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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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Part 2: Warmaster 28mm - High Elves versus Bretonnians

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Part 2: Warmaster 28mm - High Elves versus Bretonnians

Time for the Bretonnains to make a point. The point being: "Elves, GET LOST!".



The Bretonnian hero under the name The Red Knight directed the mounted Squires to charge the High Elves Silver Helms. Unfortunatelly the rookies were too slow and the command failed. Soaring over the battlefield on his pegasus, the general then shouted his order to the Men-At-Arms unit to charge forward. The infantry unit ran forward and reached their target. Combat followed and they were almost wiped out, taking a single stand of High Elf cavalry in return.





The battle reaction of the High Elves was simple: two infantry units charged by initiative. The High Elf general joined the fight. The following combat wiped out the remaining Men-At-Arms and the other fight was between High Elves Spearmen and Bretonnian Knights. The Knights held their ground but couldn't prevent losing one stand.



Finally The Red Knight got the Squires into combat and joined the fight himself! Ready to take down the enemy general. Since this was possibly the decisive combat where the High Elves could lose the game by losing their general, I first handled the other combat between High Elf infantry and Bretonnian Knights, strengthened by the presence of their general! He was quite safe, the High Elves had only 4 dice to roll and wouldn't be able to destroy the Knights and general. The High Elves died...





The Red Knight swung his mighty blade and hit the High Elf general full on his helmet. The Elf toppled from his horse and this ended the battle. The Bretonnians managed to protect their realm against unwanted tresspassers.

"GO HOME!"



You might have noticed the special dice with only swords on the sides. Varying from zero up to two swords. I find these dice very useful to indicate remaining hits. I believe these dice come from the Dungeons & Dragons boardgame.

PS: I forgot to use the rules for psychology (Terror) when fighting with my Bretonnian general mounted on a pegasus...
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Warmaster 28mm: Bretonniaaaaaah!

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It's time to test another army: Bretonnians. One of my favorites. So far my previous tutorial battles learned me the true power of charging cavalry. The Bretonnians will be THE ideal army to see how powerful they are, but more importantly, what their weaknesses will be. As one can expect, they won't be any good in skirmishes with lots of infantry. Well, that's exactly what I'm going to try and find out!



Here's the setup: 700 points worth of arrogant High Elves versus 700 points of chivalry. (For those who didn't read my previous blogpost, I am using the Warmaster ruleset, not Warhammer Fantasy Battle.)



The Bretonnians took the first turn. The Red Knight (Hero) ordered the mounted Squires to sweep right. Hoping this manoeuver would bring them into flanking position. Two succesful orders brought them into firing range of the High Elf Silver Helms. The Bretonnian General ordered his cavalry to initiate a full charge but only one unit understood the command loud and clear. The other cavalry units were probably chatting about women and wine, so they missed their turn...



In the shooting phase the mounted Squires were able to put pressure on the Silver Helms with a volley of arrows. The High Elf cavarly became confused and had to retreat 7 cm. This caused the unit of Archers to make way for the confused riders, narrowly avoiding becomming confused themselves (by throwing a 3 on a D6). The Silver Helms won't be able to act next High Elf turn. Nice move Squires!
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As expected from a cavalry charge against an infantry unit, there were lots of casualties on the infantry unit initially. Following combat round the cavalry started to take losses because they missed their charge bonus AND because other infantry units could join the fight and overwhelmded the riders. (Not in the pictures: both remaining High Elf infantry units charged the Bretonnian Knights by initiative.) So, while it still is a dice driven game, combat in Warmaster is representative for what you could expect in real life. Cavarly sweeps over infantry when charging, but they can be easily defeated when swamped by many warriors on foot.


End of part 1.
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Norse and West

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There are two workbenches in my house at the moment: the Norse are gathering in my living room, while at the meantime the desk at my man-cave upstairs is occupied by a Bretonnian army.

Just wanted to show you another regiment filler. So here are two pictures.



I was just short of 4 Men-at-Arms for this Bretonnian regiment. At first I was tempted to add a mounted knight in the unit, just like you can see on some metal miniature stands from the game Warmaster. (The painted knight can be spotted on the first picture.) But I went for a more cheasy option of planting a flag and adding some spikes. I really wanted to avoid to use Henchmen from Advanced Heroquest again.



Since the henchmen are all armed with defensive spears it's ok to give the unit filler some sharpened logs. It holds the same spikey theme. I'll also add an axe and tree trunk.
Half of the miniatures are disarmed and without shields. I delved into my bits box and found me some older Chaos shields which are a perfect match for the Men-at-Arms.
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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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An Old Wish Came True

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I entered the miniature games hobby by HeroQuest. This way I learned that a company like Games-Workshop existed. Years later I discovered a FLGS* in the city and there I bought my first White Dwarf magazine, issue #157. I had access to my friend's earlier editions of the famous magazine. There were many pictures of wonderfully painted miniatures and the Bretonnian knights caught my eye. They became my favorites. But sadly, that army was not supported anymore by GW...
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*(My local games store was not friendly but it was the top seller in Belgium...)

