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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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Wood Elf Leaders

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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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About growing Oak Warriors, and cloaking Wood Elves.

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My Wood Elves have been waiting on the shelves for too long. Time to start painting the army. I will do a speed painting technique called TOTTEK on the core Glade Guards. (More about TOTTEK below.)



The regiment above will be the only Elves (Eternal Guards) with a different color. Instead of spraying them green and brown, I'll go for the color scheme by Donald Kueker. He used red, yellow and blue for the Elves in HeroQuest: Elf Quest Pack. The included unit filler is a bear from World of Warcraft Miniatures Game.







My Dryad regiment will be in their Oak aspect. They are Mage Knight miniatures with a fitting name: Oak Warriors laugh





Here's more about TOTTEK speed painting:



http://geekylouis.blogspot.fr/2012/07/ravage-article-tottek-...
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Painting Retrospective Continued

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Since I haven't seen my hobby room for more than a week, I have been posting some older pictures. Following miniatures have been painted 15 years ago by me.



I really like the zombies. A simple thinned down paint wash directly over the white plastic did the job for their rotten skin. The Elf and Dwarf are rather dull, nothing to brag about. But good enough for the tabletop!
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I had the miniature for Skaw the Falconer but he was missing his hawks. At first I thought to use the giant eagles from The Battle of Five Armies, but they have become too expensive. Then I saw these Razorwings (40K Dark Eldar) in my bits box... Some drops of superglue and 100 curses later, Skaw's constructed and ready!

5th Edition Warhammer deleted the Wood Elf Beastmasters as a Regiments choice. The only two left were Special Characters (Gruarth and Skaw). But I really wanted to include the Shapeshifters and Beastmasters as a theme. That's why my regiment fillers are puma's, bears and wolves.

To create the perfect "Boar Pack" (which counts as a Ratswarm):

- Boars from the Forbidden Forest.
- Vintage metal boars from Marauder Miniatures.
- Old Wood Elf Beastmaster Boars from Citadel Miniatures.





I removed the rubber bases from the D&D boars with a sharp knife. For the metals, I don't like the "pinning" modelling technique. So I used a different approach. Bending the slottabase lid flat makes it a good glueing spot. I also filed it a little bit flatter to make sure it sticks to the base very well. After all these preparations it up to the magical TEC-7 again to fix them all to the monster bases.



Theme-wise, these Boar Packs can be used in my Orc, Bretonnian and Wood Elves armies. They count as choices from the Monsters list (WHFB 5th Edition).
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Stirrings in the Bushes

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I bought the Wood Elf Glade Guard regiment box from GW. It has some spare torsos without matching legs. So I rummaged through my bits box and found me some Mantic elves.



My spare puma's from Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures are used as regiment fillers.



Wood Elves need woods. That's why I added some plastic scenery trees from Warhammer 40K.



To bolster the morale of my troops I include a Battle Standard Bearer in my army.



She rides a Warhawk to improve her mobility and attack power.



(The warhawk miniature comes from Eternal Winter.)
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So, add Zoats!

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The stealthy Waywatchers are the most sinister strike team available for the Wood Elves. I really like the miniatures, but they'll only be usefull when playing on a table with many woods.



My bargain Lord came without doublehanded weapon, so I had to add a sword and shield myself. The puma in the back will also "count as" a Waywatcher.

Speaking of sinister miniatures, may I present you the vintage Zoats. These mysterious creatures really draw my attention.



One mayor problem: I really don't know how to use them in my Wood Elf army. I can't really find a "counts as" in 4th or 5th edition. Please help.
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Wood Elf Leaders

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Every army needs its leaders. I didn't want to use horses nor Elven steeds for the Wood Elves. That's why I have searched (and have found) a great stag to use as a mount for my general.



This Mage Knight great stag will count as a Unicorn. The general is a vintage Warhammer miniature.



When playing Warhammer it's always wise to have some magical backup. I have prepared some spellcasters to fortify my army. The first is a Woodfey (from Anima Tactics).



This Spellsinger has some bits from the plastic Glade Guards added to the base.



Special character "Naieth the Prophetess" is glued to a square base so I could place her in a regiment.



Her ponytail is a plastic bit from an Orc sprue.

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Metal and Large

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Work continues on my Elven armies. Those readers with a sharp eye can spot Gruarth the Beastmaster and both his Sabretoothed Tigers (top left).

He's one of two official beatsmasters available in Warhammer 4th edition. I'll show Skaw the Falconer in a future blogpost.



My new discovery I wish to talk about in this blogpost is TEC-7. I really dislike the usual superglue that sticks to everything execept your miniatures. Unfortunatelly this is still the best option for small parts. But for glueing large metal parts, TEC-7 is a blessing.



Following exemple are the wings of my favorite dragon miniature. No pinning was necessary.



I added some larger sand pebbles into the glue, to paint as scales later.



Following miniature (also by Marauder) is the Elven Attack Chariot. It was on my wishlist for a loooong time. And I finally managed to score one for an acceptable price on eBay.



The steeds and chariot each have their own separate slottabase. I can play with only 2 steeds or pay for 2 extra. TEC-7 came in very handy! The chariot has quite some weight and only 2 points to attach to the base. (I added a third mount point by adding a rock under the cart.)



Wood Elf Attack Chariot rider Prince Lolair Gilandiril will attract a lot of attention when painted and ready for the table-war. I really like his vintage Citadel shield.
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I assembled my regiment filler for the Wood Elf Spearmen (a.k.a. Eternal Guards). The spear and sword come from High Elves sprues.



He looks quite a lot like a character by Gary Chalk.



This character comes from the Lone Wolf Gamebooks.



If I paint my miniature to a high standard, then this regiment filler would be a nice vignette on itself.
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Guarding the Glades

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I'm growing an army. Slow but steady. Like a forest of strong and sturdy oaks. Here come the Glade Guards. (I did not know, but a glade is a clearing or an open area within a woodland. Makes sense to use a regiment of spearmen there.)

Since I only have a handful of Wood Elf miniatures with spears, I'll have to use regiment fillers again. It's always nice to keep the fillers in the same theme as the main army. Using trees was tempting, but too easy. So I opted to include Shapeshifters in their animal form.



The picture above shows the configuration of the regiment. I'll need 6 plastic Glade Guards together with the front row of old metal miniatures. To fill the gaps I'm using wolves. (The wolf in the back is jumping, that's why he covers the large base too.)

Following pictures by Paul Bonner inspired me to use animals.
(From the Warhammer 3rd edition Armies book.)

In a future blogpost you'll see I will include Beastmasters in my army too. A stampede of boars...

A lot of second hand metal miniatures have damage. Especially the spears, swords and standard have a tendency to break. This also happended with my standard bearer. It is almost impossible to glue a small standard back to the hand. So my first idea was to drill a tiny hole in the hand and then insert the standard again. But I was not convinced of this plan. It would be better to glue a plastic standard to the hand... No, not enough surface area for the superglue to attach. And then I saw the solution: don't cut the plastic standard above the plastic hand, but leave one finger and the thumb attached. This results in a larger surface area.



It took a lot of courage to file off the thumb and finger from the metal miniature. After all these miniatures are not cheap and before my drastic action, it was a fine looking Wood Elf.
Luckily for me, after the filing it was an even better looking Wood Elf.



Seeing the result, I'm leaving it like it is. He keeps the spear. I'll make a standard bearer from one of the plastic miniatures later.
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