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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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Games-Workshop's Sneaky Scale Creep

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You probably have noticed it too. Latest releases by Games Workshop Ltd. include miniatures larger than usual. You will notice this in 40K with the new Primaris Space Marines, the Primarchs and others. In Fantasy Battle they have these giant Chaos Marauders and the Sigmarines. I don't like it. See following picture for the size difference. This change in scale is getting out of hand.



I wish they didn't do this. It's probably a commercial move to make old players ditch their small mini's in favour of the new releases. But for reasons of compatibility I'll need to start buying mini's from other brands and forget GW's new releases.

I have a solution to make (older) smaller miniatures appear to be bigger. But the reverse is not quite possible.

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Recycling Necromunda: Norse Marauders

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The base game Necromunda 1.0 box came with plastic Goliath miniatures. Over the years I've been hoarding these guys because they were cheap on eBay... Now's the time to put them to good use. Let's get creative!



I needed some expansion for my Warhammer Norse army. With some clever kitbashing I came up with these beefy Marauders.

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Recycling Necromunda: Blood Bowl

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My Necromunda Goliath gang is too big already. And now with the new version of the game we will all end up with obsolete miniatures. The new Goliaths will be customizable and are waaaay better looking than their version 1.0 counterparts. So, what to do with all your old Necromunda miniatures?

Well, here is part 1 of my "Recycling Necromunda" blogpost series.



This guy is Mighty Zug, a star player for Blood Bowl (Third Edition). Conversion: an arm swap with a metal Warhammer Chaos Warrior swordarm, and a shoulderguard from the plastic Warhammer Marauders sprue.

Zug's ready to rumble!
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Converting because of Budget Reasons

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Most miniatures games players start collecting when they are young students. One thing that the average student does not have is an unlimited budget. That was my setting of how I got into the Warhammer hobby at least. Anyway, sometimes a player must be creative in the formation of an army because of budget limitations, whatever the cause.

To achieve this it's best to buy a regiment box of basic troops. Quantity is the key here. The more miniatures you have, the more you can use to start converting. (For rookies in the hobby, converting means chopping up an existing miniature and rebuilding it to match its new purpose. It's the advanced version of kitbashing where you combine components of various sprues to build a unique miniature.)

In the past I have dedicated some of my blogposts to "building on a budget". In this blogpost I'll add some examples from my recent Ogre Kingdoms army.
I used the three out of four methods of converting miniatures: kitbash, mix 'n match and convert. The fourth option sculpting is too challenging for me. I'll skip that.

Assets: I have one Ogre Battalion box and one Stonehorn box.
Goal: I also want a Tyrant and Bruiser to lead my army, and I really like the background story of Hunters.
Extra: Some of my Rackham Confrontation miniatures are collecting dust for years. I'd like to give them a purpose in life.

Method 1 - Kitbash:
The Tyrant is the general of the army. So he has to stand out and look special. I took a menacing looking armoured head from the Ironguts sprue and combined it with the large belly armour from the command sprue. The eye-catching bit comes from the Stonehorn sprue in the form of a giant vulture on an arm covered with a pelt. The Tyrant looks more important by placing the miniaiture on an elevated base (made with treebark). Now his left arm was a problem. I wanted to place a giant blade in his hand but I could not find one on the sprues. So I took an armoured left fist from the Bulls sprue and combined it with a blade from one of the right hands.

Tyrant Sword

Ogre Tyrant

Army Standard Bearer

I also used the kitbash method to make all Bulls as unique as possible by using heads from all sprues available. For the Bruiser I'll be using the biggest and baddest looking Irongut with an elevated base to indicate importance.

Ogre Bull

Method 2 - Mix 'n Match:
Butchers are miniatures with a specific look and feel: they're fat, covered in cleavered meat and clad in a butcher's outfit. It would be very hard, almosr impossible to kitbash one. Since I don't dare myself to sculpt a miniature, I find refuge in mixing and matching miniatures from different publishers. I bought several cheap boxes of WOW Burning Crusade at the SPIEL convention in Essen Germany. And there's the perfect miniature to use as a Butcher by simply placing a GW Ogre's head on top.

Ogre Butcher

Method 3 - Converting:
A personal favorite of mine is the Ogre Hunter. The Stonehorn sprue provides various bits that are perfect for a hunting Ogre. I wanted to use the chain as a leash for a Sabretooth or other trained animal. Unfortunatelly I already used my metal Sabretooth miniatures in my High Elf Lions of Thrace regiment. Some spare Fenris Wolves were the next best choice. I had to use two different right arms to achieve the right angle for the chain to fit. The chain had to end at the neck of the Fenris Wolf in order to make it look like a hunfting pet. A simple saw did the trick.

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Ogre Hunter

Bonus - all three methods combined:
The Ogre cavalry usually uses Rhinoxes to ride into battle. I'll be using Brontopses as "counts as" miniatures. The Stonehorn box provided Ogre rider legs able to fix my metal beasts. Bits and pieces from various sprues were cut up and glued together to form three badass riders. While two of the metal beasts are exactly the same miniatures, by positioning them at a different angle on their base I was able to hide the fact that they're identical.

Ogre Cavalry

The amount of money I actually saved here (diregarding the cavalry) is equivalent to three character models: a Tyrant, a Butcher and a Hunter with two Sabretooths. Actually quite a sum when buying them from GW.
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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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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
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Knife
Bludgeon
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