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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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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There are Joes in the Sewers. No, it's not Tunnelrat ...

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The advertisement picture above is from a Belgian G.I. Joe brochure depicting the famous Stormshadow and the popular, but slightly bizar Croc Master. This diorama never left my mind ever since first seeing it in 1991.

So here they are in 28mm version! The famous 80's ninja Stormshadow and the odd GI Joe samurai Budo.

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Both are repainted HeroClix miniatures, with a new arm for Stormshadow. The bow-arm originates from a Warhammer Wood Elf.

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Now I heard rumours that WizKids has acquired the license to produce GI Joe miniatures. So here's hoping they will publish official GI Joe HeroClix soon. It will render my custom work obsolete... but it has been cool so far.
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Custom GI Joe 28mm: Scarlett

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G.I. Joe - Scarlett

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To represent Scarlett's crossbow I cut of the barrel of the pistol this HeroClix miniature was holding. The arrow and limb are one plastic part. I scavenged this from a Warhammer 40,000 idol of Chaos which is a pointed star in a circle. By simply cutting off 1 dart and the curved parts I achieved the finishing touch for her crossbow.

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The original miniature had black hair a was wearing a green catsuit. (Viper.) Repainting her made it a perfect look-alike of Scarlett's cartoon series character.

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GI Joe Dream Team: Snake-Eyes & Scarlett

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A G.I. Joe 28mm army without Snake-Eyes? Impossible!
So here I'll show you the mini's you've been waiting for


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This HeroClix miniature was just perfect. All I had to do was add his hallmark visor and paint his Arashikage tattoo on his arm.

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His visor is a piece of cardboard, slightly folded. I glued a tiny round plastic stud on each end. Then painted it with chainmail-silver.
I added a couple of small waistbags and a grenade from WH 40K too.

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... ah yes, I promised to show Scarlett too, didn't I ...
OK, well now that we're all overexited about Snake-Eyes, I'll show his lady in a following blogpost. Stay tuned!
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