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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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Warmaster 28mm: selecting the armies

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Orcs 'n Goblins versus High Elves!

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Each 1000 points (including magic items).
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Bretonnia reinforcements

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Because I am a backer of the KickStarter "Forgotten World Fantasy Figures" by Fireforge Games, I am expecting a complete army of men-at-arms, peasants and mounted squires.

That's why I am doing a re-inventory of my first Bretonnian army.

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It seems this army is complete. So I am scavenging eBay for some new vassals of the realm. Extra Knights will be required, as is a general. For the general I will probably just take one of the two Pegassus Knights I already own. No need for a Hippogriph.

More about the new FireForge Bretonnian miniatures:
https://fireforge-games.com/content/13-forgotten-world
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Lustria: spawning more recruits

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I had these metal pre-slotta Amazons for quite some time. Collected them one by one. Still not enough for a full regiment. But when I use them as fillers in a Skink regiment, they're ready to fight!


One of them had her wrist broken off. Second row, second mini. Very fine arms made it impossible to glue. Even when using superglue. But greenstuff is AMAZING! I created a bracelet and the arm/wrist is now super strong. I succesfully recycled a vintage expensive miniature. (I'll try to edit and add a detail picture later.)

http://www.solegends.com/citc/c030amazons/index.htm

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This Saurus oldblood is a leftover from the Carnodon box. You can find many conversions on Google. This is the start of mine. I really discovered the usefulness of green stuff.


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I was in need of another Saurus hero to lead my Warmaster 28mm army. So I did a kitbash to mix 'n match various plastic parts into one fine mounted champion.

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I'll divide the army in two sub-armies. One green, one blue.
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Warmaster 28mm: Beastmen versus Bretonnia

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In two previous blogposts I told the sorry tale of a small village in Altdorf. First the town got overrun by living dead, and later the village was reclaimed by valiant knights from Bretonnia. The latter decided to stay there after their victory and rebuilt the village including some minor defenses.

Some keen followers of my blog might have noticed the trick I performed with my scenery. In between battles I slightly moved all scenery to the left. The cemetary and windmill from the first battle disapeared from the table and more details of the village appeared. Now for this third battle in row I did not change the coordinates but went forward in time by adding some buildings and fortifications. The Bretonnian tents, village fountain and defensive stakes made the town more "knightly".

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A loud bellowing announced the approach of a foul horde... Beastmen! Beastlord Gorthor Broadhead shouted his battle commands and many hooves stormed towards the first buildings of the village. The Bretonnian soldiers were taken by surprise but quickly rallied to the defense.

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A Knights of the Realm unit took the main road onto the center of the battlefield and charged a Beastherd unit, soon the nearby unit of Chaos Marauders (a.k.a. Herdkin) joined the combat engagement.

Meanwhile the other Beastherd unit and more worryingly the Minotaurs unit moved forward. The human general ordered his mounted Squires to leap around the village square trying to find an exposed flank of the enemy units. A small unit of Men-at-Arms moved towards the Knights to be ready for action when needed.

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The mounted Squires managed to slay the nearby Beastherd, ignoring a unit of Chaos Marauders. The horseback riders in turn were charged by the Minotaurs. The result was devastating for the Squires, but they managed to take down one Minotaur (and allmost another one, but the Beastmen player choose to fall back and discard remaining hits).

In the fight between Knights znd beastmen only a handfull of Chaos Marauders remained. That's where Gorthor Broadhead entered the combat engagement... to his loss. The beastmen's general fell and his remaining force fled into the woods.

Another valiant stand by the Bretonnians! thumbsup


Attachment: Warmaster 28mm Rules
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Warmaster 28mm: Bretonnia vows to reclaim a village from the Undead

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All peace and quiet...
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The sound of trampling hooves and clancking armour is nearing the haunted village. Bretonnia to the rescue! Another Warmaster battle report with Warhammer miniatures just started.

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It seems Vampire Lord "The Red Duke" has employed a Necromancer to further expand his army and lead the undead horde. The Bretonnian Knights of the Realm take position and try to storm the undead in the flank.

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Meanwhile the brave (or ignorant) Men-at-Arms henchmen unit charges the first wave of Skeletons. The Zombies in reserve are slowly turning to throw themselves onto the fighting henchmen.

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The mounted Squires and the general seal of the entrance to the village. Not a single undead creature must escape! Should the Men-at-Arms fail to destroy the undead horde, the cavalry will stomp them down.

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The Necromancer notices the flanking manoeuver by the Knights of the Realm and anticipated by sending a flock of Giant Bats on an intercept mission. The squeeking winged monsters throw themselves onto the Knights biting and clawing. The horses come to an abrupt halt and fierce combet commences.

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The rabid bloodsucking creatures managed to render the unit of Knights utterly useless. Knights and horses died or fled... The Bretonnian general quickly antcipates by sending the mounted Squires to plug the hole in the Bretonnian relief army's flank.

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The Red Duke struggled to get his skeleton units in tactical position. The fast Squires charged into the fight between Zombies and Men-at-Arms. No help from the undead leader made any change. Bretonnia came here to win, and that's exactly whzt they did. At great cost, the brave Knigts of the Realm will be missed and a ceremony to honour their valiant deeds will be held in the reclaimed chapel.

