Mar 302012
 

This week I got some Buccaneer Orcs from Black Hat Miniatures and a couple of pre-slotta Citadel pirates. Consider me timbers well and truly shivered, Jim laddie.

Arrrr!

It’s quite obvious what I’m going for with this week’s acquisitions. I’m stocking up for my round 10 entry in the LPL; the maritime bonus round! Not exactly sure how I’ll do it though, I’ve got three teams for the round but only need two. The original thought was to do Marauder Sea Elves vs Black Hat Buccaneer Orcs. When I discovered the pirate section of the old C04 Thieves range, I couldn’t help myself but get a few of them too. I’ll try to finish one of them to enter in round 9 and possibly create some sort of trans-round narrative. Got two more of the C04 rogues incoming (including the captain chap) and to back them up is an orc with a hook for a hand and a nice piratey axe.

I’ve finished the secondary team for round 5, more or less. I’ll continue working on them up until the bitter end – deadline is tomorrow at noon. I could submit them as they are now though, but wouldn’t be happy with them. Total tally for 2012 is now 39 painted – 116 acquired = -77.

Mar 282012
 

I suspect the header for this post will test my anti comment spam protection to the utmost… oh well.

I recently finished off a large batch of stripping and figured I’d post the pic here for your perusal. As always, large batches of lead are something I love ogling. Let me know if you think these posts are craptacular.

Lead, lead - glorious lead!

Virtual jaffa cakes and interwebs props to anyone who can correctly identify all the junk here. =)

Also want to take this opportunity to push a mate’s blog a bit. I got to know Anatoli through LAF and it turned out we live in the same little tiny town. Thusly games have been played, albeit not as verily as one might prefer. Forsooth! Anatoli have done a few battle reports on his blog, and of particular interest for the stalkers of my internet persona are these two:
Blood Bowl game, orcs vs humans
Brink of Battle game, indians vs schmindians in a french indian wars setting

He’s a tad more active with his postings than I am, so head on over and make yourself a follower.

Speaking of Brink of Battle… Bob “Faust23″ Faust recently released his quite interesting rule system Brink of Battle. I really liked the flow of the game and look forward to play more. In particular I’m interested in the campaign rules (we haven’t touched them yet) and the upcoming fantasy and scifi expansions. You should check it out!

Mar 252012
 

Round 3 of the LPL is over and I managed to score a win this time. I was up against Matakishi so I didn’t feel too confident to begin with, but the last few days I’ve been quietly celebrating. Paul had a great entry with a gang of aliens inspecting a herd of cows. My entry consists of some of the last few miniatures needed for the next scenario in the Stillburg campaign!

At the front is an old Necromancer from the Talisman range (sculpted by Aly Morrison). He’s supported by four zombie buddies that are a bit more modern than the models I usually paint. They are Gary Morley sculpts from 1993, and prior to painting them they were my least favourite models in the lead pile. I’m actually using these merely because I couldn’t get my hands on any more C18 zombies. Still, with some paint on they’re quite ok and if nothing else they were dead easy to paint! The three guys with the shields will act as zombie lieutenants (and the two I did prior to these are demoted to regular zombies).

Since I didn’t get any new lead this week either, I’m including this week’s tally here. I’m done with the first team for round 5, and also managed to finish a team of five models for round 4 thus saving me from using a replacement team! That’s 7 miniatures finished in a week (of which 5 were merely primed at the start of the week). Total tally for 2012 is now 34 painted – 109 acquired = -75. The numbers will soon crash again, as I have a few incoming models for round 10 and ofcourse managed to get a few extra “nice to have” minis.

Mar 202012
 

A while ago I came across this thread on Warseer where a guy was doing Dungeon Bowl teams based on the example teams on the box bottom of the old expansion for 2nd edition Blood Bowl. I have fond memories of Dungeon Bowl, that and Blood Bowl were the games that really pulled me into the miniatures gaming hobby (and kept me around, too). I also miss my old collection of 2nd edition Blood Bowl models, so I decided to re-collect them and create several (hopefully all) Dungeon Bowl teams to be used for pick-up-and-play games.

