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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Rackham Rubble

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After three years I finally found the courage to open my box of Pandora. The damage is repairable. Almost all glued miniatures are broken; Wolfen, Griffon, Troll, ... And the Griffon inquisitors' paint is chipped. Luckily the partial (good) paintjob on the Wolfen has somehow survived the crash.



Looking at my Confrontation collection now, I going to reuse some of the miniatures for other 28mm games.

The Wolfen will have a dual use: 28mm Warmaster and Confrontation.
For the Keltois I have other plans: a WFB Norse army!
The Griffon, Mid-nors and Orcs will remain Confrontation.
The Troll... yeah what to do with the Troll? ...





The Orc Brontops-beast riders (top left in the main picture), they'll go to my WFB Ogre Kingdoms army to be used as Rhinox riders.
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Oldhammer Orcs with spears

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I wanted to cut and glue again. No matter what. After rummaging through my bitsbox I found some old Orcs.



A decapitated Orc Arrer Boy from WHFB 6th edition is converted into a spear wielding Boss. He so large he needs a cavalry base.



I found 4 Orc arms with spears. I think they're from the Boar Riders set. That's enough to represent an entire regiment of Orcs with Spears.



Another 4 by 3 regiment to add to my Warmaster 28mm armies!
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Buzzing Dwarfs

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I picked up working on my Dwarf Ornithopters. I removed the original pilots and replaced the torso's with Mantic Dwarfs.



The next pilot looks like he's holding a throttle.





I have attached some weapons to the miniature to cover the fact that the legs are too skinny. The new cavalry bases from Games-Workshop are just perfect for these flyers.



I finished 3 Ornithopters. I didn't want to cut up the mechanical insects, that's why all pilots have different weapons to add some variety. The massive axe is a combination of the Warhammer Quest Dwarf's axe and a Mantic Dwarf arm. The metal cape of the pilot in the back is actually a shoulder pad from a Skaven Rat Ogre.





Black TEC-7 to fill the hole in his back and a tankard because it's a Dwarf!
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Trains 'n Things

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While I'm not a train hobbyist, it was nice to take a look a the MobExpo model train convention.



My fanatasy was triggered at some of the larger scale train scenery. This scrapyard was very inviting to play Necromunda or other modern/future skirmish games. I really like the atmosphere. That Land Rover is just awesome. Well done!



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Epic 40,000 Sisters of Battle - 600 points

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Time for a new Epic army! There are many rumours about Sisters of Battle returning in Warhammer 40K, so I wanted to be prepared for the hype. There's a nice range of 6mm miniatures by Onslaught Minis. They're called the "Sisterhood".

Ordering from the US was always very expensive due to import taxes but now there's a shop in the UK: Vanguard. So I sought myself the ideal combination to reach 600 points worth of Warhammer Epic 40,000 miniatures. The army list I am using is available at http://www.toco.be/homerules .



Buying only 4 Sisterhood blisters provides me 3 detachments totalling 601 points. I have to add 1 plastic Land Raider, 5 plastic Rhino's, 5 Razorbacks, 1 plastic Whirlwind and 1 Inquisitor Space Marine infantry unit. (I could use an extra 5 converted plastic Rhino's to replace the metal Razorbacks.)

Main Force ... 195 pts

Canoness in Rhino ... 49 pts
Sister Hospitaller ... 10 pts
Sisters of Battle Squad in Rhino ... 31 pts
Sisters of Battle Squad in Rhino ... 31 pts
Exorcist Whirlwind ... 10 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts

Commander ... 204 pts

Saint Celestine ... 54 pts
Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor in Land Raider ... 105 pts
Seraphim ... 15
Seraphim ... 15
Seraphim ... 15

Assault Team ... 202 pts

Sisters of Battle HQ Squad in Rhino ... 56 pts
Ambulance ... 10 pts
Nemesis Bikers ... 10 pts
Seraphim ... 15 pts
Seraphim ... 15 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
Sisters Retributor in Immolator ... 32 pts
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Elite Huscarls with Pet Mammoth

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It took me severals evenings to complete my Norse Huscarls regiment. The Chaos Marauders is quite a cool GW set. It holds just enough items to create unique looking miniatures.



