
Hydraphant
Vituperator (larger Harridan)
Red Harridan
Burrowing swarm (6 burrowing Raveners and 2 Trygons)
Red Winged Tyrant
Scythed Hierodule
Barbed Hierodule
Hive Tyrant
Mixed Colours Tyranid Warrior Swarm
Mixed Colours Gargoyles
Red Biovores
Red Exocrines
Green Dactylises
Carnifexes
More gaunts

Fredmans
07-09-2009, 20:31
The Steel Legion army is based on three colour schemes, one for infantry, one for the mechanized parts and a third for the Imperial Navy. The bases are painted in bestial brown -> heavy drybrush of desert yellow -> final highlight of khaki.

The infantry is painted in Vallejo filth brown, given a thin brown ink wash and then highlighted with some yellow (the text is worn out). The skin is tan followed by bronzed flesh. Example of infantry:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsaug1.jpg

The tanks are painted in Adeptus Grey (GW Foundation), given a thin black ink wash, painted in codex grey followed by a fortress grey highlight. The camouflage stripes are painted in the same way although 1:1 rotten flesh and the final stage is pure rotten flesh. Baggage is mostly painted to match the bases, bestial brown -> khaki.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/decguards5.jpg

The Imperial Navy colour scheme is bestial brown, followed by a thin brown ink wash, drybrushed desert yellow and a final highlight of khaki. The undersides are painted in wolf grey, followed by a very thin wash of shadow grey followed by a pure skull white highlight:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsjuni1.jpg

Commissars are either put on a stand:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsjanuari1.jpg

or placed in a tank. In that case, the colour scheme of the tank changes the grey parts to a black gradually highlighted with shadow grey instead.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmars1.jpg

So, the army at present consists of:

Companies:
Regimental HQ Company + 2 Mechanized Ogryns + Hellhound Squadron + Hydra AA
Infantry Company + 2 Ratling Snipers + Fire Support Platoon
Leeman Russ Tank Company + Hydra AA
Shadowsword Super-heavy Tank Company + Hydra AA

Support Formations:
Sentinel Squadron
Bombard Battery
Manticore Battery
Vulture Squadron

Imperial Navy Allies:
2 x 2 Thunderbolt Fighters

Fredmans
07-09-2009, 20:46
The Guards are mostly new SG material, but I also have a stockpile of older plastic which is included as well as converted a bit. I use the old standard bearers to indicate Platoon command stands, but I add great coats to them so that they shall fit in. The E40K era introduced Valhallan missile launchers and vox-casters. These were easily passable as Steel Legion so I let the Regimental commanders have the new (uglier) Vox-casters and the platoon commanders have the old ones:
Regimental Command (Supreme Commander, Company Standard, Vox-caster, Sanctioned Psyker and a regular guardsman):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsaug8.jpg

Platoon Command (Platoon Standard, Vox-caster, Veteran sgt, 2 guardsmen):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsjanuari3.jpg

For the Fire Support platoon, I added coats to some old Gunners to make them look like "spotting" officers:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsfebruary9.jpg

The Ogryns had their arms cut off and re-positioned in different angles (idea stolen directly from the rulebook):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsfebruari3.jpg

The present Russes are a bit disappointing compared to the old E40K ones, so I tried adding some baggage to them. I am a bit ashamed, because the baggage is not really finished off (basecoat now, black at the time of the picture), but you get the idea:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsoct4.jpg

Command Vanquisher (communications device idea stolen from the Apocalyse rulebook):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsoct3.jpg

So, what remains to be done:
First of all, there are markings to be done. I have painted company markings, but some individual markings remain. Then there is:
Objectives
Baneblade with Commissar
Stormtroopers with Commissar in Valkyries
Deathstrike Missile Launchers
Rough Rider Platoon with Commissar
Artillery Commissar add-ons

Haarken
07-09-2009, 21:45
Those are two fantastic looking armies Fredmans, I'm hoping that when I finish the tale next August I'll be able to post three similar army shots. Sounds like you've got a very ambitious year of modelling ahead of you, two armies for the tale, titans, terrain and reinforcements, I can't wait to see all that Epic goodness.

Your infantry stands look amazing, do you have any tips on how to get them looking so good? I have an Imperial Guard infantry company to do for this month's portion of the tale and I'm a little apprehensive about it at the moment.

Haarken. :)

Fredmans
07-09-2009, 21:58
Thanks Haarken. I am really impressed by your first contributions to this year's tale. One tip is to paint the guardsmen on their sprues:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/steellegionwip1.jpg

Other than that, I use Vallejo inks instead of GW washes and thin them out a little with water. I guess a general idea would be to first paint the coats in a middle colour, followed by a thinned out ink wash and then a lighter highlight. In my case, filth brown, brown ink, sun yellow (I think). The guns are just boltgun metal with a thin black ink wash with no highlights. The skin is painted last with tan and highlights with bronzed flesh.

At last, but not least, be consistent. I think it really helps an army if you can spot themes in the army colours. I have tried to explain my thought process for these two armies because I do think it is important and that it shows in the end. I hope that made sense.

/Fredmans

orangesm
08-09-2009, 04:14
Very nice; well done.

3vilX
10-09-2009, 02:27
Very nicely painted, I think I'd go insane if I had to paint epic miniatures...

Fredmans
11-09-2009, 16:02
Very nicely painted, I think I'd go insane if I had to paint epic miniatures...


Very nice; well done.

Thanks for the support. I will need it the upcoming months.

I have begun process on my Ordo Malleus forces. First up is a squad of 20 Grey Knights in power armour with 2 Grey Knight Dreadnoughts. These first will be FW epic models, with no conversions of any kind. The goal with these is to get a feel for Grey Knight colours and details before moving on to bigger stuff.

Test knight:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightssept4.jpg

Same test knight in different angles:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightssept5.jpg

I am not really happy with the blade yet, although it looks better in real life. Zooming in at this scale is quite unflattering. I also need to finish the heraldry on the right shoulder pad. I am not sure whether to go with squad markings or personal heraldry. The codex seems to suggest personal heraldry from the moment of Grey Knight-hood.

The next dilemma is the bases. I have two ideas in mind (will probably try two bases and post here before deciding):
Martian red sand with rocks: Easy, and I think it will look good against the colours of this army.
Chaos temple ground: Suggestive, and in character, but I am a bit dubious, since I normally do not like models that carry their terrain with them.

/Fredmans

eltanko
19-09-2009, 18:10
Wow, these armies look great, particlularly the 'Nids, they look fantastic. for such small models you have really managed to get a lot of detail into themm.

ElTanko

Burnthem
19-09-2009, 22:20
Seconded, the level of detail is incredible, makes my attempts at Epic (a few years ago i admit) look even more pathetic!

The cockpit windows on the Vultures and the Grey Knights force weapon in particular look like you've taken a picture of a 40k model from a distance and called it Epic ;)

McMullet
06-10-2009, 00:12
Wow, did you paint the Knight with aid of an electron microscope at all? It looks quite respectable blown up to 15x normal size but zoomed out to actually be ~6mm tall it's fantastic. How long do you take on each mini?

The basing ideas sound good. Martian rocks is, as you say, quick and simple, and will look good; the temple thing could be cool though I'm not sure how it would be made convincing given the limited space on Epic bases.

Keep up the good work!

Fredmans
07-10-2009, 21:29
Thanks everyone, for your kind words. No electron microscope has been used (yet). Progress has been made, despite the forces of nature (ill daughter) and various temptations (weekend of gaming). My Tyranids lost against Marines, but the same Marines were pounded to defeat by the Guards.

Anyhow, I have made the first submission to the Tale of 40K Painters. It is a Grey Knight Order (2 Detachments) with 2 Dreadnoughts.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightsoct2.jpg

As I stated in that thread, I wanted to avoid metallics, because at this scale anything painted metal will obscure details and look like Necrons. So, I have painted them in NMM greys, but without any NMM techniques (which I do not know anything of). These models are extremely detailed, filled with purity seals, inquisition symbols, parchments etc), as the following picture tries to convey:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightsoct8.jpg

One stand (front). I wanted the force weapons to crackle with psychic energy and I am quite happy with the result:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightsoct3.jpg

(and from the back):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightsoct4.jpg

As Epic deals with big battles, the basic Ordo Malles unit, a Grey Knight Order consists of four stands (4x5 marines or 2 detachments of 10). So, I opted to have an Order theme, but with two detachment variations. The entire order carries blue force weapons and both captains have red tabards, but the detachments carry red and black stormbolters and psi-cannons respectively. This Order has also opted for 2 support dreadnoughts (which happens to be the T-hawk transportation limit - 8 units, dreads take up 2 slots), so I went for the designation theme for them as well. Some red details on one, and black details on the other.

