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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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Painting a Goliath gang in THIS year (2017).

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Only two weeks left in 2017. And I challenged myself to paint my entire vintage Goliath gang. (It's about time, no?)

So, here they are. Have a good look, because after I'm finished speedpainting these, a lot of the details will be gone. Covered in too thick layers of paint.



The Close Combat guys.

The Short Range gangers.

The Heavy Dudes.

The Long Range guys.


Next: some rubble on the bases and start spraypainting...
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Time to build some old Warhammer 3rd Edition goodies. This vintage White Dwarf magazine on my bookshelf still had its insert. Not anymore!



This kind of cardboard scenery reminds me of Warhammer Perilous Quest and the older Terror of the Lichemaster.



It is great to construct and even allows some minor variations (in case you bought multiple issues).



To be seen in one of my Warmaster 28mm battles soon!
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What's up lately?


- I'm working on my Dwarves Blood Bowl (Third Edition) Team.




- I have been constructing a High Elf Demigryph Champion.

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Staying North

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Now with my Ogre Kingdoms army finished I wish to stay in the North Lands of the Old World. I'll continue work on my Norse army. There is still quite some regiment building to do. As usual I don't just go for GW-only miniatures. Over the years I have collected various Norse-looking miniatures from various brands. Now's the time to combine them all into one coherent looking army. To achieve this I will be using the Warmaster Trial Army list and go from there.

The regiments (or units as they are called in Warmaster) I need are the following: Bondsmen, Berserkers and Huntsmen. Each unit will need 12 miniatures based on 25mm round slottabases.

The Bondsmen:
For the formation of two Bondsmen units I gathered a bunch of miniatures from various publishers like Hasslefree, Rackham, i-Kore, Foundry, Citadel and others.







The Berserkers:
The eye-catcher and leader of my Berserker unit will be a HeroQuest Polar Bear. He'll be surrounded by Foundry and Rackham warriors among others. All are selected to look ferral or at least wear fur.



The Huntsmen:
This small unit of 9 miniatures will be built with BattleMasters Chaos Thugs and some freebies from the CRISIS Convention in Antwerp, Belgium.

It woudln't be a Warhammer Fantasy Battle army if it didn't include some special monsters or creatures. The Norse have access to Snow Trolls and Ulfwereners. What follows now are "counts as" units. I'll be using miniautres that are visually different but ruleswise they'll fit perfectly.

The Ulfwereners:
I wanted to use my metal Rackham Wolfen for a long time. They're great, they're heavy, and they're from a currently dead game. So I'll include three of them in each of my two Ulfwerener units. Is there a better miniature than a Wolfen to represent wolfmen? I did find some cheap plastic Wolfen too. They allow me some variation.



The Snow Trolls:
These creatures were first published in the Citadel Journal magazine. It sounds reasonable to have snowcreatures in a Norse army, so I'll add them to my warband too. The miniatures originate from the board game WOW: Burning Crusade. A cheap source of cool* miniatures. (* Pun intended.)

(Blue miniature on the left)
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New website: www.tocoking.be !

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Domainname toco.be is no longer in use by me.

You can visit my websites at tocoking.be now:

www.tocoking.be/blog
www.tocoking.be/splut
www.tocoking.be/homerules
www.tocoking.be/ahq (Allied HeroQuest)
www.tocoking.be/hotspot
www.tocoking.be/pm (Planet Masters)

www.tocoking.be/forsale

www.tocoking.be/epic
www.tocoking.be/warmaster
www.tocoking.be/necromunda



(Thank you www.jiswo.be for the smooth transition.)
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Necromunda Bounty Hunter Gor Half-Horn

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This is great news! For ages I've had the idea to convert one of the plastic 3rd edition Warhammer Beastmen into a 40K warrior. Now I have a reason to do this. Where's my bitsbox?!



Offcourse I could just buy the new model from Forge World, but where's the fun in that? There are several component options to create my version of Gor Half-Horn. But first, he needs some feet, errr... hooves. The poor Battle-Masters' Beastman will donate his.



Voila! He's mobile now. When I add all pieces togehter:





I even added a skull on the base to resemble the original model.
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CRISIS 2017 - Wargames Convention - Antwerp, Belgium

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My yearly visit to CRISIS (a wargames convention in Belgium) is a highlight of the year. The amount of wonderful demo tables is just fantastic! All important traders are there and there are lot of second hand gaming meterials to buy. Can't wait for 2019's edition. "After CRISIS is before CRISIS!"





































Following images did not capture the grandure of this demo table. It was HUUUUuuuge. I guess around 10 meters long. Filled with fully painted Warhammer Fantasy miniatures and alternatives. Great to gaze upon. Surely a beautiful sight to behold.
(For those who couldn't make it to CRISIS 2017, you'll have to find a professional photographer who took pictures of this table to truly see how cool this was, because the camera from my mobile phone was unable to capture this immense scenery.)





