Miniature Games Construction Yard

In this blog I'll talk about various miniature games. Custom miniatures and minor conversions are my favorite pastime. I'll cover scenery making and painting too. The WIP you'll see here is all about Necromunda, Epic 40,000, Warhammer Fantasy 5th Edition, Warmaster and Warhammer 40K 3rd Edition.

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Race Track

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A recent game of Formula Dé rekindled my love for this game.

I'm a fan of the yearly 24 hours race at Le Mans (France). There are many expansion tracks for Formula Dé, but they never made Le Mans. And I really want to race this legendary track!

So I had to make one myself.

Several A4 prints to make one large gameboard:


With lanes and corner sections in pen:


I miscalculated the width of the track, that's why some sections only have two lanes instead of three. One day I'll reprint with correct width...
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Changer of Ways

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I have a new set of dice. They're issued by the Chaos god Tzeentch, a.k.a. Changer of Ways.



What a fitting set of dice. 7's! Now I'll win every Warhammer battle. devil

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Horny Summoning

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The Warmaster Trial Armies army list provides rules for summoning Valkyries. I really want to use these spectral female warriors in my Norse army. But there's a catch. You'll need a Norse Shaman with a special Chariot Mount. That's why I started gathering cheap bits and converting commenced.



An old High Elf chariot it the basis of my miniature. I had two spare horses with a Celtic attitude from I-Kore's Gaels.



The Shaman is a plastic Chaos Marauder from Games-Workshop with a staff from the Wood Elves sprues. His Horn of Resounding (to summon the Valkyries) is an Orc musician arm.



I konw his right hand is a bit off-scale. I'll paint it silvery to represent an armoured fist.
Only one thing left to add, a cape!

And now you're all wondering which miniatures I'll be using to represent the incomming horde of mounted Valkyries... I've seen Foundry Miniatures, but those women are all on foot. Then there are some great winged angels from Reaper Miniatures. But they're too expensive for a side-project like this. Bretonnian Pegassi with mounted Wood Elves crossed my mind too. But again, too costly...

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3x Moonstar on Brightwind. (On 40mm square GW bases.) They'll be my mounted Viking women!
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Sick of Superglue? Try TEC-7.

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I have been promoting TEC-7 glue quite often in my blog. I don't have shares in the company, but it's my holy grail for sticking metal miniatures together. (Works on plastics too.)



Here's how I work with the stuff. The product comes in tubes that require a "pistol" to apply the glue.



Take a piece of paper and apply a dot of TEC-7. Then use a small tool (or strip of cardboard) to smear the glue onto your miniature. The glue takes a long while to harden. Let it rest for hours. One advantage of TEC-7 is that it remains "rubbery". So the miniature can take a hit and the glue won't break.



TEC-7 is ideal if you have a batch of miniatures that need to be attached to the slottabases. Plastic glue or superglue does not allow rearranging a lot after you glued it to the base. With TEC-7 you can adjust the position of the miniature if it does not fit well into the regiment.



You might know this iconic miniature from Warhammer 4th edition: an Orc Shaman mounted on his Wyvern. This miniature is heavy metal. The wings are heavy and they break easily when glued with superglue. TEC-7 remains "rubbery" and can take a hit.

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Rackham Rubble

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After three years I finally found the courage to open my box of Pandora. The damage is repairable. Almost all glued miniatures are broken; Wolfen, Griffon, Troll, ... And the Griffon inquisitors' paint is chipped. Luckily the partial (good) paintjob on the Wolfen has somehow survived the crash.



Looking at my Confrontation collection now, I going to reuse some of the miniatures for other 28mm games.

The Wolfen will have a dual use: 28mm Warmaster and Confrontation.
For the Keltois I have other plans: a WFB Norse army!
The Griffon, Mid-nors and Orcs will remain Confrontation.
The Troll... yeah what to do with the Troll? ...





