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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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.

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(I believe the watermill can also be found in Warhammer Townscape: Card Buildings for Warhammer games...)
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Changer of Ways

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I have a new set of dice. They're issued by the Chaos god Tzeentch, a.k.a. Changer of Ways.

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What a fitting set of dice. 7's! Now I'll win every Warhammer battle. devil
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Horny Summoning

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The Warmaster Trial Armies army list provides rules for summoning Valkyries. I really want to use these spectral female warriors in my Norse army. But there's a catch. You'll need a Norse Shaman with a special Chariot Mount. That's why I started gathering cheap bits and converting commenced.

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An old High Elf chariot it the basis of my miniature. I had two spare horses with a Celtic attitude from I-Kore's Gaels.

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The Shaman is a plastic Chaos Marauder from Games-Workshop with a staff from the Wood Elves sprues. His Horn of Resounding (to summon the Valkyries) is an Orc musician arm.

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I konw his right hand is a bit off-scale. I'll paint it silvery to represent an armoured fist.
Only one thing left to add, a cape!

And now you're all wondering which miniatures I'll be using to represent the incomming horde of mounted Valkyries... I've seen Foundry Miniatures, but those women are all on foot. Then there are some great winged angels from Reaper Miniatures. But they're too expensive for a side-project like this. Bretonnian Pegassi with mounted Wood Elves crossed my mind too. But again, too costly...

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3x Moonstar on Brightwind. (On 40mm square GW bases.) They'll be my mounted Viking women!
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Sick of Superglue? Try TEC-7.

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I have been promoting TEC-7 glue quite often in my blog. I don't have shares in the company, but it's my holy grail for sticking metal miniatures together. (Works on plastics too.)

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Here's how I work with the stuff. The product comes in tubes that require a "pistol" to apply the glue.

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Take a piece of paper and apply a dot of TEC-7. Then use a small tool (or strip of cardboard) to smear the glue onto your miniature. The glue takes a long while to harden. Let it rest for hours. One advantage of TEC-7 is that it remains "rubbery". So the miniature can take a hit and the glue won't break.

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TEC-7 is ideal if you have a batch of miniatures that need to be attached to the slottabases. Plastic glue or superglue does not allow rearranging a lot after you glued it to the base. With TEC-7 you can adjust the position of the miniature if it does not fit well into the regiment.

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You might know this iconic miniature from Warhammer 4th edition: an Orc Shaman mounted on his Wyvern. This miniature is heavy metal. The wings are heavy and they break easily when glued with superglue. TEC-7 remains "rubbery" and can take a hit.

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Oldhammer Orcs with spears

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I wanted to cut and glue again. No matter what. After rummaging through my bitsbox I found some old Orcs.

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A decapitated Orc Arrer Boy from WHFB 6th edition is converted into a spear wielding Boss. He so large he needs a cavalry base.

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I found 4 Orc arms with spears. I think they're from the Boar Riders set. That's enough to represent an entire regiment of Orcs with Spears.

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Another 4 by 3 regiment to add to my Warmaster 28mm armies!
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Buzzing Dwarfs

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I picked up working on my Dwarf Ornithopters. I removed the original pilots and replaced the torso's with Mantic Dwarfs.

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The next pilot looks like he's holding a throttle.

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I have attached some weapons to the miniature to cover the fact that the legs are too skinny. The new cavalry bases from Games-Workshop are just perfect for these flyers.

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I finished 3 Ornithopters. I didn't want to cut up the mechanical insects, that's why all pilots have different weapons to add some variety. The massive axe is a combination of the Warhammer Quest Dwarf's axe and a Mantic Dwarf arm. The metal cape of the pilot in the back is actually a shoulder pad from a Skaven Rat Ogre.

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Black TEC-7 to fill the hole in his back and a tankard because it's a Dwarf!
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Elite Huscarls with Pet Mammoth

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It took me severals evenings to complete my Norse Huscarls regiment. The Chaos Marauders is quite a cool GW set. It holds just enough items to create unique looking miniatures.

