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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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Budget Blood Bowl: Dark Elf Team conversions

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Blood Bowl (Third Edition) is hot! GW is releasing new edition of the game. I'll stick with third edition. Some teams are still missing from my collection. Dark Elves was one of them.



I scored a bunch of Dark Eldar Warriors and Whyches on the CRISIS Wargames Convention. To build my team I'll combine these with Wood Elves and High Elves bits from my bitsbox.



The three "OldHammer" heads on Dark Eldar torso's will represent Blitzers. Two Whiches will be used as Witch Elves. The rest of the box will be used for my future Necromunda Esher Gang.



I won't be building Runners nor Assassins. Converting up to eight Linemen will be enough top form a top team.



By selecting shield-arms and archer-arms from High Elves and Wood Elves plastic sprues I was able to give the miniatures a Blood Bowl look and feel.



Next team: I want an undead team but I don't have enough skeletons... yet... So I'll put a Nurgle team together by using old Beastmen and Mantic Ghouls...
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CRISIS 2016 - Wargames Convention - Antwerp, Belgium

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I went to the CRISIS miniature games convention in Antwerp again*. I shouldn't have done that, it's bad for my wallet.

CRISIS is awesome! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

* (My CRISIS 2015 picture coverage.)











This is Epic Armageddon 6mm scale!





I'll be there again next year! thumbsup
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A visit to Essen SPIEL 2016

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Past friday I visited the boardgame fair Essen SPIEL 2016 in Germany. While it's not a miniatures wargaming oriented fair, there are still a lot of interesting things to see. Here's my small selection. But offcourse there was many more to buy, see and play.



A very nice Warhammer 40,000 display.







A preview of new miniatures for X-Wing! Sabine's TIE Fighter, U-wing, ...

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Match 2: Dwarfs versus Lizardmen

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My second test-match. And I was honestly surprised AGAIN how smooth and immersive this fast game is.



Lizardmen took the kick-off and Dwarfs picked up the ball. Immediatelly three Saurus players stormed forward. That must have been quite an impressive sight for the Dwarf runner.



He ran away at safe distance from the Saurus players, ready to pass.



The pass failed initiatelly but was later recovered.



The Dwarf runner got blocked and KO'd.



Yet again, the Dwarfs stallwardly recovered and made a run for it.



Which eventually resulted in a touchdown!



Dwarfs 1 - Lizardmen 0



The Dwarfs kick off but the Skinks fail to pick up the ball and it scatters! The stunties are slow but still manage to reach the ball and steal it from the Lizardmen.



They are dangerously close the the end-line and ready to score a second touchdown... Ooow nooooo, a failed pass! The ball bounces around but does not get in reach of the Dwarf blitzer.



The Skinks take the ball, pass and run. They manage to get past all Dwarf blockers. Will this be the equalizer?! Only seconds away from the final whistle... whistle



ALAS! The Lizardmen just-not-make-it! Only 7 squares away from the touchdown. This was close. Very exiting win for the Dwarfs!

While I'm not the best writer, I can still guarantee you this game is very fast-flowing and story-telling. I'm ready for the next game!
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Demiurgs, a short distance away?

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The rumour about Squats (or Demiurgs) returning to Warhammer 40,000 is getting louder. I take no chances. Recently stocked up on some extra Epic Squats. In short: I'm ready to expand the army!









It's never enough ...
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Allied HeroQuest - unreleased sets

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I should really try to finish these works...

















Intrigued? Have a look at http://www.toco.be/ahq ...
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Oriental Birdies

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In the Warmaster Trial Armies book there is an entry for Tengu's. Tengu are wood daemons – half bird half man. They can make a magical move from one part of the forest to another. This movement is treated as a sort of flight or teleport - Tengu unit diappears in one wood, appears in next, and may charge the enemy that was visible for any one Tengu in a start of this move as normal.

