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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Endor Reforestation

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When I started collecting Star Wars Miniatures I always envisioned large tabletop battles. The battle of Hoth has appeal for many Star Wars fans, but I always liked Episode VI most. (Until Rogue One came out! Now EP VI is my second most favorite SW movie.)

Not to float off-topic, I started making some scenery specificly for Star Wars tabletop battles. And no, I'm not going to buy SW Legion. The business decision to make their game 35mm instead of keeping it compatible with the previous 28mm range killed the momentum. I don't feel like buying another range of the same mini's.

In my garden shed I have been making some wooden bases and drilled some holes in them to hold nails. These nails will be used to keep in position small branches from a real tree.



I've cut these branches from a tree and let them dry out for quite some time. They have a diameter of 3 to 4 cm.



The foliage selected from aquarium decoration makes the scenery pieces more forest-like. They now serve as difficult terrain.



I'll be playing a 28mm tabletop battle between Ewoks and Scout Troopers anytime soon using SW Miniatures game rules (replacing squares with inches for moevement). (And activating squads instead of single mini's...)

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Goblin Squig Herders

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For a long time I wanted to use my Oldhammer metal Goblin Squig Prodder Team in an army. But metal Squigs were too expensive to my taste on eBay. Now with the newly released plastic Squigs set I can fulfill my wish.



Followers of my blog might recall that I don't actually play Warhammer, but that I'm using Warmaster rules. This makes it possible to include a reqiment of Squigs very easily.



To comply with the regiment dimensions of 10cm by 7,5cm I based this second Goblin Prodder on a cavalry base, to be positioned next to the metal version.
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Guess which GI Joe's

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Work in progress. Can you guess which G.I. Joe's following 28mm mini's will represent?





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Mutt and Junkyard
Zarana
Zandar
Dialtone
Shipwreck and Polly
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Custom GI Joe 28mm: Lady Jaye

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Lady Jaye



Again, a HeroClix was the basis for my 28mm version of GI Jaye. The backpack with spears is from another Clix mini. The machinegun is a metal bit from Hasslefree Miniatures.

I repainted her blonde hair with brown and added a little cleavage with skintone. The green suit makes the mini recognizable as Lady Jaye, the kick-ass Joe girl!



While I didn't see Lady Jaye wearing a cap in the cartoon series, her toy figure had one. That's why I opted to use a miniature with a cap too.

Original toy figure:
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There are Joes in the Sewers. No, it's not Tunnelrat ...

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The advertisement picture above is from a Belgian G.I. Joe brochure depicting the famous Stormshadow and the popular, but slightly bizar Croc Master. This diorama never left my mind ever since first seeing it in 1991.

So here they are in 28mm version! The famous 80's ninja Stormshadow and the odd GI Joe samurai Budo.





Both are repainted HeroClix miniatures, with a new arm for Stormshadow. The bow-arm originates from a Warhammer Wood Elf.





Now I heard rumours that WizKids has acquired the license to produce GI Joe miniatures. So here's hoping they will publish official GI Joe HeroClix soon. It will render my custom work obsolete... but it has been cool so far.
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Custom GI Joe 28mm: Scarlett

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G.I. Joe - Scarlett



To represent Scarlett's crossbow I cut of the barrel of the pistol this HeroClix miniature was holding. The arrow and limb are one plastic part. I scavenged this from a Warhammer 40,000 idol of Chaos which is a pointed star in a circle. By simply cutting off 1 dart and the curved parts I achieved the finishing touch for her crossbow.



The original miniature had black hair a was wearing a green catsuit. (Viper.) Repainting her made it a perfect look-alike of Scarlett's cartoon series character.

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GI Joe Dream Team: Snake-Eyes & Scarlett

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A G.I. Joe 28mm army without Snake-Eyes? Impossible!
So here I'll show you the mini's you've been waiting for




This HeroClix miniature was just perfect. All I had to do was add his hallmark visor and paint his Arashikage tattoo on his arm.



His visor is a piece of cardboard, slightly folded. I glued a tiny round plastic stud on each end. Then painted it with chainmail-silver.
I added a couple of small waistbags and a grenade from WH 40K too.





... ah yes, I promised to show Scarlett too, didn't I ...
OK, well now that we're all overexited about Snake-Eyes, I'll show his lady in a following blogpost. Stay tuned!
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Custom 28mm GI Joe: Road Pig

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Dreadnock: Road Pig



The feature that really distinguishes Road Pig is his improvised weapon: a cement brick on a steel rod. I found one of these cement bricks on one of the HeroClix miniatures (Marvel HeroClix Avengers #16 Luke Cage).

I combined his hallmark bludgeon with a Mage Knight miniature. There was only one problem: the size. This mini is too small for 28mm battles. And certainly when it has to represent one of the biggest and baddest Dreadnocks!



My solution was to add him on an elevated base. His head is now on a higher level than the other miniatures, so this trompe-l'oeil is effective to make him look big.



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Custom 28mm G.I. Joe: Big Boa

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The Original Big Boa toy figure:


My 28mm version of this Cobra instructor is a simple repaint of a rebased HeroClix miniature.



While his garments are not exactly the same, by using the correct colors for the paintjob I achieved a very good result.



Big boxing Boa ready to beat some Joe's!
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Wallpaper for Tabletop Scenery Buildings

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The exterior of the buildings in my model Adriatic town will be applied using paint and sand. However, for the interior, I want to avoid such an easy solution.

On a certain evening when drinking tea I spotted this awesome pattern on the inside of a Lipton box for tea bags. After some more sips I collected the cardboard boxes and stashed them away in my scenery bitbox.

Now's the time to apply this wonderful wallpaper!



Earl Grey pattern, gotta love it

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