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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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Warmaster 28mm: Beastmen versus Bretonnia

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In two previous blogposts I told the sorry tale of a small village in Altdorf. First the town got overrun by living dead, and later the village was reclaimed by valiant knights from Bretonnia. The latter decided to stay there after their victory and rebuilt the village including some minor defenses.

Some keen followers of my blog might have noticed the trick I performed with my scenery. In between battles I slightly moved all scenery to the left. The cemetary and windmill from the first battle disapeared from the table and more details of the village appeared. Now for this third battle in row I did not change the coordinates but went forward in time by adding some buildings and fortifications. The Bretonnian tents, village fountain and defensive stakes made the town more "knightly".



A loud bellowing announced the approach of a foul horde... Beastmen! Beastlord Gorthor Broadhead shouted his battle commands and many hooves stormed towards the first buildings of the village. The Bretonnian soldiers were taken by surprise but quickly rallied to the defense.





A Knights of the Realm unit took the main road onto the center of the battlefield and charged a Beastherd unit, soon the nearby unit of Chaos Marauders (a.k.a. Herdkin) joined the combat engagement.

Meanwhile the other Beastherd unit and more worryingly the Minotaurs unit moved forward. The human general ordered his mounted Squires to leap around the village square trying to find an exposed flank of the enemy units. A small unit of Men-at-Arms moved towards the Knights to be ready for action when needed.





The mounted Squires managed to slay the nearby Beastherd, ignoring a unit of Chaos Marauders. The horseback riders in turn were charged by the Minotaurs. The result was devastating for the Squires, but they managed to take down one Minotaur (and allmost another one, but the Beastmen player choose to fall back and discard remaining hits).

In the fight between Knights znd beastmen only a handfull of Chaos Marauders remained. That's where Gorthor Broadhead entered the combat engagement... to his loss. The beastmen's general fell and his remaining force fled into the woods.

Another valiant stand by the Bretonnians! thumbsup


Attachment: Warmaster 28mm Rules
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Workbench is now a Temporary Gaming Table

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Just a short update about what's happening on my workbench. I've been painting Blood Bowl (Third Edition) teams but got bored by the repetitive labour. So I took my green tablecloth and started building an Old World town somewhere in The Empire. This town just happened to be the target of a sinister Necromancer and a battle commenced... I'll post a nice gaming report with pictures later here in my blog.

Spoiler: the town got overrun and was saved by Bretonnian allies. But these new inhabitants now face a beastly enemy: Ungors!

In the battles I used miniatures from Warhammer and I combined them with the Warmaster rules for 28mm games.



If you wish to follow my painting and scenery-building activities, I'll post snapshots at my Twitter account TocosNest. Would be great to have more followers
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:17 am
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Necromunda Bounty Hunter Gor Half-Horn

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This is great news! For ages I've had the idea to convert one of the plastic 3rd edition Warhammer Beastmen into a 40K warrior. Now I have a reason to do this. Where's my bitsbox?!



Offcourse I could just buy the new model from Forge World, but where's the fun in that? There are several component options to create my version of Gor Half-Horn. But first, he needs some feet, errr... hooves. The poor Battle-Masters' Beastman will donate his.



Voila! He's mobile now. When I add all pieces togehter:





I even added a skull on the base to resemble the original model.
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Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:31 am
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Rag Tag Beastmen Warband

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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 warband contains miniatures from various producers: Harlequin Miniatures, Games Workshop Ltd. and Rackham. I really like the color scheme. Most Beastmen are painted brown, but the grey skin really makes them "pop". By using the same color scheme on all miniatures it doesn't matter if they are from different publishers. They look like a coherent group.



I recently bought some extra beastmen to be able to use this warband in Mordheim: City of the Damned.
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GW design flaw! Chariots for forest people? Wheels in the woods?!

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My work on the Beastmen army continues. This time I had to tinker quite a bit. By winning various scrap miniature lots on eBay I ended up with two incomplete chariots.

It's very very strange that Beastmen use chariots. They are a forest folk. They roam the dark woods of the Old World. Why in hell would they use chariots! Those medieval wheels would break on tree trunks and rocks... Whatever, the chariots are in the army lists, so I need chariots.



