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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Another cultist stumbles in …

It has been a long time since I’ve stumbled in from the warp,  so … hi.  What with the holidays being upon us, it seems a good time to polish up my tentacles, extraneous external organs/lesions/so on and put in a December appearance with a finished model,  however humble and mundane in form, function, commonality, etc.*

My magnificent offering this time is a chaos cultist.  He bears a familial resemblance to this guy, to be sure.  In fact, he’s functionally identical at tabletop distances.  There are some variations however, which become apparent at painfully-close-to-eyeball distances, such different colored hoses, skin blotches, dangling gears, etc.

The new guy with his completed brothers.

My rate of cultist completion thus far has been one model every two years.  I know, not too shabby, huh?  🙂  At this rate I will have the entire mob completed by 2052 or so, maybe 2053 taking into account the extra effort that will probably be required for some of the fancier dudes like that guy with the pigsticker and the shotgun.

Rifle highlights work way better at a distance, I think.

I experimented a little on his arms (much more on the left arm) with a red wash and then blotching some flesh back onto it.  Wasn’t sure what I was going for exactly.  Maybe a tincture of Khorne, maybe a burn, maybe just some random mutation, maybe all or none of the above.

Happy Holidays!  Dropping in for a holiday visit.

Despite my long absence, a truism for me with gaming matters is that even if I stay away a long time it’ll never be forever, and this time is no exception.  I find the mild itch to pick up a paint brush returning, so I’ll probably pick away at a miniature that I friend asked me to paint for him, but it has been sitting hideously neglected with the rest for many months now.  May also work on another cultist so I don’t fall behind my Complete a Cultist Once Every Two Years schedule.  I’ll need to be very careful and nurture my fragile ambition/mild itch like a youthful canker in its first stages of bloom.  We’ll see what the future and the gods bring….


*  I thought I’d say my obligatory “how come I haven’t posted so long, busy, blah blah blah” explanation/bit for a parenthetical aside, rather than my opening paragraph.  I’ve found that since I started my new job (after many years of housewifery), back around the beginning of the year, the energy that went into my painting has now been going into the job.  So I haven’t been painting or playing miniature games much in general (except for the occasional Friday get-together with some friends and mostly we play board games when I’m there), and thus I haven’t been posting, this after all being a painting blog.

I might have to start posting some other aspects of my hobby life besides miniatures to keep this blog going, unless I revise my thinking of “going” to mean posting a picture of a completed miniature every 6 to 12 months as the mood strikes.

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A Two Eyed Poxbringer and the Yellow Mold

I finished up my poxbringer from the Start Collecting box for Azazel’s Jewel of July painting challenge.  The idea this time is to paint models that are sort of in the middle of the pecking order such as medics, lower level leaders, particularly swanky robots and so on.  They should stand out from the rank and file, but aren’t really mean to stand alone.

The poxbringer buffs other friendly Nurgle daemon units by making them a bit physically stronger, and he also fights directly with a rather vicious sword and by being a minor psyker.  He is no slouch in Age of Sigmar either.  So he seems like a great candidate for Jewel of July.

Why can’t nurglings ever take anything seriously?!

I added a new disease to my collection:  the dreaded Yellow Mold.  The poxbringer told me that this malady was originally brewed by an adept for use against some particularly troublesome feral orks, by mutating ork spores.  I told him that they just ripped off the idea from original Dungeons and Dragons.  He said that Nurgle’s Yellow Mold isn’t adversely affected by either intense light nor fire (though the carrier might be) and that besides, “Everyone knows that D&D is just a made up game as opposed to real life.”

Yikes! Looks like that yellow mold is catching.

For my Yellow Mold, I liberally applied some acrylic texture fiber paste that I mixed with a bit Averland Sunset paint to the area in question.  I teased the mixture so it would dry with a sort of furry or spiky texture.  I drybrushed the area around the mold with sunset, and then did another light drybrush with white paint.  I sealed the whole thing with a matte varnish to protect the pasted area, since the miniature will be handled a fair bit.

I used the left over paste on his sword with the idea that our poxbringer coats his blade with the mold, and occasionally leaves a victim alive but wounded….

I’m rather pleased at how the texture came out on his arm.

