After a tabletop battle I always want to upgrade/update the army/gang/warband I just played with. It's a stream of enthusiasm that takes you deeper into the hobby. It was not different after my battles with the High Elves. (For battle reports, see my previous blogposts.)
So I scouted eBay again and came up with some precious new toys.
For Warmaster 28mm I need infantry regiments of 5 wide, 3 rows deep. I am adding two old plastic Spearmen and convert them to banner bearer and extra halberdier. The leader of the unit will be a plastic hero with the look of a Dragon Prince.
Same goes for my Swordmasters of Hoeth. I had 10 models for a long time, but now I want to use them on the battlefield. So I added a 3rd row of 5 metal miniatures.
There were already 12 Shadow Warriors in my army. I needed 18 to have two infantry units with ranged weapons. After a deep dive into my bits box I came up with some famous plastic Elves and eBay provided the last 4 metal miniatures.
Yesss! Now all I have to do is glue them to slottabases and spraypaint them following the TOTTEK method. ( https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/31285?commentid=6119995#c... )
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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12 Feb 2017
After the succes of my first Warmaster 28mm battle I am now slowly building up speed. This next battle is between two 700 points armies. Each army now has two characters to issue orders and each army received extra basic units.
The inclusion of a Hero character in each army guarantees more mobility to the army. Added regiments to the bulk of the army makes the combats heavier and more succeptible to lethal tactical mistakes.
Here we go again. In the yellow corner:
The Empire: 1 General (with a Sword of Might), 1 Hero, 3 Halberdiers Units, 2 Handgunners Units, 2 Knighty Order Cavalry Units.
Aaaaaand in the bonecolored corner:
High Elves: 1 General, 1 Hero of Chrace, 1 Silver Helms Cavalry Unit, 2 Archers Units, 3 Spearmen Units.
Looking at the current setup I estimate my table can decently host two 1000 points armies. More points per army will force me to add an extra panel. (The gaming surface in the pictures consists of two polystyrene isolation plates of 60cm by 120 cm.)
The Elves wanted to attack with the core infantry units but had to rearrange them first. After a couple commands they were still unable to launch the attack and charge. That's when they released the Silver Helms to start doing some damage. The Lions of Chrace unit (counts as Spearmen) followed their lead, ready to support the cavalry in combat.
Meanwhile I wanted to test ranged combat. Both units of Archers were targeting an Empire Handgunners unit. Their hits forced the unit to retreat 14cm. With their retreat path blocked by a stone wall, and being wedged in between two enemy units, they were wiped out! The poor men were pinned to the town's wall... A grim reminder of a vicious battle.
The combined might of the Silver Helms and Lions of Chrace with the joined High Elf Hero destroyed the first Knightly Order unit and then advanced into a new combat against Halberdiers and a second Knightly Order unit. This last combat destroyed the High Elf units and the only remaining Empire cavalry stand courageously picked their next target: the pesky Archers. Joined by the Empire General they managed to win the battle! Hurray for the Emperor! Hurray for The Empire!
Very important to mention: this game can be played in under 1 hour!
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07 Feb 2017
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.)
1 Empire General, 2 Halberdiers Units, 1 Handgunners Unit, 2 Knightly Order Cavalry Unit. (Yellow color.)
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 Warhammer to the blogtags because the miniatures and scenery are in fact from/for this 28mm game.
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In the Warmaster Trial Armies book there is an entry for Tengu's. Tengu are wood daemons – half bird half man. They can make a magical move from one part of the forest to another. This movement is treated as a sort of flight or teleport - Tengu unit diappears in one wood, appears in next, and may charge the enemy that was visible for any one Tengu in a start of this move as normal.
So I need 28mm birdmen miniatures for my Nippon army. (Because I am building 28mm armies to be used with the Warmaster ruleset.) The Tzaangors from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower came to mind, but they are too few and to expensive. That's when I found this plastic Arakkoa birdman from WoW.
He's perfect. I'll base two of them on a 40mm square base each. To add variation in the regiment I'll add a Wildkind too.
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The Temple Dogs are a very cool unit for the WHFB Nippon army. These stone Dog statues also called Fu Dogs guard the entrances of temples in Cathay and Nippon. In times of need they become animated and will be fierce adversaries.
So... I need them! But the official metal miniatures above are waaaay too expensive. And I don't have them. Well, let's look for alternatives in my bits box.
FOUND! This Manticore from Dark World is just perfect. I'll field three of them in a monster regiment. The only thing to convert is the tail. I'll clip the scorpion tails and maybe replace them with horse tails.
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Long time ago I went to the Fantasy World convention at the Handelsbeurs in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1993. The convention was organized by a FLGS called The Lonely Mountain, a legendary shop in Flanders.
