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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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Cold One

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While browing an old hard disk with backup files I rediscovered some old paintjobs of me. They are from the time when I was still painting miniatures. In the following weeks I'll do some retrospective of my older work. Oooh sweet nostalgia!



This Dark Elves warband was painted for skirmish games like Mordheim and Confrontation. The leader is a conversion based on a resin monster from Leviathan.




Back in those days I was still drawing and sketching fantasy art. The drawing above was inspired on my own Cold One miniature conversion. If you'd like to see more of my artwork, please visit http://www.toco.be/art .




This metal Witch Elf was used in Advanced Heroquest campaigns. According to the filename of the picture I used to call her Esther.
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Steampowered Metal

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In Warhammer, one of the most iconic miniatures from The Empire is ... the Steam Tank! An armoured great cannon, powered by a steam engine. Great to blow up all enemies while still being mobile.

I scored a damaged miniature in an auction. Three of the four axles to hold the plastic wheels were broken off. And I only had three plastic wheels.



I have cut one of the plastic wheels in two halves. Then I filed it a little bit flatter to achieve the perfect height.



Because this miniature is completely metal, it weighs A LOT. It has no rear axles to hold the complete wheels. Simply glueing the rear wheels would no hold out very long. That's why I added two plastic studs underneath. They'll be hidden from sight, but they will keep the heavy miniature in balance.



No-one will notice the small studs supporting the tank when completed.

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I also did some minor conversions to other miniatures. "Variation by combination!"


This vintage plastic skeleton chariot had no rider. I added an old metal Wight by using TEC-7. Great sticky stuff!


When I won this Griffin on eBay it came without front legs. I gave it a claw transplant from the Lizardmen Ripperdactyl sprue. I also added a new tail and upgraded the rider to a general from The Empire.
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Freds against Joes

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Time to paint my Cobra Crimson Guards won't you think?



The paint job should be easy. A lot of dark red with some black and silver details...



I made these custom GI Joe themed 28mm miniatures to use in Necromunda skirmish games. Click on my blog tags* on the right to see more GI Joe inspired stuff.



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magnificent Screaming Bell leftovers

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If you decide to make a Plague Furnace from the famous GW kit pictured below, then you'll have some great leftovers. I've shown one in my previous blogpost. Now here's what I've done with the Grey Seer.



The image could use a little bit more light, but I think you see what the result looks like. It's quite a dynamic miniature now. I'm sure it will attract a lot of resistance when on the tabletop battlefield. This will be a missile magnet! ...


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His left hand will hold a dagger. I still have to glue that one.


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When buying miniatures on eBay you save a lot of money. But often you'll end up with incomplete sets. AND THAT's GREAT! Because then you'll have to get creative and start converting.



My Lightning Cannon was missing one wheel. Nothing a shield couldn't fix
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Swaven Skarm

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Great numbers of ratmen need to be guided into ordened regiments...






Here are the result so far:



Two regiments Stormvermin. One with black fur, one with white to represent the Albino Guard.

Two regiments of Skaven Slaves. Both to use as cannon fodder devil



Three regiments with Plague Monks. The metal versions include Plague Censer Bearers. One of the coolest Skaven miniatures around!

Two Giant Rats regiments with Packmasters. Fodder. For cannons.

One Rat Ogre "muscle pack" regiment.
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Skaven Ogres

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One of the greatest things about GW's dual-kit-boxes is the fact that you will have a lot of extra's. It's not different with the Skaven Bell of Doom. If you choose to make it a Plague Furnace then you'll have a spare Grey Seer and a very cool Rat Ogre. (Pictured below.)



I managed to puzzle the spare components in such a way that it left me with an extra rat ogre to add to my army. He's Clan Pestilens inspired. A rag over his eyes and a plague censer in his (strong) arms.



The four rat swarms I had were very difficult the handle. I really had to rearrange them onto regimental bases. Now the Packmasters are able to control these ravening rodents with ease.





My Rat Ogres are second hand buys. So I had to arrange them in a way that they all fit nicely next to each other. I opted to have three regiments of three Ogres each. Just the ideal size to use them in my Warmaster 28mm games.

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The Rise of the Under-Empire

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They're here. And there are many. Rats, plenty-o-rats!

It starts with the big mutated rats. They roam the streets at night, stirred by the evil Skaven Packmasters.



No Skaven army without the armour piercing Jezzails. Ideal to cut down knights in shiny armour. Pop pop pop, down they go!

Anything else that needs a beating will meet the (dumb) might of the Rat Ogres. These enormous walking heaps of muscles will pound any enemy down, never to stand up again.