Front view of dreadnought
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightsoct5.jpg

Side views
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/greyknightsoct6.jpg

With some infantry under the belt, stay tuned for Land Raiders and a Chaos Coven.

/Fredmans

Sashgo
08-10-2009, 18:53
Awesome work. Especially your Grey Knights.

Thanks to you im interested in Epic now;)

Bladelord
11-10-2009, 19:16
Superb all the way. Those Grey Knights top the listl. You've succeeded in getting a hell lot of detail into those small Epic minis. Just how it should look in fact.

May I suggest that you paint the guardsmen's eyes? :D

Fredmans
22-10-2009, 22:32
Awesome work. Especially your Grey Knights.

Thanks to you im interested in Epic now;)

Mission accomplished.


Superb all the way. Those Grey Knights top the listl. You've succeeded in getting a hell lot of detail into those small Epic minis. Just how it should look in fact.

May I suggest that you paint the guardsmen's eyes? :D

Thanks a lot. When I started painting Epic a little over a year ago, I was quite surprised by the level of detail already existing on the miniatures. This is especially true of the Grey Knights.

This is intented to be a little WIP post of my Chaos Big Mutants. I am painting a Khorne Coven with a Daemon Prince, some Cultists and quite a few Big Mutants. I want the army (or at least this coven) to portray the corruption/mutations inflicted through Chaos worship, so my Big Mutants are a mix of the old Minotaurs and these Min-ogres whereas the Cultists are a mixture/combination of human and beast elements. I have always felt that Minotaurs are the beastly followers of Khorne, so I decided to minotaurize some Ogryns. When based along with Minotaurs, I hope to portray the notion that these are halfway there.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaoswipnov1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaoswipnov2.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaoswipnov3.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaoswipnov4.jpg

/Fredmans

orangesm
23-10-2009, 04:20
Epic Conversions! In more ways than one!

malika
24-10-2009, 07:01
Those Minotaurs rule!

Fredmans
21-11-2009, 22:13
Epic Conversions! In more ways than one!


Those Minotaurs rule!

Thanks, I am pleased to say that the painted ones are turning out really good as well.

But first, I have finished a Grey Knight Land Raider formation. These are almost straight Forgeworld models, but I decided to do some minor add-ons.

As you can see on this one, I have added a small plasticard heraldic shield to the right side of each Raider.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusnov1.jpg

I also decided to try some heraldry. In the same space, but on the left side, I added small etched brass Inquisition symbols instead.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusnov2.jpg

Front and back view. As you can see, there was some warping and damages to the casts, which I tried to clean/sculpt away without ruining the model. It looks worse in the picture than in real life, where you have to bring people's attention to it.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusnov3.jpg

I decided to give each tank individual heraldry, going with the swords, skulls and I:s. I then used the heraldry on the marine's shoulder pad sans symbols.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusnov4.jpg

The whole army to date (875 points):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusnov5.jpg

Coming really soon, Khornate Cultists.

/Fredmans

McMullet
22-11-2009, 12:20
Amazing work, and the heraldry is a great idea. Shame about the warping but it probably won't show on the table.

Hammer49
22-12-2009, 15:37
Some great looking armies. Always nice seeing epic armies. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

Alsharoth
26-12-2009, 10:31
Nice work, I haven't touched my epic armys (orks and eldar) in two years (both army started of Spacemarine/titan legions erea) so there mixed models (even got some of the literal eggs on legs war walkers.

ninjin
21-01-2010, 12:21
The greyknights look awesome.

Fredmans
05-02-2010, 11:00
Great news for all Grey Knight lovers. I have just finished my second order (+dreadnoughts).

To separate the orders during game play, I kept the idea of differentiating them by the colour of their force weapons. This order carries red force weapons as an order. Both captains wear white tabards as well. To differentiate the two squads, one carry white weapons, the other black.

Inspired by the work on my Land Raiders, the other thing I did was to paint heraldry (just colours, no symbols) on the right shoulder pads (dreadnoughts' left ones).

Enough talk, where are the pictures, you might ask...

First off, the infantry: White squad, first stand
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb2.jpg

White squad, second stand:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb3.jpg

Black squad, first stand:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb4.jpg

Black squad, second stand:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb5.jpg

/Fredmans

Fredmans
05-02-2010, 11:13
continuing the previous post...

Grey Knight Dreadnoughts:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb6.jpg

Revisiting the previous Dreads (adding heraldry):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb9.jpg

Inquisition Strike Force:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb8.jpg

and as a curiosity for those who are unfamiliar with Epic, a size comparison shot:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusfeb1.jpg

Stay put for more Epic goodness,

/Fredmans

Nocturn
06-02-2010, 13:41
Hey there :-),

just wanted to say that I am always impressed by epic-scale and this in-scale shot in your last post is spot on.
So many nice details and all, really really nice. You have a very steady hand :-)
Only thing I don't like with epic is, that some models stand on square and some on round bases...they should all stand on squares imo.

keep it up,

Noc

Fredmans
07-02-2010, 22:28
Hey there :-),

just wanted to say that I am always impressed by epic-scale and this in-scale shot in your last post is spot on.
So many nice details and all, really really nice. You have a very steady hand :-)
Only thing I don't like with epic is, that some models stand on square and some on round bases...they should all stand on squares imo.

keep it up,

Noc

Thanks for your kind words. Basing has always been a bit of a problem when building Epic armies. Vehicles are usually not based, although some do. In the old days of Space Marine, square bases were used for infantry and Warhound Titans, but round bases for bigger Titans. My preference is for consistency, but in this case it had to go out the window. I wanted the strip bases for showcasing the infantry, but the dreads came with feet as part of their bases. In gameplay, it is totally irrelevant, so the concern is mostly an aesthetic one.

And finally, I am keeping it up :-)
/Fredmans

jdp
08-02-2010, 04:11
This is a fun log! Your Tyranids are very impressive, it's been along time since I have seen them in 6mm and you have done them justice.
Your steel legion also very well done. You paint your Epic like I paint my Warmaster, fun to see similar techniques used in different venues. That being said you have crammed a lot more detail into your epic guard than I did.
Your grey knights, well they are just top shelf, it is easy to forget just how small these models are until you throw an ork in there for scale.
I anxiously await your next work!

getupandgo
03-03-2010, 22:26
I've never seen the epic grey knights in person, but you've inspired me to work on my tau a little bit... After I finish up my titan legion that is.

azraelezekiel
20-03-2010, 08:09
Great work, here.
The level of detail is outstanding.

Fredmans
07-04-2010, 22:40
Just a minor update, to keep the log alive. You will have to pardon the lousy camera and lighting skills.

First, a BFG Grey Knight Strike Cruiser for my Inquisition Strike Force. I chose the same colour scheme as my other Grey Knights, but I tried to add some contrast to emphasize that a space ship would be of somewhat different dimensions than the ordinary tanks and infantry. Therefore, I have worked with thicker lines to emphasize a more massive structure.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusapr1.jpg

I used a parchment-inspired background to the name "Gladius Iratus", which is pseudo-latin for Sword of Wrath. I have no latin grammar skills, but thought it sounded Asterixesque enough to use. I first tried to mimic a medieval font, but settled for Old English.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusapr2.jpg

To show that a single ship is not the only thing I have done lately, I also have some WIP shots. First, some transports for my Inquisition forces.I picked up some etched brass with these vehicles in mind, and the Rhinos were inspired by IA7. I will green-stuff laurels before painting them.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusapr3.jpg

Some of you might remember the Chaos Mutants. They are now painted, but not based, since I intend to base them at the same time as some other infantry (IG and Tyranids) that I am currently working on.

I used a mixture of models from the new and old Epic ranges with some DRM minis mixed in. The plastic minis were extensively head-and weapon-swapped for some variation. I use red, black and red-tainted Khaki as my three main colours which I vary to keep coherency but avoiding uniformity. The daemonic models have a different shade of red than the cultists and marines.

I plan to model two themes throughout the army, mutation and puppet masters. To show mutation, I use beastmen, beastmen parts on human infantry. The min-ogres, are slightly more mutated and finally the minotaurs are pure beast. To show the malign force behind the rebellion, I have sprinkled some Chaos Marines among the Cultists, and let the actual Fire Support heavy weapons be Chaos Marines as well. There is a Chaos Marine standing behind the Daemon Prince as well.

The first models in my planned Lost and the Damned force, a Khorne Coven consisting of Daemon Prince, 5 Big Mutants
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosapr2.jpg

Cultists, Fire Support (Renegade Havocs) and a Chaos Hound
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosapr1.jpg


Thanks for watching (so many of you!!!), and thanks for the kind comments as well.