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Blood Bowl Match 3: Skaven versus Humans

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In this Blood Bowl match report we'll be fielding two 600,000 credit teams. The other players remain in the box.

Match highlights:

Kick-off!

Mighty Reserves

Going for it. Went for it.

Ball-bearer pushed back, but still standing!

Humans pass to safety but fail to catch...

Skaven retrieve the ball and paaaaaass!

Run 7 squares, going for it, goiiiing...

TOCUHDOWN!

Score: 1-0.

Sneaking past defenders

RAM! And K.O.

The Human defender runs all the way from the endzone towards the rat with the ball and rams him hard. Both attacker and defender go down. The Skaven is K.O. and sent off field. Unfortunatelly for the Humans, another Skaven picks up the ball and scores a touchdown.

Two fight. Third runs (and scores). Score: 2-0.

To keep this blogpost interesting I'll refrain from posting too much pictures of the second half. Here are the second half's highlights.

Strong Human breakthrough at the right.

The Skaven box the ball-bearer in but to no avail. The Humans throw a qiuick pass, catch the accurate pass, going for it, and score their first touchdown!

Accurate pass and TOUCHDOWN.

Score's now 2-1. After this touchdown by the Human, the Skaven try a long bomb pass but it is out of bounds. The throw-in is in favour of the Humans. They knock out 3 skaven. Then 4! That's a lot of wounded rats leaving the field. Then comes a quick pass, but the Humans fail to catch. A rat picks up the ball, but fails its dodge. Retrieved by the Humans, a second touchdown follows. Ending the match with a 2 - 2 score. What an awesome game this was. Thank you for viewing reading!





Addendum: Rough notes made during play.

first half
1
kick off scatters off field, touchback for humans
block human, roll 9 > AV, injury = 7 stunned
2
skaven assisted block = pushback
skaven going for it, trips, scatter
pick up ball, run
block fails -> turnover
3
3 skaven push back ballbearer
throw fails
4
block x2 / run, pick up, throw!
touchdown! 0-1
pick up, run, short pass, catch
5
skaven surround human with ball
...
7
skaven take and run!
ram ballbearer, rat KO!
8
pick up - run - touchdown! 0-2

second half
1
all skaven pushed and knocked
2
skaven box ballbearer in
qiuick pass, catch accurate pass, going for it, touchdonw! 1-2
3
LONG BOMB! out!
4
fail pick up, reroll success
3 skaven knocked out allready!
4!
5
humans: fumble quick pass
skaven: dodge, fail!
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pass to empty square
get ball, fumble
7
going for it - fumble
no dodge
8
touchdown 2-2 !
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New Blog Category Added: Kislev

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There are not many Warhammer armies left for me to build. I had to look north to find a new construction challenge: Kislev.

If you follow my blog regularly you will have noticed that I left the WFB ruleset in favour of the Warmaster ruleset. This provides me with following to-do list:

- Knights (Winged Lancers or Gryphon Legion)
- 2 regiments of Steppe Horse Archers
- Bowmen
- 2 regiments of Kossar Axemen
- multiple Bears
- a War Wagon
- a General Tzarina
- a Shaman
- a Hero (Elector Count of Ostland miniature)

It would be out of character for me to just buy the official GW miniatures on eBay, so I did some research and came up with suitable replacement miniatures for some of the regiments.

In this first Kislev blogpost I'll handle the mandatory selections: Horse Archers, General and Axemen. (The picture at the bottom has some sneak previews of what's to come.)

I happen to already own a Games-Workshop Kislev Tzarina Katrina. So that's two selections at once: a General with the Tzarina upgrade. However, as it frequently is with second hand plastic horses, the horse was missing its tail. There are many bits and pieces that can act as a repair for that: Ork/Orc helmet-ponytails, banner ornaments, trophies, ... So a fix was applied quickly.

For the Ungol Steppe Archers I bought a Mongol Cavalry box from Fireforge Games. It provided me with 12 mounted miniatures. For my Warmaster 28mm armies I need 6 mounted miniatures to create one regiment (or unit). When I add some regiment fillers I'll have three regiments.

The Kossar Axemen regiments will be made from Fire Forge's Mongol Horde and some regiment fillers. I was lucky to score one blister of GW Kislev Kossars for 5,- Euro at Essen SPIEL many years ago. They'll lead the regiments. Unit fillers will be bears and pine trees.

A nice (and relatively cheap) start for my Empire allies from the snowy North...

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BattleMasters Chaos Warrior Banner Bearers

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I'm all into minor conversions. Small change, great return.



Behold, my new front rank warriors for my Chaos army.
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