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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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The Complete Swarm

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I still hate metal miniatures. Especially the old Citadel ones, where joints are not a perfect match. However, my "supersandcement" proves to be quite helpful.



Fixing the bug's legs with superglue and then pouring sand over it. This method strengthens the joints.



Finally, my bugswarm is complete!



Now the only thing to decide upon is a paint scheme. I want it realistic, but with other colors than my other Epic armies...
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Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:46 am
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Critters and Flyers

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Cannon fodder for my Tyranids horde: Hormagaunts.



This swarm will take the first blows to the army. They'll have to shield the more expensive units from enemy fire. And in the unlikely case they reach the enemy, they'll be able to deliver a serious punch in assault.

In this BGG thread I've been asking for alternative models for Harridan flyers. The WH40K Gargoyles are perfect.



I'll field two Harridans to guide my 10 units of Epic 40,000 Gargoyles into battle. The 6mm versions of the Gargoyles you see here are from Onslaught Miniatures.



Because I'm using the 28mm versions of very well known miniatures, I'll have to trick the player into thinking it is an Epic 6mm monster. To provide some reference to the 6mm scale I am creating scenic bases for the Harridans. The size of the building will show how huge the Tyranid flyer is. A scary sight!



Lead is added to the bases to keep them stable in a gaming table. The Harridan to the left is nailed to the plastic ruin and cemented shut with superglue and fine sand.

Next: Eldar Exodites! cool
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Lord of the Tyrants

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This picture owned by Games Workshop Ltd. can be found in one of the books that came with the Warhammer Epic 40,000 box.



I always loved this drawing with the Tyrant overrunning a crashed Rhino. So now is the time to make a miniature like that for my own!



The old Tyrant model by Citadel came with a slottabase. I removed the middle part of the metal lid from the miniature, keeping two "pins" beneath the feet intact.
I filed the tracks from the Rhino so that the model is tilted slightly when glued to a base. It will look like the Tyrant applies weight to the tank.



After drilling two small holes in a spare Rhino miniature it was easy to combine both miniatures. I didn't even have to use glue! surprise

This Tyrant is now my favorite Epic 40,000 Tyranid.
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Tyranids Tanks

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Breeding a Tyranid horde:



Tyrants to leads the masses. Note the big Tyrant in the back, he'll be combined with a spare Rhino in a future blogpost.

You can see 10 Carnifexes ready to be based on plywood discs. They are Skyth from Dark Realm Miniatures.



The variant Ripper from WH40K with his mutated mouth will represent my Exocrine tanks.



These Rippers from WH40K will be my Epic Tyranid Assault Spawn tanks.



I had to glue small pieces of lead to the bases to prevent them from tipping over when placed on slopes. (I have a small pad of lead that I recovered from my roof when rebuilding the house.)



Adding extra sand the the excess glue will tighten the bond between miniature and base. The Rippers are held captive behind safety glass until battle commences...
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Hordes of the Hive

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In this Epic 40,000 I covered most races of the 40K universe. Now it's time for the horde. The critters. The beasts. THE DREADED TYRANIDS!



The hive mind needs a central hub to lead its forces. The big beasty above (Dominatrix) is the perfect general.

I've chosen not to give him a Dettol bath to strip paint. I'll use the current colors as basecoat instead...

I had to use pliers to turn the lid (that normally goes into the slottabase) sideways. That way I could glue the model to an old Poker chip. With added cardboard to fill the space between legs and pokerchip, everything stays put.

Following monsters are the (vintage look) Tyranid Warriors (from Onslaught Miniatures).



These standard leaders of the roving Tyranids packs will form the core of my hive mind nexus.



There are three variants of the miniature, so they make great units.



Following floating brainsacks are my Zoanthropes, the psykers of the horde. They originally are plastic spores from a Warhammer 40,000 starter box.

ps: The walkers at the back are a preview of an army to come. Lizardriders...
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