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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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Red Eldar - part 2

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Babysitting. Ideal activity to paint more miniatures! My Saim-Hann Eldar are nearing completion. Brings a big smile to my face.

You might have noticed I am painting batches of armies worth 600 points. The amount of miniatures to paint can be overseen and does not discourage the painter. It also is a good amount of miniatures to fight a battle with. However, I did try to choose units that are typical for each type of army. For the Eldar you have the Guardians and transports with support weapons and Dreadnoughts as benchmark. To add something special I added a Fireprism.



The tanks are now finished. I painted the weapons and mechanics black and sometimes watered down the paint. No highlights for the black parts. I did use a flesh color to highlight the red areas.



(Pictures are never perfect, but I guess you can see this miniature is tabletop-ready. Not a single bare metal miniature hits my gaming table. That's why I go for tabletop-quality painting. More detail would take me too long.)



The infantry bases need a strong contrast green grass or flock. It will bring out the tiny red figurines. The scenery bases of the Jetbikes will be a combination of dark grey ruins and green grass.



That's why I don't base my tanks. They are finished when the paint is done. Infantry has bases, and those need flock. Extra work!
Anyway, another army nearly finished. I have already picked my next army: the Imperial Guard.
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Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:15 am
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Saim-Hann Eldar: 600 points

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After my painting succes with the Epic Tau detachments, I'll make good use of this positive momentum. My new painting method is paying off. My private life is very busy, and I don't have much spare time. And still I am able to paint miniatures! How? Well, I select a small group of miniatures, be it an Epic detachment of 6mm miniatures or a Necromunda squad of 28mm miniatures. And leave all other miniatures locked up in the closet. Don't look at them. Only pay attention to the selected group.
I put those on a plate, together with my brushes and paint. This plate rests on my desk and at any time I can just grab this plate, pour water in a glass and start painting for half an hour. Time's up? No problem, empty the glass of water, clean brushes, and put the plate back on the desk.
This method allowed me to start on the Eldar. I've chosen for the Saim-Hann craftworld. That's a lot of red!



The basecoat was applied with a red spraycan of Army Painter. Then I started painting all the white helmets with a tiny brush.



I strongly believe in using a small color palette. The use of only a small amount of different colors unites all your miniatures. It makes the army look coherent. After the red coat and white details, I picket out details to paint blue. Blue will be the "contrast" color. I'll use it on the windows, powerweapons and gems.



Black is used as a "separator". When painting with a tabletop quality, it is sufficient to add a stripe of black in the middle of a leg to create a knee. This simple technique makes my Dreadnoughts a whole lot better. (Not pictured.) The black will also be used for all weapons, and the occasional special characters like Dark Reapers.



Using a little amount of colors doesn't mean you can't add layers with highlights. The crystal of the Fire Prim tank would be very dull if I just painted it blue. That's why a highlighted it with a more bright blue and then a 3rd highlight with white.

And now this Eldar detachment is back on it's plate, waiting for more paint-time. A new blogpost will appear when I find myself another half hour of spare time...
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Epic 40K Exodites

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The Eldar Exodite Dragon Knight miniatures above are from "Exodus Wars". I was in doubt whether I'd put them on square or rectangular bases. Final decision: square bases.



For the Exodite Squads I'm using the new Eldar Guardian miniatures (by GW). I'll add two Farseers later to represent Exodite Worldsingers.
The armoured dino's look a lot like the new Warhammer Lizardmen Bastiladons. But I'll glue some armour plates and weapons to them later.



The Eldar Warwalkers in the back will be my Exodite Drovers. You can spot two stands of snipers that will represent Outcast Ranger Squads. I cannot find a good miniature to represent Pathfinder heroes...

Any ideas?
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Dinosaurs everywhere!

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I've got sidetracked from my epic Epic adventures by the new release from GW: Lizardmen!



I never owned Terradons because I hated the old miniatures by GW. But I could not walk past a box of these wonderful new sculpts!


... But I know I promised you to start working on my Epic 40K eldar Exodites, so here goes:

Please have a look at my homebrew Exodites army list at http://www.toco.be/homerules . You'll see there's an entry for flyers. The next picture compares the size of the new WFB Terradons with my toy dinosaur pteranodon for the Exodites.