/Fredmans

e2055261
08-04-2010, 13:44
I used to have a whole heap of epic stuff back when the starter box was called space marine. I've heard that the cost is quite scandalous these days. Do you utilise ebay? I see quite a few classic models here...

Mr Feral
08-04-2010, 19:15
Great start to your Khornate Coven, the mixing up of different models looks the part. :)

Fredmans
08-04-2010, 22:38
I used to have a whole heap of epic stuff back when the starter box was called space marine. I've heard that the cost is quite scandalous these days. Do you utilise ebay? I see quite a few classic models here...

As you can see, I too had a whole lot of Epic stuff back in the days of Space Marine. I have used eBay to fill in the gaps in my collection, although the prices seem to have gone through the ceiling over the last year. Hopefully, it means that Epic:A is growing in popularity.


Great start to your Khornate Coven, the mixing up of different models looks the part. :)

Thank you, I am quite pleased with how well the old worked with the new, as well as with how the Epic stuff worked alongside the DRM minis. I have begun work on another Khornate Coven and some Assault Engines.

/Fredmans

Cpt. Drill
09-04-2010, 09:53
Hey man.

This is a gorgeous Epic plog. I have fallen in love with your Tyranid army, its painted beautifully and I really like little touches like using the Genestealer familiar as a Broodlord. Your other armies look great too and your Grey Knights detail show you as a master of this scale.

It was looking at this plog that made me decide to try my own hand at painting and playing Epic and I really havent regretted it. Keep up the amazing work.



Five Stars!

Fredmans
09-04-2010, 22:40
Hey man.

This is a gorgeous Epic plog. I have fallen in love with your Tyranid army, its painted beautifully and I really like little touches like using the Genestealer familiar as a Broodlord. Your other armies look great too and your Grey Knights detail show you as a master of this scale.

It was looking at this plog that made me decide to try my own hand at painting and playing Epic and I really havent regretted it. Keep up the amazing work.



Five Stars!

Thanks for the kind words. I am glad I have helped someone discover Epic and since you like my Tyranids, I am happy to tell you that there are some additions on the way.

/Fredmans

Fredmans
16-11-2010, 20:12
This is but a minor update of some work for the NetEpic Tyranid Army Book. More models are making their way to a finished state, but I am currently very busy with painting up a WHFB army for a tournament. Anyway...

NetEpic Brooder (mini Trygon), which will be used as a burrowing Ravener in my E:A list.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/brooder.jpg

And a Zoat (will be used as a Broodlord in E:A)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/zoat1.jpg

Thanks for looking,
Fredmans

Fredmans
17-11-2010, 16:18
...and from a few more angles.

The burrowing ravener is basically an old-school Ripper with extra claws, cut to different sizes to match the design of the Epic Trygon model. I plan to build a formation of six of these, and two Trygons.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/brooder2.jpg

The Zoat is a Warmaster Dragon Ogre for body, an Epic Minotaur torso and a Genestealer head. I used some Tyranid bitz for weapon and added some details (like hoofs) with green stuff.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/zoat2.jpg

Thanks for watching,
Fredmans

jlmb_123
17-11-2010, 17:34
Cool! That Zoat is gorgeously painted.

Fredmans
03-01-2011, 15:57
Cool! That Zoat is gorgeously painted.

Thanks, the Zoat being slightly larger than ordinary Epic models helped a fair bit.

A new year begins, and after having crammed out an entire O&G army for a tournament (well, three colours at least), I can return to finish off and start some more Epic armies during 2011.

I managed to finish some Inquisitorial Stormtroopers for my Ordo Malleus Strike Force, and to give them some Rhinos. The Storm Troopers are the standard SG ones, and I have to admit they grew on me. Because they are so uniform, I decided to paint them in Ordo Malleus colours and disregard that they are part of the Inquisitorial Forces of the army list. Then I decided to paint them in an inverted colour scheme compared to my Grey Knights, so I picked out a deep red for the uniform with grey plasteel armour to match. Hellguns are black.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusjan01.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusjan03.jpg

Ordo Malleus and Mystics do not match well, so I modelled a standard instead. The standard will represent a Command Squad, thus improving their FF skills. I also intend to run this platoon as a second Storm Trooper Platoon for my Steel Legion. The standard will then represent a Commissar (Leader and Fearless go well with standards). Now, I just have to paint up some Valkyries to match (already ordered).

The Rhinos were painted like my Land Raiders, but with a little more contrast added to them. I think it paid off, and future Grey Knight Land Raiders will be painted in the same way.

The Rhinos are old plastic ones, and I changed the front armour a bit, adding a bit of plasticard, some etched brass and greenstuff laurels.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusjan04.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusjan05.jpg

and a shot of the entire formation

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/ordomalleusjan06.jpg

After a trip to the Canary Islands, some more gribblies and Chaos miniatures will make their appearance.

As always, thanks for watching (despite the crappy pictures).

/Fredmans

McMullet
19-01-2011, 22:00
Nice Stormtroopers, Fredmans! Good level of contrast on the models and with the bases as well. Something that is hard to achieve with Guard.

I like the extra-extreme highlights on the rhinos too - It's an effect that really works with Epic miniatures I think. I managed to find another player near Oxford who has a very nice IG army with extreme-highlighted vehicles.

Keep up the good work!

Fredmans
20-01-2011, 11:33
Nice Stormtroopers, Fredmans! Good level of contrast on the models and with the bases as well. Something that is hard to achieve with Guard.

I know. I have learned the hard way that all the details that seem so bold when you work in 100W direct light goes pretty much unnoticed in real-life-gaming. I gave the bases an extra Devlan Mud treatment before applying the final highlight.


I like the extra-extreme highlights on the rhinos too - It's an effect that really works with Epic miniatures I think. I managed to find another player near Oxford who has a very nice IG army with extreme-highlighted vehicles.

Keep up the good work!

I gradually swing towards extreme highlights as well. I am glad that you are still in the Epic loop, McMullet! In my mind, Orks vs Guards is one of the most entertaining match-ups.

/Fredmans

McMullet
20-01-2011, 21:20
Definitely so! The two armies are very different in character but both pretty fragile and very hordey. Great stuff.

I have been to a few more of the UK Epic tournaments, it's great fun though I've still only managed one very flukey win...

the_gobbo_king
22-01-2011, 07:04
Sweet. Will be looking into this game...

Scott.

Fredmans
23-01-2011, 09:25
Definitely so! The two armies are very different in character but both pretty fragile and very hordey. Great stuff.

I have been to a few more of the UK Epic tournaments, it's great fun though I've still only managed one very flukey win...

Flukey wins are an essential part of the game. What continues to amaze me about Epic games is how skills translate into the objectives of the game rather than, say, list-building skills or item-combos as in other GW games. You can win the battle and still end up losing the game. Going to tournaments is probably the fastest way to learn from the very best.


Sweet. Will be looking into this game...

Scott.

I hope you do, Scott. It is great fun collecting, converting and playing.

I have almost finished a batch of Genestealers to go with the Zoat, another Hariddan and finally got round to basing the Khorne Coven. I tried some water-effects on it and I am still undecided on the result, though.

/Fredmans

the_gobbo_king
24-01-2011, 00:25
Indeed.

I hear that it plays much more strategically than 40K (which would be a nice change, given how many mindless 10 year olds I've played at my local GW), and the models look gorgeous.

I'm very much attracted to these Grey Knights, but I can't see them on the GW or FW stores? Is there anyway I can get my hands on these? Or are they gone forever?

Otherwise, I would be thinking about scratchbuilding an Epic army made up almost entirely of Stompas... Because it's a force that you would never see in 40K, and it would hardly cost me anything to start up...

Scott.

Fredmans
24-01-2011, 09:16
Indeed.

I hear that it plays much more strategically than 40K (which would be a nice change, given how many mindless 10 year olds I've played at my local GW), and the models look gorgeous.

I'm very much attracted to these Grey Knights, but I can't see them on the GW or FW stores? Is there anyway I can get my hands on these? Or are they gone forever?

Otherwise, I would be thinking about scratchbuilding an Epic army made up almost entirely of Stompas... Because it's a force that you would never see in 40K, and it would hardly cost me anything to start up...

Scott.

The Grey Knights have been nick-named Gold Knights ever since FW discontinued them. They appear on eBay from time to time, but expect them to become expensive. If you live in the UK, you can sometimes find auctions that only ship to UK. Those auctions tend to turn up less expensive, since a lot of mainland Europeans watch the UK site.

