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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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Epic Inventory Backlash

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After collecting various 6mm Epic 40K miniatures for some years it's time for a descent inventory.

It took me one long evening to unpack many boxes and ziplock bags. I even discovered some unopened blisters bought years ago. The desk was covered in Imperial troops: Adeptus Mechanicus, Imperial Guard and Titan Legions.

SAaaWEEaaT!

Imperial Armour

The image above shows a portion of the Imperial Armour. In the background are miniatures from MechWarrior that I can use as Leviathans etc...
My plan was to create themed detachments while still aiming for a rounded amount of points. Designing (3rd edition) detachements like this allows me to select miniatures pretty fast when playing another battle.

Knights and Imperial Guard

When I discovered that there were a lot of Knights and Robots in my collection, I decided to start me an Adeptus Mechanicus army, based on the army list that appeared in Firepower Magazine. I ended up with around 1600 points AM and an uncountable amount of points for the IG.
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And after all this detachment-building, writing drafts, calculating totals in Excel and putting parts of armies on every empty spot in my room that I could find... I GOT FED UP. Seriously. I had enough. Pleasure overload. Inventory blues.
So I repacked everything and started planning to paint an overseeable amount of miniatures. A smaller amount. ONE detachment of Tau. It's better to focus on one small portion of a collection than to unpack it all. Because I'm fighting against a problem that many other players face: UNPAINTED miniatures.

There should be a microbadge for this: "Owner of Too Many Unpainted Miniatures".
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Old Custom Necromunda Scenery

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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.

The scenery we used for Necromunda skirmish battles was cheap. It was an amalgation of various throw-away products. But with some paint the final results were always satisfactory.



This Imperial Assassin has been in my Necromunda gang for a long time. He's one of the coolest and sinister miniatures. No expression, no close combat pose, just "pure kill".



Creativity is cool in the miniature games hobby. Anything goes, as shown by my custom rocket launcher objective. I really like the way how I painted the goggles.



The famous jungle fighters from Catachan. Now gathered for some Necromunda gangfighting.
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Super Heavies and Titan

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You play 6mm Epic games because you like the hordes of small tanks. But then there's always "bigger and better"... Boss over bosses... THE WAR ENGINES!
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I couldn't stop just building infantry and armour detachments. The call for war engines was to loud to resist. I had to add super heavies and titans.
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Following Po II Heavy Tank miniatures are from Mechwarrior: Dark Age (collectible miniatures game). They'll go into one Super Heavy Tank Detachment worth 330 points. These Shadowswords have Titan-busting Volcano Cannons, able to cause critical damage to war engines.



I am also preparing two massive Leviathan mobile command centres. They each can carry up to 6 infantry units in their armoured hull. A minor conversion was necessary to add a Mega-Cannon. These miniatures (also from Mechwarrior: Dark Age) came prepainted. They need little or no additional paint from me, they'll fit right in. However, I won't be able to use them a lot since the total cost equals 660 points.



And then there is the sinister Adeptus Mechanicus Ordinatus Mars. This Titan brings a massive Sonic Cannon to battle, able to totally disrupt enemy detachments. One shot rolls D6 dice. Each result of 4 or more adds a blast marker to the target. Now that's sabotage from a distance! For only 200 points, that's a bargain!



To end this blogpost I'll finish with a hobby tip. Many prepainted miniatures like Star Wars Miniatures and MechWarrior are deformed. The plastic weapons often bended and crippled. The barrel of my Mechanicus Ordinatus was pointing to the ground. The easy solution to fix this kind of deformation problems (like bent lightsabers from Star Wars Miniatures) is water. You need two cups. One with cold water. You may even add an ice cube or two. The other cup contains boiled water. (Pay attention, don't touch the steam or hot water with bare hands!) Submerge the bent part in the hot water for 10 seconds, reshape and immediatelly cool it down in the cold water. FIXED!
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Imperial Guard: 600 points

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Time to present my Imperial Guard WIP. I am working on 3 detachments worth a total of 601 points for Warhammer Epic 40,000. They should be ideal for (demo) games among friends.
I've made little progression, but new paint has been applied. I have drybrushed a layer of 'Russian Green' over the Army Painter green basecoat.

Imperial Guard Infantry Detachment 201 points:
The Astra Militarum, or Imperial Guard, are all about infantry and artillery. This set of miniatures represents this well. Both Griffon Mortars together with the heavy weapons units will shoot down quite some enemies. (Note: forget about the Taurox Prime transport in the picture because that one does not belong to this detachment.)



