Tuesday, April 18

Howling Griffons Twitter Challenge

I was digging around in my piles of old hobby projects and discovered some old space marines kits from when I was building a Crimson Fists army.  I thought I might try building some again just for old times sake and mentioned it on Twitter.  One of my buddies ended up challenging me to paint a Howling Griffon marine - so I thought I'd give it a go just to see if I could still do it.  I found one marine that I'd undercoated white more than a decade ago, so I decided to paint him for the challenge.  It was kinda fun when I started painting the base colours but trying to get the layers built up was a total pain.  It reminded me why I stopped painting them in the first place!  Once it was done, I managed to find the old Howling Griffon decals I got from a store in the USA years ago - and then used MicroSol to apply it.  While I was at it, I also painted some extra details on some old Salamanders test marines that I can't remember when I painted.  At least they are finished now.

So - this is probably the only Howling Griffon marine I'll be painting for the foreseeable future.  Maybe in another decade perhaps!

Tuesday, April 11

Guild Ball - Masons Ready For Painting

I've been trying out using Masons with some of the guys from my club by borrowing their Kick Off! set minis.  The plastics in those sets are really nice and quite a lot larger in scale than the metal minis that I've had sitting in my hobby to-do pile.  I'm still not quite sure I get how they work tactically yet as I'm so used to playing my Butchers who were very much a point and click tactic. Even so, I'm keen to get using them properly and with my own minis as I've bought them all except for Granite.  I'll have to pick her up as some point soon I'm sure.

I've put these on transparent blue bases as I thought they might stand out nicely on the tabletop that way - although now I'm realising it's going to be a bugger to spray undercoat them without masking the base off!  I'll work it out somehow, I'm sure.  I've found it's far easier to paint Guild Ball minis as individuals as it's nearly impossible to batch paint them like I do with Blood Bowl teams - so I'll post up pics of these individually as I work thought them.

Wednesday, March 29

J-Bone Fantasy Football Frogmen Team

At the first UK Team Challenge in York, I met some of the guys from the Derby Blood Bowl league - one of whom was Johnny Bull (aka J-Bone).  A while back he decided to run a Kickstarter for a Slann team but he wanted to do it properly.  He paid for the designs and sculpting to be done by Pedro Ramos and then started the crowdfunding.  His plan was to aim for 6000 Euro to get the team made but it was so popular, he ended up with 36000 Euro.  Due to this, he added loads of extra add-on and free minis.  My parcel of these arrived the other day so I thought I'd post up some photos of the minis as they really are wonderful.

Big Croaker with tongue and tail options
Big Croaker rear
Blitzers with two head options
Blitzers rear
Catchers rear
Linemen rear
Linemen with campaign exclusive kicker
Linemen rear
Referee rear
Toador rear
Shank rear
Phibius rear
Kermee rear
Buzz rear
Mascot rear
Big-Guy marker set (prone/stunned)
No. 1 fan
No. 1 fan rear
Shaman rear
Cheerleader rear
The Doc
The Doc rear
Head Coach
Head Coach rear

Monday, March 13

Boudica Bowl V - Do Vampires Suck?

My first tournament with Vampires is over and after six games, I'm probably going to say that I enjoyed them for the most part.  They are a challenging team and, as was proved by the tournament winner who also used them, in the right hands they can be unstoppable.  I'm not sure my hands are the right hands though - I would certainly need more practice with them before I opted to take them to another tournament.  I was hoping to get two wins out of the weekend and I didn't quite manage to get that.

For the tournament, I was allowed six normal skills on day one (trading two of those for a double if I so wished), and then another three on day two (trading two of those to stack another normal skill on someone who got a skill on day one.  So my roster for the tournament was :

3 x Vampires with Block (one getting Dodge on Day 2)
8 x Thralls (three with Wrestle on Day 1 and another on Day 2)
Wilhelm Chaney (Werewolf star player)
3 x rerolls

I got a 1-0 win over Dwarfs, a 2-0 loss against the other Vampire team, then a 3-2 loss to Skaven which I felt I really should have won.  Day two and I played a 1-1 draw against Khemri, then a 2-2 draw against Orcs, then another Khemri team where it also finished 1-1.  So my Vampires managed a 1-3-2 result - not terrible but a little disappointing.  It was a good fun weekend though as I have a lot of gaming buddies who attend it - so that's always good.  My friend James had picked me up a Blood Bowl mug from Warhammer World too so that was a nice bonus to bring home.

Wednesday, March 1

Vampire Blood Bowl team

It's been a while since I posted on here as I dropped out of doing any hobby projects over Christmas and the New Year.  As ever though, the threat of an upcoming Blood Bowl tournament pushes me into action and I dig out my paint station and a team in need of some attention.  Next on the list of teams in my quest to use all 24 official Blood Bowl teams in NAF tournaments is the Vampires.

I bought this team back in 2011.  GW had just announced they were going to start producing minis in FineCast resin and I didn't like the sound of it - so I bought the last four teams I needed from them in one batch (Nurgle, Pro Elf, Khemri and Vampires).  I knew that the Vampires were a tough team to use though so they did end up being pushed down the list of projects - six years in the lead mountain is long enough for them! I wanted to paint them in a dark scheme but also wanted them to be a more natural colours - so I settled on some muted browns, blacks and reds with some silver armour highlights.

I'm still deciding on what roster to take to the tournament (which is Boudica Bowl V) so I repainted Wilhelm Chaney who had been partly painted for my Norse team.  He'll give me some options if I decide to try him out.

This is the original sculpt for the Vampire Lord mini done by Steve Buddle