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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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Green Cannon Fodder

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In my blog you've seen many regiment fillers. (Also known as unit fillers.) This blogpost is about army fillers. You know, regiments like Skaven Slaves, Gnoblars, swarms or in case of the Chaos Dwarfs: Orcz!



The Heroquest Orcs are the perfect size. They are the smallest miniature Orcs you can find. All the others have the size of Big'uns or Black Orcs.



To add variety I have included some metal miniatures in the regiments.



This weapon originated from a Skaven Packmaster. It fits perfectly in the hands of a slave unit leader.
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Here they are, the evil smiths, the dark sorcerers, the Chaos Dwarfs! When building an army of these high-hatted Dwarfs you'll need regiment fillers. The little plastic miniatures are just too expensive these times. So I added two Rockfire Dreadnoughts to the units. They'll represent K'daai Fireborn. These models fit perfectly into the background story.



Fireborn are daemons which have been enslaved by Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers and contained within an armoured framework of molten metal. The small unit fillers are burning coal stoves from the Bretonnian plastic sprues.



You can see a Great Taurus in the background. He'll be the mount of my general, a sorcerer lord.

The Chaos Dwarfs have many slaves. The most common slave for them are Orcs. Not Big'uns, but standard Orcs. I just happen to have many spare HeroQuest Orc warriors. To fit them to the Warhammer bases I'll have some clipping and cutting to do. The orignal bases have to go. After a paint job they'll represent rocks. I'll add the Orc with the whip in the back row instead of in the front row (like you would expect for Warhammer regiments).



The models pictured above are good for 2 regiments of Orc Slaves in "Warmaster 28mm". (Two times 12 models.)
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THIS IS MY STYLE

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From the WARMASTER Trial Armies Compendium 2009 PDF (by Lex van Rooy):

The Hobgoblins enjoy the favour of the Chaos Dwarfs and care
little what other greenskins think of them. Unlike the Chaos
Dwarfs’ other slaves, they are not made to work in the pits
and workshops, but are used as warriors. They are a sneaky,
evil-minded race, who remain as dishonest and cowardly in
the service of the Chaos Dwarfs as they were when fighting
for the Black Orcs.
Hobgoblins are distinctive in appearance. They look much
like Goblins, but they are taller, though nowhere near as burly
as Orcs. In fact their whole appearance is thin and sneaky, with
narrow eyes and sneering mouths full of pointy teeth. They
ride giant wolves and often carry bows to shoot the enemy
from a distance. The Chaos Dwarfs utilize many Hobgoblins
in their armies but don’t really trust them. The Chaos Dwarfs
know that the Hobgoblins are despised by other greenskins,
and need the protection of the Chaos Dwarfs to survive.


This blogpost about the formation of a Hobgoblin regiment will show you exactly what I like about this hobby. Buying miniatures is fun, but creating yourself a regiment out of spare components and cheap miniatures is glorifying! It feels like cheating GW.
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I always loved minor conversions to create slight variations in duplicate identical miniatures. This need for conversions grew out of lack of funds when I was a student. Now it's just great to do. These small changes to the miniature also make them more personal. When you customize a miniature, you put your signature on it...

So, I need a Hobgoblin Wolfrider regiment of at least 6 miniatures. One year ago I managed to buy Wolfboyz' chieftain Oglah Khan cheap on eBay. He came without a shield. I took a large round shield from my bits box and attached the belly-armour from a plastic Ogre to it.



That's one wolfback-seated Hobgoblin. Five to go... Close inspection of my box full of slottabases delivered me 4 used cavalry bases. Perfect start. From my bits box emerged an old wolf from BattleMasters. The paintjob is mine and 20 years old. BattleMasters and HeroQuest are typical hunting grounds for spare parts. Many Warhammer players included the miniatures in their young armies.



I crossed my fingers and hoped to find 4 more wolves. The results were almost perfect: 4 wolves and 3 wolftails. So I took an old horn, cut the top, and added it as the wanted fourth tail.



