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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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:
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Scurvy the Henchman:
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"Stabber" Hawknose the Swordman:
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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.

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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...

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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 .


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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?

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

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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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Vertical Wargaming

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At miniature games forums I often read that some people are looking into games or scenarios that don't need a lot of space. Not everybody can play on a large gaming table. And playing on the ground is just not the same.

People tend to try smaller scale games like Warmaster or Warhammer Epic 40,000 but they are deceived by the tiny miniautres. Those games do need a large table. Even skirmish based games like Necromunda benefit from larger tables with a lot of scenery to navigate through.

But there is a solution! Use a vertical setup instead of a horizontal setup. By using several levels of play area, you widen the tactical possibilities of your table and you won't need a large surface anymore. Only your ceiling has to be high enough.



I have some pictures to use as examples here:

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The most famous vertical setup. It's a game board used by GW staff. It's featured in an issue of White Dwarf magazine.

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This Lego build by MR Yoder is very inspiring. The use of balconies is a trick to remember when going vertical. Everybody loves snipers, no?

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This lighthouse was on display at the CRISIS Convention. (More info at www.conectr-team.be .)


So, you see, don't be disappointed if you don't have a large playing area. Miniature gaming is always possible!
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My new 25mm miniatures for Necromunda: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles! They come from candy bags originally distributed in the UK. I bought them at a convention from a dealer in second hand miniatures.

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And this will be Master Splinter.

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It's the Ropp'tch'tch, Nezumi Hero miniature from L5R. He's available at eBay.

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It would be great to play skirmish battles on scenery like this one. But I have so many scenery project running, I don't expect to make one like this soon.

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The Necromunda stats for the miniatures:

370 Credits = Leonardo (Leo) – tactical, courageous leader, two katanas, responsibility.
Leader
2 Swords
Ld +1
A +1
Wnd +1
Ferocity Iron Will, Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master, Combat Disarm

140 Credits = Michelangelo (Mike or Mikey) – stereotypical teenager, free-spirited, relaxed, goofy, a pair of nunchucks, "surfer".
2 Flails
A +1
Wnd +1
Juve
Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master

410 Credits = Raphael (Raph) – bad boy, a pair of sai, physically very strong, aggressive, throw the first punch, fierce and sarcastic, loyal.
2 Knives
S +1
I +1
Wnd +1
Heavy
Ferocity Impetuous, Ferocity Berserk Charge, Muscle Bulging Biceps, Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master.

420 Credits = Donatello (Don or Donnie) – scientist, inventor, engineer, technological genius, a bo staff, the least violent turtle, knowledge, defend.
Wnd +1
Ld +1
Ganger
Club
Techno Inventor, Combat Step Aside, Combat Parry, Agility Jump Back, Stealth Evade, Agility Leap, Combat Combat Master.

160 Credits = Master Splinter – sensei, ninjutsu.
Ganger
Ld +2
Combat Combat Master, Combat Step Aside.
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Retrospective: Desert Storm

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I am using these old Imperial Guard metal miniatures as a Necromunda gang. I really like how the paintjob worked out. My inspiration was the uniform of American soldiers in the gulf war.
Bone white as primer. Brown wash. Redo with bone white. Add dark brown lines. And then apply clustered tiny black dots. Add even smaller white dots over the black dots aaaaand done!

(The tank is from Battlefield Evolution: Ultra-Modern Tabletop Combat.)
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Italian Trees

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My Adriatic town looks a whole lot different now with the pavements painted black. I want to add some typical Italian trees to liven up the place.

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I've been puzzling quite a lot with the placement of the trees, but I think the current setup will be my final choice. The line of 4 is placed in the small park, and one extra tree grows in the garden of the "villa".

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When this scenery project ever finished, I hope it will have the same feeling as following pictures:

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