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A journey back into 40k, and back in tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

A journey back into 40k, and back in tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

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Project Blog by hazyboy75 Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Picture the scene. Its the early 90s and at a Games Day in Birmingham a young Hazyboy has just purchased the Space Marine boxed game and is sitting on the floor gazing in wonder at the contents. Like a chest of plastic treasure inside it was bursting with THREE tiny, tiny armies (Ork, Marine and Eldar) buildings and an actual Warlord titan! Now, I was involved in the hobby before this but 2nd edition Space Marine was the first time I can remember really playing a game properly and collecting proper armies with my mates. It was also when I first remember making scenery and creating boards beyond and bit of floor and some books! All was well and when the expansions (and Titan Legions) came along all was well in Hazyboys garden of gaming. So what happened? Well basically 3rd Edition came along. Initially I was was excited for its release and it was purchased as soon as it came out but to this day I still remember a sense of unfolding disappointment as to what the game now was. Blast markers, new base sizes, what was this nonsense? Now, with hindsight I was just naive and pissed that the game I had invested so much time into in had changed and like that the magic was gone. I didn't realise then that I had the choice of continuing with the version I enjoyed, like most people when they first get invested into a universe I just thought you had to play the 'new' version. The previous editions were consigned to the bin. Anyway, that was the last of Epic until a few weeks ago when during a random group chat with some pals the subject of Epic came up. Now that should have been the end of it but the very next day someone posted a pile of games for sale on Ebay and I spied a very familiar logo... Obviously this was a sign from the gaming God and a quick exchange later, id managed to snag it for a very reasonable price. When it arrived I was immediately transported back to those halcyon 90's days, the art, the simplicity, the humour, the tiny rhinos, it was all there in one massive nostalgia hit and I've been hooked again. So its time to break out the tiny armies, scour Ebay, the 3D print files and recreate the 90s!

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Deathwatch

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I wanted a veteran detachment to go with my force and whilst I have models selected for my Veteran company (more on those later) I thought it would be cool to include the Death Watch as they have long been a 40k favourite of mine. So out with the speed paints!I wanted a veteran detachment to go with my force and whilst I have models selected for my Veteran company (more on those later) I thought it would be cool to include the Death Watch as they have long been a 40k favourite of mine. So out with the speed paints!
So why is my painting taking so long?So why is my painting taking so long?
Oh Chapter, my Chapter!Oh Chapter, my Chapter!
Deathwatch
And with that my Death Watch baddasses are ready for a grassy dip!And with that my Death Watch baddasses are ready for a grassy dip!
Annnnnd basedAnnnnnd based

Predators Ho!

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Next up it’s time for some armour, another of the 3D print files we sourced  were the mighty marine battle tank, the Predator!Next up it’s time for some armour, another of the 3D print files we sourced were the mighty marine battle tank, the Predator!
And done. Ready to roll out and crush a multitude of foes!!And done. Ready to roll out and crush a multitude of foes!!

Devastator Company

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Next up it’s something a little more complex as it’s the Devastator Company. In the old days these were just missile  launcher armed marines but upon investigating the files available it looks like I can have 4 different weapon models and a sergeant so of course, I will! I’ve gone for a plasma cannon, multi melta, autocannon and an old school missile launcher fired from the hip. Delightful!

Plasma CannonsPlasma Cannons

The pastel blue for the plasma looked a little washed out so I made it brighter using Andrea blue instead.

Also, in a moment of giddy nostalgia I remembered my original Warp Sharks had a bone effect on their weapons and whilst there was no way i was recreating the look on the bolsters I did decide to do it on the heavy weapons. Brilliant idea on 6mm!🫣

Missile LaunchersMissile Launchers
Multi Meltas Multi Meltas
All ready for a wash and a dip in the basing tub!All ready for a wash and a dip in the basing tub!
3/2 medium, dark tone wash3/2 medium, dark tone wash
Based with accompanying Rhinos!Based with accompanying Rhinos!

Assault Company

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Next up it’s the first fully printed company in the form of the Assault Company Next up it’s the first fully printed company in the form of the Assault Company
All done after a quick wash with dark tone and flock basing All done after a quick wash with dark tone and flock basing

Land Raiders. ROLL!

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Now for another old favourite, the Land Raider company.Now for another old favourite, the Land Raider company.
A beautiful sight!A beautiful sight!

The Forges of Mars (Elegoo) open!