Epic A is much more strategic than 40K, especially in the objective-game. 40K tends to be a bit weird with artillery, titans and tanks clashing it out over a blown-out city block. In Epic, the same wargear are put to use in more strategic roles. Infantry is used to claim and protect objectives. Artillery to soften up enemy formations before assaults. Armour is used for mobile fire-power. Teleporting formations are used for precision strikes (HQ or artillery). Titans are walking bastions. Aircraft is used for precision attacks.

A Gargant, Stompa, Dred & Kan army could be pulled off, but it would struggle a bit I am afraid. However, there is an alternative Gargant army list, where the addition of Drop Roks and other stuff compensate for some of its inherent weaknesses. Orks are one of the funniest army to assemble and convert, I might add.

/Fredmans

orangesm
24-01-2011, 14:32
Fredmans: Do you have an Army shot of the Inquisitorial/Grey Knights coming?

the_gobbo_king: My Epic Ork Army is about half walking (see the link below).

the_gobbo_king
24-01-2011, 21:30
Fredmans: Do you have an Army shot of the Inquisitorial/Grey Knights coming?

the_gobbo_king: My Epic Ork Army is about half walking (see the link below).

I had not idea that stompas were that small... I was thinking 40mm bases at least!

This truly is a game of epic (pun not intended) proportions.

Scott.

Fredmans
24-01-2011, 21:48
Fredmans: Do you have an Army shot of the Inquisitorial/Grey Knights coming?

the_gobbo_king: My Epic Ork Army is about half walking (see the link below).

I want to finish two more models first, but it could be arranged.

Now for something completely different, I finally finished my Khorne Coven.

In this force, I want to portray three themes running throughout the entire army; daemonic incursion, mutation and the malign Chaos Marine forces that started the uprising. Therefore, I have sprinkled Beastmen parts throughout the coven and placed some Chaos Marines amongst the cultists to bolster their will to fight.

First off, a Khorne Daemon Prince (with retinue). It is a Bloodthirster familiar, flanked by Beastmen, a Chaos Marine and a Daemon-Prince-in-becoming.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan2.jpg

One Beastmen has even claimed the role of Herald.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan1.jpg

The Big Mutants follow the theme of mutation increasing with size. The ogryn-sized minotaurs are more human than the full-sized minotaurs. The daemonic and malign forces are represented by the Jugger-riders. Every stand has two shooty and one close-combat mutant.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan4.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan5.jpg

and the retinue:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan6.jpg

/Fredmans

Fredmans
24-01-2011, 21:50
Update part 2.

I will use beastly daemons for chaos hounds. So for Khorne Covens, this means Flesh Hounds.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan7.jpg

The Cultists are a mix of Dark Realm and GW miniatures. For GW plastics, I have made head and weapon swaps to spread the beast mutations around. Cultists will have a heavy weapon to distinguish themselves from mutants. Mutants will be more mutated, obviously.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan9.jpg

For Traitor Fire Support, the Chaos Marines are in charge of the heavy weapons, which explains the better stats.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan8.jpg

And the whole lot together. Khorne Coven with Daemon Prince, 5 Big Mutants, 2 Traitor Fire Support and 2 Chaos Hounds.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosjan10.jpg

For Cultist colours, I have used red and black or red and khaki. The khaki parts are inked with a red and brown ink mix to get the Khorne taint. Gloves and boots are black or natural leather, mixed with the two colour schemes to produce four variations and add to the Chaotic feel. The Chaos Marine scheme is red with black helmets and hands. Daemonic red has a bluish tint to it, and beastly red (Dogs) has a more brown touch to it.

The bases start off with the same colours and materials as my Ordo Malleus force. Khorne units will add burnt grass and pools of blood/daemonic ooze to easily distinguish them from other daemonic forces. There will be Nurgle and Tzeentch variants as well.

As always, thanks for watching and commenting
/Fredmans

Mr Feral
25-01-2011, 15:13
That's real cool, I can never look at enough Lost and the Damned (note to self: paint Lost and the Damned). The red and khaki and the mash-up of models is the business! Are you going to be adding to these at all? :)

Fredmans
25-01-2011, 19:51
That's real cool, I can never look at enough Lost and the Damned (note to self: paint Lost and the Damned). The red and khaki and the mash-up of models is the business! Are you going to be adding to these at all? :)

I want to do some final additions to my Tyranid and Guard armies, and a Necron commission. When I get some free time I will add to my Inquisition vs Chaos match-up.

My main deity will be Khorne, so there is one or two covens coming up along with Daemonic Engines and daemons. Then I will stray into the realms of Nurgle and Tzeentch.

/Fredmans

Fredmans
29-01-2011, 16:23
Next up is an update for my tyranids.

First, some genestealer reinforcements. I made one more grey genestealer (in case I want to ditch the broodlord). Then I made a mixed colour formation to go with the zoat. These are the three colour schemes.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan1.jpg

and a shot of the complete second formation (8 genestealers)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan2.jpg

and led by the Zoat (hrm, I mean Broodlord)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan3.jpg

and then a Tyranid Warrior formation. I use termagaunts as unit fillers, and this formation is mixed colours (to go with the previous brown and green ones)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan4.jpg

As always, thanks for watching and chatting
/Fredmans

Fredmans
29-01-2011, 16:25
I also managed to finish a second Harridan.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan5.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan6.jpg

and the two of them together
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjan7.jpg

For wing membranes, I used a similar scheme as with the green one, only with reds instead of greens. I start off with 1:1 khaki/dark leather, followed by a khaki drybrush. I then use a "dirt ink mix", consisting of red, black and brown. Finally, I make thin khaki highlights following the patterns suggested by the ink wash.

I'm trying to clear my work space of started paint jobs, so updates should be more frequent for now.
Cheers,
Fredmans

Fredmans
07-02-2011, 15:15
I thought I'd celebrate 10 000 views with a little teaser. This is a test piece for upcoming Khorne Daemonic Engines.

Part of Assault Engine:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosfeb1.jpg

Where I want cultist reds to look like clothing, and where the Hounds and Daemon Prince were painted in a more brownish red (the DP looks like a dog with wings anyway), I want the Daemonic Assault Engines to look more "cool", like possessed metal, so I opted for a bluish tinge. I especially wanted to avoid the original 90's Khorne look with blazing reds and brass. Therefore, the skulls are painted in grays and the brass is highlighted with a bit of chainmail silver. The gun has some blue in its ink wash.

Since the flash is playing tricks with the colours, I add a picture sans-flash (but with Arctic daylight instead).
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosfeb2.jpg

As always, thanks for watching (and commenting),
Fredmans

Ozorik
09-02-2011, 16:17
6mm conversions = mad (but in a good way)

Fredmans
04-03-2011, 16:03
6mm conversions = mad (but in a good way)

No conversions this time, just some pure old-school Chaos stuff.

So, I managed to finish some old antiquities from the past. They will form a Khorne support formation of assault engines for my LatD cultists. The details were in abundance, so to speak, but I tried to stick to a basic colour scheme with muted colours to dampen the Khorne effect a bit. I am quite pleased with them, although these older models have both their charms and flaws (mould lines one of the worst).

Group shot of Khorne Daemonic Assault Engines (left to right: Deathdealer, Blood Reaper, Cauldron of Blood, Brass Scorpion)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar13.jpg

I have chosen to steer off from the blazing reds and bright bronzes of old school Khorne. Instead I have tried to get a coolish daemonic tinge (with some blue in it). The skulls are painted in a scale of greys instead of white, the metal parts have blue in their ink washes and the bronze parts is finished with a 1:1 mix of bronze and silver. This was my attempt to unify all the various colours going on on these models.

Deathdealer, picture 1
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar1.jpg

For this engine, I used a black helmet to tie it to the Khorne Marines who are part of the Cultists.

Deathdealer, picture 2
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar3.jpg

Blood Reaper, picture 1
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar10.jpg

Blood Reaper, picture 2
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar11.jpg

more to follow in next post,
Fredmans

Fredmans
04-03-2011, 16:04
Cauldron of Blood, picture 1
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar4.jpg

Cauldron of Blood. picture 2
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar5.jpg

Brass Scorpion, picture 1
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar6.jpg

Brass Scorpion, picture 2
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaosmar8.jpg

Next up is some air cavalry and air support for my Imperial Guards. Thanks for watching,
Fredmans

jdp
04-03-2011, 22:00
Wow, it has been a while since I've seen any of those old daemon engines! Nice job on the painting as usual Fredmans you have a standard that inspires the rest of us.
Can't wait to see the Air Cav.

Fredmans
07-03-2011, 06:08
Wow, it has been a while since I've seen any of those old daemon engines! Nice job on the painting as usual Fredmans you have a standard that inspires the rest of us.
Can't wait to see the Air Cav.

Thanks for the kind words, jdp! How is your Warmaster project going?

