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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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My Workbench at Twitter

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For years I have been posting my miniature games projects in this blog.

To show ALL my work-in-progress I have started a new feature: a PLOG or picture log. In my new Twitter account @TocosNest I'll post pictures of my workbench only. This way I can share my hobby by providing a view in my man-cave.



I won't be reposting all tweets here. So I advise to folow my Twitter account if you have the same hobby and are interested in seeing my workbench.
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My first 28mm Warmaster battle is a fact!

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My first 28mm Warmaster battle is a fact! For this maiden battle I selected two armies worth 500 points each. The High Elves will have to fight against The Empire. I have chosen these two armies because: (1) they are generally considered to be standard armies, and (2) because I have painted miniatures for these armies. (Yes, yes, I know, it's only an undercoat...)
After some measuring and redecorating I managed to deploy a gaming surface in my small man-cave. (The room is only 2,65 meter square AND holds my entire boardgame and miniatures collection.) The scenery was quickly gathered to start playing fast. Nothing fancy.

Warmaster is a miniatures game based on command structures and mobiltiy and less on combat itself. Therefor my tutorial 500 points armies are not ideal to represent the game.
There is only one character to give orders (the General) and there are not enough units to perform decisive tactical movevent. However, these tutorial armies will show me if the Warmaster 10mm rules can be used for heroic scale battles (i.e. 28mm). Small armies are also very usefull to learn the game to new players.
My 700 points armies will provide more tactical options and my 850 points armies add new strategies like the deployment of Warmachines and the addition of magic.

The story goes that a small High Elf army landed in The Empire with plans to wipe out a certain Orc Warboss his warband. The local Empire authority took it as an aggresive act and decided to stop the High Elves crossing their lands. The defensive blockade took place nearby a smal town.


1 High Elf General, 2 Archers Units, 1 Spearmen Unit, 1 Silver Helms Cavalry Unit. (Bone color.)

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1 Empire General, 2 Halberdiers Units, 1 Handgunners Unit, 2 Knightly Order Cavalry Unit. (Yellow color.)


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The Empire army deployed with a strong left. All cavalry was positioned for a flank attack.



The High Elves army was spread out along a thin line with the ranged units targetting the center. It would take only one Archers unit to reposition in order to hit targets on either the right or the left flank.



The High Elves take advantage of the hesitation and blunders of their opponent and charge hard. Combat commences when the Spearmen and Silver Helms engage the Empire units.



The battle was fierce and deadly. Only one stand (2 miniatures) of Silver Helms made it out of combat alive. The High Elf General joined their unit and they made a heroic charge on the remaining Empire force.



They Elven cavalry cut down a stand of Empire infantry and took three hits in return. The cavalry was wiped out and so was their unit-joined General. A victory for The Empire!



After the battle I realized that I didn't use the armour saving rolls. But this tutorial game was a succes. Gaming with 28mm miniatures by using the Warmaster rules provides a swift and eventful game! The gameflow is not clogged by skirmish fights between regiments. And the streamlined rules prevent endless reading through rulebooks filled with tables. So, Warmaster is ideal for occasional gamers, like me.


PS: I have added Warmaster to the blogtags because the miniatures and scenery are in fact from/for this 28mm game.
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CRISIS 2016 - Wargames Convention - Antwerp, Belgium

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I went to the CRISIS miniature games convention in Antwerp again*. I shouldn't have done that, it's bad for my wallet.

CRISIS is awesome! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

* (My CRISIS 2015 picture coverage.)











This is Epic Armageddon 6mm scale!





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A visit to Essen SPIEL 2016

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Past friday I visited the boardgame fair Essen SPIEL 2016 in Germany. While it's not a miniatures wargaming oriented fair, there are still a lot of interesting things to see. Here's my small selection. But offcourse there was many more to buy, see and play.



A very nice Warhammer 40,000 display.







A preview of new miniatures for X-Wing! Sabine's TIE Fighter, U-wing, ...

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OldHammer Cardboard

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Cutting, glueing and folding old and expensive cardboard is fun. But this watermill from Terror of the Lichemaster sure wasn't. I finally succeeded but I needed a lot of tools and patience.



(I believe the watermill can also be found in Warhammer Townscape: Card Buildings for Warhammer games...)
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Race Track

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A recent game of Formula Dé rekindled my love for this game.

I'm a fan of the yearly 24 hours race at Le Mans (France). There are many expansion tracks for Formula Dé, but they never made Le Mans. And I really want to race this legendary track!

So I had to make one myself.

Several A4 prints to make one large gameboard:


With lanes and corner sections in pen:


I miscalculated the width of the track, that's why some sections only have two lanes instead of three. One day I'll reprint with correct width...
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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!



http://mobexpo.be/
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Micro Art Studio XIX Century Warehouse

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Honestly. If you see this promo picture above. You want it, don't you? I know you want it! Well I wanted it too and bought it. I was in need for a hangar in certain Necromunda scenarios. While it's designed to suit 19th century based games, I think it works in modern or futuristic games too.



It is wise to strengthen the walkways by glueing some cardboard strips underneath. The walkways come in various parts and some might "rock" a little when unsupported.



I went for an alternative layout of the first floor. Plans are in motion to integrate this hangar in my Adriatic Town...
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Building Interiors

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Games like Necromunda or Infinity thrive on scenery. Without buildings, walls, barrels, equipment, vehicles and other scenery it would be a boring point and shoot dice-rolling game.

Many years ago I had a go in making modular buildings. There were 6 in total and the interiors were decorated. While they don't look super on pictures, they were great to play Necromunda battles.







I used many different materials. Electricity cables, plastic bottles, foamboard, ...





The advantage of having detailed scenery is that you can use it as objectives in battles. Hacking a terminal, destroying a generator, ...



Here's a compilation of the scenery I had.





Oh sweet nostalgia, what great time we had





Why am I talking in past tense? Well I gave away all scenery in the pictures long time ago. I expect it ended up in a dumpster some time later. Doesn't matter, I had a great time with it. And now's a different time. There's great scenery for sale for excelent prices.

http://www.microartstudio.com/ and http://4ground.co.uk/ are great exemples.
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Cardboard Inn, a Hero's Place to Party!

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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.

Currently I really love the cardboard buildings from Warhammer 5th edition*. Following pictures show a building I made from scratch with cardboard, lichen, paint and sand. I based it on a wooden board and used some doors and windows from the Warhammer 5th edition main game. It's a hybrid prepainted/handpainted house now.





The scenery really come to life if you add little details like equipment.



The waterbarrel is a painted plastic electricity pipe. Inside is some foam I painted blue.





* Warhammer 5th Edition: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameversion/28113/english-fift...
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