So I need 28mm birdmen miniatures for my Nippon army. (Because I am building 28mm armies to be used with the Warmaster ruleset.) The Tzaangors from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower came to mind, but they are too few and to expensive. That's when I found this plastic Arakkoa birdman from WoW.



He's perfect. I'll base two of them on a 40mm square base each. To add variation in the regiment I'll add a Wildkind too.

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Nippon Fu (fighter) Dogs

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The Temple Dogs are a very cool unit for the WHFB Nippon army. These stone Dog statues also called Fu Dogs guard the entrances of temples in Cathay and Nippon. In times of need they become animated and will be fierce adversaries.



So... I need them! But the official metal miniatures above are waaaay too expensive. And I don't have them. Well, let's look for alternatives in my bits box.



FOUND! This Manticore from Dark World is just perfect. I'll field three of them in a monster regiment. The only thing to convert is the tail. I'll clip the scorpion tails and maybe replace them with horse tails.
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I am building 28mm miniature armies to play Warmaster battles. To construct my Nippon regiments I follow the Warmaster Trial Armies book. You'll need at least one Samurai infantry regiment and two Ashigaru Spearmen regiments. I have some old metal Clan War miniatures to field a Samurai regiment.



I did not find Ashigaru miniatures with the typical straw hats and wooden footwear, so I opted to buy some plastic sets from Warlord Games.



That's enough spearmen to field three regiments (with unit fillers) and 12 cavalry models for two Samurai Cavalry regiments.

Now I'm out for a more interesting quest: the search for suiting models to represent Temple Dogs and Tengu! ninja
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Warhammer Nippon

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Long time ago I went to the Fantasy World convention at the Handelsbeurs in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1993. The convention was organized by a FLGS called The Lonely Mountain, a legendary shop in Flanders.

The only fantasy games I knew (and played) back in those days were HeroQuest and the famous customizable card game Magic. I bought my first blackbordered M:TG beta edition cards here. These were the pre-internet days and the importance of conventions was very high. It was the only way to discover new products. One of the trade stands had a sealed box of HeroQuest: Barbarian Quest Pack for cheap. This was an American version and I didn't speak English back then. So I thought by myself: "I'll buy this in my supermarket soon when the Dutch version is published..." What a mayor mistake this has been for a huge HeroQuest-fan like me! It was never published in Europe and I had to wait 15 years before I even found out any details about it. But that's another story... (Read some of it here: www.toco.be/ahq/unreleased.html )

Between various trade stands, live swordfighting, signature sessions (by Dave Prowse and others), there were also a lot of gaming tables.
It was on one of those tables that I saw a Warhammer Nippon army for the first time. How awesome it was! An Oriental Dragon, Warrior Monks, and Ashigaru with that typical wooden footwear (or "geta") and round straw hats.



I never found out whose army it was and to my great disappointment my FLGS didn't sell a GW Nippon army. (So I went for Skaven instead.)

I only later found out that GW never really published something like a "Nippon army". But there are some miniatures available now. And it's the only Warhammer army I don't own for the moment. It all starts with the iconic rocket launcher. While the blister package states that it is a Nippon Rocket Crew, many Warhammer fans tend to say it is actually a Cathayan warmachine... That last idea is also reflected in the Warmaster Trial Armies list. They have two separate lists for Cathay and Nippon.




I managed to buy one for a normal price at eBay. IN BLISTER PACKAGE! But unfortunatelly, I had to open it, I want to play with the miniatures, not just invest and collect.



In the 3rd edition rulebook for Warhammer there is a list to help you construct a Nippon army. The army list is not as extensive as we know from later versions of Warhammer, but it has just enough info to become interested. This list together with the armies list from Warmaster will be my guides to build a 28mm Nippon army.



Last picture is the empty blister package. The artwork on the front is realy cool in comparisson to the newer blister packages by GW. It shows a Samurai, a Ninja, an Oni and a Celestial Dragon. If someone knows who the artist is, let me know!

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