/Fredmans

jdp
07-03-2011, 13:42
Thanks for the kind words, jdp! How is your Warmaster project going?

/Fredmans

Well, the Warmaster is on hold for a little while as I am busy painting Napoleonics at the moment. I do have a bunch of the little guys started and should really get back to them sooner than later.

Fredmans
11-03-2011, 11:58
Well, the Warmaster is on hold for a little while as I am busy painting Napoleonics at the moment. I do have a bunch of the little guys started and should really get back to them sooner than later.

Preferably sooner...

This has been a pet project of mine, and I have not had time to execute it until now. Two artillery commissars for my Steel Legion army.

Commissar 1 (with MP performing quality control).
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmar2.jpg)

Commissar 2 (upholding discipline/removing BM:s):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmar1.jpg

Thanks for watching,
Fredmans

Mr Feral
11-03-2011, 12:21
Hehe love the Commissar executing the deserter! :)

Clay Loudermilk
03-04-2011, 21:04
Beautiful stuff as ever, fantastic paintjob and full of character..

tancrede
07-04-2011, 09:40
It's always a joy to see Epic minis, and yours are really well painted.
Good job, man !

Geep
15-04-2011, 13:22
Great blog Fredmans

Is there any chance you can show some pictures of how you built your raveners and the broodlord (from the front page)? I read the ravener description but photos really help.

Fredmans
17-04-2011, 16:01
Beautiful stuff as ever, fantastic paintjob and full of character..


It's always a joy to see Epic minis, and yours are really well painted.
Good job, man !


Hehe love the Commissar executing the deserter! :)

Thanks for your appreciation. I love your own work logs, so your comments warm a lot.


Great blog Fredmans

Is there any chance you can show some pictures of how you built your raveners and the broodlord (from the front page)? I read the ravener description but photos really help.

The broodlord is an old school Genestealer Familiar. They appear on eBay every now and then. I have some WIP of my Raveners somewhere, so I will see what I can do.

As always, thanks for watching,
Fredmans

Fredmans
17-04-2011, 20:21
As promised, a sort-of-tutorial for Epic Raveners using...

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners1.jpg
a 40K Ripper and an Epic Tyranid Warrior (the one with deathspitter)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners5.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners3.jpg
I cut off armour plates from the Rippers back, and the larger claws as well. The old banner pole will come in handy later.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners4.jpg
Then I trim the Tyranid Warrior, cutting off legs, arms and the death spitter (for every two, you can make a Ravener with two deathspitters).

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners2.jpg
Taking the body and head of the Warrior, I then add it to the end of the Ripper's tail. The end result should look something like this.

Continued in next post...

Fredmans
17-04-2011, 20:28
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners9.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners11.jpg
After gluing the back plate to the Warrior's back, a final head plate is sculpted.

Arms are cut off banner poles (or the small plastic sticks that come with old slotta bases. The first segment is a little longer than the second. By cutting the poles in different angles, you can create different "looks". Finally, use Ripper claws or pieces of metal flash to create the scything talons. And finally, finally, use a plastic something (tooth, ripper tongue etc) as a horn.

Variety of Raveners...
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners7.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners8.jpg

And a comparison shot for scale:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/epicraveners12.jpg

I hope it helped somewhat. If I make more Raveners (or other conversions) I will be more careful to take photos during progress. These are just from the archives.

As always, thanks for watching
/Fredmans

Fredmans
17-04-2011, 20:34
The second time, I came to the conclusion that it was better to paint them before adding all that superglue from six arms.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti11.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti12.jpg

Then I added the arms
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti13.jpg

finished and based
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Tyranidsaugusti5.jpg

/Fredmans

orangesm
17-04-2011, 21:03
Those are awesome! Well done.

Geep
18-04-2011, 00:42
Thanks for the tutorial- great work.

Hopefully I won't mangle my own too badly :P

Fredmans
17-05-2011, 21:07
Finally, I've managed to finish something off. I wanted a second formation of Stormtroopers for my Steel Legion. The army group is taking shape and will consist of a core of Steel Legion units with a few support platoons from other IG armies. For Stormtroopers in Valkyries, I wanted a unit of Elysians and Valkyries to go with them. The Valkyries would match my other Imperial Navy assets. I also went for a "campaign" marker to show the air units' affiliation with said army group, using stripes and bands of the regiment's uniform colour.

Elysian stormtroopers led by a Commissar:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj5.jpg

For my storm troopers I opted for the colour scheme presented in Imperial Armour 3. Desert uniform with a greenish gray body armour. I added helmet markings for platoon commanders and squad sergeants and also added a stand of veterans (red stripe on left shoulder pad).
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj4.jpg

Storm troopers with Valkyries
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj3.jpg

The Valkyries (as well as my previous Navy units) are painted in desert camouflage on the top and sky camouflage on the bottom.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj2.jpg

I did some markings to show that these are the 1st through 4th Valkyries of the 221st Air Wing. The yellow stripe is their campaign mark and the commissar has a black panel with an imperial eagle to bolster troop morale while airborne.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj1.jpg

Continued in next post...

Fredmans
17-05-2011, 21:30
(Continued from last post) I also painted up a pair of Marauder bombers. I used the same colour scheme as for the Valkyries. The bombs and missiles are painted like the regiment's troops in honour of the brave men fighting the xenos.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj6.jpg

Shots from the sides and bottom:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj7.jpg

I also went back to add markings to my older stuff: a Vulture squadron
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj8.jpg

and two formations of Thunderbolts:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj9.jpg

The whole Imperial Navy contingent:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsmaj10.jpg

As always, thanks for watching
/Fredmans

Fredmans
22-05-2011, 18:47
I thought I would add some pictures from my workbench as some more Tyranid stuff is finished for painting.

I have some Hive Tyrants to paint...
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmaj4.jpg

...and thought I would make a second flying one. As you can see, I have cut off the two upper arms of a standard Tyrant. These will be replaced with Forgeworld ripper wings.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmaj2.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmaj3.jpg

When I cut off the sword arm, I started thinking about what to do with it. Then I saw this 1st edition Hive Tyrant, and what do you know, a Swarm Lord was born. I will most likely count it as a Scythed hierodule, but our gaming group also made some rules for a Tyrant Lord Supreme Commander to try out.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmaj1.jpg

Finally, I cleaned up some lovely fan-built Zoanthropes.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmaj5.jpg

There is another four on a stick. I will base them two to a base, like my previous Lictors and Raveners.

As always, thanks for watching and commenting,
Fredmans

Mr Feral
22-05-2011, 20:58
Converting Epic Raveners? Bonkers you are, but what results! :)

Geep
23-05-2011, 14:30
Looking forward to seeing the finished Tyrants.

Where did those zoanthropes come from? Does the sculptor sell them?

sheep
24-05-2011, 07:21
Nucking futs!

Everything is brilliant mate, the entire log was a pleasure to look through.

Cheers

Sheep

Eternus
15-07-2011, 12:12
Hey dude, just took the complete tour of your Epic project, and, to be honest, I'm not a bit impressed - I'm a lot impressed, especially with the quality of the paintwork and the conversions - in fact, it makes me feel positively sick...;)

The only downside is that one whimsical click on your sig link, and I'm swaying sharply back towards my own Epic armies from the track I was on towards Man O' War - ho hum, never mind!

Fredmans
16-07-2011, 10:54
And here I was searching for this thread on page 2, when a friendly soul had commented on it. Thanks for your kind comments, and I do hope that you turn back to your Epic armies. ;)

Me and my family is going away for a couple of weeks, and as much as I had wanted the whole batch of models to be finished, I thought I'd share the few models I have finished (sans basing).

I have been working on a few techniques to increase the contrast and depth of the colours without making it look silly, and although it takes a lot more time, I think the result turned out pretty good.

A Hive Tyrant (front and back)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjul1.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjul2.jpg

And two Zoanthropes:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjul3.jpg

As always, thanks for watching,
Fredmans

Siam-Tiger
17-07-2011, 15:52
Great work. I really like the paint job on that tyranids.

I hope i can withstand the urge to start epic a little longer until someone supplies miniatures for a reasonable price for that system. Until then, im going with Dysotpian Wars :)

shelfunit.
17-07-2011, 19:11
Horribly wonderful stuff, one of a few reasons I have just started painting (and collecting) Epic - plog to follow (No plugging here honest :D ).
@Siam-tiger - Ebay, Ebay, Ebay! Eldar, Space Marines and Orks are dirt cheap - Imperial guard vehicles are on all the time, but only the super heavies go for decent prices. As a quick example I picked up (over a period of a couple of months) 2 phantom titans and a warlock titan for a total of about 20.

