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Blood Bowl-a-rama #7 – A new star

December 22, 2011

Another player has joined the ranks of the (painted) Ravens: Ludwig Wightenstein. Ready to beat down opponents not only by reducing philosophical problems to linguistic puzzles, but also with his mechanical claw of nasty death.

Ludwig Wightenstein

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Ludwig is an all-plastic conversion composed of several bits and pieces. The torso and pauldron are from GW’s Empire knights set, while the head, left arm and legs are from their classic (80s-90s) plastic skeleton set. The right arm is from GW’s zombie set, and the right wrist with the claw comes from Mantic’s ghoul sprue. I also greenstuffed tattered remains of clothing around his waist to mask the join between the legs and the torso. Wightenstein’s right arm still bears old, undead flesh – no doubt kept in its state by some vile magic in the claw.

He was given a quick, simple paint job. I went for a rusty, old armour look. The clothing (or rather lack of it) posed a problem, but I tried to convey the black and purple uniform of the Ravens nevertheless. I’m fairly happy with the model, but less so with my progress with the team. The league is scheduled to kick off soon, and I’d love to field a fully painted team for once.

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #6 – First peek at the Ravens

December 7, 2011

The Blood Bowl heat is still going strong. Earlier I showed you the pitch, now it’s time to take a peek at the team. As shown before, our Blood Bowl teams have mostly taken their inspiration from existing teams and this time’s no exception. My Necromantic team – the Drakwald Ravens – is modelled on the NFL team Baltimore Ravens. The black & purple theme fits perfectly into the undead look, so this was an obvious direction to go to.

In an effort to avoid buying too many new miniatures, I’ve tried to use miniatures I already own. The only exception to this are a bunch of Mantic zombies, which I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for a while. Even these I managed to buy second hand at a low price. The rest of my team consists of Mantic ghouls, West Wind werewolves, FU-UK tank zombies (as flesh golems) and two wights assembled from bits and pieces. As most readers should know, I’ve started a few projects along the years, mostly revolving around the undead and various related critters. It should come as no surprise, then, that I’ve more than enough minis to make a Blood Bowl team. Funnily enough the zombies were the one thing that I lacked! This is mainly due to actually converting all of my medieval-ish zeds into a more modern look.

Naming is always important in Blood Bowl (to me at least). The BB/Warhammer universe is filled with more or less succesful puns and bastardisations of existing contemporary and historical names. Never one to skip a chance for some groanworthy punning, I decided to name the Ravens after various philosophers of the German-speaking world. Enter such stars as Immortal Kant, Georg Henrik von Wight, Arthur Schopenhowler and Karl Eye-Popper. Oh, I had so much fun with these. If I ever need foreign additions to the team, I’ll be sure to include David Exhume and John Stuart Kill.

Anyway, I’ve already started painting my team and I’m happy to present you my first flesh golem, Max Hurtheimer. He’s a Left 4 Dead inspired tank zombie from the 2009 FU-UK sculpting competition. In Blood Bowl, the flesh golems are usually creatures styled after Frankenstein’s monster, but I’ve always wanted to find a good use for my two tanks, so I figured they fit the bill just fine. The paintjob’s a bit more messy than my usual fare, but I still like him as I think he manages to look pretty menacing and corpse-like. He was painted mostly following my general recipe for zombies.

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That’s it for now. Expect to see some more Ravens in the near future. I plan to grind through painting them in short order. After all, it’s just 14 or so models, one of which is already painted (as well as another, if I just repaint the pants and the base). How hard can it be?

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #5 – The pitch

December 4, 2011

As I mentioned in the previous post, I started working on a new, 3d pitch for Blood Bowl. To my surprise I’ve already finished it. No, seriously! I’ve actually completed a miniatures-related project in short order, go me!

What follows is a quick tutorialish look at the process. I built the pitch mostly following CoG’s example. I’m a firm believer in recycling old stuff, and I’m happy to report that I didn’t really need to spend a lot of money on this project.

