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“Flesh Hounds Are The Powerful Daemonic Attack Dogs Of Khorne.”

“They dash into combat at high speed and tear their foes apart with razor sharp claws.”

These three plastic 6mm scale Flesh Hounds used to be produced by "Games Workshop" for their tabletop wargame "Epic", and disappointingly are now long Out Of Production (OOP). However I was fortunate enough to stumble across a small tub of these daemonic canines from the second-hand stall, “Lesley’s Bitz Box”, whilst visiting "Colours" at Newbury three years ago, and thought I should finally paint up a single unit as a pilot piece.


Before I could even begin to apply a brush to these tiny figures though, I needed to make some repairs to a couple of their spiked tails, which had somehow been broken during their storage. In the past I’d have probably just dumped the damaged dogs in the bin. But as these models are apparently rather difficult to acquire these days, I was willing to spend the extra time fixing them up with a little drilling and an application or two of plastic glue, rather than just throw them away.

Xenomorphs - Made up of figures from "Ground Zero Games" and "Pendraken Miniatures"

Once mended the trio were all super-glued onto a thin strip of wood, and primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red. They were then washed using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and very carefully dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. I subsequently 'picked out' their back spines and head crests with some “Citadel” Abaddon Black and their teeth with a combination of “Vallejo” White and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.


With my tiny test base finished, I have found the time to also complete six more 15mm scale metal miniatures by “Ground Zero Games”. These Xenomorphs are available as code SG15-X01 from the company’s Stargrunt Infantry range, and were super-glued in pairs upon three medium-sized plastic “Flames Of War” stands by “Battlefront Miniatures”.

"Tangent Miniatures" WIPs - The Recruiter has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

The vicious extra-terrestrials were undercoated with a double-helping of “Citadel” Abaddon Black. They were then somewhat softly dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, before being given a wash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil in order to help tone down their highlights and better blend them in.


Lastly, I have based, primed, layered, shaded and dry-brushed another 28mm metal miniature by “Tangent Miniatures”. The Recruiter/Conman is from their Space Warriors range and delightfully bares more than a passing resemblance to Centauri from Nick Castle’s 1984 science fiction flick “The Last Starfighter”.

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wsd50
Aug 28, 2021

really nice work on the flesh hounds, I never really got into Epic, as at the time I was just doing 28mm, it wasn't until later I started dabbling in the smaller stuff 😁.


Your Aliens look the business too, you wouldn't want to see that little lot stomping across the table at you!


Ahh, "The Last Starfighter" I remember going to the local cinema to see that when it came out, and all the fuss about the CGI effects, last time I saw it I couldn't help but laugh at how awful they look now! Shame because the film itself is actually pretty good. Strangely I watched film on Amazon this morning (the dog got me up a six!…


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wsd50
Aug 28, 2021
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I think the beard is his as he seems to have it in a lot of his later films 😀.


But yes it's not good! 🧔

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planetmut
Aug 27, 2021

Really good job on those flesh hounds! They are still available if you're willing to shell out over $100 on Ebay LOL! Back in the day I had a decent-size Slaanesh army for Epic, so I used to buy the Chaos box set a lot, paint my daemonettes/riding beasts/fiends and chuck all the Khorne, Tzeentch and Nurgle figures back in the box. Wish I'd hung on to them.


You're right about the Epic stuff being dinky, I had a hell of a time trying to paint the Slaanesh minis with different pastel shades.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 28, 2021
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Some are painted - both Space Marines and Eldar. But some are still untouched, so I've added them to the painting queue. Even found a load of the old foam buildings, as well as the cardboard ones. 😀

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undercoat2670
Aug 27, 2021

Good work on the flesh hounds, good call on the contrasting stuff colour. It is interesting to see how their design has changed over the years. Your xenomorphs look formidable enmasse! Game over man, game over!

I vaguely recall the Last Starfighter bloke, but initially thought you were starting a new cowboy project!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 27, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. Its incredible how much detail is on the Epic minis when you zoom in for a pic or two, LOL!!! I'm really happy with the Xenomorph numbers and still have a few more to go before finishing them tbh.


No new projects for me currently. Just trying to clear the decks for the rest of the year!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 27, 2021

Great work on the fleshhounds Simon, your building up a most impressive force of xenomorphs, and the recruiter looks a great model.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 27, 2021
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Thanks Dave. The Flesh Hounds are super dinky as you can probably imagine, but I'd like to do a few more if I can before the month is out. Those are just the Xenomorphs from this month, I have double that, including Face Huggers. I hope to post a picture of the entire ensemble soon.

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