Fredmans
18-07-2011, 09:28
Great work. I really like the paint job on that tyranids.

I hope i can withstand the urge to start epic a little longer until someone supplies miniatures for a reasonable price for that system. Until then, im going with Dysotpian Wars :)

Or use their models for Epic ;)


Horribly wonderful stuff, one of a few reasons I have just started painting (and collecting) Epic - plog to follow (No plugging here honest :D ).
@Siam-tiger - Ebay, Ebay, Ebay! Eldar, Space Marines and Orks are dirt cheap - Imperial guard vehicles are on all the time, but only the super heavies go for decent prices. As a quick example I picked up (over a period of a couple of months) 2 phantom titans and a warlock titan for a total of about 20.

Agreed. eBay is well worth checking, especially for the armies mentioned above. If you are not picky (about previous paint jobs or versions), it is actually dirt cheap on eBay UK. You can download the rules for free, and on this site:

http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/index.php

there are a number of developing army lists (more in line with current 40K armies).

It is a huge forum, but scroll down for the following headers:

Epic Armageddon
EA Force Lists

and

Epic Painting and Miniatures

for further inspiration.

Cheers,
Fredmans

spaint2k
09-08-2011, 21:01
Wow! There are some great conversions here, and while all your armies look great, I think the Tyranids are truly outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

jdp
09-08-2011, 22:34
Love the Hive Tyrant and Zoanthrope ridiculously high quality stuff considering the scale!

Fredmans
10-08-2011, 23:17
Wow! There are some great conversions here, and while all your armies look great, I think the Tyranids are truly outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for watching!


Love the Hive Tyrant and Zoanthrope ridiculously high quality stuff considering the scale!

Thank you, jdp! These pictures are basically three-ups (and the zoanthropes closer to four), and as such not as flattering as they could be, but I wanted to convey some of the effects I am working on.

The whole batch will be painted in a week or so, but I have a game coming up for my tyranids against orks next week and I have some terrain to prepare as well. I will try to take pictures of the battle.

/Fredmans

Fredmans
21-08-2011, 10:43
So, after a long hot summer, it is finally time for an update.

I mentioned that I had worked on my contrasts, and here is the result (the ones on the left are my first attempts, the ones on the right are new). I tried to keep a richness in colour (in effect staying out of the whites), yet achieve more distinctive highlights. I found out that a mid-stage second wash was a good strategy.

Hive Tyrants - old vs new
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug8.jpg

Hive Tyrants in the red-brown and the green camo scheme:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug4.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug1.jpg

A Winged Tyrant - I used Forge World Ripper Wings for this one (a much easier approach than my previous one which had me filing away at old 40K metal Gargoyle wings) I think they are on the edge of being too small, but still feel that they are credible enough.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug5.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug6.jpg

...and compared with the old one.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug7.jpg

To be continued in next post...

Fredmans
21-08-2011, 10:44
...continued from previous post.

The Swarm Lord was based on a Flames of War base to keep it squarely with the other units.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug2.jpg

and some lovely zoanthropes.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug3.jpg

and a group shot of the Swarm Lord's retinue:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsaug9.jpg

...an action shot (against orks):
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q81/ErikNe/Ork-Tyranider%20aug/battle7.jpg

Next up is some terrain and finally, some objectives (other than the old Macragge ones I always use in games),
Fredmans

Fredmans
28-08-2011, 18:39
So, after lots and lots of battles fought over coloured paper, out-of-scale trees and the old cardboard buildings from Space Marine, I have decided to set up a table or two with terrain.

A little while ago, I purchased roads and building bases from S6 engineering (http://www.s6engineering.co.uk/smallscale.html). So, I set down to weather the pieces, and dirtied them up with some sand as well. I went for a "deserted" look which I think is fitting for the wars of the 40K universe:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/terrainaug1.jpg
close-up:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/terrainaug2.jpg

Now, I have somewhere to put my Forgeworld buildings (which incidentally are up next):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/terrainaug4.jpg

I am very pleased with the roads and plan to make another order for me to play around with (bridges, road blocks, ruined streets and blocks etc). I am also seriously considering ordering some short short grass from Bacchus (https://www.baccus6mm.com/index.php?content=products/scenics&detail=scenics) in order to better tie it to the battle mat I am using.

As always, thanks for watching
/Fredmans

shelfunit.
28-08-2011, 22:13
Very nice looking terrain - I almost fear to ask how much the FW buildings set you back... the other stuff seems very reasonably priced.

Fredmans
29-08-2011, 09:23
Very nice looking terrain - I almost fear to ask how much the FW buildings set you back... the other stuff seems very reasonably priced.

When rumours about the demise of the ForgeWorld Epic product line began to spread (and things began disappearing from the web site), I hastily ordered them. It seemed a luxury at the time, but the prices now are so high that I have to remind myself that I bought these buildings because I wanted them, no matter what.
/Fredmans

Fredmans
16-09-2011, 22:10
I have decided to pick up the painting and assembling of my Lost and the Damned army again.

Early WIP of cultist assembly line:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/chaossept1.jpg

To make them look suitably chaotic, I have done a lot of head swaps (cultist/beast men/old Guard infantry), and to get the Khorne feeling, I did away with most of the swords and maces in favour of axes/halberds.

Soon to follow, mutans (and yes, they will be even more mutated)

Thanks for watching,
Fredmans

Mr Feral
22-09-2011, 22:01
Wow, that must of been fiddly work making and attaching those weapons!

I look forward to progress on the Cultists and Mutants. :)

Fredmans
14-10-2011, 11:21
Phew! Cultists and Mutants are built and undercoated. Meanwhile, I have been working on some terrain and objective pieces for my Tyranids.

These are my two Take & Hold objectives:

Capillary Towers:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoct1-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoct3-1.jpg

and a Brood Nest:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoct4-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoct6-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoct8-1.jpg

As always, thanks for watching,
Fredmans

jdp
15-10-2011, 13:42
Very nice objectives Fredmans! I am really enjoying your Tryranids, a very nice updating of the old figs to the curent style.
Now I can't wait to see the cultists all painted up!

Fredmans
05-12-2011, 22:27
Just a minor update, for now. I finished some Imperial Guard Rough Riders and a Blitz objective for my Tyranids.

I wanted to try out some new colour schemes for the horses and with the bureaucratic zeal of the Imperium, I thought that if anyone would be so crazy as to order certain colours, it would be the Guards alright. So to match the brown/yellow bases of my Guards, I developed two colour schemes; one flat brown of sorts and one dun/yellow. Then I heard (and haven't had time to check) that in the days of cavalry, commanders used to ride grey horses (so that the troops could spot them), so the captain got a grey horse. But then the Commissar would have to stand out even more, so I painted a white horse to show off his purity as he uses his chainsword + power lance combo.

Commissar:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsdec1.jpg

Brown, yellow and grey horses:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsdec2.jpg

And the whole platoon:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/guardsdec3.jpg

Finally, the tyranid blitz (basing and adding interiors to the old synapse node as I try to finish my new one)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsdec2.jpg

I have a game up for tomorrow so I'll try to add some pictures of it.

As always, thanks for watching
/Fredmans

Fredmans
28-03-2012, 20:32
Long time with no updates, but here is another small one. Me and a friend are organizing an Epic tournament in Stockholm, Sweden so much of my hobby time goes to building terrain. More pictures of that later, but occasionally I finish off other projects or missing units as well.

First up, some Meiotic Spore Sacks. In Epic, they are anti-aircraft units, hovering above the swarms. I took the Macragge spore mines, but I did not like the ground-hugging flight of them, so I carved them a little and raised them a bit from the ground, aiming for a more upright pose.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmars2-1.jpg

I used some clear plastic material that I got for 1 in a hobby store for flight sticks and I think they work well. In daylight, they are almost invisible.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmars3-1.jpg

I also finished a Synapse Node. In Epic, these serve as immobile fortresses, providing forward anti-aircraft abilities and garrison capabilities. It is a mish-mash of putty and Tyranid bitz and the occasional Gaunt.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmars5.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsmars4-1.jpg

As always, thanks for watching,
Fredmans

McMullet
28-03-2012, 23:17
Ooh, great to see you posting again Fredmans!

Nice idea with the Spores, and I agree that the clear plastic works really well. Is it a sheet you've cut up? As you say, it's nearly invisible which makes it hard to tell!

The Hive Node is a great piece of work. Gribbly sculpting and icky painting. Love it.

jdp
29-03-2012, 01:43
Very nice work Fredmans! The synapse looks cool, a nice little bit of Giger meets Lovecraft erupting from the ground, the harpy is a nice touch.
The spores are dead on as well more top shelf work.
I can't help but wonder though, where are the cultists? ;)

Fredmans
29-03-2012, 20:40
Very nice work Fredmans! The synapse looks cool, a nice little bit of Giger meets Lovecraft erupting from the ground, the harpy is a nice touch.
The spores are dead on as well more top shelf work.