The mold initially makes itself known by its characteristic diuretic effect.  After several weeks of raging thirst the host dies from dehydration.  Delightfully, drinking more fluids seems to intensify and hasten the process.  The mold then throws off contagious, airborne spores and dies.  In the case of nurgle daemons it simply reaches an non-contagious equilibrium much like what is shown here with our friend.

If our friend wants the mold to become contagious, he waters it for about a week then stops.  The mold will then throw spores and settle back into a sort of dormant state.  Alternately (and preferably) he can force feed a portion of it to a victim, release that person and let nature takes its merry course.

So now some obligatory painfully close close-ups!

I personally propose purple guts are particularly pretty!   🙂

The purple bit is fairly subtle at tabletop distances, but it does a little variety to the usual bloody abdominal tableau.  The recipe came from the the very useful January 2018 White Dwarf.  I’m toying with the idea of testing it out as a flesh color on a daemonette, but we’ll see.

I put the suction palm-tentacle thing on his hand because I had a little extra green stuff left over from something else and I didn’t want to waste it.  Pretty much the same for the sword with the fiber paste mixure, as well as the fact that I had tried a couple of different things with the sword and still wasn’t satisfied.

 

So the first herald I painted, Urnafortunus, will more often than not receive a lateral transfer to the rank of spoilpox scrivener.  I like the scrivener’s powers but do not favor the official model.  It is nice enough but I’m not a fan of Nurgle daemons being accountants.  Such beings are meant to get their hands dirty.  Leave the paperwork to Tzeetch’s minions, who love such things, says I!

I’m continuing work on my poxwalkers and hope to have another to add to my growing mob for next time, along with a cultist who looks an awful lot like this guy.  Have been doing a lot of priming too and  hope to make a start on painting my trio of old school plague marines at some point soon.

Ancient triumvirate and a plaguebearer visits …

A couple of my gaming friends have been cleaning out their garages, attics, basements, cupboards, etc. and giving me models they purchased back decades ago but never got around to doing anything with.  The plague marines below are three such models.  Someday I’d like to collect up the entire set of seven.

Thanks, Frank, I’ll put Moe, Larry and Curly here to good use!

A little poking around revealed that my diminutive but ancient astartes date back to Rogue Trader times and are detailed in the book Realm of Chaos.  Given the general zeitgeist of the 41st Millennium this makes them powerful indeed since we all know that anything really old is better than the new stuff.  New stuff, for the most part after all, is simply old stuff that has been rediscovered.

The base tabs read “RENEGADE” and “© GW 1988.”

After I cleaned up them a little with blade and file, I noticed that the existing bases were crumbling to pieces in my hands.  (Sort of oddly fitting for Nurgle, don’t you think?)  So I epoxied my lovelies onto some new bases.  I was going to go with the new fangled 32mm, which is what plague marines are supplied with now, but after thinking about it I opted for 25mm because I decided to use the same size bases that were originally supplied by Games Workshop when the models were new.

Switching rusty gears a bit, I also want to give a few individuals, from this mob of plaguebearers I completed back in February, their oh so brief moment in the spotlight so here is this daemon.  Her multi-hued horn indicates this was one I completed after reading the January 2018 White Dwarf with their much appreciated focus on Nurgle.

The sword was the product of many different experiments, which all pretty much ended unsuccessfully, so I threw on a bunch of coats of black ink, some bright green highlights, ended with Nuln Oil Gloss and called it a day.  Pretty basic looking, but I’m happy with it.

While beautiful, the gifts of Nurgle can be perplexing sometimes.

The meat to this particular daemon are of course her posterior bits as you can see here.  My mob consists of two identical boxes of plaguebearers and while I took care to try and mix the heads and arms, I wanted some of the second batch to have some features not included in the kit.  So when I had a little left over kneaded green stuff from something else, I dug up a couple of mysterious spiky bits from that Bag of Endless Spikey Bits most of us acquire and just sort of cobbled something together with no particular plan.

She’s deadly coming and going.

I’m almost done with my Poxbringer aka Herald of Nurgle from the Start Collecting set, so I’ll probably feature him next time.  I’m not sure where that will leave my current poxbringer, Urnafortunus.  I’m sure that my forces can handle having two poxbringers, no doubt at delightfully cross purposes, or perhaps my named worthy can learn the ways of the Scrivener and use that big mouth and even bigger fist to make sure my festering legions step lively into battle.