Exodite Pteranodon:


I'll add some gear and cannons to it later. He'll rule the 40K skies

Exodite Storm Guardians:


In my Exodites army list you'll see Harlequins (or Storm Guardians) can be hired. I did not have many of those miniatures, so there are only 4 on each base. Rocks are used as a base filler.
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It was nice weather to apply primer.

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We finally have some summer-sun here. So I can continue spraypainting my Epic miniatures.

The final batch of Eldar troops received their red primer this weekend.



Top right you can see Hemlocks and Nightshades. These are miniatures from Silent Death: The Next Millennium Deluxe Edition. Note the tailwings of my Vampire Raiders in the front. I did not glue the vertical parts onto the model. Only the horizontal wing. That's because I dislike fragile metal parts that needs to be glued with superglue. Long live plastics!



I don't know if these Night Wings will see the table top very often. Because I like the Hemlocks and Nightshades more. And 9 fighters is too much for a game of Warhammer Epic 40,000 in my opinion.



With work finished on the Eldar, I could start priming my Squats. I did the infantry first. They'll receive a grey basecoat and orange as contrast color.



Results were great. I really like "Army Painter" spraypaint.



And that's when the funny thing happened.

After gathering all painted miniatures and cleaning the area, I discovered an odd miniature, unpainted. One of the Squat Landtrain wagons was still in the table and missed my painting session. You can spot him on the last picture.
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Saim Hann Batch 2

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Work continues on my Eldar warhost. The painting goes slow because of the toddler in the house.





Oops! I accidently spraypainted my Warp Spiders red too. They should have been black ...



Only thing left to prime now are the flyers and the remaining Speeder Bikes.
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I see a bare Eldar and I want to paint it red...

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Like I promised in a previous blogpost, I finally managed to apply some paint to my new armies.

First in row are the Eldar. I'd like to field a Saim Hann warhost. That's why I'll find good use for my spraycan with red primer.



We had some nice warm weather yesterday. Ideal to use the spraypaint outside, in the garden.

First, I attached all miniatures to (card)board with tape. I'd like to keep the sides of the bases unpainted.



For the vehicles I flipped a piece of tape upside down. The Fire Prisms and Wave Serpents are now kept in place when I rotate the cardboard while spraying.



Nice. The quality of the primer I used is very good. It was the first time I have used non-GW spraypaint.
The miniatures are now drying at my attic. I hope to find time to continue paiting them anytime soon.

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Second Hand Eldar

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I recently obtained these from eBay. My plan was to expand my existing Eldar Warhost with them. But the paintjob is very descent. So it's hard to choose whether I'll dip them in Dettol or keep them as they are ...



Difficult choice.

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Eldar army ready to accept paint!

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Followers of my blog might already know that I hate superglue. But sometimes scenery-building-life gets easier when using household items.



This 3rd edition Epic Eldar flyer has two tiny weapon systems. But the metal parts are not well made. The joints do no fit exactly. That would not be a problem if the components were plastic. But when using metal it's another story. The bad quality of the GW sculpt is a pain in the *** when glueing the miniatures.


I know there are a lot of people who are great in converting miniatures. When using modelling putty etcetera, they create unique miniatures. But I always try to find a QUICK way to customize my miniatures. this way it stays fun to do, and the result is still very rewarding.



The bikes above are a good example of this. I used spare ruins to give the skimmering bikes some 'lift'.

Phoenix bomber should have bombs or rockets. That's why I added two rocket pods instead of the original laserguns. (I have used parts from MechWarrior.)




And there you have it; my Eldar force is complete! Next time these guys show up in my blog will be with paint. Red paint. Lots of red paint.


Click the image to see it in full size.
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Epic Eldar reboot

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My Eldar force so far:



Time to convert some specials:



This heroic Avatar needs to be visible on the battlefield. The miniature has to strike fear into the heart of the opponent. So I'll give him a cool base. The plastic scenery piece originates from the WFB Elf Regiment box if I'm not mistaken. It's the right size for an Warhammer Epic 40,000 base.



I filled two of the slots in the base with small round bases from excess miniatures. Then glued the shortened Elven scenery piece to the 3rd edition Epic base. I removed the base from the metal Avatar and he will be positioned on top. In a dynamic, dramatic pose, ready to launch a furious attack!

My speeder bikes and vypers are looking too lazy, too static. So I will elevate some of the bikes to give the impression that they are skimmering.



The scenery ruins are ideal to elevate the flying units.



I also did this for my Chaos Sorcerers (left on the picture):



Work continues ...
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