Funny that you managed to pick my two favourite "Alien" sources in your description.


I can't help but wonder though, where are the cultists? ;)

They're obviously lost and most probably damned :) Seriously, though, I am itching to get back to them, I have not even posted pics the centigors and other mutant beasts I have created. Once the tournament is over, I will dedicate my hobby time to them. I have made some wonderful acquisitions for that army as well.


Ooh, great to see you posting again Fredmans!

Nice idea with the Spores, and I agree that the clear plastic works really well. Is it a sheet you've cut up? As you say, it's nearly invisible which makes it hard to tell!

The Hive Node is a great piece of work. Gribbly sculpting and icky painting. Love it.

Good to back. Aye, it's a sheet. Gribbly and icky, that must be short for Giger and Lovecraft. :)

Some more pictures coming up next week, and hopefully even a game.

/Fredmans

shelfunit.
31-03-2012, 22:48
Excellent stuff as usual.

Fredmans
07-04-2012, 08:04
Thanks again. As I said, I am trying to fill in gaps and missing formations. I have this time-consuming aim to paint at least two of every available formation. So this is bringing my Dactylis and Biovores up to the latest army list format (2 to 3 and 4 to 5 respectively) and also adding a second Dactylis swarm. Sorry about the pictures, lighting conditions were not optimal this morning.

Completing biovore swarm:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril1-1.jpg

Completing Dactylis swarm:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril3-1.jpg

Second Dactylis swarm:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril2-1.jpg

@McMullet: I enjoyed the battle report over at Tactical Command, looked like a fun game. Sometimes it is good to up the points and add all those gargants and titans.

As always, thanks for watching. I am having great fun with Tyranid terrain right now. As I am leaving the "building" stage and entering the "painting" stage, I am a little nervous how it is going to turn out. Hopefully, some pictures will make it to next week.

/Fredmans

cornonthecob
07-04-2012, 08:16
Dammit , why is it I see awesome epic stuff when I should be spending all of my money on dystopian wars.....

Fredmans
13-04-2012, 23:26
So, as promised, I have some shots of my Tyranid terrain project. First up are two pieces of swamp area terrain. I have some preferences when it comes to area terrain. I am trying to achieve good-looking and playable terrain. That means, your figures will have to be able to be placed inside it. For this purpose, I started with two "base areas" which are only slightly textured.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril4-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril5-1.jpg

Then, I built smaller swamp pieces on movable bases in different sizes. Most of them, but not all showing Tyranid activity.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril6-1.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril8.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril9.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril10.jpg

...

Fredmans
13-04-2012, 23:27
... and it ended up like this:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril11.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsapril12.jpg

Next up, Tyranid woods, brush and jungle.

Thanks for watching.
/Fredmans

Fredmans
22-04-2012, 20:43
Work has been horrible to me as of lately. Hobby time is reduced to 15-minute sessions. I have at least managed to finish a Tyranid "brush". For my Tyranid terrain, I want two things, "living" terrain and traces of Tyranid activity. For my three upcoming Woods, that means lots of organic structures and capillary towers instead of trees. At "brush" level, I wanted to find a way to portray both cover save and visibility. I opted for small corals from my local pet shop and glued them to small movable bases, following the same design that I used for my swamp.

Base Area: just flock, sand and the odd rock or shell/coral stone. Enough to keep the terrain interesting without impeding placement of units. For flock, I used mainly green flock (to tie it to my battle mat) with dead grass in patches towards the centre. The general idea is that Tyranid terrain kills local terrain.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsbrush1.jpg

Five movable small pieces. Some use tyranid bitz to show tyranid activity. Tufts are added to add height. More dead grass than green grass. Corals and stones are used to portray Area terrain (blocking LOS).
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsbrush3.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsbrush2.jpg

and put together:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsbrush4.jpg

You can move around/take away parts as units enter the terrain.

For my woods, I experiment with Instant Mold to add numbers to my vanishing Bitz-box. Pictures of the progress will be posted when I'm back from a work-related journey. Thanks for watching,

Fredmans
11-10-2012, 06:18
Just a few more additions to my (almost[almost]) finished Tyranid army.

Another batch of Hormagaunts:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoktober5.jpg

and some more Termagants
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoktober4.jpg

a fourth Malefactor (currenty army list makes them come in fours)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoktober1.jpg

Exocrines
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidoktober2.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsoktober3.jpg

A few more entries (Trygons, Titans, Biovores and 'Fexes) and I'm done with my old-school Nids. Then it will be time for an army shot.

Thanks for watching,
Fredmans

precinctomega
11-10-2012, 09:39
Brilliant project! Great to see Epic and 6mm gaming in general being so popular at the moment.

R.

Grimgork
11-10-2012, 09:40
Very nice as always :-) I am looking forward to the armyshot.

Fredmans
26-10-2012, 10:00
Thanks for the thumbs up, army getting more and more finished with every week. Next update, 10 Biovores:

Sorry about the crappy pictures, my daughter was in a hurry to get out and play. Silly old dad was very boring.

The whole lot:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/EpicBiovores1.jpg

I found these two in my Tyranid box, probably MkI.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/EpicBiovores2.jpg

The newer ones
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/EpicBiovores3.jpg

and hiding in the brush, firing away:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/EpicBiovores4.jpg

Thanks for watching
/Fredmans

Fredmans
01-01-2013, 18:36
A New Year come, and a first update. I have painted some more since last time. First, some Carnifexes.
Group shot:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsdecember8_zps8d842f92.jpg

Close-up:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsdecember1_zps459e5990.jpg

I alos have some pictures of my Trygon project. I usually do take pictures to "discover" the look of conversions before I paint them. The latest army list fields Trygons in threes as a tunnelling formation, so I decided to build tunnellers. As with my first Trygon, I did head swaps, using 40K Rippers. Then I added an arm section to each talon to give them some actual wielding capacity. I sawed the body in half and re-built it into a worm-like shape using a lot of greenstuff. Finally, I added chimney vents to the back. I noticed that the new 40K Trygons have rather low ones, probably to not be an hindrance during all that tunnelling, so I opted for smaller ones than the ones I started out with, but not so small that they would not stand out (a visual compromise).

Finished Trygon:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjanuary1_zps9d4a3c29.jpg

Two more angles:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjanuary2_zpsa04e3df1.jpg

WIP of a different head variant (that could be used to show synapse in other Tyranid lists):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjanuary3_zps8dc759a2.jpg

And a WIP Mawloc (open wide mouth, shorter talons):
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjanuary4_zpsa4468306.jpg

As always, thanks for watching and may you paint a lot of models this year!

/Fredmans

jdp
01-01-2013, 19:12
Excellent work on the Carnifexes Fredmans a nasty little formation!

I like the work so far on the Trygons, I can't wait to se them all painted up.

Fredmans
01-06-2013, 14:15
That was a long spring with little or no painting. If only the sun would shine a little so I could take some better pictures. Here's a teaser for now of my finished trygons. The one who is not bursting out is shown for reference. Better pics to follow.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni04_zpsb9a9c995.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni04_zpsb9a9c995.jpg.html)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni05_zpsf339d5f3.jpeg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni05_zpsf339d5f3.jpeg.html)

Cheers,
Fredmans

Fredmans
01-06-2013, 18:57
Weather keeps being miserable in these parts of the world, so I had to brighten up the pictures a bit.

Trygon Swarm: I wanted to play at their Tunnelling special deployment rule, so I wanted to raise them into the air and create some sort of crater/hole for them to emerge from.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni11_zps65783057.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni11_zps65783057.jpg.html)

I replaced the original heads with plastic Ripper ones, since the old ones were so small. I gave this one the horned Ripper head, in case I want to give the Leviathan list a shot, to mark Synapse. The Hormagaunt was added to frantically charge out in a different direction, to highlight the fact that they would pop up in the midst of enemy formations.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni09_zps29361945.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni09_zps29361945.jpg.html)

I added chimney vents to make them more alike the current Trygon and went for a snake-like pose, as if it had seen its victim and started to bend towards it.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni10_zpsb631ecc3.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni10_zpsb631ecc3.jpg.html)

I turned one into a Mawloc, just for fun. I shortened its talons, created a wider jaw and a flesh hook tongue and built the (sensory?) antennas around the head and along the back out of plastic rod.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni06_zpsf06fd8ea.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni06_zpsf06fd8ea.jpg.html)

While the other Trygons rise to the sky in search of prey, I built the Mawloc charge more like a crocodile attack, like "ahaaarrrhh!".
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni07_zpsf25d80c3.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni07_zpsf25d80c3.jpg.html)

The final Trygon is done in the my green colour scheme. The whole army consists of these two colour schemes in variation.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/tyranidsjuni08_zps372041d2.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/tyranidsjuni08_zps372041d2.jpg.html)

Hopefully, this will get the ball rolling, because with all those sweet 6mm models that people keep producing, I had better start painting a little more. I have two Titans left of my Tyranid project (for now), then I can post a whole-army-shot.

