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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Bretonnia reinforcements

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Because I am a backer of the KickStarter "Forgotten World Fantasy Figures" by Fireforge Games, I am expecting a complete army of men-at-arms, peasants and mounted squires.

That's why I am doing a re-inventory of my first Bretonnian army.

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It seems this army is complete. So I am scavenging eBay for some new vassals of the realm. Extra Knights will be required, as is a general. For the general I will probably just take one of the two Pegassus Knights I already own. No need for a Hippogriph.

More about the new FireForge Bretonnian miniatures:
https://fireforge-games.com/content/13-forgotten-world
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Lustria: spawning more recruits

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I had these metal pre-slotta Amazons for quite some time. Collected them one by one. Still not enough for a full regiment. But when I use them as fillers in a Skink regiment, they're ready to fight!


One of them had her wrist broken off. Second row, second mini. Very fine arms made it impossible to glue. Even when using superglue. But greenstuff is AMAZING! I created a bracelet and the arm/wrist is now super strong. I succesfully recycled a vintage expensive miniature. (I'll try to edit and add a detail picture later.)

http://www.solegends.com/citc/c030amazons/index.htm

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This Saurus oldblood is a leftover from the Carnodon box. You can find many conversions on Google. This is the start of mine. I really discovered the usefulness of green stuff.


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I was in need of another Saurus hero to lead my Warmaster 28mm army. So I did a kitbash to mix 'n match various plastic parts into one fine mounted champion.

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I'll divide the army in two sub-armies. One green, one blue.
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CRISIS 2018 Pictures Report Part 2/2

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Earlier editions:
CRISIS 2015
CRISIS 2016
CRISIS 2017

2018 Edition (pictures say more than words):

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Next CRISIS convention at Antwerp (Belgium) is November 9th 2019.

http://tsoa.be/crisis_general.html
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CRISIS 2018 - Wargames Convention - Antwerp, Belgium

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Earlier editions:
CRISIS 2015
CRISIS 2016
CRISIS 2017

2018 Edition (pictures say more than words):

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As always, a long queue at the entrance.

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Every year there's a metal freeby for each attendee. This year it was Brabo, a Belgian myth/legend:
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Assassin's Creed

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Nice idea to use foam as forests.

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Spectre: Operations

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This is the end of my picture report part one... I'll try to upload some more ASAP.

EDIT: Part 2
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Epic Inventory Backlash

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After collecting various 6mm Epic 40K miniatures for some years it's time for a descent inventory.

It took me one long evening to unpack many boxes and ziplock bags. I even discovered some unopened blisters bought years ago. The desk was covered in Imperial troops: Adeptus Mechanicus, Imperial Guard and Titan Legions.

SAaaWEEaaT!

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Imperial Armour

The image above shows a portion of the Imperial Armour. In the background are miniatures from MechWarrior that I can use as Leviathans etc...
My plan was to create themed detachments while still aiming for a rounded amount of points. Designing (3rd edition) detachements like this allows me to select miniatures pretty fast when playing another battle.

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Knights and Imperial Guard

When I discovered that there were a lot of Knights and Robots in my collection, I decided to start me an Adeptus Mechanicus army, based on the army list that appeared in Firepower Magazine. I ended up with around 1600 points AM and an uncountable amount of points for the IG.
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And after all this detachment-building, writing drafts, calculating totals in Excel and putting parts of armies on every empty spot in my room that I could find... I GOT FED UP. Seriously. I had enough. Pleasure overload. Inventory blues.
So I repacked everything and started planning to paint an overseeable amount of miniatures. A smaller amount. ONE detachment of Tau. It's better to focus on one small portion of a collection than to unpack it all. Because I'm fighting against a problem that many other players face: UNPAINTED miniatures.

There should be a microbadge for this: "Owner of Too Many Unpainted Miniatures".
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Space Wolves' Defeat - Session Report

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Time to refresh my Epic 40,000 knowledge. It is my intention to start playing this game again with new players. But I haven't been playing Epic myself for years... Still, great memories of Epic 40,000 battles remain and are encouraging me to reboot my 6mm scale hobby.

In this second session report I'll revisit the game flow with two vanilla Space Marine detachments. I'll try out the basic movement and shoooting + assault. (Testing firefights and multiple detachments is for next time.)

Oooooon the left side: 200 points Ultra Marines.
And on thé right side: 200 points of angry Spaaaaace Wolvesssss!


You will notice a slight variation in detachment composition. The blue guys have an Assault Squad and the Grey lads have a Librarian. (Note: the 3 square slates in the pictures count as buildings.)