The only fantasy games I knew (and played) back in those days were HeroQuest and the famous customizable card game Magic. I bought my first blackbordered M:TG beta edition cards here. These were the pre-internet days and the importance of conventions was very high. It was the only way to discover new products. One of the trade stands had a sealed box of HeroQuest: Barbarian Quest Pack for cheap. This was an American version and I didn't speak English back then. So I thought by myself: "I'll buy this in my supermarket soon when the Dutch version is published..." What a mayor mistake this has been for a huge HeroQuest-fan like me! It was never published in Europe and I had to wait 15 years before I even found out any details about it. But that's another story... (Read some of it here: www.tocoking.be/ahq/unreleased.html )
Between various trade stands, live swordfighting, signature sessions (by Dave Prowse and others), there were also a lot of gaming tables.
It was on one of those tables that I saw a Warhammer Nippon army for the first time. How awesome it was! An Oriental Dragon, Warrior Monks, and Ashigaru with that typical wooden footwear (or "geta") and round straw hats.
I never found out whose army it was and to my great disappointment my FLGS didn't sell a GW Nippon army. (So I went for Skaven instead.)
I only later found out that GW never really published something like a "Nippon army". But there are some miniatures available now. And it's the only Warhammer army I don't own for the moment. It all starts with the iconic rocket launcher. While the blister package states that it is a Nippon Rocket Crew, many Warhammer fans tend to say it is actually a Cathayan warmachine... That last idea is also reflected in the Warmaster Trial Armies list. They have two separate lists for Cathay and Nippon.
I managed to buy one for a normal price at eBay. IN BLISTER PACKAGE! But unfortunatelly, I had to open it, I want to play with the miniatures, not just invest and collect.
In the 3rd edition rulebook for Warhammer there is a list to help you construct a Nippon army. The army list is not as extensive as we know from later versions of Warhammer, but it has just enough info to become interested. This list together with the armies list from Warmaster will be my guides to build a 28mm Nippon army.
Last picture is the empty blister package. The artwork on the front is realy cool in comparisson to the newer blister packages by GW. It shows a Samurai, a Ninja, an Oni and a Celestial Dragon. If someone knows who the artist is, let me know!
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One great thing of being in the miniatures game hobby for a looong time is a bitsbox full of lovely parts. I was rummaging through my Elves bitsbox when I found this lone metal Elven Steed. It didn't take long before I also found rider's legs.
I really wanted to use this Elven head with the upright ponytail. I believe it's from the chariot sprue. It probably belongs to a Lion of Chrace but he'll become a Wood Elf now.
With the cape and Dragon familiar in place, the miniature is ready for primer.
Following miniature came to life in a similar way as the leader above. It's great to have many bits and pieces. They combine into unique yet recognizable miniatures.
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My Lizardmen Slann Lord Mazdamundi conversion is one big puzzle. I am using bit and pieces from various plastic and metal sets to create my version of this famous Mage Priest General.
My metal miniature Slann is missing his feet. As replacements I'll chop off the paws of a purple dragon miniature from World of Warcraft: The Boardgame – The Burning Crusade. His three-fingered hands are perfect for the Slann Lord.(Center)
My "regular" Stegadon monster-warmachine is nearing completion too. Again this conversion is a combination of various miniatures and pieces from my bitsbox.
I couldn't have done this without my precious black TEC-7 glue.
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Like all Slann, Mazdamundi is a powerful wizard, able to bend the winds of magic to his whims. Being the oldest of the Second Generation, Mazdamundi's powers far outstrip even those of other Slann. Mazdamundi's focus is on geomancy, and he is easily the foremost practitioner of this rare and difficult lore today. On the battlefield, Mazdamundi's fearsome geomantic powers can destroy dozens of foes at once.
When called to battle, which is thankfully rare, Mazdamundi rides upon the back of a giant Stegadon named Zlaaq, a beast he controls through sheer force of will.
I always wanted a miniature for this special character ever since I bought the 5th edition Lizardmen army book. I had high hopes when "Warhammer - The End Times" was announced. GW was producing giant models, but unfortunatelly never a model for Mazdamundi.
The illustration above by John Blanche really sets the tone. But the Mazdamundi character looks more like a Saurus Warrior.
The following picture is more correct. Here Mazdamundi is clearly a Slann toad wizard. Look at those macabre burning frogs raining down...
And so conversion work commences. Zlaaq will be represented by a (cheap) Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures beast. I am using various bits from my Lizardmen bits box. A palanquin from a spare Slann Mage, combined with a throne from the plastic Carnosaur sprues.
I'll add some shields, plaques, standards and golden items here and there.
There's still a lot to be done, but this is a great project!
In a way, he reminds me of the ancient Mayan king Pacal Votan. Author Erich Von Daniken once speculated that this depiction carved into a sarcophagus' lid was king Pacal at the controls of a flying craft of some sort...
Chariots of the Gods?
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for me the most fun part of the miniature gaming hobby is converting. You gather all your spare parts and try to make some extra miniatures. That's how these Skink heroes came to life.
The helmets and weapons are from the Lizardmen Terradon set, and the sculpted rock is actually a battle standard from the Lizardmen Cold One Knights set.
I'll be using them as champions in Warhammer clashes and as Lizardmen heroes in Warmaster 28mm battles.
Both miniatures are based on Skink Archers from the 5th edition Warhammer Fantasy boxed game.
The backbanner is a standard from a Tomb Kings plastic set.
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