/Fredmans

jdp
02-06-2013, 20:52
Nice work on the Trygons F.! I definitely prefer your version bursting out of the ground to the old snake slinking along look. Can't wait for your army shot!

Fredmans
03-06-2013, 19:36
Two more titans. Then I'll set up a proper photo session. On a side note, I am dabbling and experimenting with 10mm fantasy, so I'll be expanding into the Fantasy blog sub-forum soon.

Fredmans
18-04-2014, 08:23
This thread ain't dead. I took my Tyranids for a tournament spin, and had a win, and two losing draws, which put me in the middle of the standings. I have started assembling Chaos cultists and mutants (fun indeed), and as promised, another Tyranid titan. Just two more to go, and I'm quite done with them for a while.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Hierodule1_zpsac26f955.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/Hierodule1_zpsac26f955.jpg.html)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Hierodule4_zps5cd86e0f.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/Hierodule4_zps5cd86e0f.jpg.html)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Hierodule2_zps120530a5.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/Hierodule2_zps120530a5.jpg.html)

There is another tournament in May, so I decided to bring out my Guards, with a few reinforcements. First up, a Baneblade Commissar, a la Fortress of Arrogance:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/FoA1_zps6be1d4ca.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/FoA1_zps6be1d4ca.jpg.html)

Thanks for watching,
Fredmans

Red Skullz
19-04-2014, 20:43
Lovely thread mate :)

You dont happen to know of a proper ork epic plog?

Fredmans
20-04-2014, 07:18
I usually hang out at Tactical Command for my Epic fix. There are some good Ork plogs over there:

http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25290

http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23911

/Fredmans

Karak Norn Clansman
20-04-2014, 08:30
Very nice Tyranids and activity markers. The Guards look great as well, especially that fortress. :D

Mike_Mee
04-05-2014, 18:01
Kinda wish I didn't get rid of my epic now :-( Sweet looking army dude!

Fredmans
06-06-2014, 12:00
For once, I update while on page 1 :)

So, I put the final touches to what I brought to the tournament.

Another set of blast markers, just a few to get the idea across (small for BMs, large for broken). I just based the old Epic 40.000 blast markers.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/bms_zps28d36297.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/bms_zps28d36297.jpg.html)

Damage markers (bought from an eBay seller)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/dcmarkers_zps4f8aa1ea.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/dcmarkers_zps4f8aa1ea.jpg.html)

Couple of Deathstrikes (performed miserably, causing 1DC on a Dominatrix, and blasted to bits before activated the other two games). I picked up some old ones at eBay, since the new ones were so expensive, and a little over the top, to be honest. I kind of like the tractor vibe going on here.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/deathstrikes_zps14a5ab0c.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/deathstrikes_zps14a5ab0c.jpg.html)

As always, thanks for watching,
Fredmans

Fredmans
06-06-2014, 12:03
My first shot at Imperial Titans of a homebrewed legion. These are ForgeWorld Warhounds. I wanted to try out matte oranges, and to resist the urge to paint Warp Runners or War Gryphons. I am saving that urge for later, I guess. Fire or Sun something would be an obvious name, so I'll keep wondering for a while. While orange is the main colour, individual titans will use different set of complementary colours (predominantly white, green or black).

For #1, I built a little ruined building, reinforced with some barrels to make a fire post, complete with a little sniper team. #2 uses a weird little fence/bushes I picked up at eBay years ago.

Warhound 1:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/warhound1_zps1691397f.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/warhound1_zps1691397f.jpg.html)

Warhound 1:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/warhound3_zpsf000bd1e.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/warhound3_zpsf000bd1e.jpg.html)

Warhound 1: Notice the sniper team through the windows (observer and sniper)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/warhound2_zpse654207d.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/warhound2_zpse654207d.jpg.html)

Warhound 2:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/warhound4_zps7026585a.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/warhound4_zps7026585a.jpg.html)

Warhound 2:
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/warhound5_zpsfb463c69.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/warhound5_zpsfb463c69.jpg.html)

/Fredmans

malika
06-06-2014, 12:03
I LOVE those damage markers!

Fredmans
06-06-2014, 12:04
Last of all, the painted Fortress of Arrogance. It was a crappy cloudy day today, so I'll make another photo session a bright summer day (I promise, we do have those in Sweden).

Arrogant side
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/fortress1_zps5f568db7.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/fortress1_zps5f568db7.jpg.html)

Fresque side (Defence of Hades Hive)
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/fortress4_zps6438bfd0.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/fortress4_zps6438bfd0.jpg.html)

A better view of the pulpit
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/fortress5_zps7106e3a5.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/fortress5_zps7106e3a5.jpg.html)

Sermon delivered
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/fortress2_zps71f2f3e7.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/fortress2_zps71f2f3e7.jpg.html)

/Fredmans

McMullet
31-07-2014, 07:55
Amazing job on the Baneblade! And nice Warhounds too, though I'm not too sure on the black as a complimentary colour; it kinda makes that one look unfinished compared to the other one. Maybe go for a grey instead?

Satan
31-07-2014, 08:44
Any insights from this I might bring over to the attempt to paint my 28mm-scale Warhound? ;-)

Scarily good work all around, I really like the black highlights on the baneblade, how did you do those?

van helser
03-08-2014, 11:59
The Fortress of Arrogance is just excellent. A great conversion, with a top notch paint job.

Makes me want to dig out my Epic models and get painting again!

Fredmans
21-08-2014, 08:13
Thanks for the comments, folks. Summer in Sweden has been excellent, almost too excellent in fact. Back to work, and painting...


Amazing job on the Baneblade! And nice Warhounds too, though I'm not too sure on the black as a complimentary colour; it kinda makes that one look unfinished compared to the other one. Maybe go for a grey instead?

I see what you mean. I have two more FW Warhounds and have to ponder how to paint them. Grey sounds good, and complements orange well.


Any insights from this I might bring over to the attempt to paint my 28mm-scale Warhound? ;-)

Scarily good work all around, I really like the black highlights on the baneblade, how did you do those?

I have found a black pattern that works for me.
1. Black
2. Black Grey (Vallejo Model)
3. Luftwaffe Uniform (Vallejo Model)
(4. Wolf Grey (Vallejo Game))

In Step 2, I try to highlight areas, whereas 3 and (4) is for edges, adressed in a somewhat realistic manner. I bet every manufacturer has equal colours, but I keep the black in shades of added blue. The last stage is only used when I want a detail to pop, or more contrast is needed.

My Guards and Tyranids are largely finished, with some small projects remaining, but I wanted to start the core of a third army, so I give you some teaser shots of my desk.

Khorne Cultists #1
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Chaoskhorne1_zps7fcaa2d2.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/Chaoskhorne1_zps7fcaa2d2.jpg.html)

Khorne Cultists #2
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Chaoskhorne2_zpsa4443916.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/Chaoskhorne2_zpsa4443916.jpg.html)

Chaos Hounds (Flesh Hounds depending on army list) and part of a Renegade Fire Support team
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f164/fredmans/Chaoskhorne3_zps2b5483c6.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/fredmans/media/Chaoskhorne3_zps2b5483c6.jpg.html)

Those with acute eyesight might be able to discern satyrs, halberds, head swaps and weapon swaps.

The models are a mixture of now OOP Chaos plastics and Dark Realm 6mm Humans.
http://www.darkrealmminiatures.co.uk/store/home.php?cat=2

Chaos Marines (Sanctified) are sprinkled throughout the rebels, to portray a malign force plotting and orchestrating the rebellion. I now work on two covens' worth of mutants (satyrs, centigors and various mutations on the beastman theme) and a more regular traitor company. Then I'll base the lot.

Thanks for watching, and your kind words,
Fredmans

van helser
21-08-2014, 17:21
Excellent cultists. Is that servitor-type model at the right of the last picture a Dark World model? He really fits in here well.

Fredmans
22-08-2014, 05:17
Excellent cultists. Is that servitor-type model at the right of the last picture a Dark World model? He really fits in here well.

Thank you. I think the mix makes them suitably chaotic. It is part of the Reg Hq pack.

198959

/Fredmans