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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GI Joe Dream Team: Snake-Eyes & Scarlett

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A G.I. Joe 28mm army without Snake-Eyes? Impossible!
So here I'll show you the mini's you've been waiting for


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This HeroClix miniature was just perfect. All I had to do was add his hallmark visor and paint his Arashikage tattoo on his arm.

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His visor is a piece of cardboard, slightly folded. I glued a tiny round plastic stud on each end. Then painted it with chainmail-silver.
I added a couple of small waistbags and a grenade from WH 40K too.

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... ah yes, I promised to show Scarlett too, didn't I ...
OK, well now that we're all overexited about Snake-Eyes, I'll show his lady in a following blogpost. Stay tuned!
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    Custom 28mm GI Joe: Road Pig

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    Dreadnock: Road Pig

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    The feature that really distinguishes Road Pig is his improvised weapon: a cement brick on a steel rod. I found one of these cement bricks on one of the HeroClix miniatures (Marvel HeroClix Avengers #16 Luke Cage).

    I combined his hallmark bludgeon with a Mage Knight miniature. There was only one problem: the size. This mini is too small for 28mm battles. And certainly when it has to represent one of the biggest and baddest Dreadnocks!

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    My solution was to add him on an elevated base. His head is now on a higher level than the other miniatures, so this trompe-l'oeil is effective to make him look big.

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    Original toy figure:
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    Custom 28mm G.I. Joe: Big Boa

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    The Original Big Boa toy figure:
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    My 28mm version of this Cobra instructor is a simple repaint of a rebased HeroClix miniature.

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    While his garments are not exactly the same, by using the correct colors for the paintjob I achieved a very good result.

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    Big boxing Boa ready to beat some Joe's!
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    Wallpaper for Tabletop Scenery Buildings

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    The exterior of the buildings in my model Adriatic town will be applied using paint and sand. However, for the interior, I want to avoid such an easy solution.

    On a certain evening when drinking tea I spotted this awesome pattern on the inside of a Lipton box for tea bags. After some more sips I collected the cardboard boxes and stashed them away in my scenery bitbox.

    Now's the time to apply this wonderful wallpaper!

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    Earl Grey pattern, gotta love it

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    28mm Scenery: Interior Decoration

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    The houses in my Adriatic town are under construction. Recently I received an advertisement brochure for ceramic tiles and wooden floors in my mailbox. One of the pages had a large picture of a wooden floor, with a scale perfectly for 28mm buildings...

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    Scissors and glue delivered a great result! I also started working on wallpaper. More to show soon...

    (Previous blogposts about this scenery diorama here and here.)
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    Custom GI Joe 28mm: Snowjob

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    Snowjob

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    Snowjob is based on a HeroClix miniature with a GW backpack glued to his back. The paintjob was easy: white basecoat. Grey wash.

    I made his ski's from sturdy plasticard. (A base from Star Wars Pocketmodels to be precise.) The fact that he's not wearing the ski's makes the miniature more useful for urban battles or snowless terrain gaming tables.

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    Yes, I know, the slottabases on my custom 28mm G.I. Joe's are not finished. I plan to paint them all black. That way I can use them on any surface. A prefer neutral colors on the bases.

    The original toy miniature:
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    Custom GI Joe 28mm: Beachhead

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    This 28mm version of G.I. Joe Beachhead is made of Heroclix parts. I performed a headswap, and I removed 3mm from both his legs to shorten the miniature. Now he doesn't stand out between the rest of my 28mm miniature collection.

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    The Original toy figure:
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    Custom GI Joe 28mm: Firefly

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    Cobra's favorite saboteur:
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    For Firefly I used a Deadpool HeroClix miniature. Repainting him in the toy figure's colors results in quite a good look-alike.

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    I added a Games-Workshop 40K Imperial Guard backpack to finish the job.

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    I'm sure this miniature will see a lot of Joemunda action on my gaming table.

    The Original Firefly toy figure:
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    Custom GI Joe 28mm: Lifeline

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    If you click on "GI Joe" in my blog-tags you'll see my previous work on building a 28mm GI Joe & Cobra army to use in Necromunda (or any other modern skirmish game).

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    Recently I started painting my miniature conversions. In the coming weeks I'll upload some pictures of the tabletop-ready mini's.

    My version of Lifeline is based on a 28mm miniatures from AT-43 Unit Box: Med Tec.

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    The key to success is using the exact same colors as either the toy figure or the cartoon character. Selecting the correct miniatures from any other game is part of the fun. Sometimes you don't even need any conversion work. Lifeline is an example of that.
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    Space Hulk - the Wolfpack's Return to Kalidus

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    Objective: Intel Gathering - Find the computer terminal (top left in picture) and retrieve the location of the Space Wolves' Battle Standard and the location of the control room of the planetary defense systems.

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    For this game I used my Space Hulk (Third Edition) board, tokens and game rules. The mission comes from an old White Dwarf magazine, designed for SH 1st Edition.

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    I really wanted to use my nearly finished metal Space Wolf Citadel miniatures.

    Board Game: Space Hulk (Third Edition)


    As usual, the adversaries of the Marines are alien and most deadly...

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    ... lurking in the shadows, ready to shred the Terminators to tiny pieces.

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    Dark 'n eery...

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    In the end only 1 Terminator pushed through to the correct room-cluster. But after a good cleansing fire in the corridors, he too went KIA...

    Yeah, this game is awesome! And, hell yeah, this game is DEADLY for the Terminators. (Bad PR for their weak armour against unarmed aliens...)*


    * Actually, that's not correct, they're not unarmed. Genestealers have four arms ...
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