I started collecting Skaven (which, for a student, was a bad choice money-wise). And the dark magic of the Undead also drew my attention.
Then the great news came in: a new version of Warhammer! A box filled with brand new Lizardmen and BRETONNIANS! Unfortunatelly there were many other interesting games those days. Various ccg's, Epic 40,000 and many more. So I didn't end up with a large Bretonnian army.

If you followed my blog for some years, you'll have noticed I tried to reboot my Bretonnian collection. And managed to organize me a nice unpainted army already.

And then a great painted army came up for sale... Not being a student anymore (for a long time) I now held the possibility to actually buy myself my favorite army... And the trap closed. SOLD! So here I present you my new army which I'll reorganize to play 28mm Warmaster with.











Wishes can come true... in time.
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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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Bretonnian Conversions

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Ingredients: 1 spare Knight from Battle Masters and 1 spare Bretonnian flag.



After a serieus bath in Dettol, the flag was mint again. I made a small cut in the plumes on top of the helmet. This will add extra stability when I glue the flag to the Knight.

One thing I like about 5th edition HeroHammer (a.k.a. Warhammer) are the special characters. And Bretonnia has plenty. I always wanted to field Reynard le Chasseur in my army.



I replaced his left arm with an outstreched arm from an archer. I added a hawk to it. The original miniature bird was looking to the left and was positionned on a right arm. So I had to carefully cut away the arm, then decapitate the bird and reattach its head pointing to the left.



In my bits box there was a boarhunting spear. I shortened it a little, drilled a small hole in a spare right arm and then glued both parts together. Now the only thing I need to add are his two hunting dogs. I'm confident I'll find me the right miniatures.
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All Your Slottabase Are Belong To Us

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Sometimes the lid underneath a miniature is too thin. When you put the model into the slottabase, it keeps "rocking". With pliers you'll be able to make it a tight fit. This way you won't need much glue. Sometimes you don't even need any glue!

So, this blogpost will be a cost-saver! bag bag bag



Hold the lid with the pliers. Then with your other hand hold the feet of the miniature. Twist the pliers a little bit. This way you'll create a "wave" in the lid. The lid will have an S-shape now.



When the S-shape is just wide enough, the miniature won't need any glue to have a tight fit into the slottabase! If the S-form is a little it too much, then squeeze it at little with the pliers until it fits perfectly.

Another cost-saver is eBay. Sometimes you can buy miniatures for cheap because they are missing components. Keep a bits box with excess parts. You'll never know when they might be handy. Like with my following Bretonnian miniature. Normally he carries a barrel with beer on his back. But because it was missing, I had to find a replacement. I just happened to have a 1/72 scale barrel from a Revell kit.



Final math: this miniature normally goes around £6 and I have it for £1 now!
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Knight-might

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Knights. That's what Bretonnian armies are all about. So I have to add plenty. I managed to gather some mounted knights from The Claymore Saga in the past. When I merga these with newer versions of these Citadel Miniatures, then I'll be able to field me quite some Bretonnian Questing Knights (low cost moneywise).



I'll paint the 3 regiments in 3 main colors, with variations within each regiment.
The red regiment will have following banner bearer, and most helmets in this regiment will be WHFB 3rd edition style.



The blue regiment will be led by my Battle Standard Bearer and strengthened by a mounted Sorceress.



The musician next to the sorceress still needs to be converted. I had some spare legs and will add the torso and horn later.



The Knight in the picture above will be my general when I'm not fielding a Pegassus. I have found inspiration for him on the box lid of Warhammer 5th Edition.



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For the Lady!

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Over and out for the greenskins. My 5000 points Orcs and Goblins army is glued and ready (except for paint), so I'll finalize my Waaagh-blogs with a final picture of my Orc Battle Standard bearer. He rides an armoured boar from Confrontation, and carries a modified standard.



Now I can start at one of my favorite Warhammer armies: Bretonnia! (My other favorite army is Skaven.)

I start by building a core regiment of Men-At-Arms, or is that Men-at-Arms?



I have a handfull of henchmen from Advanced Heroquest. With some minor modifications I'll be able to field a nice looking regiment.
I recently discovered the existance of larger regimental bases. You can glue multiple miniatures to one base. These larger bases make it easier to move your troops around the table.



Have a good look at the 2cm by 8cm regimental base. I'll be adding spikes to it. These spikes will penetrate the front row. I'll be fielding Men-At-Arms armed with spears, so I thought this would be a nice touch.



A score of loose heads from eBay will add variety to my regiment. It's a minor conversion with great added value.

To compensate for the opening picture of the Orc Battle Standard, I'll show my converted Bretonnian Battle Standard in this blogpost too.



He started life as a plastic archer. I added an arm from a Knight holding a lance. The sword is from the Undead Skeletons sprue. And the shield is stolen from another Knight.

My next blogpost will see a lot of commoners and maybe some flying heroes for Bretonnia. Here's a preview:



The loose arrows are from Undead sprues and I'll mix 5th and 6th edition archers in the regiments. You'll be able to use wide regimental bases when fielding at least 15 archers. The last row will have 5 loose miniatures, the 4th row will have the wide base. (When taking 5 casualties, simply remove last two rows and return one loose miniature.)
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