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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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GW's Old West: Hired Guns - part 3

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My last blogpost about hired guns for Legends of the Old West are the United States Marchal, Cookie, Renegade Soldier and Free Trapper.

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With the United States Marchal you'll be able to collect bounties. And dollars are always welcome in campaign games.

The Cookie always you to increase the maximum size of your posse (gang).

The Renegade Soldier rules can be found in expansion Legends of the Old West: Frontier – Blood on the Plains. They shoot indiscriminately into fights. So don't be surprised of friendly fire...

The Free Trapper can move quickly through woodland and might be usefull in certain scenario's.


I really wanted to add a miniature in scale 1/72 to represent the "Soiled Dove" special character, but unfortunately didn't find one at the moment. Hints welcome...
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GW's Old West: Hired Guns - part 2

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Some more special characters from GW's Legends of the Old West rulebooks. These mini's bring extra flavour to the skirmish game.

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This is the Indian Scout. When hiring him you have the option to give him a longbow or rifle. In the picture above you'll see the mounted and unmounted version of a Scout armed with a longbow.

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And here is the Indian Scout version with a rifle. A also have two unmounted versions of him. The stealth version looks really cool, but is not always practical in games.

If you are interested in Legends of the Old West, then also have a look at
Legends of the High Seas (pirates) or The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game (Tolkien). The rules are very similar.
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GW's Old West: Hired Guns - part 1

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Skirmish games from GW like Mordheim: City of the Damned, The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game and Necromunda have rules to create your own gang/group of miniatures. These miniatures can then be used in a campaign and learn new skills and gain extra weapons.
But these games also have lists with hired guns/freelancers. You hire these (stronger) miniatures for one game, or even more. If you have the credits/money.
GW's Legends of the Old West is not different. All the rulebooks have an entry with special characters. These mini's bring extra flavour to the game. It was fun to rummage through my bitsbox and find the right mini's for the corresponding rules for special character.

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From left to right you'll find the Gunslinger, Pinkerton Man, Preacher (or Reporter) and Chinese Worker.
The third miniature can be used to represent a Preacher or a Reporter. Unfortunatelly I didn't have two of these mini's. So I'll have to use it for both roles.

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In the expansion Legends of the Old West: Frontier – Blood on the Plains you can find special characters for the native Americans (or Indians). On the picture, from left to right: Medicine Man, Berduche v1, Warchief, Berduche v2. The Warchief can only be used in large battles and is not available in skirmish games for posse's (the equivalent of gangs in Necromunda).
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Gaslands: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand

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Gaslands: Refuelled is a game I recently fell in love with. I played the pc game DeathTrack (1989) a lot in the early nineties, so the theme immediatelly connected with me. You can also compare it to Carmageddon, another cool pc game.

Board Game: Gaslands: Refuelled


Since I'm a Star Wars fan I gave the game a try by using Pod Racers. You can read about that in this post on BGG.
This game is a blast! The racing mechanics are smooth and simple. Not too much analysis paralysis. A race game should be fast.

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Gaslands is a welcome change for a miniatures collector like me. I've seen my share of sci-fi and fantasy monsters. This game now allows me to use old Matchbox and new Hot Wheels toys to convert and then effectively use in a tabetop game. While Pod racing is very fun, there are other interesting themes... The 80's had great cartoon shows. One of them was MASK. Vehicles in conventional mode could transform into action mode, revealing weapon platforms and other tech. The second series of ten episodes was released in 1986 and changed the format of the show to a racing theme. M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. competed in races for prizes, or as distractions as V.E.N.O.M. tried to pull off one nefarious scheme after another. By this point, V.E.N.O.M. were aware of the identities of the M.A.S.K. team whereas they had been kept secret in the first season.



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Well, here's my chance to own 1/72 scale MASK toys and play a great game with them! My first try will be the iconic maroon Kenworth W900 Tractor Rig. I rummaged through my son's Matchbox car collection (which for 50% are my old toys) and found a black truck. Ready for painting!

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With a simple paintjob I hope to make him look like this wonderful toy set:

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Now let's find myself some more Hot Wheels/Matchbox/Majorette cars... Here's a list I'm using. It might help you to build your MASK force too.

Firecracker: mid-1980s Chevrolet K30 Dually pickup
Gator: Orange Jeep CJ7 Renegade Off-Road vehicle
Jackhammer: 1985 Ford Bronco
Thunderhawk: 1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Hurricane: Turquoise Chevrolet Bel-Air 57 street car
Outlaw: tanker truck
Rhino: maroon Kenworth semi-tractor
Volcano: blue monster truck (all terrain van)
Raven: black Chevrolet Corvette
Firefly: orange dune buggy
Slingshot: white recreational van
Bulldog: diesel truck tractor
Stinger: orange pontiac gto
Switchblade: futuristic stealth-looking attack helicopter


"eBay here I come!"



