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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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Match 2: Dwarfs versus Lizardmen

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My second test-match. And I was honestly surprised AGAIN how smooth and immersive this fast game is.



Lizardmen took the kick-off and Dwarfs picked up the ball. Immediatelly three Saurus players stormed forward. That must have been quite an impressive sight for the Dwarf runner.



He ran away at safe distance from the Saurus players, ready to pass.



The pass failed initiatelly but was later recovered.



The Dwarf runner got blocked and KO'd.



Yet again, the Dwarfs stallwardly recovered and made a run for it.



Which eventually resulted in a touchdown!



Dwarfs 1 - Lizardmen 0



The Dwarfs kick off but the Skinks fail to pick up the ball and it scatters! The stunties are slow but still manage to reach the ball and steal it from the Lizardmen.



They are dangerously close the the end-line and ready to score a second touchdown... Ooow nooooo, a failed pass! The ball bounces around but does not get in reach of the Dwarf blitzer.



The Skinks take the ball, pass and run. They manage to get past all Dwarf blockers. Will this be the equalizer?! Only seconds away from the final whistle... whistle



ALAS! The Lizardmen just-not-make-it! Only 7 squares away from the touchdown. This was close. Very exiting win for the Dwarfs!

While I'm not the best writer, I can still guarantee you this game is very fast-flowing and story-telling. I'm ready for the next game!
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Buzzing Dwarfs

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I picked up working on my Dwarf Ornithopters. I removed the original pilots and replaced the torso's with Mantic Dwarfs.



The next pilot looks like he's holding a throttle.





I have attached some weapons to the miniature to cover the fact that the legs are too skinny. The new cavalry bases from Games-Workshop are just perfect for these flyers.



I finished 3 Ornithopters. I didn't want to cut up the mechanical insects, that's why all pilots have different weapons to add some variety. The massive axe is a combination of the Warhammer Quest Dwarf's axe and a Mantic Dwarf arm. The metal cape of the pilot in the back is actually a shoulder pad from a Skaven Rat Ogre.





Black TEC-7 to fill the hole in his back and a tankard because it's a Dwarf!
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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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Kings of War(hammer)

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The plastic Dwarf sprues from Mantic Games contain one warrior with a typical Chaos Dwarf beard. Thisone immediatelly drew my attention as to use it for my little followers of Hashut.

One problem; he was not little. He's tall for a Dwarf. Well, nothing that my knife can't fix.



Cut directly under the clothes, and directly above the feet. Toss the leg parts away, reattach. Demonic operation finished! The picture above is a nice size comparison of Games-Workshop and Mantic miniatures.
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Scouting Rangers & Ranged Scouts

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Every army needs some variety in troops. So I'll include handgunners and crossbowmen in my Dwarf army too. Sometimes called scouts, sometimes called rangers, I'll call them hunters!

(I invite you to have a look at the picture in full resolution. You can see the various parts yourself. Lovely modeling set!)

There's a GREAT variety with Mantic's plastics! Only two different miniatures are provided in the sprues. But the components can be exchanged with ease. Heads, torso's and legs are separate. I wanted to field ten crossbowmen, and not two look alike! Very nice work Mantic!



With quivers from Games-Workshop there's even more variety. I really like these ranged troops. FIRE!
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The White Dwarf, Hero from Karak Varn

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Every 3rd, 4th or 5th edition Warhammer Dwarf army needs a certain hero. A hero of renown. A famous hero from many heroic tales: the Dwarf from HeroQuest!

He went to Kellar's Keep and saved the emperor himself! So I really really really wanted him to lead one of my regiments. (You'll understand if you know my HeroQuest research background... www.toco.be/ahq .)



I managed to purchase the metal version of the White Dwarf. Here's an image from the Heroquest boardgame, painted by Les Edwards.



With Mantic's plastic sets I can add rank after rank of sturdy Dwarf warriors.



These plastic sets allow an incredible amount of variety with only a few different components. It is great fun to find new poses and make a regiment that looks dynamic. I'll stop at three ranks of 5 wide because of my Warmaster 28mm rules. But an extra rank is on my future to do list if I start playing Warhammer (5th edition) again.



For the second rank I always use a large regiment base of 4 miniatures wide. This is very handy when playing tabletop battles.



May his heroic deeds never be forgotten...




Addendum:
I made another rank for when I'm playing Warhammer instead of Warmaster 28mm.

Cool filler isn't it?
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Another Regiment Filler

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My small collection of vintage Dwarfs requires a regiment filler if I want to field them. I aim for 15 models in each regiment. The scenery piece from WFB Battle for Skull Pass is just perfect. It fills 6 slots (60mm by 40mm).
The regiment leader is a female Dwarf which I can also use as Helgar from the Grudge of Drong campaign pack.



I can also use the miniature on its own and field it as a Runesmith. Included on the base is a tunneler. But with some imagination he'll be a great wizard. I'll add two Guardians with doublehanded warhammers when fielding the Runesmith. Next picture is one of them (from a converted Mantic miniature).



The next picture is really an early WIP. I am converting three flyers from Mage Knight into Ornithopters. The pilot torso's will come from plastic Mantic sprues.



Here's a picture of the Ornithopter with wings.

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Abraracourcix

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No army without a leader. A strong leader. One that is too lazy to walk by himself. One carried by bearers. Strong bearers.



The 5th edition Army Book mentions four shield bearers. Because the miniature only has two bearers, I have to double them. One spare crew member from the Dwarf cannon set can be glued in position. I only have to file away the cannonball. The fourth bearer will not carry the shield. Becaue he's drunk. I'll glue him on the base next to the others.





This miniature reminds me of the village leader Abraracourcix from the Asterix & Obelix comic books:


This is the miniature by GW:


And this is where I'm going:
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About Ogres and Dwarfs

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Another regiment of 15 Dwarfs. I strongly hold on to the 3 times 5 miniatures limit because I also use them in Warmaster 28mm games. And there you use 3 stands of 5 miniatures each.
This regiment contains three famous heroes. It will be my favorite regiment because of them. Can you spot the Dwarf heroes from Dark World, Advanced Heroquest and Warhammer Quest?



The leader is a Dwarf Lord from Kings of War. First I sticked two square slottabases to tape. (To keep them in place.) Then I glued the ornament to both bases so that they were joined. After the glue dried, I added the Dwarf miniature.



Some of the miniatures in this regiment didn't have hammers. But I wanted a coherent look and feel. That's why I did these minor conversions. The plastic Dwarf sprues from Mantic Games has many hammerheads with a small hole. There are two ways to add them to existing weapons: cut the entire blade and insert the stick, or cut only the blade and attach it with glue. The latter option has a longer hammer as result.



The inclusion of the Ogre (Hrothyogg) as a regiment filler was inspired by a painting from John Blanche. The miniature looks almost identical to the Ogre mercenary in the painting. I'll include a picture here as reference:

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Lunatics! No, not Goblins...

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Two regiments of 15 Slayers each. That's madness unleached.



I had the oportunity to buy these painted miniatures in a garage sale. I didn't have to think twice. I included a cool bear miniature (from WarCraft) as a unit filler. The use of regiment fillers adds extra eye-candy and saves money. Win/win!



There's still quite some rebasing work to do. But finishing the paint job wont take too long on these guys.
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