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The recently released Warhammer: Age of Sigmar makes me realize how much I like the Warhammer Fantasy Battles Old World. It is a fantasy setting with a very solid background story and many playable races. In 30 years almost the entire Old World has been explored. Now with the Age of Sigmar, all official support for WFB ends, leaving me with a huge amount of nostalgia. When you'll hear me speak about Warhammer, I will always mean Fantasy Battles, not 40,000 nor AoS.
I entered the hobby in 4th and 5th edition, so I do like the campaign packs filled with cardboard scenery. Each pack was based around a conflict between two races in the Warhammer world.
Circle of Blood: Bretonnia versus Vampire Counts.
Perilous Quest: Bretonnia versus Wood Elves.
Grudge of Drong: High Elves versus Dwarfs.
Tears of Isha: High Elves versus Dark Elves.
Idol of Gork: The Empire versus Greenskins.
Leaving us with following armies missing in official packs:
- Chaos Warriors
- Chaos Daemons
- Ogre Kingdoms
- Tomb Kings
- Chaos Dwarfs
Now, this makes we wonder what other packs COULD have been made... I dare to give it a go. Imagine this:
- Lizardmen versus Skaven. Not so farfetched if you've read the recent stories from Warhammer - End of Times.
- Ogre Kingdoms versus Beastmen. The south coast of the Dark Lands is covered in thick forest, as are the foothills of the World's Edge Mountains and the Mountains of Mourn. An army from the Ogre Kingdoms seeking a way south might bumb into evil herds of the Beastmen.
- Chaos Dwarfs versus Tomb Kings. By expanding their empire south-west, the Chaos Dwarfs hit an underground necropolis. All bones will have to go!
- Chaos versus Kislev. Storm of Chaos anyone?
The Lizardmen campaign pack could have had cardboard Lustrian temples and spawning pools. Menhirs and caves could have been in the Beastmen pack. And some Egyptian themed obelisks and temples for the Chaos Dwarf pack... Oh mighty parallel universes, what secrets do you hold...
To use my 10 Dark Elf Knights with 28mm Warmaster I have to rebase some of them. Cavalry is six miniatures wide, one row. And I only have 10 miniatures...
The solution was easy. I removed the cavalry bases from two leaders. I then rebased them on 50mm by 50mm bases. That's an equal size to two standard cavalry bases.
Blood Bowl (Third Edition) is a game I played once, a couple of years ago. I loved it straight away and bought some miniatures and parts here and there over the years. So far I scavenged Skaven, Dwarf, Wood Elf, Lizardmen, Chaos en Orc teams.
Now it's time to start putting the teams together!
My first team is 100% custom. Minor conversions save me a lot of money, yet still granting all the fun of playing the game.
There are 8 plastic Skinks (with weapons removed) and 4 Saurus players with Space Marine shoulder pads. The color scheme is turquoise blue with red as detail color.
This Kroxigor is an old metal Harlequin miniature. I added some plastic football "gloves" from the Warhammer Ogre sprues.
Cold-blooded Carnage! Lizardmen for the win!
(Original miniature by Harlequin)
I went to the CRISIS miniature games convention in Antwerp. I shouldn't have done that, it's bad for my wallet
It was awesome! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Deus Vult: Wargaming in the time of the Crusades
I'll be there again next year!
I entered the miniature games hobby by HeroQuest. This way I learned that a company like Games-Workshop existed. Years later I discovered a FLGS* in the city and there I bought my first White Dwarf magazine, issue #157. I had access to my friend's earlier editions of the famous magazine. There were many pictures of wonderfully painted mianitures and the Bretonnian knights cought my eye. They became my favorites. But sadly, that army was not supported anymore by GW...
*(My local games store was not friendly but it was the top seller in Belgium...)
I started collecting Skaven (which, for a student, was a bad choice money-wise). And the dark magic of the Undead also drew my attention.
Then the great news came in: a new version of Warhammer! A box filled with brand new Lizardmen and BRETONNIANS! Unfortunatelly there were many other interesting games those days. Various ccg's, Epic 40,000 and many more. So I didn't end up with a large Bretonnian army.
If you followed my blog for some years, you'll have noticed I tried to reboot my Bretonnian collection. And managed to organize me a nice unpainted army already.
And then a great painted army came up for sale... Not being a student anymore (for a long time) I now held the possibility to actually buy myself my favorite army... And the trap closed. SOLD! So here I present you my new army which I'll reorganize to play 28mm Warmaster with.
Wishes can come true... in time.
The Bone Collector
(No, not a dog...)
I summoned all undead to my desk. I'll have to reconfigure my units because I want to play 28mm Warmaster instead of Warhammer.
The cavalry units have to be 6 miniatures each.
Ranged infantry regiments have one row with nine miniatures.
I don't have enough Ghouls to form a regiment of 15 miniatures, so I added a lesser Necromancer...
Monsters are three units side by side.
More reconfiguration is necessary for my skeleton and zombie regiments. I expect to end up with two zombie regiments and 5 skeleton regiments. I'll show them in a later post.
... short on words.
That's "the plan". It's always nice to make sketches before you start building the scenery.
Tools used: ruler (or something solid and straight), saw, gloves to protect hands from saw, things to keep the ruler in place, and a knife.
I made four of these. To be used as one central large hill, 2 medium hills on the sides of a table, or 4 corner based small hills. They can be used in 6mm, 10mm or 28mm games.
Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:55 pm
Trying to combine misery with new gaming pleasure.
We had a water leak in the house. Had to remove tiles and concrete. By hand, to save other plumbing and pipes.
Then I saw the pieces of tiles and cement, and an idea came to my mind. Epic ruins!
I added a Rhino in the pictures for scale reference.
First I glued the rubble to cardboard (with TEC-7).
Then I poured woodglue over the lot. And then added fine sand.
Easy to make, cheap, and great results! (Even when unpainted...)
Conversions are not exclusively for miniatures! It can be done with cardboard scenery too. I'll show a custom job on a building from Terror of the Lichemaster in this blogpost.
The plastic door is from the game Dark World. The gameplay is bad. (Some 7-year-olds might like it...) But the contents are great to scavenge for parts.
I used a saw to cautiously remove the hinges of the wooden door from the "Burg Des Schreckens" scenery piece.
I have also devised my own tool to help me construct the cardboard buildings. A clothespin is very handy to keep the cardboard parts in place while the glue hardens. But sometimes the are is very narrow. Nothing a saw can't fix!
Sometimes the clothespins can't be used. It's then when you have to be inventive as this last picture shows:
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