My first step was cutting up an old leftoverf piece of blue foam sheet. There was a slight problem with this, as the piece wasn’t completely symmetric and was a few millimetres too narrow at one end. I simply chose to accept that this would lead to some wonky lines, but was better than having to ditch the piece and needing to cut a new one. In case you wandered on to this post looking for the pitch dimensions, I made the squares 29mm, with the pitch being 26 by 15 squares including the endzones. I used masking tape to tidy up the board edges.

The sheet was then painted using cheap craft store acrylics and a large paintbrush and left to dry for a good while.

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When the paint was dry, I sprayed the board with a thin mixture of water and PVA glue and chucked on a variety of flocks. I left the board to dry for a fair few hours (5-6 probably) and then, using a large brush, dappled a similar thinned down PVA over the whole board to seal the flock. I then left the board to dry overnight.

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With the board dry I painted in some splashes of blood – this is Blood Bowl, you know. I then stuck pushpins at regular intervals along all edges of the pitch to mark the squares. At this point I was reminded of the fact that the field was asymmetrical indeed, and I had to do some fudging to make the squares work and fit. This naturally led to some very…interesting squares, but it’s nothing too serious.

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After sticking the pins in, I connected the pins with string length- and breadthwise to make a square grid. This grid was then used to mark the corners of the pitch squares.

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After that there was only the dreary, dreary task of painting in the pitch lines and the little crosses denoting the square corners. As a finishing touch I painted the edges of the board with cheap black acrylic paint. The finished table is shown below. And no, it’s not that askew, the photo angle is to blame!

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Even with all its little flaws, I’m still very happy about my work on the board for several reasons. First and foremost is that I actually made it, instead of starting work on it and then half-finishing it and sticking it in a closet. It’s now finished, and I don’t have to do anything to it anymore. Second is that I managed to use some of the old stuff I already had lying around instead of buying a lot of new. Third is that it actually looks pretty neat, and I can’t wait to get some gaming done on it.

So there you go! With a serious Blood Bowl heat going on, I’ll probably next tell you about my new, low-cost team. That’s a topic for another post, though.

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #4

December 2, 2011

I’m happy to report that our 2011 Blood Bowl league is over for me. No wait, that sounded wrong. What I meant is that I’m happy that I managed to get all my games played – the league itself will conclude in a sports spectacle on December 18. What makes me even more happy is that I managed to end my season on a high note, with the Naughty Grinders beating the Flagellants 2-1 in my final game. This brought my final score to 2-6-2 (wins-losses-draws) – not altogether horrible considering I’d never actually won a BB game before.

The final game was a great example of Blood Bowl – eventful, dramatic and luck played its part as well. There was a lot of gnashing of teeth on both sides of the table as rolls were stunningly failed. My definite favourite was me rolling two skulls (“attacking player goes down” for the uniniated) and then re-rolling the dice for another two skulls. This is, in fact, a 1/1296 chance. Of course it happened with my ball-carrying player a scant three squares away from the goal and on the final turn of the half. The amount of profanity spewed would’ve made your average teenager blush.

Playing Blood Bowl has been really fun, as it’s been nice to have some use for all those little plastic and metal collectibles that tend to accumulate around me. It has in fact been so much fun, that we’re already well on our way towards a new league, and what a league it promises to be! Three new players and at least five new races will be joining in. While the number of players will no doubt make the games a right bastard to schedule, I can still hardly wait for the league to kick off.

The Naughty Grinders will step back for the time being, as I will be fielding my new necromantic undead team, the Drakwald Ravens. A mix of a whole slew of different manufacturers’ models, I’ll detail them soon in a future post. I’ve also started work on a 3d pitch built out of blue foam. It’ll also be featured in the near future.

It’s great to get a miniature heat on once more.

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #3

October 20, 2011

Whew, no new posts for 19 days? This just might be a personal record. Sincere apologies to all dedicated readers of DotL, I’ll try to get up to speed as soon as real life eases up.

Our Blood Bowl league has been steadily rolling on, and my track record is starting to amount to a massive failure. While I’ve been breaking heads and limbs, after the last post half a year back, it’s been nothing but losses, losses and losses. The sole exception was a no-show against the Tzeentch Titans that was ruled a 0-0 draw. My record is something horrible, as it now reads as 1-6-2. Yes, that’s one win, six losses and two draws.