The top chariot in the picture came with three crew. I used two of them to lead my Beastmen regiments. (See an earlier blogpost.) It had only one Tuskgor and that one didn't have a lower jaw. The fence in front of the cart was also missing. I had some spare boars from my Orc army. So that's was replaced quickly. To fix the railing (or fence) I used some plastic sprues. Never throw those away! The driver will be Khazrak One-eye version 2. He has a whip and will fit the chariot nicely.

The lower chariot in the picture is originally an Orc chariot. I had only one wheel. Luckily for my this wheel came in two parts. So I put one on the left side and the other part on the right side. The diameter is a little bit less but I'll wedge a sprue under it to bring it to the correct height. The two boars will act as Tuskgors. To attach the chariot to the boars I'll add a metal banner pole. (I think this originally comes from a Minotaur standard bearer.)

Lately GW has been replacing their square bases for round bases. So I stocked up on square bases some time ago. Now I still have the official GW chariot bases to mount these mini's on.



This big bad mean Minotaur is too huge to represent a Doombull. I'll use him as a Dragon Ogre Shaggoth instead. (The miniature is a Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Goristro.) I found a very cool drawing of him with Google. I'd be glad to add the name of the artist but I did not find it.

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Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:25 am
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Horde: the Gathering

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The Beastmen were locked up in my Battle Masters box for too long. Time to release the horde, and guide the herd into battle. I've also been collecting the old plastic Bestigors from Games Workshop.




Two regiments of Bestigors. Only the front row has shields. This way I can choose to use shields or not. If they won't take the shields into battle, then I will simply move these guys to the back of the regiment.




Battle Masters is a great game. It's even greater because it provides a massive amount of Citadel Miniatures to use in other games! I formed two regiments of Beastmen by using small regiment fillers.




Those two spare boars I had in my bits box came in very handy to fill the rows. Unit fillers also add some variation to basic regiments.




No Beastmen army without Minotaurs! I plundered another game box for these. Warhammer Quest comes with plastic minotaurs. The unpainted metal Minotaur is from Harlequin Miniatures. He really fits the style of the WHQ mini's. And he is cheap (on eBay or at FLGS sales)!




To continue the trend, following regiment also has miniatures from other games. I am using HorrorClix miniatures to represent my Chaos Hounds. There is also one hound from Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures.


You may have noticed this army has a very low price tag. Exactly what I'm aiming at
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Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:45 am
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Khazrak One-hand

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The Wood Elves are reporting disturbing news. The Beastmen are gathering deep in the woods. It looks like they are assembling a war horde, eager to invade Bretonnia.

The general on foot will be Khazrak One-eye. Unfortunatelly my miniature has only one hand too. So this needs fixing.



I'll add an Ogre hand to the Beastlord. My first idea was to file away the metal stud on the arm. But I'm glad I've choosen an alternative option.



By drilling out the plastic hand I was able to glue it very firmly to the metal arm. Operation succesful.

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Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:15 am
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Chaos chaos.

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I've been hoarding various Chaos miniatures over the years. Now it's time to sort the Chaos chaos.



Zoom in to see what's hiding. There are quite some complete regiments to create from the heaps. It will be great fun to assemble them and take them to battle in Warmaster 28mm wars...

Here's a detailed look on some of my minor conversions. These three demons from hell have to be painted red. The wings are from Marvel HeroClix' Annihilus.



Annihilus (HeroClix)




I am sorting my Beastmen miniatures too. Following maxi mino is my Doombull. He's ideal to lead my Warmaster 28mm Beastmen hordes.

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Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Epic Space Wolves

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A small 600 points army of Khorne followers ready!



All my Warhammer Epic 40,000 armies are almost completed. (Unpainted!) So my mind is gazing over the horizon, towards its big brother Warhammer 40,000.

They have some very cool units not available to Epic. So I'll have to construct some myself. First up are the Fenris Wolves.





They can be used as mounts for Space Marines or as monsters. I'll be using my stands of Wargs from The Battle of Five Armies.



Glued to the official 1cm/4cm Epic 3rd ed. bases they look fast and deadly.

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