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The flow of the game went really smooth. Playing Warmaster battles with 28mm miniatures is great for playing narrative games in a small amount of time. The same battle with Warhammer Fantasy Battle rules would have taken up to three times more time to finish.


Attachment: Warmaster 28mm Rules
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Warmaster 28mm: Vampire Counts versus The Empire

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Away with boring miniature paintjobs, I want to play a game! So I draped my desk in green cloth and started constructing an nice little village somewhere in the province of Altdorf. There were stables nearby, a windmill present and offcourse they had an old cemetary in the neighbordhood. Now that's exactly where things went wrong for the innocent villagers... Vampire Count "Red Duke" raised a small army of shambling zombies and raised some more when in the vicinity of our subject village. Deep in the woods they could hear the eerie howling of a pack of Dire Wolves running towards the cottages.

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No worries, an Empire brigade bravely envelopped the village in order to defend it and to destroy this evil undead threat. A brigade of Halberdiers entered the battlefield by road while a Cavalry unit shielded by a unit of Crossbowmen protected the willage square. The crossbows immediatelly started shooting their deadly bolts towards the horde of Dire Wolves, succesfully halting them.

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The wolves seemed hesitant to blindly storm through an avalanche of steeltipped bolts. This actions shows that the Warmaster rules for shooting does not inflict many casualties but can be tactically positionned to halt certain enemy units.

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The small brigade of Halberdiers charged the incomming Zombie unit and hacked into the undead round after round, gradually gaining ground and capturing the center of the battlefield.

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With a little help from the Empire General the Halberdiers managed to hack down the first wave of skeletons in close combat.

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The Vampire Lord himself tried to tip the balance by joining combat. With succes! He killed the Empire General rendering the entire Empire army useless and filled with fear. The village is lost. Victory for the Undead! Soon the place will be crawling with undead servants...

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Workbench is now a Temporary Gaming Table

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Just a short update about what's happening on my workbench. I've been painting Blood Bowl (Third Edition) teams but got bored by the repetitive labour. So I took my green tablecloth and started building an Old World town somewhere in The Empire. This town just happened to be the target of a sinister Necromancer and a battle commenced... I'll post a nice gaming report with pictures later here in my blog.

Spoiler: the town got overrun and was saved by Bretonnian allies. But these new inhabitants now face a beastly enemy: Ungors!

In the battles I used miniatures from Warhammer and I combined them with the Warmaster rules for 28mm games.



If you wish to follow my painting and scenery-building activities, I'll post snapshots at my Twitter account TocosNest. Would be great to have more followers
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Vintage Scenery

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Time to build some old Warhammer 3rd Edition goodies. This vintage White Dwarf magazine on my bookshelf still had its insert. Not anymore!

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This kind of cardboard scenery reminds me of Warhammer (Fifth Edition): Perilous Quest and the older Terror of the Lichemaster.

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It is great to construct and even allows some minor variations (in case you bought multiple issues).

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To be seen in one of my Warmaster 28mm battles soon!
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WIP update

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What's up lately?


- I'm working on my Dwarves Blood Bowl (Third Edition) Team.

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- I have been constructing a High Elf Demigryph Champion.

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Staying North

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Now with my Ogre Kingdoms army finished I wish to stay in the North Lands of the Old World. I'll continue work on my Norse army. There is still quite some regiment building to do. As usual I don't just go for GW-only miniatures. Over the years I have collected various Norse-looking miniatures from various brands. Now's the time to combine them all into one coherent looking army. To achieve this I will be using the Warmaster Trial Army list and go from there.

The regiments (or units as they are called in Warmaster) I need are the following: Bondsmen, Berserkers and Huntsmen. Each unit will need 12 miniatures based on 25mm round slottabases.

The Bondsmen:
For the formation of two Bondsmen units I gathered a bunch of miniatures from various publishers like Hasslefree, Rackham, i-Kore, Foundry, Citadel and others.

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The Berserkers:
The eye-catcher and leader of my Berserker unit will be a HeroQuest Polar Bear. He'll be surrounded by Foundry and Rackham warriors among others. All are selected to look ferral or at least wear fur.

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The Huntsmen:
This small unit of 9 miniatures will be built with BattleMasters Chaos Thugs and some freebies from the CRISIS Convention in Antwerp, Belgium.

It woudln't be a Warhammer Fantasy Battle army if it didn't include some special monsters or creatures. The Norse have access to Snow Trolls and Ulfwereners. What follows now are "counts as" units. I'll be using miniautres that are visually different but ruleswise they'll fit perfectly.

The Ulfwereners:
I wanted to use my metal Rackham Wolfen for a long time. They're great, they're heavy, and they're from a currently dead game. So I'll include three of them in each of my two Ulfwerener units. Is there a better miniature than a Wolfen to represent wolfmen? I did find some cheap plastic Wolfen too. They allow me some variation.

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The Snow Trolls:
These creatures were first published in the Citadel Journal magazine. It sounds reasonable to have snowcreatures in a Norse army, so I'll add them to my warband too. The miniatures originate from the board game WOW: Burning Crusade. A cheap source of cool* miniatures. (* Pun intended.)

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