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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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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.)



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



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



Another 4 by 3 regiment to add to my Warmaster 28mm armies!
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Painting Tests

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Note: This is the continuation of my retrospective. Following blogposts will be about my old miniature paintjobs and scenery making. All images show work from +/- 15 years ago.



This Goblin Wolfrider is from Battle Masters. I never painted more than one.



My first and only ever blister pack with Orcs held this metal Big'un. The painting testrun went well. And ended there.
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This Tomb King is a conversion based on a HeroQuest Mummy with a Lizardmen Saurus weapon and Bretonnian ribbons.



One of my generals from The Empire. Inspired by Flemisch medieval knights I went berserk with yellow on a white undercoat. His arm is from a HeroQuest Orc. Both heads are from Warhammer sprues. By tilting the horse I achieved a dynamic pose (unlike basic GW miniatures back then).

PS: The TOCOsNEST logo is from my old website.
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Match 1: Lizardmen versus Orcs

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Give or take 10 years ago I played my first Blood Bowl (Third Edition) demo match. I've been collecting bits and scraps of the game since then. Now that my game is complete, it's time to learn and play!



Handbook ready, two teams ready, replacement D6's and D8 ready, DIY throwing chart ready, playmat ready. LET'S PLAAAAAAY!



The Lizardmen kicked off and the Orcs picked up the ball and threw it far left. Unfortunatelly the Orc Blitzer didn't catch the ball and it ended up out of the pitch.



After the throw in by the (un)friendly crowd, a Skink play picked up the ball and blitzed away like lightning. Supported by a heavy Kroxigor that blocked a lot of Orcs he ran for it.



But one Orc stood in it's way. "Y'er goin nowhere reptile!" The poor Skink was blocked and the ball recovered by the Orc team. They made a run for a touchdown on the left flank but one long bomb pass didn't go well and it was the end of the first half. 0-0. Undecided! (Because I quit the game after this. I feel acquainted enough with the rules to start demoing it to friends.)


PS: The gaming mat is from http://www.blockhaus82.com .
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Budget Blood Bowl

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From time to time I need a break. Away from WFB, Epic and Necromunda. Well, Blood Bowl is a pleasant distraction from the usual set of miniatures I'm working on.

I don't want to spend too much money on Blood Bowl (Third Edition) teams. Blood Bowl is not expensive if you're only buying one team. You can buy one team for around 25,- Euro's. But I do have the tendancy to collect ALL teams, armies, etc...

That's why I scavenged various miniature lots over the years. Now's the time to gather them into playable teams.

First inventory: The Empire.



- 2 Human Catchers @ 140.000 Credits
- 3 Human Blitzers @ 270.000 Credits
- 9 Human Linemen @ 450.000 Credits
- 1 Ogre @ 140.000 Credits
= 1.000.000 Credits --> TEAM ASSEMBLED!

TO DO:
Convert one Ogre from my bits box into a Blood Bowl player. And add a left arm to one of the Catchers.



Second inventory: Orcs.



- 2 Orc Throwers @ 140.000 Credits
- 3 Orc Blitzers @ 240.000 Credits
- 6 Orc Linemen @ 300.000 Credits
- 4 Black Orc Blockers @ 320.000 Credits
= 1.000.000 Credits --> TEAM ASSEMBLED!

TO DO:
I only have 2 official Black Orc Blocker miniatures. For the other two I will be using the first edition Orc players. And I will sell 1 Hobgoblin, 3 Orc Lineman, 1 Orc Thrower and 2 first edition Orc players on eBay.



Third inventory: Dwarfs.



- 7 Dwarf Blockers @ 490.000 Credits
- 1 Deathroller (yesss, I have that one in my collection) @ 160K Credits
- 2 Rerolls @ 80.000 Credits
- 3 Fan Factors @ 30.000 Credits
- 1 Dwarf Runner @ 80.000 Credits
- 2 Blitzers @ 160.000 Credits
= 1.000.000 Credits --> TEAM ASSEMBLED!

TO DO:
Covert 1 Runner and 2 Blitzers from my Mantic Dwarf sprues. I still have plenty of those.
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Cut and Paste

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Either you like it or you don't. But I'm wild about it! Cardboard scenery rocks. However, not all sets have the same quality. The building I am constructing now is a fortified manor. You'll have to use the stairs to reach the front door.

This cardboard set is from "Blood on the Streets", a Warhammer 2nd Edition supplement that looks a lot like "Warhammer Townscape: Card Buildings for Warhammer games". The cardboard sheets are not pre-cut and not 100% perfectly designed.



The picture above shows the stairs. You'll have to assemble it literally step by step. Each step has to be cut off. This makes the total count of necessary parts freakingly high. It would have been a lot easier if you could just fold the entire strip and then glue it into place.

