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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Warhammer FB: Tomb or Mine Entrance

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In the expansion book Warhammer (Sixth Edition): The General's Compendium there is a step by step guide to create a Grave Hill. Or Tomb entrance. It inspired me to do this:

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Some styrofoam leftovers from a nearby construction site, glued together.

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I inserted a plastic doorway from Warhammer Quest, and fixed it with black TEC-7 glue.

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Undercoated black with cheap acrylic paint.

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And then painted brown because all my other hills are that color too. I wanted to keep some unity in my scenery collection.

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There's gold in them hills!
(Or a Liche... zombie )
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Mon Sep 26, 2022 6:00 am
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Epic Ruins - project loooong overdue ...

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Go to Ikea. Buy yourself some cork heat pot stands. Use them as scenery bases. Cork is awesome stuff! It's strong, it's easy to glue. And when painted it looks like cobblestone road.

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The plastic ruins are from the main game box of Warhammer Epic 40,000, a brilliantly clever designed tabletop game. Ignore the discussions on internet forums. This is an excelent game for gamers. Streamlined to the core, ideal for boardgamers who'd like to play wargames too.

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All I did was spraypainting the cork and already it looks like a stone road/pavement. Wait until it's drybrushed! (Please wait until the year 2033, at my pace...)
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DIP LAST! Paint first, then dip. Do not dip before painting. DIP GOES LAST!

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I made an error.

My plan was to spraypaint all 1:72 scale mini's white. And then wash them with Army Painter dip. And would then drybrush the mini's for a quick 'n easy finish. Speedpaint so to speak...

My plan failed. The reason is that I have always used the drybrush technique when painting my heroic scale (28mm) mini's. Dark under coat and then easy and forgiving drybrush on top. With some painted details in combination with a wash here and there.

However, drybrushing 1:72 scale mini's is not possible (by me). So I ended up with bright white mini's, terribly small, and lots of detail. (You'll be surprised how detailed these Revell, Imex, Matchbox mini's are!)

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I had to paint the smallest details I ever encountered. And no painting-tricks up my sleeve. I was a drag ... I'll post the stage I'm in now. Not finished at all. Lot's of painting to do... And I thought I had a cunning plan to speedpaint these. NOT!

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I'll certainly dip last, after painting, in my next 1:72 scale project!

Conclusion:
1) undercoat white (to show all those details)
2) paint all areas with detail brush
3) dip
4) restore the bright colors (like yellow and pink)

OR

1) undercoat white
2) dip (to show all those details)
3) stop (and play with these tabletop ready mini's)
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GW's Old West: Hired Guns - part 3

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My last blogpost about hired guns for Legends of the Old West are the United States Marchal, Cookie, Renegade Soldier and Free Trapper.

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With the United States Marchal you'll be able to collect bounties. And dollars are always welcome in campaign games.

The Cookie always you to increase the maximum size of your posse (gang).

The Renegade Soldier rules can be found in expansion Legends of the Old West: Frontier – Blood on the Plains. They shoot indiscriminately into fights. So don't be surprised of friendly fire...

The Free Trapper can move quickly through woodland and might be usefull in certain scenario's.


I really wanted to add a miniature in scale 1/72 to represent the "Soiled Dove" special character, but unfortunately didn't find one at the moment. Hints welcome...
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Soft plastic with tiny pegs: Basing Howto.

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Been hobbying with vintage 1/72 toys soldiers lately. They're all made from soft, bendable plastic. I ran out of the original bases for the horses so I had to be creative.

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I took a non-permanent marker and inked the bottom pegs. The I held the horse into place on the plywood base. It left three tiny black dots. That's exactly where I then drilled holes to later attach the horses legs. Tadaaa! Fixed! cool
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GW's Old West: Hired Guns - part 2

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Some more special characters from GW's Legends of the Old West rulebooks. These mini's bring extra flavour to the skirmish game.

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This is the Indian Scout. When hiring him you have the option to give him a longbow or rifle. In the picture above you'll see the mounted and unmounted version of a Scout armed with a longbow.

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And here is the Indian Scout version with a rifle. A also have two unmounted versions of him. The stealth version looks really cool, but is not always practical in games.

If you are interested in Legends of the Old West, then also have a look at
Legends of the High Seas (pirates) or The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game (Tolkien). The rules are very similar.
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GW's Old West: Hired Guns - part 1

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Skirmish games from GW like Mordheim: City of the Damned, The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game and Necromunda have rules to create your own gang/group of miniatures. These miniatures can then be used in a campaign and learn new skills and gain extra weapons.
But these games also have lists with hired guns/freelancers. You hire these (stronger) miniatures for one game, or even more. If you have the credits/money.
GW's Legends of the Old West is not different. All the rulebooks have an entry with special characters. These mini's bring extra flavour to the game. It was fun to rummage through my bitsbox and find the right mini's for the corresponding rules for special character.

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From left to right you'll find the Gunslinger, Pinkerton Man, Preacher (or Reporter) and Chinese Worker.
The third miniature can be used to represent a Preacher or a Reporter. Unfortunatelly I didn't have two of these mini's. So I'll have to use it for both roles.

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In the expansion Legends of the Old West: Frontier – Blood on the Plains you can find special characters for the native Americans (or Indians). On the picture, from left to right: Medicine Man, Berduche v1, Warchief, Berduche v2. The Warchief can only be used in large battles and is not available in skirmish games for posse's (the equivalent of gangs in Necromunda).
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White Dead Redemption

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I've started playing the legendary computer game Red Dead Redemption II. It made me want to continue work on an old project: Legends of the Old West. A great skirmish game by GW.

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I coupled similar miniatures to generate both mounted version and a version on foot. Superglue was required to assemble this soft plastic.

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I undercoated them all white because I am going to paint with watered down paint. This will greatly improve the details, certainly for this small 1/72 scale.
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Man 'O War

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Warhammer fantasy battles at sea.

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You get the idea... arrrh
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Warhammer Cathay / Nippon

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We have an advance warning by GW to prepare for Cathay miniatures. I'm starting an army now, to be ready if this glorious army book ever hits the shops.

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Warhammer Fantasy Battles with regiments will return:
https://www.warhammer-community.com/2021/07/21/square-bases-...

I missed new official releases of The Old World very much. And now there's hope! This was great news.

GW has an official army list for Cathay.:
https://www.totalwar.com/blog/total-war-warhammer-3-grand-ca...

Sooooo... I've been to Essen SPIEL last friday a look what I found there:
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Instabuy!

This miniature is perfect to represent a Cathay dragon.

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The quality is very high. It did cost me 24,- Euro's. A similar miniature by GW would be around 60,- Euro's I suppose. So it's a steal. The pose is certainly not static. The instruction manual is very clear. It is a cool miniature to glue.

Now let's find me some infantry models...
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