Enter the Dragon

I was out and about enjoying a couple of hours hiking at Henry Cowell Park, which is a state park near Santa Cruz, California, when I ran across (fortunately not literally) an elusive lesser brown dragon!*

Pretty eyes, don’t you think?

My job involves a split shift where I’m at loose ends for a couple of hours in the middle of the day, so I have been filling my time with hiking, running, and working out.  One unanticipated side effect of this is I’ve been seeing all sorts of sights I think are worth taking pictures of and collecting here.  I figure that since I want to post at least somewhat regularly on my blog and I’m not painting as much these days, then I need to expand my horizons a bit … so enter the dragon, as it were.

Beware a dragon on the move!

Our newt, as you can see, blends in pretty well with the detritus of the trail.  I only saw him/her/it because she was legging it pretty hard and the movement caught my eye.  Thank goodness because I would not have been happy at all to accidentally step on such an adorable little creature!**

Time to hide?

The beastie made it to the other side of the trail and I think she’d thoroughly had enough of the strange, probably hideously smelly giant taking pictures of her, and appeared to look for a convenient rock or branch to hide under.  I took this as my hint and decided to leave the lesser brown dragon alone and get back to my hike.

I did play another game of Blood Bowl last night too (busy day) and will post about that soon.  I’m going to work a little on painting today too.  It is pretty nice outside for February, so I might try and prime a couple of Nurgle linemen/rotters.  I also have a couple of pretty sexy pictures of various banana slugs I encountered further along on the Rincon Trail.  So all in all lots to talk about these days.


* My husband did a little poking around online after I mentioned to him that I had done so without success and said that he thought our draconic friend was a rough-skinned newt.  What stood out most to me was reading that the dragon could release a “strong toxin” from its skin, etc. etc.  I’m glad my only designs on our friend were photographic!

** The encounter give me the germ of an idea about a giant who doesn’t want to step on things, which are quite large to us but small to her.  Not sure where to go with that yet but time will tell.

 

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Ancient Blood Bowl Glories Return

The last time I played Blood Bowl was in the late 1980’s during my college years.  A friend’s boyfriend owned the game (it had cardboard guys instead of miniatures) and he wanted to start a league so we played.  It was fun but summer came and everyone spiraled off onto other paths and I never saw any of them again.  Not unusual for college with life organized into semesters and staying in touch with social media not being what it is today.

Fast forward to now, and a friend wanted to start a league.  Sound familiar?  I said yes and we had our first game at his dining room table.  There were three games going on at once, ardent spirits flowed freely, and it felt a bit like gaming at a convention in that you had to yell to talk to your opponent.  It was great fun.

I thought the cheerleader and dwarf referee were a nice touch.

I wish I had thought to take some pictures, but I didn’t.  Fortunately though, I did get in another game a couple of days later with the same opponent, who had two painted teams, and was kind enough to invite me to his house.  My hosts also kindly shared their lovely meal of chicken and asparagus too, which I greatly enjoyed.  He played the Orks and I played the Humans.

I had one special character, the big guy in front to the left with no helmet.  He was slow but extremely strong and good at hitting people.  Not a bad guy to have in a scrum as it turned out.  The other special character, the guy with the winged helmet standing next to my Big Bruiser Guy, is included in the photo but I didn’t have him on my team.  I’ll probably try him the next time we play.

As it turned out that was the Stupidest Troll Ever!

It was a good thing that trolls can regenerate because our blue friend fell into a bunch of pieces, the victim no doubt of one hundred year old super glue bonds.  Fortunately we got him put back together in time for kick off.  Unfortunately he turned out to be the Stupidest Troll Ever, which is saying something considering that you have to roll a 4+ on a D6 each turn to get your troll to do anything other than just stand there.

Apparently if you have some of your own guys standing next to your troll, you can get a positive modifier on the Hopefully He Won’t Just Stand There and Do Nothing roll, which can be helpful.  For our game we didn’t realize this.  I think he might have done something in one or two of the eight turns we played.  We’ll remember our error next time for sure.  Also, I am told that you can hire trolls on your team that aren’t paralyzingly stupid, but where is the fun in that?

The Ork/Goblin/Troll Team.

My take away with playing mostly the basic game so far with only a few of the special rules is that it is fun enough that I want to paint a team or two.  I decided upon the Nurgle team and bought the team box.  I based my decision completely on the fact that I like painting Nurgle, though now that I’ve delved a bit more into the game I think I’d enjoy a team with more of a passing game.  Still, it’ll be fun modeling the guys and I like that one only needs a handful of models for a complete team versus building an army in larger games.

For next time I hope to have another poxwalker done.  I haven’t been playing much 40K for awhile now, but I do want to get the unit finished.  I think they’d be fine in Blood Bowl if you overlook the fact that most of them are packing knives, broken rifles, wrenches with spikes tied to them, and the like.  I’m not too worried about it considering that goblins can bring chainsaws, giant spiked ball-and-chain weapons, and throw bombs at the opposition, and the less said about the Forge World drunken dwarf on a zamboni-looking thing the better!

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