Bases - Check! Wolves - Check! Now for the most difficult part: five more Hobgoblins... Time to get REALLY inventive.
My search resulted in one perfect Goblin head. Thisone almost looked like a Hobgoblin. Then I found two vintage metal Orcs. With a coherent paintjob they'll fit in. Left me with 2 Hobgoblins short. I did manage to find two bodies and legs, but no heads. Then I remembered the plastic sprues from the Mantic Dwarfs I was glueing one month before. These sprues have many cool extra parts like beer mugs, dead Dwarfs and DECAPITATED ORCS! This way I made 5 Hobgoblin puzzles. Joy. Hobgoblins - Check!



The addition of shields with emblems depicting crossed knives is a good finishing touch. Because its the symbol of Sneaky Gits, the backstabbing Hobgoblin assassin warriors. Notice the two loose left arms. One is from a High Elf and one is from a HeroQuest Goblin. It doesn't really matter because they'll be hidden by the shields.

Great, I now have 6 Hobgoblin Wolf Riders. That's a regiment worth 80 points for my Warmaster 28mm Chaos Dwarf army.
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Kings of War(hammer)

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The plastic Dwarf sprues from Mantic Games contain one warrior with a typical Chaos Dwarf beard. Thisone immediatelly drew my attention as to use it for my little followers of Hashut.

One problem; he was not little. He's tall for a Dwarf. Well, nothing that my knife can't fix.



Cut directly under the clothes, and directly above the feet. Toss the leg parts away, reattach. Demonic operation finished! The picture above is a nice size comparison of Games-Workshop and Mantic miniatures.
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Arcane Constructions

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Death Rockets are one of the reasons to start a Chaos Dwarf army. These arcane long range weapons are just wicket! Rockets in a fantasy setting are a must. "Death to the ironclad humans!"

Like I mentionned in my previous blogpost, collecting Chaos Dwarfs is an expensive hobby. I managed to find some spare parts for cheap. A crewmember there, a rocket there, etc... Time to dive into my bits box!

My bits box had two pieces from siege equipment. Ideal to use as the basis of my rocket launcher. My typical trick with cyanoaclylate cement helped me to secure this construction to the base. Add glue first to the miniature, then glue it to the base. Pour fine sand over the joints and remove excess sand. This method makes the bonding stronger.



Some plastic cogs from an old electric toothbrush will make the illusion perfect. This hellish machine will look fully operational!

(Boardgamegeek Image Number 2566666... Infernal machine indeed!)

This post shows that it's worth to keep a bits box full of spare parts. Never throw away bits and pieces from plastic miniatures' sprues and make an occasional bid on eBay lots.



I now have a cheap Chaos War Machine WITH matching crew for little money. And it still looks pretty good me-thinks. cool


And the original:
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The Other Dwarfs - Hashut's Dawi Zharr

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A little help from lexicanum.com to introduce this lesser known Warhammer race:

During the time of the northward Dwarf migration along the Worlds Edge Mountains many thousands of years ago, some Dwarfs strayed too far in their quest for precious ores and gems, reaching the dismal Mountains of Mourn. When the Time of Chaos came, these Dwarfs were cut off from the rest of Dwarf civilisation. The rest of the Dwarfs assumed they had perished in the deluge of Chaos. The hardy Dwarfs were not killed but neither had they remained unchanged by Chaos. Eventually even these stubborn Dwarfs succumbed to the warping effects of the Chaos energies, gradually becoming the perverted and cynical mockery of traditional Dwarfs now known as Chaos Dwarfs. In many ways they are the antithesis of the Dwarfs that remained. Where Dwarfs shun most magic except for their Runic magic, Chaos Dwarfs have embraced it; where Dwarfs worship their Ancestor Gods and despise Chaos, Chaos Dwarfs have abandoned the Ancestor Gods and submitted to the Father of Darkness. To Dwarfs, the greenskins (Goblins, Orcs and the like) are implacable enemies, while in the Chaos Dwarf empire they are slaves outnumbering the Chaos Dwarfs themselves many times over. In other ways the good values of the Dwarfs were perverted into evil ones, the Dwarfs' traditional love of craft and industry becoming mere, base rapacity.

