Miniature Games Construction Yard

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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G.I. Joemunda: Polly

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Next G.I. Joe character in line for a conversion into a 28mm miniature for my Necromunda games is Shipwreck. This funny person has seen some variations in style. The cartoon version didn't exactly match his comic version, but both were fine.

The comic version had long hair and a cap.

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The cartoon (and toy figure) version was wearing a sailors hat and his typical lightblue shirt. And offcourse, his parrot Polly!

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When I bought the Marvel HeroClix miniature Luke Cage to use the brick under his feet for the Deadnock Road Pig, I was left with the actual miniature itself. The cap reminded me of the comic version of Shipwreck. So I decided to make a blend of both versions of the Shipwreck character.

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For the parrot I have used the top part of a Bretonnian Knight from Warhammer Fantasy Battles. The Wings are from a BattleMasters mounted knight's helmet.

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Quick Miniature Basing Technique: SLUDGING

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Basing miniatures was always a multi-phase process for me. First phase was glueing a paper strip over the open slot in the slottabase. Second phase was applying glue to the top of the slottabase and sprinkling sand on it. When dried, as a third phase, I painted a base color over the sand. This was a tricky part of the process because the paint had to be fluid enough to fill the recesses between each grain of sand. Then in the fourth and final phase I drybrushed the base with a lighter color.

I managed to find a much quicker way to do this. Phase one, two and three are now combined, without the need for glue nor a paintbrush.

PHASE 1 - STEP ONE:
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Buy some cheap acrylic paint in a base color. You normally use this to paint on canvas. Add a teaspoon of sand.

PHASE 1 - STEP TWO:
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Start blending the sand and paintblob into a heterogenous sludge.

PHASE 1 - STEP THREE:
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The colored sludge can now be applied to the base of miniatures with an applicator (metal rod, old tweezers, small wooden stick, ...). Then let it dry.

The remaining thing to do is drybrushing the base with grey. (When using darkbrown as basecolor, you could also drybrush it with lightbrown and add some static grass.) That's PHASE 2. And the end.

I call this new basing method "SLUDGING"! cool
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Epic 40,000 Eldar Exodites - assembly ...

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If you don't know Eldar Exodites, then feel free to read an intro here: https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Exodite .

It's Dino-riders* meets Warhammer 40K canon! thumbsupcool

It is unfortunate and uncomprehisible that GW's new tactic to publish new miniatures based on old lore did not apply to the reptile-riders yet! (Like they did/do with Genestealer Cultists and Sisters of Battle.)

So it's up to myself to produce an Epic 40,000 Exodite army for me. A selection of toy dinosaurs, my "bitsbox" and some Blu Tack** is the start of this cool project.

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Over the year I scavenged some Eldar, Necron and other bits. Time to glue them together.

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Guns from MechWarrior, a platform from Necrons, metal bit from GW. This is the look I wish to achieve for my Exodite air force leader.

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To maintain an Eldar-look I need to use some genuine Epic Eldar weapons. But I'll use them in a different way than usual. The support platforms will become portable guns.

Have a look at my work on the Exodite army list: http://www.tocoking.be/homerules/files/Epic40000_ArmiesBook_... . The dinosaurs are called Megasaurs. They can be selected in your army as living tanks. But with the typical upgrades you can expect from Epic 40,000 (3rd edition that is). Heavy weapons, disrupt, anti-tank, ... So I'll stick some various weapon bits to various dinosaur toys and they all can be integrated into the Eldar Exodites detachments.

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Offcourse these pictures are works in progress and more bits will be used to finish them. But it's a good "sketch" to show where I'm going.

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dino-Riders
** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu_Tack

Dino-riders toys from the eighties:
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(These are not GW.)
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G.I. Joemunda: General Rey

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General Rey might not be a well known G.I. Joe. But I really like how this character developed in the comic series from Devil's Due and Image. I will not add a spoiler here as to what's his background, but it's BIG news!

