Thursday, May 29

Swallows and...

I've been in a quandry for a while now.

The first Blood Bowl team I ever painted was back in 2004/5 when I got some Amazons to use in a league being played at my local GW store. They were the first models I painted using a layering technique rather than using ink washes to shade. They came out pretty good and I was proud of the way they looked, especially as they took me quite a long time to paint.

The only issue I had with them is that I'd just painted the twelve models that came in the box. I didn't know Blood Bowl well enough at the time. When I construct a Blood Bowl team now, I ensure I have every possible model that I might need in a league before I start painting any of them.

So - my quandry was this.

1) Buy extra models and paint them to look the same as these Amazons to make a full team.

This isn't as simple as it sounds as, I like to think, I'm a better painter now so the new models wouldn't look the same. I'd also need to rebase the old team as I don't really like the pitch markings I painted on the bases - and they'd need renumbering to fit in the extra players.

2) Put the models in paint stripper, then repaint the team with new players.

I don't honestly think I could bring myself to put models I've painted in paint stripper. I do buy pre-painted models on Ebay and then strip them - but I spend so much time and effort on painting models, I think it would be a callous thing to do.

3) Sell the team on Ebay and then use the proceeds to buy another team of Amazons that I can paint from scratch.

I think option 3 will be the choice I go for although it is risky. If the auction doesn't go well, I could end up selling the models for less than the price of a new team. I'm hopeful that they'll make more than that though and I'll be able to buy a fresh new Amazon team plus extra players to make a full team. I'll have to wait until the weekend to auction the models though - I've learnt that auctions that end on a weekend get more viewers than auctions that finish at other times. Timing is the key for Ebay.

As the models are several years old and they have been used, they needed a touch up of paint here or there. I did that tonight and I've also taken some photos of them for use if I do decide to sell them. So - here are the pics of a team that I might not own for much longer!

Team photo
Thrower and Catchers
More Linewomen
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These Amazons sold for just under £75 in the end which I was very happy with! It's meant I can order a replacement full 16-player Amazon team with cash to spare.

Tuesday, May 20

The whistle blower...

I found myself at a loose end tonight and was looking for something to paint. After poking around in my "to paint" pile, I found this Blood Bowl human referee. Three hours later, he's looking like this...

He's of no actual use when playing Blood Bowl - he's just for a bit of fun! If you're wondering what he's hiding behind his back, look below and see how he keeps the players in line...

Sunday, May 18

Project completed!

After all the fun and games last weekend at the Blood Bowl GT, this weekend it was time to knuckle down to try to finish the last of the models for my Middenheimer warband. Here's three marksmen with crossbows and three warriors with hammers.

The last thing to do was to find where I'd stored the female Middenheimer, repaint her base to match the rest of the models and take a picture of the entire warband. Here it is!

Sunday, May 11

Blood Bowl GT

Well - that was a busy gaming weekend. Six games of Blood Bowl over two days is hard work!  I did get some funky yellow NAF dice though...

The first day went really well for the Crammers - a lucky draw against an Orc team, an amazing win against a Skaven team and a hard-fought draw on the third against an Amazon team.

Day two was oh-so different! A feeble 2-0 loss against a Norse team, another feeble loss against another Amazon team and a tough 2-1 loss against a Human team. I forgot to take pictures too... Ah well. They're only halflings, after all! I finished 149th although I'm not sure how many teams took part.

I did enjoy using the team though - and my line up of two rookie treemen, nine halflings, Deeproot Strongbranch, Puggy Baconbreath and the induced Master Halfling Chef was a tougher prospect that they seemed on paper. Puggy was my player of the weekend - he caused a lot of casualties on opposing players. I'm seriously tempted to use this team in the club league next year although probably with a different lineup.

Saturday, May 3

Bluebay Crammers - Blood Bowl Halflings

I think Blood Bowl is probably my favourite GW game. I love the inherent silliness of it and I like the team development aspect. This is why I've been running a Blood Bowl league at my club for the last couple of years; something that has sparked a lot of other club members to appreciate the game.

Next weekend, I'm heading off to my first ever Blood Bowl Grand Tournament at Warhammer World in Nottingham - GW HQ. There are lots of tournaments around the world but, for Blood Bowl, this is the biggie in terms of importance. As there are so many coaches attending from all over the world, there was no chance I'd manage to win it as I'm a competent gamer but I'm not brilliant at it the way a lot of the top coaches are. So, I decided to register my Halfling team so I can just play for fun and enjoy the weekend.

The Halfling team was painted for me by my friend Tom Farrow. Tom is one of those guys who paints extremely well with little obvious effort - he's just naturally talented. This is the second team he's painted for me now and he's done a fantastic job on them.

Bluebay Crammers

Score marker from Impact Miniatures
I had some Puggy dice made too!