6mm – Epic Eldar Wave Serpents

While I’m not very keen on Warhammer 40k or Age of Sigmar, I like the Games Workshop universe quite a lot and I’ve always had a soft spot for Epic.

Some time ago Olaf and I discovered Epic UK and their excellent updated lists for the Epic Armageddon iteration of Games Workshop’s nominally 6mm scale wargame set in the 40k universe. We’ve since played a few games – I have a Biel Tan Eldar force, rather small and with few of the miniatures actually painted by me. I got a lot of second hand minis from Ebay with pretty poor but not horrible paintjobs and for a long time I’ve been meaning to paint up more of my Eldar force myself.

I actually started painting my Wave Serpents a while ago with a very basic scheme, but I’ve only just gotten around to painting them properly. I really love the original Mk.1 Wave Serpent model (it is SO much better than the newer Mk.2 model in my opinion) and these were a lot of fun to paint.

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6mm – 3d Printed Terrain

A while ago I bought a set of buildings and ruins from ebay, user mikethomas85. They were very clearly made using a 3d printer, but the quality and design is definitely not bad and I’m pretty happy with them for Epic Armageddon.

Painting them involved a simple dark grey priming coat, a mid grey heavy drybrush, a lighter grey ligh drybrush then some added highlights. I also added some stains from a Vallejo smoke wash and bits of cork rubble and flock plus some green paint to represent moss.

I think they turned out pretty well. Here they are with a stand of Eldar Swooping Hawks (not painted by me) on a standard base for scale.

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15mm Sci Fi – Tavshar colour scheme prototype

Have just been working out the colour scheme and basing scheme for my Tavshar from Loud Ninja Games (https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/loud-ninja-games-15mm). The model, a Tavshar trooper, was really nice and a pleasure to paint.
 
The scheme I used was a lot brighter than my usual style – nice to step outside my comfort zone a little.
 
The pictures I took sadly don’t really do the paintjob justice. It isn’t amazing or anything but it’s one of my better efforts and that doesn’t show up too well on my rubbish phone camera.
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List of 15mm sci-fi miniature stores

I’ve spent quite a lot of time researching and rooting out the various suppliers of 15mm scale sci-fi miniatures, mainly in the UK and US. This is as near to an exhaustive list as I can provide. I will add comments on each site over time and probably put up some reviews of products I’ve purchased (though I haven’t bought from all of these sites by any means).

The comments about each range are of course just my opinion. Please form your own by visiting these excellent sites!

It’s worth noting of course that 15mm scale varies somewhat between sculptors. It’s supposed to mean an average human is 15mm from toes to eyes, but what is considered average varies and some sculptors go with a more ‘heroic’ or exaggerated style. For this reason I generally prefer alien ranges, especially as I intend to use my 15mm miniatures for 12mm scale (1/144 to be precise) gaming in Heavy Gear Blitz, where 15mm humans would look extremely strange!

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