The Orc Brontops-beast riders (top left in the main picture), they'll go to my WFB Ogre Kingdoms army to be used as Rhinox riders.
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Oldhammer Orcs with spears

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I wanted to cut and glue again. No matter what. After rummaging through my bitsbox I found some old Orcs.



A decapitated Orc Arrer Boy from WHFB 6th edition is converted into a spear wielding Boss. He so large he needs a cavalry base.



I found 4 Orc arms with spears. I think they're from the Boar Riders set. That's enough to represent an entire regiment of Orcs with Spears.



Another 4 by 3 regiment to add to my Warmaster 28mm armies!
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Buzzing Dwarfs

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I picked up working on my Dwarf Ornithopters. I removed the original pilots and replaced the torso's with Mantic Dwarfs.



The next pilot looks like he's holding a throttle.





I have attached some weapons to the miniature to cover the fact that the legs are too skinny. The new cavalry bases from Games-Workshop are just perfect for these flyers.



I finished 3 Ornithopters. I didn't want to cut up the mechanical insects, that's why all pilots have different weapons to add some variety. The massive axe is a combination of the Warhammer Quest Dwarf's axe and a Mantic Dwarf arm. The metal cape of the pilot in the back is actually a shoulder pad from a Skaven Rat Ogre.





Black TEC-7 to fill the hole in his back and a tankard because it's a Dwarf!
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Trains 'n Things

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While I'm not a train hobbyist, it was nice to take a look a the MobExpo model train convention.



My fanatasy was triggered at some of the larger scale train scenery. This scrapyard was very inviting to play Necromunda or other modern/future skirmish games. I really like the atmosphere. That Land Rover is just awesome. Well done!



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Epic 40,000 Sisters of Battle - 600 points

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(Image by hoxiaowei.deviantart.com)

Time for a new Epic army! There are many rumours about Sisters of Battle returning in Warhammer 40K, so I wanted to be prepared for the hype. There's a nice range of 6mm miniatures by Onslaught Minis. They're called the "Sisterhood".

Ordering from the US was always very expensive due to import taxes but now there's a shop in the UK: Vanguard. So I sought myself the ideal combination to reach 600 points worth of Warhammer Epic 40,000 miniatures. The army list I am using is available at http://www.toco.be/homerules .



Buying only 4 Sisterhood blisters provides me 3 detachments totalling 601 points. I have to add 1 plastic Land Raider, 5 plastic Rhino's, 5 Razorbacks, 1 plastic Whirlwind and 1 Inquisitor Space Marine infantry unit. (I could use an extra 5 converted plastic Rhino's to replace the metal Razorbacks.)

Main Force ... 195 pts

Canoness in Rhino ... 49 pts
Sister Hospitaller ... 10 pts
Sisters of Battle Squad in Rhino ... 31 pts
Sisters of Battle Squad in Rhino ... 31 pts
Exorcist Whirlwind ... 10 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts

Commander ... 204 pts

Saint Celestine ... 54 pts
Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor in Land Raider ... 105 pts
Seraphim ... 15
Seraphim ... 15
Seraphim ... 15

Assault Team ... 202 pts

Sisters of Battle HQ Squad in Rhino ... 56 pts
Ambulance ... 10 pts
Nemesis Bikers ... 10 pts
Seraphim ... 15 pts
Seraphim ... 15 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
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Elite Huscarls with Pet Mammoth

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It took me severals evenings to complete my Norse Huscarls regiment. The Chaos Marauders is quite a cool GW set. It holds just enough items to create unique looking miniatures.



The unit of elite Norse is led by a famous hero. Every warrior has a shield and as many armour as possible for a Marauder. A nice fur cape here and there also gives the illusion of rich elites going to the battlefield.



Work on building a Norse War Mammoth has also commenced. I am using the Ogre Kingdoms Stonehorn/Thundertusk set as a basis.



By Sigmar this monster is huge! It's very nice to assemble this wonderful "miniature". At first I wanted to make a howdah for the Norse riders...



... but I went for a saddle variation instead.
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