There is an upside though: in my eight actually played games I’ve come out on top in casualties in six. This of course means I’m the moral winner. I mean, those other pantywaist teams are actually playing ball in a game of Blood Bowl. Bah, humbug! Let them keep scoring their goals, my greenskins will continue punching them in the throat. Like that Khorne City Chiefs Juggernaut (minotaur), who was given a good seeing-to last night.

There are only three and a half models in my team left to paint – the half one being a goblin – so maybe finishing the Grinders would ease me back into painting…

 

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Blood Bowl-a-rama #2

April 21, 2011

It’s time for an update on our local Blood Bowl league, featuring my orc team – the Naughty Grinders.

The bad news 

My record for the last two games is a disappointing 0-1-2. While I managed a 2-2 draw against the Tzeentch Titans (in what was probably the most boring BB game ever played), I was then beaten 0-2 by both the Khorne City Chiefs and the Flagellants. The KCC match was a great one, with my boyz finally getting their bearings in the last two turns of the second half and sending three of the Chaos scum into the hospital. The Flagellant match was a learning experience bloody – literally – disaster. While everything looked pretty nice and even up to the first half’s turn 7, it was a massive downward spiral from then onwards. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say that by the 3rd turn of the second half I had 6 players out of the original 11 on the field.

The good news

I’ve got three new players painted, which means I only have three more to go. Also, the defeats haven’t really gotten me down. They’ve both been against our most experienced BB players, and the second one can for the largest part be blamed on rotten dice rolls. I’m looking forward to the second half of our ten-game league. My record for the moment is 1-1-3, which all things considered isn’t that bad, seeing as I’ve never scored a single goal in BB before…

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Blood Bowl-a-rama

March 17, 2011

Been getting some gaming done lately, which is always nice. Our Blood Bowl league has started up, after a rather disappointing previous run a year or two back. So far I’ve managed to get two games done, with one devastating defeat against a bunch of bastard Skaven, and a suitably crushing victory over the Old World’s unluckiest Dark Elves (or Elfs, as GW insists on calling them).

I haven’t really liked BB that much, before. I’ve always gotten my ass mercilessly handed to me by more experienced players with more experienced teams, which definitely detracts from the fun quite a bit. Anyway, this time I’ve received a lot of tutoring and have actually grown to enjoy the game. There’s also the slight adjustment of my gaming mentality, as in Blood Bowl (or any other game for that matter) you should always remember that it should be about fun first and winning second. So when those pesky gutter runners are stealing the ball from my clumsy greenskins and scoring goals, it pays not to cry in frustration but to kick and cripple some downed rats instead. Adding to the fun of the league, we’re reporting every match on our own message board, with the winner of each game obliged to do a match write-up, usually in the form of a tv sports commentary. They’re always a pleasure to read and have caused a fair few chuckles.

It’s so easy for me to solely focus on the modelling and painting aspects of the hobby, so it’s always nice to be reminded that the gaming part is often very much fun as well. With people far more busy with work, studies and family life than 10 years back, the opportunity to spend time with friends over a nice bit of gaming is becoming a lot more valuable.

As our league rolls on, I’ll probably keep you up to date on what is happening with the San Franciscorc Naughty Grinders, as they take on their dreaded competition in the form of the Flagellants, the New Marquilles Saints, the Khorne City Chiefs, the Tzeentch Titans and the Naggarond Raiders. Thus far the Saints have scored a sound 4-0 victory over my poor orcs, who took it out on the Raiders with a 2-0 score.

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Here are the first five of my painted Grinders. They’re obviously based on the San Francisco Forty-Niners, one of my favourite teams as a little kid.

The paintjobs are quick and basic, as I simply aim to get a fully painted team on the field as quickly as possible. So nothing fancy, which is a nice change. It also shows that even simple paintjobs work very nicely with a unified colour scheme. At the moment most of us – except for our resident speed-painting loony – are playing with teams not quite finished. As proof I present to you an action shot of the struggle between the half-painted Grinders and Raiders.

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I still have six Grinders to finish, and then I can actually field a complete, fully painted team. Can hardly wait. As they say, the dice tend to favour the painter. That’s actually a load of wishful thinking, but it’s good to tell yourself that.

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