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The unit of elite Norse is led by a famous hero. Every warrior has a shield and as many armour as possible for a Marauder. A nice fur cape here and there also gives the illusion of rich elites going to the battlefield.

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Work on building a Norse War Mammoth has also commenced. I am using the Ogre Kingdoms Stonehorn/Thundertusk set as a basis.

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By Sigmar this monster is huge! It's very nice to assemble this wonderful "miniature". At first I wanted to make a howdah for the Norse riders...

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... but I went for a saddle variation instead.
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Norse and West

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There are two workbenches in my house at the moment: the Norse are gathering in my living room, while at the meantime the desk at my man-cave upstairs is occupied by a Bretonnian army.

Just wanted to show you another regiment filler. So here are two pictures.

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I was just short of 4 Men-at-Arms for this Bretonnian regiment. At first I was tempted to add a mounted knight in the unit, just like you can see on some metal miniature stands from the game Warmaster. (The painted knight can be spotted on the first picture.) But I went for a more cheasy option of planting a flag and adding some spikes. I really wanted to avoid to use Henchmen from Advanced Heroquest again.

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Since the henchmen are all armed with defensive spears it's ok to give the unit filler some sharpened logs. It holds the same spikey theme. I'll also add an axe and tree trunk.
Half of the miniatures are disarmed and without shields. I delved into my bits box and found me some older Chaos shields which are a perfect match for the Men-at-Arms.
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Warhammer: Norse

The northern regions of the Old World suffer from extremes of climate and geography unlike anywhere else. The dense dark forests, high barren mountains, icy seas and long winter nights conspire to make life here both hard and short. This cruel land known as Norsca is a home to the Norsemen - a race of men that are as fierce, brutal and
unforgiving as the landscape itself.


The text above inspired me to build a Norse army. (Text by Andy Jones and Bill King, from the Warmaster Trial Armies Compendium 2009.)

I went to my local GW store and bought my first Age of Sigmar box. The Chaos Marauders are perfect to use as Norse barbarians. But I couldn't find any on eBay and I was in a hyped hurry. I'll mix various barbarian miniatures from Talisman, Warhammer Quest,Dragon's Gate, HeroQuest and Confrontation with the Chaos Marauders.

The Huscarls regiment will have barbarians with Shields and Helmets. They are the richest of the Norse, and also the best fighters.

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Miniatures with less armour will find in place in one of my two Bondsmen regiments. For the Huntsmen infantry I'll use some Chaos Thugs from Battle Masters again. (Not pictured.)

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The wolfhide-clad warrior below could be a Shaman with some pet wolves. Or I could integrate them in an Ulfwerener regiment. Has to be decided later...

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You gotta love the following miniature from D&D Forbidden Forest. He's a wizard with removeable cape, helmet and staff! Really incredible sculpt. It's cool without the staff. It's cool without the helmet. It's cool without the cape. Congratulations to the sculptor! With the right paint job I can use him as a Shaman Were Kin. There's one minor problem, the miniature is made from soft plastic. It will be hard to keep the future paintjob intact when playing.

Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game – Forbidden Forest Expansion Pack

Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game – Forbidden Forest Expansion Pack

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Norse Vitki Shaman (artist unknown)

If you're familiar with the Norse army lists, then you'll be able to guess what my plans are with the Ogre Kingdoms boxed set.

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A Norse War Mammoth!
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Burn that Witch!

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Working with the guys in the picture above made me change my plans for my Mordheim Mercenary warband. While building a regiment of Flagellants 15 strong, I really wanted to add some in my skirmish games. So that's where I abandonned my plans for a Mercenary warband and started designing a Witchhunter warband.

Here's the Reaper Witchhunter:
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And his hired Ogre Bodyguard (on a 40mm base):
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Witchhunter warbands have trackers and dogs. And trackerdogs... Adding dogs as tiny base fillers adds to the witchhunting atmosphere. Mantic Games has a grumpy plastic bulldog on one of their Dwarf sprues.

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