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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Allied HeroQuest - unreleased sets

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I should really try to finish these works...

















Intrigued? Have a look at http://www.toco.be/ahq ...
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Mordheim Pirates without Mordheim

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I recently discovered there was another game like Mordheim and Legends of the Old West. This was a shock for me! Liking both previous titles very much, it was great to see another skirmish game with ties to Games Workshop.



PIRATES! How cool's that! arrrh

I was very lucky to find a rulebook for a descent price. This skirmish game tends to be rare. It's written by Tim Kulinksi (a very friendly person btw) in 2008.

This game can easily be played in the 1/72 scale. This has a huge advantage: low cost. Generally all 1/72 plastic soldiers/miniatures are very cheap compared to the 28mm miniatures business.



The miniatures I bought are from Orion.

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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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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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Mordheim 'Human' Warband

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The plastic sprues from the Warhammer Free Company regiment box are perfect for Mordheim. Here's my creative output.

McLooney the heartbroken, Zealot:



Scurvy the Henchman:



"Stabber" Hawknose the Swordman:



Bold Bolt Bart the Crossbowman:

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Mordheim Highwayman

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Roaming the woods and secluded byways of the Empire, highwaymen prey on the many coaches and wagons foolish or desperate enough to travel there. These are dark and dangerous men, often employed for their knowledge of cargo charters and skill at ambush. Oft they appear to the naked eye, bereft of their blackened garb, as foppish, charming characters, but that ruse is a genteel masquerade as their cruelty and viciousness will testify. Deadly pistoliers and expert riders, they are an asset to any warband but watch your back, for they are untrustworthy, self-serving men. (as appeared in Town Cryer 26 and Empire in Flames)

I can't keep ignoring Mordheim. I've been playing, converting and collecting Necromunda so much that I have to make a sidestep into Necromunda's Fantasy equivalent.



The official Mordheim books and miniatures are even more expensive than those for Necromunda. Let alone a mint set with cardboard scenery! The picture above is a Highwayman miniature by Games-Workshop. I never bought it because I thought it to be too expensive (like almost every GW miniature). So now I have to make my own version. Here goes...



I had a damaged horse from Battle Masters in my bits box. It was missing its tail. So I added a scalp from a plastic Skaven banner.
The body and legs from the rider are unknown to me. I received them in a lot from eBay.
His head and arms are from the Empire Free Company sprues. (I am using that plastic regiment set to create my human warband for Mordheim. More of them in the near future.)



A sheated sword from a High Elf on his back finished the job. I had to add a sword because the unmounted miniature version also has a sword.





I wanted to use this miniature as the leader of my warband at first. But he'll be a hired gun. Quite literally.
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Old Custom Necromunda Scenery

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Note: This is the continuation of my retrospective. Following blogposts will be about my old miniature paintjobs and scenery making. All images show work from +/- 15 years ago.

The scenery we used for Necromunda skirmish battles was cheap. It was an amalgation of various throw-away products. But with some paint the final results were always satisfactory.



This Imperial Assassin has been in my Necromunda gang for a long time. He's one of the coolest and sinister miniatures. No expression, no close combat pose, just "pure kill".



Creativity is cool in the miniature games hobby. Anything goes, as shown by my custom rocket launcher objective. I really like the way how I painted the goggles.



The famous jungle fighters from Catachan. Now gathered for some Necromunda gangfighting.
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Rag Tag Beastmen Warband

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Note: This is the continuation of my retrospective. Following blogposts will be about my old miniature paintjobs and scenery making. All images show work from +/- 15 years ago.

This warband contains miniatures from various producers: Harlequin Miniatures, Games Workshop Ltd. and Rackham. I really like the color scheme. Most Beastmen are painted brown, but the grey skin really makes them "pop". By using the same color scheme on all miniatures it doesn't matter if they are from different publishers. They look like a coherent group.



I recently bought some extra beastmen to be able to use this warband in Mordheim: City of the Damned.
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Cold One

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While browing an old hard disk with backup files I rediscovered some old paintjobs of me. They are from the time when I was still painting miniatures. In the following weeks I'll do some retrospective of my older work. Oooh sweet nostalgia!



This Dark Elves warband was painted for skirmish games like Mordheim and Confrontation. The leader is a conversion based on a resin monster from Leviathan.




Back in those days I was still drawing and sketching fantasy art. The drawing above was inspired on my own Cold One miniature conversion. If you'd like to see more of my artwork, please visit http://www.toco.be/art .




This metal Witch Elf was used in Advanced Heroquest campaigns. According to the filename of the picture I used to call her Esther.
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Freds against Joes

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Time to paint my Cobra Crimson Guards won't you think?



The paint job should be easy. A lot of dark red with some black and silver details...



I made these custom GI Joe themed 28mm miniatures to use in Necromunda skirmish games. Click on my blog tags* on the right to see more GI Joe inspired stuff.



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