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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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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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Samurai and Ashigaru Spearmen

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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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Mordheim Pirates without Mordheim

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I recently discovered there was another game like Mordheim and Legends of the Old West. This was a shock for me! Liking both previous titles very much, it was great to see another skirmish game with ties to Games Workshop.



PIRATES! How cool's that! arrrh

I was very lucky to find a rulebook for a descent price. This skirmish game tends to be rare. It's written by Tim Kulinksi (a very friendly person btw) in 2008.

This game can easily be played in the 1/72 scale. This has a huge advantage: low cost. Generally all 1/72 plastic soldiers/miniatures are very cheap compared to the 28mm miniatures business.



The miniatures I bought are from Orion.

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Wood Elf Leaders

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One great thing of being in the miniatures game hobby for a looong time is a bitsbox full of lovely parts. I was rummaging through my Elves bitsbox when I found this lone metal Elven Steed. It didn't take long before I also found rider's legs.



I really wanted to use this Elven head with the upright ponytail. I believe it's from the chariot sprue. It probably belongs to a Lion of Chrace but he'll become a Wood Elf now.



With the cape and Dragon familiar in place, the miniature is ready for primer.



Following miniature came to life in a similar way as the leader above. It's great to have many bits and pieces. They combine into unique yet recognizable miniatures.



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The Slann Puzzle

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My Lizardmen Slann Lord Mazdamundi conversion is one big puzzle. I am using bit and pieces from various plastic and metal sets to create my version of this famous Mage Priest General.



My metal miniature Slann is missing his feet. As replacements I'll chop off the paws of a purple dragon miniature from World of Warcraft: The Boardgame – The Burning Crusade. His three-fingered hands are perfect for the Slann Lord.

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My "regular" Stegadon monster-warmachine is nearing completion too. Again this conversion is a combination of various miniatures and pieces from my bitsbox.



I couldn't have done this without my precious black TEC-7 glue.
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Toyotamundi, Hondamundi, MAZDAMUNDI !

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Like all Slann, Mazdamundi is a powerful wizard, able to bend the winds of magic to his whims. Being the oldest of the Second Generation, Mazdamundi's powers far outstrip even those of other Slann. Mazdamundi's focus is on geomancy, and he is easily the foremost practitioner of this rare and difficult lore today. On the battlefield, Mazdamundi's fearsome geomantic powers can destroy dozens of foes at once.

When called to battle, which is thankfully rare, Mazdamundi rides upon the back of a giant Stegadon named Zlaaq, a beast he controls through sheer force of will.


I always wanted a miniature for this special character ever since I bought the 5th edition Lizardmen army book. I had high hopes when "Warhammer - The End Times" was announced. GW was producing giant models, but unfortunatelly never a model for Mazdamundi.

The illustration above by John Blanche really sets the tone. But the Mazdamundi character looks more like a Saurus Warrior.
The following picture is more correct. Here Mazdamundi is clearly a Slann toad wizard. Look at those macabre burning frogs raining down...



And so conversion work commences. Zlaaq will be represented by a (cheap) Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures beast. I am using various bits from my Lizardmen bits box. A palanquin from a spare Slann Mage, combined with a throne from the plastic Carnosaur sprues.



I'll add some shields, plaques, standards and golden items here and there.



There's still a lot to be done, but this is a great project!



In a way, he reminds me of the ancient Mayan king Pacal Votan. Author Erich Von Daniken once speculated that this depiction carved into a sarcophagus' lid was king Pacal at the controls of a flying craft of some sort...



Chariots of the Gods?
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Number 2

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My newest miniature...



I hope he wants to play a miniatures tabletop game with me in 7 years or so...
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Lizardmen Skink Champions

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for me the most fun part of the miniature gaming hobby is converting. You gather all your spare parts and try to make some extra miniatures. That's how these Skink heroes came to life.

The helmets and weapons are from the Lizardmen Terradon set, and the sculpted rock is actually a battle standard from the Lizardmen Cold One Knights set.



I'll be using them as champions in Warhammer clashes and as Lizardmen heroes in Warmaster 28mm battles.



Both miniatures are based on Skink Archers from the 5th edition Warhammer Fantasy boxed game.



The backbanner is a standard from a Tomb Kings plastic set.
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