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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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Staying North

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Now with my Ogre Kingdoms army finished I wish to stay in the North Lands of the Old World. I'll continue work on my Norse army. There is still quite some regiment building to do. As usual I don't just go for GW-only miniatures. Over the years I have collected various Norse-looking miniatures from various brands. Now's the time to combine them all into one coherent looking army. To achieve this I will be using the Warmaster Trial Army list and go from there.

The regiments (or units as they are called in Warmaster) I need are the following: Bondsmen, Berserkers and Huntsmen. Each unit will need 12 miniatures based on 25mm round slottabases.

The Bondsmen:
For the formation of two Bondsmen units I gathered a bunch of miniatures from various publishers like Hasslefree, Rackham, i-Kore, Foundry, Citadel and others.







The Berserkers:
The eye-catcher and leader of my Berserker unit will be a HeroQuest Polar Bear. He'll be surrounded by Foundry and Rackham warriors among others. All are selected to look ferral or at least wear fur.



The Huntsmen:
This small unit of 9 miniatures will be built with BattleMasters Chaos Thugs and some freebies from the CRISIS Convention in Antwerp, Belgium.

It woudln't be a Warhammer Fantasy Battle army if it didn't include some special monsters or creatures. The Norse have access to Snow Trolls and Ulfwereners. What follows now are "counts as" units. I'll be using miniautres that are visually different but ruleswise they'll fit perfectly.

The Ulfwereners:
I wanted to use my metal Rackham Wolfen for a long time. They're great, they're heavy, and they're from a currently dead game. So I'll include three of them in each of my two Ulfwerener units. Is there a better miniature than a Wolfen to represent wolfmen? I did find some cheap plastic Wolfen too. They allow me some variation.



The Snow Trolls:
These creatures were first published in the Citadel Journal magazine. It sounds reasonable to have snowcreatures in a Norse army, so I'll add them to my warband too. The miniatures originate from the board game WOW: Burning Crusade. A cheap source of cool* miniatures. (* Pun intended.)

(Blue miniature on the left)
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Recycling Necromunda: Norse Marauders

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The base game Necromunda 1.0 box came with plastic Goliath miniatures. Over the years I've been hoarding these guys because they were cheap on eBay... Now's the time to put them to good use. Let's get creative!



I needed some expansion for my Warhammer Norse army. With some clever kitbashing I came up with these beefy Marauders.

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The Warmaster Trial Armies army list provides rules for summoning Valkyries. I really want to use these spectral female warriors in my Norse army. But there's a catch. You'll need a Norse Shaman with a special Chariot Mount. That's why I started gathering cheap bits and converting commenced.



An old High Elf chariot it the basis of my miniature. I had two spare horses with a Celtic attitude from I-Kore's Gaels.



The Shaman is a plastic Chaos Marauder from Games-Workshop with a staff from the Wood Elves sprues. His Horn of Resounding (to summon the Valkyries) is an Orc musician arm.



I konw his right hand is a bit off-scale. I'll paint it silvery to represent an armoured fist.
Only one thing left to add, a cape!

And now you're all wondering which miniatures I'll be using to represent the incomming horde of mounted Valkyries... I've seen Foundry Miniatures, but those women are all on foot. Then there are some great winged angels from Reaper Miniatures. But they're too expensive for a side-project like this. Bretonnian Pegassi with mounted Wood Elves crossed my mind too. But again, too costly...

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3x Moonstar on Brightwind. (On 40mm square GW bases.) They'll be my mounted Viking women!
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Elite Huscarls with Pet Mammoth

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It took me severals evenings to complete my Norse Huscarls regiment. The Chaos Marauders is quite a cool GW set. It holds just enough items to create unique looking miniatures.



The unit of elite Norse is led by a famous hero. Every warrior has a shield and as many armour as possible for a Marauder. A nice fur cape here and there also gives the illusion of rich elites going to the battlefield.



Work on building a Norse War Mammoth has also commenced. I am using the Ogre Kingdoms Stonehorn/Thundertusk set as a basis.



By Sigmar this monster is huge! It's very nice to assemble this wonderful "miniature". At first I wanted to make a howdah for the Norse riders...



... but I went for a saddle variation instead.
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Norse

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Warhammer: Norse

The northern regions of the Old World suffer from extremes of climate and geography unlike anywhere else. The dense dark forests, high barren mountains, icy seas and long winter nights conspire to make life here both hard and short. This cruel land known as Norsca is a home to the Norsemen - a race of men that are as fierce, brutal and
unforgiving as the landscape itself.


The text above inspired me to build a Norse army. (Text by Andy Jones and Bill King, from the Warmaster Trial Armies Compendium 2009.)

I went to my local GW store and bought my first Age of Sigmar box. The Chaos Marauders are perfect to use as Norse barbarians. But I couldn't find any on eBay and I was in a hyped hurry. I'll mix various barbarian miniatures from Talisman, Warhammer Quest,Dragon's Gate, HeroQuest and Confrontation with the Chaos Marauders.

The Huscarls regiment will have barbarians with Shields and Helmets. They are the richest of the Norse, and also the best fighters.



Miniatures with less armour will find in place in one of my two Bondsmen regiments. For the Huntsmen infantry I'll use some Chaos Thugs from Battle Masters again. (Not pictured.)



The wolfhide-clad warrior below could be a Shaman with some pet wolves. Or I could integrate them in an Ulfwerener regiment. Has to be decided later...



You gotta love the following miniature from D&D Forbidden Forest. He's a wizard with removeable cape, helmet and staff! Really incredible sculpt. It's cool without the staff. It's cool without the helmet. It's cool without the cape. Congratulations to the sculptor! With the right paint job I can use him as a Shaman Were Kin. There's one minor problem, the miniature is made from soft plastic. It will be hard to keep the future paintjob intact when playing.



Norse Vitki Shaman (artist unknown)

If you're familiar with the Norse army lists, then you'll be able to guess what my plans are with the Ogre Kingdoms boxed set.



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A Norse War Mammoth!
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Budget Bowl: Norse

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Another team for my Blood Bowl (Third Edition) game: Norse Raiders.



Those Chaos Thugs from Claymore Saga were in my bits box for too long. I can't really use them in a Warhammer Chaos army because they have no ranged troops. (So the story goes...)
I have been using some regiments in my Beastmen army to replace the Ungors with ranged weapons. This fits well into the background story of Beastmen cooperating with Chaos warbands.
But these 10 Thugs had their left arms removed and replaced with High Elf shield arms. They're all footballers now!

The yeti miniature from World of Warcraft: The Boardgame – The Burning Crusade will be used as a Snow Troll superstar. The Wolfen and Gnoll are also from the same board game. They'll be Ulfwereners (or werewolfs) for this Norse Blood Bowl team. I guess they'll become the top players soon.

Teams collected/built so far:
- The Empire
- Orcs
- Dwarfs
- Wood Elves
- Lizardmen
- Chaos
- Norse

Enough to host a game evening :-)


PS: The seated Conan and wife are metal Reaper miniatures and will be my coach and first assistent. The prepainted plastic woman to the right is from HeroClix and is the second assistent coach.
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