Now for the game. Step one: draw an initiative counter --> yellow. That means the Space Wolves go first and choose a regular move. The Raider moves 20cm and the Rhinos speed up to 30cm. There's one Rhino that only moves 25cm to unload his Tactical Squad who then move 5cm each. (A unit loses 5cm when embarking/unloading.)
Now the Ultra Marines can move. They choose a special order "Assault" and place a green dice to indicate this action. All units then make a regular move. I deliberately did not disembark the Space Wolves to experience the impact of this decision on the battle results.

Let's draw another initiative counter for shooting --> yellow. Only three units with firepower are in range: the Land Raider and two Space Wolves Tactical units. The Land Raider has special Anti-tank weapons and chooses the closest vehicle and rolls 2D6, scoring 4+ on one dice. The HQ Rhino is hit, the infantry inside rolls a 4+ and is saved. The Rhino is lost. The Ultra Marines detachment now receives one Blast Marker.
The two Tactical units have a combined firepower of 2, shoot at vehicles in the open, resulting in 1 dice roll, and unfortunatelly a miss.
Now the Ultra Marines may retaliate. It's their turn to shoot. (Shooting alternates between detachments. One player's detachment, then a detachment of the other player, and so on...)
Because they are on "Assault" orders, the total firepower is halved. Shooting from the blue side was swift and resultless...

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Let's draw another initiative counter for War Machines, even when none are in-game. --> blue.

Let's skip to the Assault Phase. Now it gets interesting. This is where the abstraction in the rules of Epic 40,000 shines, and where you can really make a killing! -*EVIL_GRIN*-
Only two initiative counters left in the cup, and the draw reveals... --> blue. It didn't really matter who got to go first because there was only one detachment on "Assault" orders. All units from this detachment may move again now, and infantry moves (charges) at double speed! The Assault Marines with jump pack move at triple speed!!!
It's clear that all Ultra Marines can reach their targets and start close combat with the Space Wolves.

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Those poor Rhinos are sitting ducks. The infantry inside cannot be used in this close combat. The Ultra Marines total a whopping 26 as Assault value. The Space Wolves bring 9 in return. When consulting the close combat table we find the Space Wolves are "Overwhelmed". True to the reality, this close combat system is a good abstract simulation! The winner needs to roll 2+ to kill a unit in close combat, the loser needs a 6+.
Not much of the Space Wolves remain and the detachment is "Broken" and retreats up to 20cm. The retreating Terminators now make a roll to rally and only 1 of 5 blast markers remains. A last stand presents itself ...

Board Game: Warhammer Epic 40,000


Game over! Morale value of the Space Wolves is 0. (You have to substract the morale value of each detachment that falls under half strength from the total army morale.)

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First impressions (again): Smooth, abstract and realistic 40K battle simulation!

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This really felt like one Warhammer 40,000 battle crammed into 10 minutes. Perfect!
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Sisters of Battle - Epic Infantry

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Now that the return of Adepta Sororitas to Warhammer 40K is near, I want to finish my smaller scale army of these sisters of battle.

Some time ago I posted an image of my Onslaught Miniatures purchase from the US. I also posted a preview of the detachment lists for the army.

Now's really the time to start building this Epic army!

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The image above shows the composition of all Infantry Units. With only a small amount of bags, I am able to build a descent set of playing units. (600 Points for Epic 3rd edition using the fan-list "Armies II".)


PS: http://www.tocoking.be/homerules/files/Epic40000_ArmiesBook_...
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Boba Pritt

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My laserprinter has been printing some A4 puzzle pieces. Glued together they form a new challenge for my Star Wars Miniatures.

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These custom maps are actually quite good thumbsup

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Great quality images and cool strategic options. Can't wait to play on these!
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Paint Stations are Expensive

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Paint Stations are expensive. But I'd like one. It's easy for storing away your stuff when not painting. (Trying to not upset the wife by littering the table...)

Well... my paint station won't be expensive!

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I have found a wooden tray in my garden shed. Using a saw I have removed the front panel. I still have to add a small shelf at the back of the tray to hold some paint bottles and brushes.
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Epic 40,000 Tutorial Detachments

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Board Game: Warhammer Epic 40,000
Planning on re-learning Warhammer Epic 40,000 with these.


A little more paint and flock and they're fit for battle.

I made a detachment card for each army. All detachments are 200 points. Easy to mix 'n match and get new players into trying 6mm miniature gaming.
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