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“Though Vaguely Canine In Form…”


“…Flesh Hounds are more a horrific cross between dog and reptile.”

These six plastic 6mm scale Flesh Hounds [twelve shown with accompanying Bloodletters] were produced by "Games Workshop" for their tabletop wargame "Epic", and regrettably are now long Out Of Production (OOP). However I was jammy enough to stumble across a tub of these daemonic canines from the second-hand stall, “Lesley’s Bitz Box”, whilst visiting "Colours" at Newbury a few years ago, and as part of one of my recent self-imposed Weekly Challenges, thought I should paint up some of them.


“Found by the hundreds and thousands on the bone-littered plains surrounding Khorne's demesne in the Realm of Chaos”, the tiny figures were super-glued onto two thin strips of wood, and primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red. They were then washed using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and very delicately dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Both this 6mm Lander Raider and Rhino were uncoated by their previous owner

Later, each “bloody-minded daemonic beast” had their back spines and head crests ‘picked out' with a little “Citadel” Abaddon Black. As a final touch I also decided to dot their super-tiny teeth/fangs with a well-placed spot of “Vallejo” White, and then dirtied these areas up, along with the insides of their open maws, with some “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.


Momentarily sticking with “Epic”, I have set aside some opposition to my 6mm Forces of Chaos in the shape of some second-hand Adeptus Astartes I was gifted a good couple of decades ago. There’s no actual rhyhm or reason as to the motley collection, and many of them have already undergone a somewhat thick initial coat of black paint – probably “Citadel” Chaos Black.

"The Iron Star Alliance is able to afford the most advanced technology and weapons for its military."

However, I thought a sizeable batch of space marines, assault marines, rhinos, land raiders, speeders and robots would make an enjoyable small(ish) project for the forthcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Although, despite wanting this force to encompass as many chapters as I can cram in, I fear the black ‘prime’ is predominantly going to limit some of the units to being Black Templar, Iron Hand or perhaps Raven Guard…


Lastly, having recently finished painting three Paladin Annihilators by “Privateer Press” for “Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika”, I have revisited the rest of my Iron Star Alliance forces and re-painted all of their Arc receiver’s with a combination of “Vallejo” Brass and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. I had actually used this palette on most of their backpacks before anyway, but I then spotted a couple of areas I have consistently missed on the older models which I decided to ‘pick out’ so that they would match-up better with the new Annihilators.

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undercoat2670
Dec 12, 2021

You are getting a great force of epic daemons and the red and black makes them pop! My favourites though are your Iron Star Alliance, they look fabulous! Great job on both.

There are plenty of black or dark coloured chapters and Legions of Space Marines so you have a lot of choice. Raven Guard did like their jump troops but they had plenty of tactical units and vehicles too. They also didn't get their beaky armour until after the drop site massacre so you can pretty much fill your boots!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 12, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I have another two stands of Epic Bloodletters ready for the next post, and then at least another six for the AHPC - as I want to build quite the horde for my Space Marines to battle. Spookily the jump troops I own aren't primed at all, so they won't be black - probably blue-grey to represent the Space Wolves.


I've also got a few space marines in Mk VII armour, most of which are untouched too, so I'm currently contemplating whether to just mingle them in with the beaky marines, or field 5-6 stands of them alone - seeing as I can then paint them whatever colours I want - maybe some Imperial Fists and White Scars..?

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planetmut
Dec 12, 2021

Love your Khorne daemons, those older models are so well sculpted given their size. As for the black Marine stuff, you could always find a Chapter that's black with a colour trim instead of sticking with an all-black scheme.


Those Iron Star Alliance figures look amazing, the metallic armour is really well done!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 12, 2021
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Indeed!! But I'd rather show them in their green glory - so have a couple of unpainted Rhinos set aside for the Dark Angels, and if I can ever acquire some unpainted plastic Terminators, may well do a white/ivory-coloured Deathwing squad or two. I do have some already blue-covered Terminators glued to some old stands which I need to... extract. So they'll be Ultra-Marines if I can get at least five free without breaking them.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 12, 2021

Great work on the epic miniatures Simon, for the loyalist force I would steer away from Raven Guard, as they prefer flight, but at the end of the day they are your models and paint them as you wish.

The Paladins look great all set out together

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 12, 2021
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Thanks Dave, I've some more Bloodletters to post up next, and then I'll be saving the Adeptus Astartes for the AHPC. The black-coloured chapters will only be used for the majority of the Tactical marines, a couple of Land Raiders and a trio of Rhinos - as they're the ones which have all been 'glooped' with black paint by their previous owner, so I don't want to try a difficult colour on them. They're also all the old 'beaky' space marines - so there isn't really much room (with my eyesight and paintbrush skill at least) to do much else with them.


The Assault marines, speeders, and bikers etc are still unprimed, so they're going to be a mixture of…

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