Wednesday, November 13

Painting challenge - three hours to paint a mini

I'm normally pretty fast at painting models (once I get into the mood to do so) and I was in the mood to do so last night.  I have a league Blood Bowl game scheduled against a mate and I discovered that the different team values between our teams meant that I could hire a star player for this game - a goblin chainsaw looney called Nobbla Blackwart.  Thing was, I knew I had the mini somewhere but it was bare metal and I only had three hours to find it and get it ready!

Here's how he looked to start with once I'd dug him out of my lead mountain:

I quickly cleaned up the model and glued him to the base and took him out to the garage to dry whilst I shook up the can of black undercoat.  I gave him a blast with the can and took him back inside the house to dry in the warm while I found the paints I needed (mainly the purples as I rarely use those!)  Undercoating a model in the cold tends to make the black undercoat a grey colour - so I gave him a quick once over with a 50/50 black paint/water mix to get him fully basecoated.

Once that was dry, I painted Orkhide Shade foundation paint onto his skin and Leviathan Purple onto his armour and helmet.  After that, it was good old Goblin Green onto the raised parts of his skin and a 50/50 mix of the purple and Skull White onto the raised parts of his armour.  I pained his boots with a Vallejo Dark Grey and then started on the metal work.  Vallejo Gunmetal was drybrushed over his chainmail and the chainsaw - then highlighted with Mithril Silver.  I mixed up a bit of a bronze colour paint I had with Chaos Black to get it nice and dark and painted parts of his chainsaw motor with that - then painted his armour strapping with Bestial Brown.  That was highlighted with Bleached Bone and I used that on his teeth too.  There was not much left after that - a bit of Mithril Silver and Enchanted Blue for his goggles and a few dabs of Blood Red to give some colour to the chainsaw...

I got him finished well under the three hours I'd given myself - and I even had time before the end of the evening to base him (PVA - sand - wash with Devlan Mud - then more PVA for the flock) and give him a matt varnish.  It was only after I'd varnished him that I noticed I'd forgotten to paint a knuckle duster on his left glove - but I can tidy that up at the weekend.  He's still good enough to get into the action tonight!

Monday, November 11

Krox Blocked

The Cambridge Double Trouble tourney could have been a washout from the start.  My team-mate was ill and unable to drive so I had to post up to the organisers that I wouldn't be able to make it.  Thankfully, Nuffle was watching over me.  One of my other friends spotted my post and said he could pick me as he'd be driving past me anyway.  Fantastic!  Despite some serious traffic issues thanks to a lorry crash that closed the M11, the games got underway by around 11:00.

First up was a chap playing Skaven who was taking part in his first tournament.  His luck was against him and I won 3-0 and caused 2-0 casualties.  Off to lunch which saw more delays!  Finally I got game two under-way against an experienced coach playing Norse.  Things just went brilliantly for me in that game - I won 3-0 again but I'd caused 5-0 casualties.  I was starting to get the tingle of excitement round about now but then I found I was up against one of the tournament pros, again with Norse.  His first block of the game took out my Kroxigor which really was quite rough - but these things happen in Blood Bowl.  I sucked it up and started doing my best - and I managed to make it a 2-1 loss although I did cause 6-2 casualties on him.  Best game of the weekend by far even though I lost.

Sunday was a much more relaxed affair as the same friend drove me and we got there in plenty of time for game four.  I was matched up against Undead for that game and I just couldn't break though and score.  He did a great job against me and I lost 2-0 with equal casualties of 2-2.  Game five was against one of the best stunty team coaches around - he was using Goblins this time.  He had two fanatics (ball and chain which at ST7!) and he used them really well.  I had to be happy with a 1-1 draw but he out casualtied me with a 1-3 result.  In my final game I was playing against an Underworld team.  I thought I'd lose this as his first four turns went perfectly for him - but after that his luck turned on him.  After I'd scored, the kick-off results was a "Throw a Rock" which hit his Warpstone Troll and injured him.  He failed his regeneration roll so used his apothecary - which again was an injury.  So with no troll and being outnumbered, it ended in a 3-0 rout for me and it could have been 4-0 had a go for it worked at the end of the 1st half.  He did more damage to his own team than I did as they all hurt themselves when falling over - so the casualty result was just 1-0.

So - after a rather tricky and stressful Saturday morning it turned into a pretty good weekend.  I won three games, drew one and lost two so no complaints there.  It seems I also had the joint highest number of touchdowns which was a shock.

I enjoyed using the Lizardmen too - quite a tough team and the skinks are so fast!  I'll be using them again at the club BB one-day tournament on the 24th.

Friday, November 8

Double Trouble in Little Cambridge

CBBBL Trophy
This weekend I'm taking part in the Cambridge Double Trouble II Blood Bowl tournament and, after much deliberation, I'm going to be using my new Lizardman team.  It's a true doubles tournament in that you play in pairs as a team - and all the skills given to your players can only be chosen from the doubles skills list.  To add an extra doubles element to it, I and my buddy Luke are going to be using identical Lizardman team rosters.  If nothing else, it will give us a chance to see who can do the best with the same team!  I've never used Lizardmen apart from on the Cyanide PC game so it will be an interesting experience indeed.  If I can win a game or two with them, I'll be happy enough.

I'm two games into the CBBBL season at the club and it's been great fun so far.  My team in the league this year is Chaos Dwafs and so far I've got a draw against Skaven and a win against Orcs.  There's still eight games left of the season - if I can be in the top four teams at the end of it I'll get into the playoffs to see who gets their name inscribed on the trophy.  Fingers crossed!