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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Skaven for almost no money.

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You can make ANY Skaven type from one regiment box. I bought an old regiment box with Skaven Clanrats to use in Advanced Heroquest. With some small items from my bits box I was able to make a Grey Seer, Gutter Runners, Stormvermin and even Censer Bearers!

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Skaven Censer Bearers

A flail from the undead sprue with some holes scratched into the ball looks great. With the correct colors of paint it will be a perfect poison fumes dispenser for the Plague Rat.

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Skaven Grey Seer

This Grey Seer was achieved by adding horns (undead sprue) and creating a staff from the banner bits. The streched out arm is a zombie arm that comes from a banner.

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Skaven Grey Seer

Stealth and backstabbing! Clan Eshin must be present:

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Skaven Night Runner

The Night Runner has a cape that originated from a Bretonnian helmet.

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Skaven Assassin

By adding a small block from the plstic sprue and attaching the Skaven's leg to it, I was able to make a very dynamic pose. It looks like he leaps towards his target, ready to stab it. On his tail is a third blade, just like Deatchmaster Sniktch.

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Skaven Stormvermin

When these rats are given a black or white albino fur then they'll be perfect Stormvermin. I don't need many since they'll be used in quests for "Allied HeroQuest" (toco.be/ahq).

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Skaven Clawmaster

(These miniatures were originally converted by me to use in Advanced Heroquest.)
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Warhammer is not expensive.

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Every Orcs and Goblins army needs a Giant.

Instead of spending £42 on a Giant from GW, I bought me this Boulderfist Warrior from World of Warcraft Miniatures Game for only 2 Euro's.

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I mounted the giant on a 40mm round slottabase. Then eBay helped me find the original GW weapon from the plastic Giant sprue (for 2 Euro's).

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I drilled of fine hole to attach the weapon to the miniature. The WoW miniature is made of rubber, so plastic glue does not adhere to it very well. I'll pin the weapon in place by using a fine metal rod (paperclip or something like that) and superglue.

So this semi-painted Giant for Warhammer only costs me 4 Euro's!

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Next blogpost: low-cost ingenuity with Skaven.
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Reinforcements from the bushes.

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Work continues on my Wood Elves army for Warhammer.

There are some Wood Elves from my bits box that needed repairs. It appears that my musician misses an arm. If he'd be missing a right arm, then I could add a leftover from the High Elves sprue with a spear. Unfortunatelly I needed a left arm. And the only one that was suitable came from a Night Goblin Arrer. Well, with some paint, no-one will notice.

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The four other Glade Guards will make the regiment complete. To cover the holes in their backs (because capes are missing) I prepared some quivers from the Undead Skeleton sprues and two spare shields.

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Now with their holes covered ... shake ... the unit is complete.

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I did the same thing to camoflage the gaps in the backs of my wolfriders. But the quivers did not cover the gap entirely. So I needed some modeling putty. But I didn't feel like searching for my "green stuff" and went for a way more easy solution: plaster!

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Since I'm working on my house, I have a huge amount of wall plaster at home. Just a small dot of this stuff will do the trick. It costs virtually NOTHING and after a basecoat, it is just as good as the expensive "green stuff" from GW!

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Chaaaaarge!
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Giant Elves on Wood Wolves

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I want wolfriders for Warhammer: The Game of Fantasy Battles (8th Edition). But I dislike the puny goblins.

There are some spare Wood Elves in my bits box ... Now what if I combined those with the new Games-Workshop Fenrisian Wolves?

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Sweet, I could use those as "counts-as" for "Glade Riders"!

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Five riders will be just enough for one regiment. Mounted on round 40mm bases will make them skirmishers.

There is still some work on the riders. The Wood Elves I have in my bits box are not complete.

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The biggest problem is the giant hole in their backs. I think this was to add a quiver or cape - not sure. While scavenging my bits box again, I've found some leftover parts from an undead regiment: quivers with arrows! Wonderfull, I'll add these to their backs and cover the holes.

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when I finish painting these wolfriders, they'll look awesome on the battlefield!

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They should eventually look like following Magic: The Gathering card:

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Bright Shadows

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Shadows Warriors - the High Elf answer to stealth. Hold your laughter laugh I know ... art and painted miniatures by GW are showing the Shadow Warriors in shiny armour and white robes wearing huge cones as helmets... Not ideal when you are supposed to be a stealth warrior But I like the idea of special forces, operating from the shadows, trying to attack the enemy from behind. So, I started to compose me a regiment of these fighters.

The official miniatures are too costly. BUT, I have some Citadel Melniboneans and spare archers/swordfighters in my collection.

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I took some spare arrow quivers and bows from the High Elf Warriors sprue and found me some odd shields in my bitzbox. I added one old Archer miniature to the gang and added a sword to his belt. Now he's a Shadow Warrior too! The paint job will blend him into the regiment.

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All my Shadow Warriors will receive round 25mm slottabases to indicate them as skirmishers. Almost all of them will have a sword, shield and bow. These guys will be great in my Warhammer (Fifth Edition): Tears of Isha campaign.