Then have a look at the building from "Warhammer Idol of Gork" in the picture below. The entire scenery piece in the picture is in one piece. And the cardboard sheet was pre-cut.



Considering the wall stands under a certain angle and not straight up, this scenery piece has been designed with great ingenuity. It's very clear to see the difference and improvements GW made between 1988 and 1997 regarding cardboard buildings.



Another very good idea to add sturdiness to the flimsy cardboard is the "slot" to complete the Orc huts.





1997:
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Green Cannon Fodder

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In my blog you've seen many regiment fillers. (Also known as unit fillers.) This blogpost is about army fillers. You know, regiments like Skaven Slaves, Gnoblars, swarms or in case of the Chaos Dwarfs: Orcz!



The Heroquest Orcs are the perfect size. They are the smallest miniature Orcs you can find. All the others have the size of Big'uns or Black Orcs.



To add variety I have included some metal miniatures in the regiments.



This weapon originated from a Skaven Packmaster. It fits perfectly in the hands of a slave unit leader.
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Fireborn

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Here they are, the evil smiths, the dark sorcerers, the Chaos Dwarfs! When building an army of these high-hatted Dwarfs you'll need regiment fillers. The little plastic miniatures are just too expensive these times. So I added two Rockfire Dreadnoughts to the units. They'll represent K'daai Fireborn. These models fit perfectly into the background story.



Fireborn are daemons which have been enslaved by Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers and contained within an armoured framework of molten metal. The small unit fillers are burning coal stoves from the Bretonnian plastic sprues.



You can see a Great Taurus in the background. He'll be the mount of my general, a sorcerer lord.

The Chaos Dwarfs have many slaves. The most common slave for them are Orcs. Not Big'uns, but standard Orcs. I just happen to have many spare HeroQuest Orc warriors. To fit them to the Warhammer bases I'll have some clipping and cutting to do. The orignal bases have to go. After a paint job they'll represent rocks. I'll add the Orc with the whip in the back row instead of in the front row (like you would expect for Warhammer regiments).



The models pictured above are good for 2 regiments of Orc Slaves in "Warmaster 28mm". (Two times 12 models.)
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Modern HeroQuest with Retro Feeling

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Past week I've been showing some of my older paintjobs. You've seen some of my HeroQuest. But I have more.


Please allow me to present you my game system "Allied HeroQuest". It is not a new game. It is a "mod" that tries to put the vintage HeroQuest in 2014. Over 25 years a lot has changed for boardgames. New systems, new ideas,... And the old HeroQuest lagged behind. Allied HeroQuest fixes this. I took refreshing ideas from modern dungeon crawlers and matched them with HeroQuest. But one design goal was very important: reuse everything from the original set and don't make people print tokens, cards, rooms, etc...

The final result was a mixture of HeroQuest and Advanced Heroquest with added flavors from Descent: Journeys in the Dark. This guaranteed the retro feeling and added modern boardgame ideas. And no PnP required, only the basic sets HeroQuest and Advanced HeroQuest. (Yes I know, they are expensive on the second hand market, but they're worth it, unlike others...)

To continue my painting-retrospective you'll find some painted miniatures in following game report. The Wizard and Knight and also some undead and orcs.

What follows is a game report of Allied HeroQuest.

After two preliminary miniquests, four of the eight Heroes remain. Cautiously they descent the stairs... (Note: each quest is designed to play as a one-off game for a game night. Campaigns are possible but not necessary.)



The dungeon parts visible to the Heroes are placed on the table. One spawn point for monsters is ahead. Here the gamemaster will release a horde of wandering monsters if he has the appropriate threat token.



The Heroes advance. The Barbarian searches for secret doors and finds none. This gives the GM an extra threat token. Now it is the GM's turn, he starts by drawing one threat token and decides to use it immediately since it is "Wandering Monsters".



The Denizens book states that 4 orcs should be used for Wandering Monsters tokens.



After the first skirmish, the Knight takes one damage for there is one unsaved skull result from the attacking orc. The Wizard takes a peek in the first room and discovers undead problems. He quickly eliminates the threat by casting a wall of stone.



The Elf ventures deeper into the dungeon. This was a risky mistake. In his turn, the Gamemaster summons an ambush party with a threat token. The ambushers are put on the table one boardsection away (out of range of the Torch), but just in range to charge and attack.



The orcs are dealt with, but not without wounds to the Heroes. When advancing deeper into the corridors, the Elf stumbles into a put trap (indicated in the Questbook, and triggered by a threat token).



It appears the Heroes were lagging too much. More and more enemies antered the dungeon and finally managed to swarm the brave adventurers. The last stand of the Barbarian is the last action in this dark corridor...



Each original quest is redesigned for Allied HeroQuest and has great replayability.



If you want to know more of my Allied HeroQuest project then please go to the website www.toco.be/ahq .
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Mastered Beasts

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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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