I’m pretty much done collecting the miniatures; now I have to paint, paint and paint. I also need to do some conversions (I’m using 80s mummies and ghouls for the Black Widows team) and ofcourse do the dungeon floor pieces (using Dave King’s free Bederken Dungeon Tiles). The first team I’ve started painting are the Doom Forgers.

I’m staying fairly true to the original lineup with the following roster, for the full team of 16 players:
4 Dwarf Blockers
2 Dwarf Runners
2 Dwarf Blitzers
2 Dwarf Troll Slayers
4 Halflings
2 Norse Werewolves

Here are the first five guys from the team painted up. I’m doing numbers and postional colours when I have the full team painted up. From left to right we have a halfling, a dwarf blocker, a troll slayer (which is actually a Marauder slayer with the weapons removed and a simple knuckle duster sculpted on), another dwarf blocker and finally a werewolf represented by the old Willhelm Chaney star player model.

I entered these in the second round of LPL6 at LAF. I didn’t win, but managed to score a draw. I think my entry would’ve done better if it hadn’t been for the clash between models, bases and environment. The models are clearly Blood Bowl miniatures, but they are mixed in an unconventional way. Furthermore, they have bland bases with no grass on them. Blood Bowl miniatures usually have grassy bases but since these are for Dungeon Bowl I figured grass bases would look out of place. However, I don’t have a dungeon environment to photograph the models in so the bases clash with the surface they’re on. Finally, I’ve just used my regular wargaming terrain which doesn’t really fit with the models. Oh well, I’m entering these in a future round again – together with the other six models making up the starting 11. I’ll try to do something more dungeon like for that. I’ve got the old 2nd edition styrofoam playing field, a quick paintjob on that could work.

Mar 162012
 

This week I only got one miniature; the minstrel from the old Talisman range of models. Didn’t bother photographing it, as that seemed a bit much (or little, depending on your perspective on it and life in general).

Instead, I’ve got some random old Blood Bowl models I painted up years ago. First out, a third edition skaven gutter runner.

I did this in the early 2000s, as a test for the team colour scheme. Still pretty content with how he looks. The bright yellow base ring is a remnant from my 2nd edition days where player positions were indicated by base colour. Yellow is for catchers. Most modern day players hate colour coded bases. I still like it, but will do the colour coding less blatant on my future Blood Bowl players. I have no more models from the 3rd edition skaven team (sold them off in my mid 2000s lead purge), so he’ll languish in solitude forever.

Next, some pretty special models. The left one is a regular issue 2nd edition Chaos Player #2. To the right is one of Tom Anders’ Chaos Cup specials, which were resculpts and/or recasts (in the most legit sense of the word) of the Chaos All Stars team Phil Lewis did back in the days.

I’m using these both as blitzers in a “counts as” human team. I’ve got all the Chaos Cup figs as well as some nice 2nd edition chaos and human models. I’ll have to rebase these, but will try to stick to the paint scheme for the rest of the team. Hopefully I’ll be able to do them “soon”.

Finally, a little off-pitch token for those Get The Ref results! A 2nd edition dwarf referee.

In 2nd edition Blood Bowl, there were actually rules for an on-pitch referee moving at random and requiring line of sight to spot fouls and other tomfoolery. That went out the window with lots of other cool stuff when the much improved (but less flavourful) 3rd edition was released. I never use this model for anything, but I do quite like it. Painted sometime around 2006 or so.

That’s it for this time. The LPL is proceeding as planned, though I’m losing the current round (with only a few votes!). I’ve had a rough time painting recently so not much work done. Still plugging away on the team for round 5. Will have to do a replacement team for round 4, it seems. The current lead tally is 27 painted – 109 acquired = -82.