I’m also working on finishing another poxwalker and plan to reprime the old school plague marines since we are getting some excellent priming weather these days here in central California.

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Beach Boy Poxwalker

I recently added another poxwalker to my painted forces.  This one is the ninth I’ve posted pictures of so far, but as it turns out my latest offering is my tenth painted one.  Seems I forgot to take pictures of the companion to the poxwalker in the baggy pants holding its rifle backwards I completed awhile ago.

Once I retrieve the elusive tenth walker from its home in the game store display case, I’ll post a picture of it and a group shot of the unit.

I’ve got that song Beach Blanket Bingo running through my head now.

This time I wanted to try something a little different, so I went for a look that sort of evokes the idea of someone who has some sand clinging to them because they are/were a zombie at the beach.  You know, you’ve been swimming and then played some volleyball.  Finally you grab a girl drink and chill under the umbrella and you’ve got sand in all the most embarrassing places?  Well, that happens to poxwalkers too.

I used AK brand Corrosion Texture for the effect.  I like how it came out, and not surprisingly it isn’t quite as pronounced as the pictures make it appear.

Just Baal Red.  No Blood for the Blood God! this time.

This month I hope to make more progress on my poxwalker unit for Azazel’s Junit Challenge.  The idea is to complete a group of at least three thematically unified figures for the month of June.

At minimum, going with his guidelines, I’ll declare success if I can complete at least two more walkers for June, which would bring the mob to twelve.  In the unlikely event I finish all twenty, I’ll declare it a major Nurgle Victory.  Cake, tentacles, and afflictions all around!

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Neglected Tankbusta with Can Opener

I started this guy probably back sometime in 2016 with the idea of him being another ork with a rokkit launcha to use in my then nascent tankbusta squad.  Then I remembered a conversion I liked, which I had seen maybe in 2014 or so.  It looked pretty easy so I thought I might give it a try myself.  I never did finish the model so I thought it would make a good candidate for Azazel’s May 2018 Neglected Model Challenge.  As is my unintentional custom, I present my offering on the last day of the month.

The red helmet and belt buckle denotes his status as a Tankbusta.

The conversion was easy enough.  I chopped the end off of a rokkit launcha, saving the rocket to stick on the end of a slugga to make it a rokkit pistol.  Then I cut the fleshy bits off of a power klaw, cemented the two together and added some small trukk pieces to hide my cuts and pretty it up a bit.

Painting the klaw thingie/can opener/kan opena was easy enough as well.  I used the recipe from Warhammer TV: based with Leadbelcher, washed with Typhus Corrosion, dry brush with Ryza Rust, then more dry brushing and a few edge highlights with steel/silver.

His shoulder didn’t turn out as I hope:  Blood for the Blood God! to the rescue.

I’m not sure about the all-over corrosion effect.  I like it but at the same time in the future I might try a variation where instead of Typhus, I just use some slightly watered down brown paint and eschew the particulates or maybe just do them in patches.

So next month Azazel is having a challenge where you complete a unit, whether finishing one you already started or from scratch.  I have many candidates.  Some, such as the Work-in-Progress Nurglings are eminently doable while others, like my hideously neglected cultists, are probably wishful thinking.  As for the orks, well, I have a functionally unlimited supply of those guys … could always use some more tankbustas or some more boyz.

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Keeper of the Emerald Pox

I thought I’d put up some pictures of the mob leader of these plaguebearers I completed back in March.  This daemon bears the honorific Keeper of the Emerald Pox because she was the first one I tried it out on, even if she wasn’t the first miniature I finished bearing that disease.  Either way, the emerald pox has become one of my favorite maladies because I like the way it looks and the ease of application or infection, if you will.

Having a laugh with her (mostly) cheerful compatriots as they march toward victory!

 

Make sure you get my good side!

 

In the meantime I’m picking away at a few random neglected models for the current iteration of Azazel’s Neglected Model challenge for May 2018.  My plan is to get at least one model done by the end-of-month deadline.  So far the most promising candidate is an ork tankbusta I started in (maybe) 2015, though I’m also hopeful about finishing another one of my horribly neglected cultists as well.

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