I always loathed those "high hat" Dwarfs. Back in the days of 4th edition, they seemed stupid. Now, they still seem stupid. But they aren't. There's a nostalgia factor in play now. And since I'm building all 5th edition Warhammer Fantasy Wargames armies, I'll need to have the followers of Hashut too.
That's why I'll post these piles of miniatures, like I always do at the start of a new army for me.

The Chaos Dwarfs have many slaves. And Games-Workshop veterans have many sets of HeroQuest. So these guys from my bits box come in very handy. They'll up the numbers of my new Chaos legion.


And then the Chaos Dwarfs themselves. Expensive little fellows they are! Second hand prices are high. Alternative miniatures are not the same. I like the Assyrian-Babylonian inspired bearded dwarves. To dampen the high cost in Euro's, I'll ad some regiment fillers with the same settng and theme: FIRE from the FORGES! (Notice the resin cannon in the background, it will become my Earthshaker Hellcannon. It costed me only 5,- Euro's!)


Another expensive core regiment in the Chaos Dwarf army: Black Orcs. The vintage plastic Black Orcs are not pretty enough, the latest edition Black Orcs are too expensive. So I'll mix and match them with miniatures from the same size with menacing expressions.


All very exiting! Nothing I like more than cutting plastics and glueing them. Creating minor conversions in order to receive new battle-ready fighters with as much variety in poses as possible. I allready finished the Black Orcs. Take a detailled look at the subtle changes to weapons and items.
To be continued for sure!
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SNEAK(y gits) PREVIEW

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This entry in my blog categories has been without content for quite some time...



What has been boiling in the dark forges?
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Scouting Rangers & Ranged Scouts

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Every army needs some variety in troops. So I'll include handgunners and crossbowmen in my Dwarf army too. Sometimes called scouts, sometimes called rangers, I'll call them hunters!

(I invite you to have a look at the picture in full resolution. You can see the various parts yourself. Lovely modeling set!)

There's a GREAT variety with Mantic's plastics! Only two different miniatures are provided in the sprues. But the components can be exchanged with ease. Heads, torso's and legs are separate. I wanted to field ten crossbowmen, and not two look alike! Very nice work Mantic!



With quivers from Games-Workshop there's even more variety. I really like these ranged troops. FIRE!
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The White Dwarf, Hero from Karak Varn

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Every 3rd, 4th or 5th edition Warhammer Dwarf army needs a certain hero. A hero of renown. A famous hero from many heroic tales: the Dwarf from HeroQuest!

He went to Kellar's Keep and saved the emperor himself! So I really really really wanted him to lead one of my regiments. (You'll understand if you know my HeroQuest research background... www.toco.be/ahq .)



I managed to purchase the metal version of the White Dwarf. Here's an image from the Heroquest boardgame, painted by Les Edwards.



With Mantic's plastic sets I can add rank after rank of sturdy Dwarf warriors.



These plastic sets allow an incredible amount of variety with only a few different components. It is great fun to find new poses and make a regiment that looks dynamic. I'll stop at three ranks of 5 wide because of my Warmaster 28mm rules. But an extra rank is on my future to do list if I start playing Warhammer (5th edition) again.



For the second rank I always use a large regiment base of 4 miniatures wide. This is very handy when playing tabletop battles.



May his heroic deeds never be forgotten...




Addendum:
I made another rank for when I'm playing Warhammer instead of Warmaster 28mm.

Cool filler isn't it?
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Boys will be boys...

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One year ago I received some nice prepainted Star Wars miniatures for my birthday. One year later, the same rules apply.



No, I'm not 9 years old


PS: This really IS a cool set. It has a cartoonish style. Well designed by the Lego engineers.
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