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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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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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Steampowered Metal

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In Warhammer, one of the most iconic miniatures from The Empire is ... the Steam Tank! An armoured great cannon, powered by a steam engine. Great to blow up all enemies while still being mobile.

I scored a damaged miniature in an auction. Three of the four axles to hold the plastic wheels were broken off. And I only had three plastic wheels.



I have cut one of the plastic wheels in two halves. Then I filed it a little bit flatter to achieve the perfect height.



Because this miniature is completely metal, it weighs A LOT. It has no rear axles to hold the complete wheels. Simply glueing the rear wheels would no hold out very long. That's why I added two plastic studs underneath. They'll be hidden from sight, but they will keep the heavy miniature in balance.



No-one will notice the small studs supporting the tank when completed.

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I also did some minor conversions to other miniatures. "Variation by combination!"


This vintage plastic skeleton chariot had no rider. I added an old metal Wight by using TEC-7. Great sticky stuff!


When I won this Griffin on eBay it came without front legs. I gave it a claw transplant from the Lizardmen Ripperdactyl sprue. I also added a new tail and upgraded the rider to a general from The Empire.
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Shambling Bones Approaching

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I am including champions in my regiments just for eye-candy. They have no purpose rules-wise. (In Warmaster 28mm.) So, Ennio Mordini the Skeleton Major Hero is just there for his cute face...



The Ghouls are hungry. Led by a minor Necromancer they'll ravage through the lands of living men...



Another Skeleton Warriors regiment led by Ennio's former second in command. This miniature is a typical "OldHammer" champion.



The Warmaster Vampire Counts army list makes Zombies an obligatory choice. So I gathered some miniatures to make two regiments of 5 wide and three deep.



I had to include a Zombie Ogre as a regiment filler. The large miniature comes from Dark World: Village of Fear.



More graves are dug up and Skeleton Warriors are added into new regiments all the time. The legions are unstoppable!



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The Bone Collector

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The Bone Collector
(No, not a dog...)

I summoned all undead to my desk. I'll have to reconfigure my units because I want to play 28mm Warmaster instead of Warhammer.
The cavalry units have to be 6 miniatures each.







Ranged infantry regiments have one row with nine miniatures.



I don't have enough Ghouls to form a regiment of 15 miniatures, so I added a lesser Necromancer...



Monsters are three units side by side.





More reconfiguration is necessary for my skeleton and zombie regiments. I expect to end up with two zombie regiments and 5 skeleton regiments. I'll show them in a later post.
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Retrospective: Warhammer

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My first complete regiment I ever painted were Skeleton Warriors. I painted these at the time the first army book of Vampire Counts came out. I still wanted to use a Necromancer to lead the regiment and added the miniatures from Warhammer Quest: Catacombs of Terror.



What makes this regiment look great is my restriction on the amount of colors I was using: bone, red and black. With bright green for details.
I have never played a Warhammer after painting these. Typical...
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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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We are Legion

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The various boxed games by GW have always been a nice resource for cheap miniatures.

To construct my Vampire Counts army I have used the giant bats from Warhammer Quest. I based them together to represent Batswarms. They cost only 50 points when fielding a Vampire in your army. That's almost for free!

Plastics from Warhammer Quest.

By adding some items from the game Navia Dratp to round 40mm bases I wanted to create a 'graveyard' theme.



Two of these swarms will be enough for my army.
I also wanted to add some 'heavy-hitters'. Unbound creatures like Manticores are fitting the undead theme. And I happened to have three of these creatures from the game Dark World.



My undead army is taking form. Next step will be painting these walking corpses... But that's for the summer. Using spraypaint is best done outdoors.

The silent Legion...
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Reinforcing superglue joints.

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I don't like metal miniatures. They've had their time. Nowadays plastic miniatures are very detailed. You can add weight to the base to give them more "mass". And plastic cement glue is much more forgiving than superglue when converting miniatures.

But sometimes, small metal joints need to be glued. With superglue. This is how I do it:

Fine sand adds extra strength.

I put a drop of superglue on the metal parts and then put them in place. Holding them for 5 seconds is enough. The I pour fine sand over the glued parts. This sand now attaches itself to the spots with superglue. This forms a hardened joint. When all is dry, you can cut excess sand off with a sharp knife.

One Skullchukka done, one to go. robot
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Summonning an army of the dead.

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Over the years I have collected quite some undead miniatures from various sources. Now's the time to unite them and raise me an army of the dead.



The core of my army will be 54 skeleton warriors (not in the picture). But them alone would be boring. So I'll field a small regiment of ghouls from Mantic Games.
It seems I have quite a lot of characters so my army will have many champions (Wights) and level 1 Necromancers.



After years of storage some of my models are missing parts are are broken. Three of my Dire Wolves were missing a tail. If have found two wolf tail decorations in my bits box that came from the 40K Space Marine sprue. The tails are smaller, but when painted, no-one will care.



You'll notice I'm using a Greater Barghest from Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures to use as a Doom Wolf. I think he's quite convincing.
Every Vampire Counts Army needs bats. GIANT bats! I am going to use some miniatures from Descent: Journeys in the Dark to represent Fell Bats. I could have used them for Varghulfs too, but these monsters did not exist in the 5th edition of Warhammer.



To create some variety to the Fell Bats regiment I added some tomb stones that I made from Navia Dratp tokens.



The bases needs more rocks and sand but that's for later.

My Vampire Counts Army of Undead is becoming quite large points-wise, so there's room to add a big, nasty critter: a Zombie Dragon! He'll strike fear in the hearts of players opposing me!



This undead dragon is from the Descent: Journeys in the Dark board game and is quite cheap on eBay now because there is a second edition released.

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