The unit of elite Norse is led by a famous hero. Every warrior has a shield and as many armour as possible for a Marauder. A nice fur cape here and there also gives the illusion of rich elites going to the battlefield.



Work on building a Norse War Mammoth has also commenced. I am using the Ogre Kingdoms Stonehorn/Thundertusk set as a basis.



By Sigmar this monster is huge! It's very nice to assemble this wonderful "miniature". At first I wanted to make a howdah for the Norse riders...



... but I went for a saddle variation instead.
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Norse and West

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There are two workbenches in my house at the moment: the Norse are gathering in my living room, while at the meantime the desk at my man-cave upstairs is occupied by a Bretonnian army.

Just wanted to show you another regiment filler. So here are two pictures.



I was just short of 4 Men-at-Arms for this Bretonnian regiment. At first I was tempted to add a mounted knight in the unit, just like you can see on some metal miniature stands from the game Warmaster. (The painted knight can be spotted on the first picture.) But I went for a more cheasy option of planting a flag and adding some spikes. I really wanted to avoid to use Henchmen from Advanced Heroquest again.



Since the henchmen are all armed with defensive spears it's ok to give the unit filler some sharpened logs. It holds the same spikey theme. I'll also add an axe and tree trunk.
Half of the miniatures are disarmed and without shields. I delved into my bits box and found me some older Chaos shields which are a perfect match for the Men-at-Arms.
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Norse

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Warhammer: Norse

The northern regions of the Old World suffer from extremes of climate and geography unlike anywhere else. The dense dark forests, high barren mountains, icy seas and long winter nights conspire to make life here both hard and short. This cruel land known as Norsca is a home to the Norsemen - a race of men that are as fierce, brutal and
unforgiving as the landscape itself.


The text above inspired me to build a Norse army. (Text by Andy Jones and Bill King, from the Warmaster Trial Armies Compendium 2009.)

I went to my local GW store and bought my first Age of Sigmar box. The Chaos Marauders are perfect to use as Norse barbarians. But I couldn't find any on eBay and I was in a hyped hurry. I'll mix various barbarian miniatures from Talisman, Warhammer Quest,Dragon's Gate, HeroQuest and Confrontation with the Chaos Marauders.

The Huscarls regiment will have barbarians with Shields and Helmets. They are the richest of the Norse, and also the best fighters.



Miniatures with less armour will find in place in one of my two Bondsmen regiments. For the Huntsmen infantry I'll use some Chaos Thugs from Battle Masters again. (Not pictured.)



The wolfhide-clad warrior below could be a Shaman with some pet wolves. Or I could integrate them in an Ulfwerener regiment. Has to be decided later...



You gotta love the following miniature from D&D Forbidden Forest. He's a wizard with removeable cape, helmet and staff! Really incredible sculpt. It's cool without the staff. It's cool without the helmet. It's cool without the cape. Congratulations to the sculptor! With the right paint job I can use him as a Shaman Were Kin. There's one minor problem, the miniature is made from soft plastic. It will be hard to keep the future paintjob intact when playing.



Norse Vitki Shaman (artist unknown)

If you're familiar with the Norse army lists, then you'll be able to guess what my plans are with the Ogre Kingdoms boxed set.



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A Norse War Mammoth!
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Saharduin Piscean Warrior

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I'm slowly introducing my daughter into the miniature games hobby. We've been building scenery together. Here's a session report of our latest game with a Piscean Warrior.

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PS: This Saharduin Piscean Warrior show scenery is completely prepainted!
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Burn that Witch!

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Working with the guys in the picture above made me change my plans for my Mordheim Mercenary warband. While building a regiment of Flagellants 15 strong, I really wanted to add some in my skirmish games. So that's where I abandonned my plans for a Mercenary warband and started designing a Witchhunter warband.

Here's the Reaper Witchhunter:


And his hired Ogre Bodyguard (on a 40mm base):


Witchhunter warbands have trackers and dogs. And trackerdogs... Adding dogs as tiny base fillers adds to the witchhunting atmosphere. Mantic Games has a grumpy plastic bulldog on one of their Dwarf sprues.



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