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HOLD EVERYTHING!! Whilst I was merrily painting away my friend @anderssen informed me he had just purchased an Elegoo Mars printer! Immediately we went scouring the Internet for 3D files and unearthed a treasure trove of models and after a few days this haul arrived…HOLD EVERYTHING!! Whilst I was merrily painting away my friend @anderssen informed me he had just purchased an Elegoo Mars printer! Immediately we went scouring the Internet for 3D files and unearthed a treasure trove of models and after a few days this haul arrived…
New vs OldNew vs Old

I had to pause for a few weeks to sort out what I needed but now the floodgates will open for the glorious rebirth of the mighty Warp Sharks. Also, @anderssen is building the guard force of his dreams so expect a large confrontation soon.

Oh and I haven’t forgotten about those Eldar and Orks, believe me when I say with the amount of file we have this is going to get epically out of hand!!!

Basing decisions!

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Now, I’m my head I was going to do a basic sand base and be done with it but Ben and Gerry mentioning going full green on the bases hooked me in so like a fool that’s what I did!

After about three coats of army painter Ork Green I finally got an even colour down and got to work with some woodland scenics flock I had laying around.

And done!And done!
Now for one of the big boys, it’s the Phantom Titan!Now for one of the big boys, it’s the Phantom Titan!
I quite like the scheme in the Renegades rule book so using speedpaints im going to see if I can recreate it (loosely)I quite like the scheme in the Renegades rule book so using speedpaints im going to see if I can recreate it (loosely)
BALLS! Think there may have been some flock in the nozzle as the end popped off and turned my desk into a crime scene! Note, the paint comes out very easily, if it doesn’t clean the nozzle, don’t squeeze harder! I make these mistakes so you don’t have to!!BALLS! Think there may have been some flock in the nozzle as the end popped off and turned my desk into a crime scene! Note, the paint comes out very easily, if it doesn’t clean the nozzle, don’t squeeze harder! I make these mistakes so you don’t have to!!

And now for the Orks!

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Red ones go faster!Red ones go faster!

Next up I have some Whirlwinds I found on EBay and some Vindicators i found on Thingiverse. Now I have an ageing FDM printer so yes there will step lines and the quality won’t be great but for the time being they are effectively free and will do for now!

Whirlwinds done!Whirlwinds done!
Now once again I will caveat that these are printed off an old FDM printer and close up are a bit ropey but with being so small I can get away with it until I find suitable replacements!Now once again I will caveat that these are printed off an old FDM printer and close up are a bit ropey but with being so small I can get away with it until I find suitable replacements!
Vindicators done as wellVindicators done as well
And now for another test print, this time for the Eldar. I found a print for a Tempest grav tank that I want to try.again, from ThingiverseAnd now for another test print, this time for the Eldar. I found a print for a Tempest grav tank that I want to try.again, from Thingiverse
And again, not perfect but it’ll do for now. Need to be a little more careful with the paint application!And again, not perfect but it’ll do for now. Need to be a little more careful with the paint application!

Let us begin...

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A thing of beauty!A thing of beauty!

Checking the contents and getting a Phantom thrown in!

Initially I want to create a basic company for each faction using the box contents.

For the Space Marines it’ll be a standard tactical company but what Chapter??

Back in the day I never really settled on a Chapter, I toyed with Salamanders, Imperial Fists and of course Ultramarines but never achieved a uniform look. I did however in 28mm with my own Chapter, The Warp Sharks 🦈! In my head they were a doomed Chapter, decimated after being attacked by renegade marines. Now it’s time for them to rise again in tiny form!

For the Eldar it’ll be a Warhost and I know exactly where this one is going.

Ive never collected Eldar but like Ben I’ve always had a thing for Iyanden. As standard I would avoid yellow like the plague but recently I have received a set of Army Painter speed paints so I’m keen to see what they can do!

Finally it’s the Orks and where as with the previous two there is limited options here there is a bit more thought required as I need to select a clan.

Originally, like I did with the Marines I was a bit all over the shop with which clan to choose. I’d dabbled with all of them but the more I thought about it one model in particular stood out for no other reason than I just liked it. The model in question is the the Gobsmasha. It’s not particularly powerful or crazy looking but something about a weird tank with big wheels looking thing just always spoke to the Ork in me. Just so happens that these are Evil Sunz only so that sorts that issue!

First up it’s the Tactical Company. This is the only 28mm survivor of my Chapter. Dead easy scheme, it be a grey prime and a bit of blue!First up it’s the Tactical Company. This is the only 28mm survivor of my Chapter. Dead easy scheme, it be a grey prime and a bit of blue!
Nice and simple, now for the rest!Nice and simple, now for the rest!
Now for the Iyanden!Now for the Iyanden!
That’s them done, simple, but poppy!That’s them done, simple, but poppy!