When you need to glue plastic to metal, and the object to not align perfectly, then follow this advise: add 'thick' glue first (see shield) then add a few drops of superglue on top. Press the plastic (shield) to the metal miniature and let it rest. The 'thick' glue will provide more contact between both object and the superglue will make sure they stick together.

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Now I'm struggling to decide on a color scheme. My main army will be bone white, but these are commando's. Do they need camoflage? Or will simple grey be enough? All ideas are welcome!

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My custom Shadow Warriors
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0n a Bloodstained Island

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When Warhammer: The Island of Blood came out, I didn't pay much attention to it. I saw some new miniatures and acquired some from eBay. These then went straight from the mailbox into a cardboard box and they were shelved for a year or more. Until now. O boy, what a great discovery! The sculpts are awesome.

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These could only have been designed by an engineer. Top quality!

I opened the ziplock bags and poured out the components. I was awestruck by the sheer level of detail on these horseback rider. I didn't expect the weapons and ribbons in such dynamic positions.

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They fit like a glove and the result is G-R-E-A-T!

But it was only when I glued both halves together when I saw the true marvel of these models! They have been designed by a genius, I swear. Everything fits perfectly and the result is a VERY dynamic Ellyrian Rider regiment.

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The finished models have incredibly dynamic poses.

I can't wait to field these skirmishers against hordes of evil enemies. High Elves never really were my favorites, but I think this might change now.

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Chaaaarge!
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Citizen Levy

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I'll try to make a varied regiment by mixing the old school 4th edition miniatures with some newer sculpts. Especially the front row will see lots of variation.

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'Citizen Levy' was the 5th edition name for Elves being able to use spears in 3 ranks and shoot in 2. When spearmen charge they attack in 2 ranks. I'll make sure to design my regiments with this rule in mind.

Because we will use the 5th edition rules of Warhammer, it might be unbalanced to use the Warhammer: Storm of Magic book. But I always loved the idea of deploying a huge monster in my army. It could have been trained by a powerful wizard or hero. A Dragon would have been a choice one could expect in a High Elf army. But I think this would be overkill. so for 75 points I'll add a Giant Eagle instead.

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The big bird in the picture above is in my collection for over 15 years and painted loooong time ago. In my previous blogpost I presented the color scheme I intend to use for my army. you can see a giant white eagle soaring over the battlefield there. For the moment I am in doubt to repaint my old miniature, or maybe I should just buy myself an other one on eBay...
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Hero-hammer

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Because I own all 5th edition army books and the rulebook, I will base my High Elf army on list from this book:

Board Game: Warhammer Armies (Fifth Edition): High Elves


The 5th edition was also called Herohammer because of the many mighty special characters. I'll try not to field too many characters and wizards. This will make future battles more interesting. My regular game group has some of the 5th edition army books too. So I hope there once will be a day that I can lose a game of Warhammer: The Mass Combat Fantasy Roleplaying Game (1st Edition) against them instead of losing in Necromunda battles.

I am surprised I was able to erect an army of around 2000 points. These miniatures were in a box for so many years. It's time to get them glued and painted.

Current High Elf Army = 2228 points

Magic Items = 125 points
1 mounted Elven Lord General
1 Hero
1 Battle Standard Bearer
7 Shadow Warriors
4 mounted Dragon Prince Knights
8 Silverhelms
8 mounted Ellyrian Reavers
30 Archers
21 Spearmen
1 Repeater Bolt Thrower
1 Great Eagle
Allies: 3rd edition Wood Elves Beast Master + 3 Wild Cats = 128 points

The paint scheme will be inspired by following painting by Paul Dainton:
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'The Assault on Lothern'

I need a spraycan of bone white, some black and skull white paint and lots of silver (or maybe gold, dunno yet).

Following second-hand dudes need a LOT of paint (and repositioning and glue). But they came cheap, so I don't care.

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Very important in the case of second-hand miniatures. If you need to (re)apply glue then first remove the paint by scrapping it off. The plastic cement glue does not work its way through the paint layer. It will only melt and fuse bare plastic together.

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STOP ! (War)hammer time !

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After all those sci-fi miniatures from Necromunda and Epic 40,000 I wanted to glue some fantasy miniatures. Over the years I collected a decent amount of High Elves and tossed them all in one box. Now's the time to empty the box and start constructing me an army of skinnies... I mean Elves!

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All these are from eBay. Some are from the latest edition Island of Blood. Others are from Warhammer 4th Edition.

( http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameversion/28108/fourth-editi... )

I don't like metal miniatures. They are soooo 1999...
Superglue is unpleasant, but I need those Dragon Princes. So I'll glue them first. After a lot of curse-wrods, the five knights were seated on their Elven Steeds with heavy barding. I'll promote one of them to High Elf General.

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After these 'hard-hitters' were ready, I started sorting out the rest of the weaklings... I mean Elves.

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It seems like my army will have a good amount of core regiments. There are about 30 archers and 25 or more spearmen. I'll add a banner bearer and maybe a hero and they're off to battle!

The Elves with 2 swords and no armour in the middle of the picture might become Shadow Warriors... But that's for a later blogpost.
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