The best way to lead an army of nervous Skaven is using a mighty Grey Seer as general. He'll be pushed along the battlefield on a Screaming Bell tower. The sound of doom, doom for the enemy that issz!



It takes a courageous (or foolish) Grey Seer to summon a Vermin Lord. But one thing is sure, the Vermin Lord will kill plenty. Be it enemy, or friends...
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Vertical Wargaming

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At miniature games forums I often read that some people are looking into games or scenarios that don't need a lot of space. Not everybody can play on a large gaming table. And playing on the ground is just not the same.

People tend to try smaller scale games like Warmaster or Warhammer Epic 40,000 but they are deceived by the tiny miniautres. Those games do need a large table. Even skirmish based games like Necromunda benefit from larger tables with a lot of scenery to navigate through.

But there is a solution! Use a vertical setup instead of a horizontal setup. By using several levels of play area, you widen the tactical possibilities of your table and you won't need a large surface anymore. Only your ceiling has to be high enough.



I have some pictures to use as examples here:



The most famous vertical setup. It's a game board used by GW staff. It's featured in an issue of White Dwarf magazine.



This Lego build by MR Yoder is very inspiring. The use of balconies is a trick to remember when going vertical. Everybody loves snipers, no?





This lighthouse was on display at the CRISIS Convention. (More info at www.conectr-team.be .)


So, you see, don't be disappointed if you don't have a large playing area. Miniature gaming is always possible!
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TMNT

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My new 25mm miniatures for Necromunda: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles! They come from candy bags originally distributed in the UK. I bought them at a convention from a dealer in second hand miniatures.



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And this will be Master Splinter.



It's the Ropp'tch'tch, Nezumi Hero miniature from L5R. He's available at eBay.

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It would be great to play skirmish battles on scenery like this one. But I have so many scenery project running, I don't expect to make one like this soon.



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The Necromunda stats for the miniatures:

370 Credits = Leonardo (Leo) – tactical, courageous leader, two katanas, responsibility.
Leader
2 Swords
Ld +1
A +1
Wnd +1
Ferocity Iron Will, Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master, Combat Disarm

140 Credits = Michelangelo (Mike or Mikey) – stereotypical teenager, free-spirited, relaxed, goofy, a pair of nunchucks, "surfer".
2 Flails
A +1
Wnd +1
Juve
Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master

410 Credits = Raphael (Raph) – bad boy, a pair of sai, physically very strong, aggressive, throw the first punch, fierce and sarcastic, loyal.
2 Knives
S +1
I +1
Wnd +1
Heavy
Ferocity Impetuous, Ferocity Berserk Charge, Muscle Bulging Biceps, Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master.

420 Credits = Donatello (Don or Donnie) – scientist, inventor, engineer, technological genius, a bo staff, the least violent turtle, knowledge, defend.
Wnd +1
Ld +1
Ganger
Club
Techno Inventor, Combat Step Aside, Combat Parry, Agility Jump Back, Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master.

160 Credits = Master Splinter – sensei, ninjutsu.
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Ld +2
Combat Combat Master, Combat Step Aside.
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GW design flaw! Chariots for forest people? Wheels in the woods?!

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My work on the Beastmen army continues. This time I had to tinker quite a bit. By winning various scrap miniature lots on eBay I ended up with two incomplete chariots.

It's very very strange that Beastmen use chariots. They are a forest folk. They roam the dark woods of the Old World. Why in hell would they use chariots! Those medieval wheels would break on tree trunks and rocks... Whatever, the chariots are in the army lists, so I need chariots.



The top chariot in the picture came with three crew. I used two of them to lead my Beastmen regiments. (See an earlier blogpost.) It had only one Tuskgor and that one didn't have a lower jaw. The fence in front of the cart was also missing. I had some spare boars from my Orc army. So that's was replaced quickly. To fix the railing (or fence) I used some plastic sprues. Never throw those away! The driver will be Khazrak One-eye version 2. He has a whip and will fit the chariot nicely.

The lower chariot in the picture is originally an Orc chariot. I had only one wheel. Luckily for my this wheel came in two parts. So I put one on the left side and the other part on the right side. The diameter is a little bit less but I'll wedge a sprue under it to bring it to the correct height. The two boars will act as Tuskgors. To attach the chariot to the boars I'll add a metal banner pole. (I think this originally comes from a Minotaur standard bearer.)

Lately GW has been replacing their square bases for round bases. So I stocked up on square bases some time ago. Now I still have the official GW chariot bases to mount these mini's on.



This big bad mean Minotaur is too huge to represent a Doombull. I'll use him as a Dragon Ogre Shaggoth instead. (The miniature is a Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Goristro.) I found a very cool drawing of him with Google. I'd be glad to add the name of the artist but I did not find it.

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