Imperial Guard Tank Detachment 297 points:
The armoured fist of the Imperial Guard brings a massive amount of firepower. The enemy should fear this detachment. Seven Leman Russes with 3 firepower each... The Tauros (fast Hellhounds) are there as cannon fodder to absorb the first hits on this detachment.



Imperial Guard Infantry Detachment 103 points:
The Rough Riders are a truly iconic unit from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. I just had to add them. The sentinels are a standard addition to this unit, fast and agile "with a punch".



All units will receive a mix of dark green and lightbrown colors. Don't be misled by the white paste on the bases, I won't go for a Valhallan snow theme. These guys will be fighting on agri-worlds. Next thing to do is painting all tracks and weapons black. After that I'll start adding the lightbrown/ochre contrast color.
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GW, you're irritating me...

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Tau: CHECK!
Ultramarines: CHECK!
Eldar: CHECK!
Next: Imperial Guard


Filled with energy because of my recent succes in actually painting armies, I bravely started working on the Imperial Guardsmen.
And then I was once again hit with a (war)hammer... soblue

Another* of my Games-Workshop Citadel paints totally dried up. How come only GW paint pots dry out? Because they WANT them to dry out? So you'll buy more? Guess not, I will seek alternatives, that's for sure.



By a small ray of luck, I discovered I have two pots of Camo Green. So I will be able to proceed. The camo green will be my highlighting color. The basecoat is from an Army Painter spraycan.


* Following picture was from one of my previous blogposts:
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Retrospective: Desert Storm

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I am using these old Imperial Guard metal miniatures as a Necromunda gang. I really like how the paintjob worked out. My inspiration was the uniform of American soldiers in the gulf war.
Bone white as primer. Brown wash. Redo with bone white. Add dark brown lines. And then apply clustered tiny black dots. Add even smaller white dots over the black dots aaaaand done!

(The tank is from Battlefield Evolution.)
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Epic 40,000 Elysian Drop Troopers

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The plastic Imperial Guard infantry sprue from 2nd edition Epic had guardsmen with jump packs. I didn't want these cool miniatures go to waste (when playing 3rd edition Epic).

That's why I designed some house rule stats for the Elysian Drop Troopers. You can find the detachment sheet below.

Following rules apply:
The legendary status of the Elysian Drop Troopers increases the Imperial Guard Strategy Rating to 4 if you include at least one detachment in your army.
Elysian Drop Troopers detachments may use the rules for deployment by drop pods.




Infantry Unit: Elysian Drop Troopers
Move: 10cm
Range: 15cm
Firepower: 2
Assault: 3
Armour: 4+
Specials: Rapid Fire, Infiltrators, Close Support, Stubborn



More house rules for Epic 40,000 can be found on this website: http://www.tocoking.be/homerules .

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Scenery on a budget: plastic army men!

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Every game of Warhammer 40,000 or Necromunda needs scenery. A table full of buildings, rubble, barrels, crates. This makes the game visually attractive.

Now, if you go for the official stuff. You'll need lots of money. soblue
( http://www.games-workshop.com/en-BE/Battlefield-Accessories-... )

But there are alternatives! I went to my local supermarket and wandered through the toys department. And there they were: plastic army men. While I can't use many of the tanks, soldiers and planes, I do find good use for the 1/48 scale scenery.



Everything you see on the pictures only costed me 3,50 Euro's!



That's almost 1/5th of the official goods!
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Epic Astra Militarum

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I have many projects on my workbench. (That is one of the reasons nothing ever seems to get finished.) Following pictures are a preview of my Astra Militarum a.k.a. Imperial Guard detachments for Warhammer Epic 40,000.



An Imperial Guard army needs lots of infantry (as cheap cannon fodder with a punch). As usual I have used plaster on the bases followed by a coat of primer.



I also added some guys from the Militarum Tempestus. The old 2nd edition assault troopers will be used as my Elysian Drop Troopers.



You can see a Taurox Prime in the next picture. It's a transport vehicle from Mechwarrior: Dark Age.



The small scout vehicles represent Tauros Assault Vehicles (with the stats of Hellhounds in-game).
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Bloody Elysians

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Two cuts, one in each thumb. I should be more carefull after replacing the cutter blade...

Anyway, got some Imperial Guard Elysian Drop Troopers prepped:



(I'll field them as Space Marine Scouts in drop pods.)
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