PS: DeathTrack 1989 https://macsplex.com/922282
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Catachan IG = GI Outback

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This miniature was originally not intented to join my GI Joe Necromunda gang. It's one of my Warhammer 40K Catachan Spec Ops team members.

However, the resemblance is striking. Orange beard, white shirt.

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Maybe he would be even more recognizable as the Joe Outback if I slapped a brown backpack on his back...

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"YOooo JOE!"
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G.I. Joemunda: Kamakura

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Snake-Eyes' pupil Kamakura, another Arashikage ninja for my GI Joe Necromunda Gang.

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I tried to get the tone of his blue balaclava right, because that's what differentiates him and makes him recognizable.

Painting his hair was easy. White basecoat. Chestnut inkwash (GW).

The metal miniature is from i-Kore, from their discontinued game Void.

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Necromunda Stats for 28mm GI Joe's

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Here are the NM stats I'm using for the miniatures I discussed in previous blogposts.

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Stats for Cobra miniatures will follow in future post(s).
Also, do you remember my stats for Marvel miniatures?


Name
Snake-Eyes
Scarlett
Lifeline
Snow Job
Stormshadow (GI Joe)
Beachhead
M
4
4
4
4
4
4
WS
5
4
3
3
5
3
BS
3
3
3
3
3
3
S
3
3
3
3
3
3
T
3
3
3
3
3
3
W
1
1
1
1
1
1
I
4
3
3
3
4
4
A
1
1
1
1
1
1
Ld
7
7
7
7
6
8
Crd
500
251
160
165
506
170


Name
Snake-Eyes
Scarlett
Lifeline
Snow Job
Stormshadow
Beachhead
Skill
Combat Master, Evade, Catfall, Sneak Up, True Grit, Feint
Sneak Up, Catfall, Combat Master
Step Aside, Disarm
True Grit, Leap
Infiltration, Combat Master, Sprint, Killer Reputation, Evade, Counter Attack, Catfall
Ambush


Name
Snake-Eyes
Scarlett
Lifeline
Snow Job
Stormshadow
Beachhead
Equipment
Autopistol, Smoke Grenades, Sword, Blindsnake
Needle Pistol, Throwing Discus
Medikit
Autopistol, Frag Grenades, Melta Bomb
One-in-a-million Bow, Sword, Throwing Discus, Photon Flash Flare, Filter Plugs, Grapnel
One-in-a-million Stub-gun with Dum-dum Bullets, Weapon Reload
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G.I. Joemunda: Dial-Tone

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Dial-tone, one of my favorite Joe's when I was a kid. Dunno why exactly. I can only remember my little sister breaking off the microphone from his backpack. I was really upset. Oow, the worries of a kid...

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The green tint really matches his toy counterpart. Wait… this 28mm miniature is a toy too actually…
Ssst... keep that a secret... it's not a toy, it's an important part of a simulation tabletop game!

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I wanted his backpack and gun in a grey tone because the toy had grey accessoires too. Worked out just fine me-thinks.

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G.I. Joemunda: Polly

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Next G.I. Joe character in line for a conversion into a 28mm miniature for my Necromunda games is Shipwreck. This funny person has seen some variations in style. The cartoon version didn't exactly match his comic version, but both were fine.

The comic version had long hair and a cap.

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The cartoon (and toy figure) version was wearing a sailors hat and his typical lightblue shirt. And offcourse, his parrot Polly!

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When I bought the Marvel HeroClix miniature Luke Cage to use the brick under his feet for the Deadnock Road Pig, I was left with the actual miniature itself. The cap reminded me of the comic version of Shipwreck. So I decided to make a blend of both versions of the Shipwreck character.

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For the parrot I have used the top part of a Bretonnian Knight from Warhammer Fantasy Battles. The Wings are from a BattleMasters mounted knight's helmet.

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Custom GI Joe 28mm: Lady Jaye

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Lady Jaye

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Again, a HeroClix was the basis for my 28mm version of GI Jaye. The backpack with spears is from another Clix mini. The machinegun is a metal bit from Hasslefree Miniatures.

I repainted her blonde hair with brown and added a little cleavage with skintone. The green suit makes the mini recognizable as Lady Jaye, the kick-ass Joe girl!

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While I didn't see Lady Jaye wearing a cap in the cartoon series, her toy figure had one. That's why I opted to use a miniature with a cap too.

Original toy figure:
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