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His armour made me think of Imperial Guard armour from 40K. So the choice for a miniature to represent him in my 28mm Necromunda skirmishes was easy.

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The stub gun comes from an Original plastic Necromunda Orlock.

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The binoculars are just there because I did not have another left arm in my bits box ... But it suits him well, being a leader.
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Endor Reforestation

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When I started collecting Star Wars Miniatures I always envisioned large tabletop battles. The battle of Hoth has appeal for many Star Wars fans, but I always liked Episode VI most. (Until Rogue One came out! Now EP VI is my second most favorite SW movie.)

Not to float off-topic, I started making some scenery specificly for Star Wars tabletop battles. And no, I'm not going to buy SW Legion. The business decision to make their game 35mm instead of keeping it compatible with the previous 28mm range killed the momentum. I don't feel like buying another range of the same mini's.

In my garden shed I have been making some wooden bases and drilled some holes in them to hold nails. These nails will be used to keep in position small branches from a real tree.

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I've cut these branches from a tree and let them dry out for quite some time. They have a diameter of 3 to 4 cm.

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The foliage selected from aquarium decoration makes the scenery pieces more forest-like. They now serve as difficult terrain.

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I'll be playing a 28mm tabletop battle between Ewoks and Scout Troopers anytime soon using SW Miniatures game rules (replacing squares with inches for moevement). (And activating squads instead of single mini's...)

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Goblin Squig Herders

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For a long time I wanted to use my Oldhammer metal Goblin Squig Prodder Team in an army. But metal Squigs were too expensive to my taste on eBay. Now with the newly released plastic Squigs set I can fulfill my wish.

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Followers of my blog might recall that I don't actually play Warhammer, but that I'm using Warmaster rules. This makes it possible to include a reqiment of Squigs very easily.

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To comply with the regiment dimensions of 10cm by 7,5cm I based this second Goblin Prodder on a cavalry base, to be positioned next to the metal version.
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Guess which GI Joe's

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Work in progress. Can you guess which G.I. Joe's following 28mm mini's will represent?

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Mutt and Junkyard
Zarana
Zandar
Dialtone
Shipwreck and Polly
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Custom GI Joe 28mm: Lady Jaye

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Lady Jaye

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Again, a HeroClix was the basis for my 28mm version of GI Jaye. The backpack with spears is from another Clix mini. The machinegun is a metal bit from Hasslefree Miniatures.

I repainted her blonde hair with brown and added a little cleavage with skintone. The green suit makes the mini recognizable as Lady Jaye, the kick-ass Joe girl!

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While I didn't see Lady Jaye wearing a cap in the cartoon series, her toy figure had one. That's why I opted to use a miniature with a cap too.

Original toy figure:
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There are Joes in the Sewers. No, it's not Tunnelrat ...

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The advertisement picture above is from a Belgian G.I. Joe brochure depicting the famous Stormshadow and the popular, but slightly bizar Croc Master. This diorama never left my mind ever since first seeing it in 1991.

So here they are in 28mm version! The famous 80's ninja Stormshadow and the odd GI Joe samurai Budo.

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Both are repainted HeroClix miniatures, with a new arm for Stormshadow. The bow-arm originates from a Warhammer Wood Elf.

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Now I heard rumours that WizKids has acquired the license to produce GI Joe miniatures. So here's hoping they will publish official GI Joe HeroClix soon. It will render my custom work obsolete... but it has been cool so far.
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Custom GI Joe 28mm: Scarlett

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G.I. Joe - Scarlett

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To represent Scarlett's crossbow I cut of the barrel of the pistol this HeroClix miniature was holding. The arrow and limb are one plastic part. I scavenged this from a Warhammer 40,000 idol of Chaos which is a pointed star in a circle. By simply cutting off 1 dart and the curved parts I achieved the finishing touch for her crossbow.

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The original miniature had black hair a was wearing a green catsuit. (Viper.) Repainting her made it a perfect look-alike of Scarlett's cartoon series character.

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