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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My Big Fat Warhammer Army

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Now this is a great kitbashing project! The Ogre Kingdoms sprues are a bliss to combine. I bought an Ogre Battalion box which contains Bulls, Leadbelchers and Ironguts. From a previous Norse project I already have spare Ogre components. This combination allows me to mix 'n match sprues and come up with a Tyrant and Hunter too.

I've been looking for a purpose for my Rackham Brontops beasts for a while. And it shows they are a perfect fit in my Ogre Kingdoms army. I had two riders from my Stonehorn box and bought one extra from eBay. The legs only needed a little chipping and filing to fit the metal Brontopses.



To create a wizard for the Ogre Kingdoms army I needed a filthy looking fat canibal. I happened to have some spare Warcraft miniatures. And the GW Ogre head from GW's sprues fit perfectly over the tiny Warcraft head. Ready to (stomach-)rumble!



I'll show my Tyrant and Hunter (with chained wolves) later.... Meanwhile be sure to check tocosnest@twitter for my miniatures workbench.
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Salvaging Broken and Unidentified Miniatures

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Long time ago there were some unidentified miniatures in a lot I won on eBay. I decided them to be fair enough to NOT throw them away. And now I finally found a use for them. I've been collecting 40K Space Wolves here and there lately. The unidentified miniatures could be used as Space Marine Scouts for the Space Wolves chapter.



I also happened to have a vintage Rogue Trader Warhammer 40K Scout with a missing leg. When going through my Chaos SM bit box I found him a matching leg. With some TEC-7 glue it is now firmly attached to the metal miniature. I sure hope he does not get corrupted by Chaos now ... We've seen enough traitor legions lately.



EDIT: The previously unknown miniatures are from the boardgame Havok Skirmish Battle Set.
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Scale Creep

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Over the years since initial startup Games-Workshop miniatures had a so-called scale creep. While earlier miniatures were around 25mm, they became 28mm heroic scale and now they're more or less becomming 32mm scale.

When collecting miniatures with intent to play, you sometimes have difficulties to fit the various scales into one regiment.

There are some very easy tricks to circumvent this: elevation. By adding some scenery under a smaller miniature you can trick the viewer into thinking all miniatures have the same scale. Just make sure all the eyes of the miniatures are on the same height.

Two cheap items from the DIY store are: stones and treebark. I have a walking trail nearby with gravel, and some treebark chips under my bushes in the garden (to prevent weeds from spreading too fast). That's a lifetime supply of free modeling scenery!



The advantage of treebark is that it's lightweight and easy to glue with white woodglue, pattex, and other lesser glues. Miniatures can be attached to the chips by pinning and a little glue. The chips also provide a nice layered effect to simulate soil layers.

Gravel/pebbels are more rigid and won't chip or get damaged. But they need a strong glue like TEC-7 to attach to the slottabases. Pinning won't be possible so the stones must be very clean for superglue, or you might use TEC-7 for the mini's too.

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Blood Bowl Team: The Skaven Redtails

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The Skaven team for my Blood Bowl league was built straight from my bitsbox. But these hungry critters ate eachothers tails...

Spare tails are hard to find on eBay so I had to be inventive. There was a certain HeroClix miniature with a tattered cape. I cut it to pieces and there were my replacement tails!



Tec-7 glue is strong and rigid enough to glue the tiny pieces.



I even got a teamname out of this conversion: The Skaven Redtails !

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Epic 40,000 Primaris Space Marines

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The new kids on the block from GW: Primaris Space Marines.

I'd give them following stats in Warhammer Epic 40,000:

Support:
Primaris Space Marines Squad (1 unit)
20 points per unit
+7 points to add Rhino

Movement 10cm
Range 35cm
Firepower 1
Assault 3
Armour 4+
Rapid Fire, Stubborn

Now lets search for suitable 6mm miniatures... Or should that be 7mm miniatures?
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It's Never Enough

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Miniature gaming and collection can be a true addiction. A healty one (if you don't accedentally inhale glue or spraypaint vapours).

I already had a nice High Elves collection, but now and then when I find a bargain at eBay I cannot resist...

Here's the latest batch:


A Phoenix Guard regiment, a cavalry hero, an extra Repeating Bolt Thrower and some loose miniatures to fill incomplete infantry units.

Another spraycan that has been very busy yesterday was YELLOW. I leave it to you to guess which of my armies also got reinforcements...
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My Workbench at Twitter

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For years I have been posting my miniature games projects in this blog.

To show ALL my work-in-progress I have started a new feature: a PLOG or picture log. In my new Twitter account @TocosNest I'll post pictures of my workbench only. This way I can share my hobby by providing a view in my man-cave.



I won't be reposting all tweets here. So I advise to folow my Twitter account if you have the same hobby and are interested in seeing my workbench.
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High Elf hero - conversion

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This is what I like most about the miniatures hobby: converting. It starts by selecting some bits and pieces from your bitsbox. I had a spare barded horse from Battle Masters and wanted to use it for a High Elf hero.



The legs are metal. The torso and head are High Elf bits.



The arms are from the Tiranoc Chariot sprue. They look fierce on this mounted hero model. The shoulders didn't fit perfectly. That's when my 40K bitsbox came in handy: a pair of (Tau) Kroot shoulderpads!



I tilted the horse backwards slightly to make the miniature more menacing. Tree bark and pebble chips were glued to the 50mm square base*. The horse received Elven feathers as head ornaments.
To make the miniature a true High Elf leader I added a sheated sword and quiver with bow and arrows to his saddle. I also tried to add a cape but it didn't look "correct".

* Why a 50mm square base you ask? Well, in Warmaster 28mm games a cavaly stand is 5cm wide, 5cm deep...
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Marvelmunda: The Mighty Avengers

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Necromunda is now ready to host The Avengers!




Cpt. America (310 credits)
Captain America's strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing are at the zenith of natural human potential.
Leader
Flak Armour
Skill 1: Combat Master
S +1
WS +1
Skill 2: Sprint
Skill 3: Iron Will
Skill 4: Parry

The Hulk (925 credits)
Juve
S+5
T+5
Body Slam
Hurl Opponent
Berserk Charge
Nerves of Steel

Thor (415 credits)
Leader
Power Fist (Mjolnir)
One in a Million Boltgun (Thrown Mjolnir)
Wings
W +1
S +1
Crushing Blow
Iron Jaw

Hawkeye (235 credits)
Ganger
BS +3
Plasma Pistol
2 Weapon Reloads

Captain Marvel (210 credits)
Ganger
Wings
Skill 1: Sprint
Plasma Gun
Infra Goggles
Photon Flash Flares (See Necromunda: Battles in the Underhive rulebook.)

Wasp (175 credits)
Juve
Wings
Needle Pistol

Mockingbird (105 credits)
Ganger
2 Clubs
WS +1

Vision (125 credits)
Wyrd Telekinetic
Primary Power: Force Field
Primary Power: Fists of Fury
Minor Power: Freeze Time
Minor Power: Float
Minor Power: Walk Through Walls
Laspistol
Knife
Bludgeon
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Marvelmunda: The Avengers - Ironman

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So you want to play Necromunda and include Marvel's Ironman? That's simple, he's a Yeld Spyrer! Easiest rulebook hack ever.
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