About WSTZ - James

Perhaps the world's slowest painter, a real life Dog of War who enjoys amassing mountains of unpainted models and ruminating over the last time I rolled a '1' to pick up the ball

Off the Beaten Pitch: Fanath Chaos Chosen Team Review

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I’ve been aware of Fanath Arts for some time in the 3rd party Blood Bowl market.  While I had looked before at picking up their High Elf team I never pulled the trigger on it.  It was a decent design but it didn’t capture my full attention.  Well times have changed!  When Fanath offered a Chaos Chosen team on Indiegogo this past summer it grabbed my attention despite having just recently purchased a Chosen team months before.  So what was it that made me spend money on a second team of the same variety?
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Kickstarter Round Up: The month of May assaults my wallet, leaves no prisoners!

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Being stuck overseas and in austere environments means I am not able to accomplish much hobby work.  Thankfully though, the internet enables me to stay connected to all the nice new minis in the works and the generous tax break of being in a combat zone means I’ve got plenty of greenbacks piling up.  What better outlet to unclutter my wallet than a stroll through the Fantasy Football market on Kickstarter.  Two projects have jumped out and waylaid my savings, promising me piles of models to rummage through when I finally come home. Continue reading

Under the Brush: Cleavedhead Barrows Pt. 2

 

ClevelandBrownsElfSo word must have gotten out at work that I had a few minutes of spare time in the evening as it seems since my last update my work load has been grown exponentially.  Despite the lame hours away from home and family I have been slowly chipping away at my undead team and have a status update for everybody. Continue reading

Off the Beaten Pitch: Willy Miniatures Vampire Team

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There is no denying that the Games Workshop Vampire team is one of the most iconic of all the teams they have produced.  One also can’t disagree with the statement that the style of Blood Bowl has been evolving over the years and alas, the teams of old have been coming up, well, short.  So what does a coach do when he finds that his classic team of yore now looks like a high school team lining up against the New York Giants?  As it turns out Willy Miniatures has a solution.

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Sneak Peek: Gore Ball Ogre

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Not too long ago we mentioned the Kickstarter launch of the Gore Ball Ogre team on the site.  The Kickstater from Word Forge Games offered up a rather impressive collection of single piece resin cast models and as the campaign progressed it grew to include a large variety of greenskins too.  I was impressed with the designs of the ogres offering a variety of different poses and looks, but having already a full ogre team on standby I couldn’t pull the trigger on the full set.  Yet the allure of the new was too much, and I could not resist the hockey mask look and went ahead and ordered one.  Now Mike is working on a full review of the entire set, but as he’s recovering from the installation of his cyber-leg I’m given a chance to offer my quick opinion of my newest recruit.

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Under the Brush: the Cleavedhead Barrows, Part 1

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Recently I did a review of the Vortice Undead team and named them as my go-to undead team for Blood Bowl.  Originally my plan had been to finish the team out by the years end.  Under a normal work schedule combined with my generally sloth painting speed that would have been a tough challenge for me to accomplish.  Alas, work decided to move me across country with a good three week notice and also decided to place me in an new organization that has the work tempo set to 11.  As you can imagine this has thrown a wrench in my dreams of have having the team painted by years end but I have made some progress and now is my time to show off what I have finished.

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Off the Beaten Pitch: Vortice Undead/Necro Team Review

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Over the years my collection of Blood Bowl teams has waxed and waned in direct correlation to my time available to game and my economic standing.  Despite the fluctuations the one team I never pulled the trigger on was the Undead team.  I’ve always liked the idea of an Undead team ever since I read about the Champions of Death and their coach Tomolandry the Undying.  Despite the interest in the team I was never truly satisfied with the team options out there.  GWs Undead had good components but the Zombies where weakly done and I also felt like the Ghouls looked like they were in need of a sports bra.  What I longed for was an Undead team that had a consistent sports team look that still offered great details and a lot of character.

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The Art of Fantasy Football by P. Ramos – Kickstarter

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I’ve always theorized that crowd funding attacks in waves.  Just when you swear off pledging money for a product that hopefully arrives in the distant future, your eyeballs are assailed with ripe new products looking to syphon your hard earned paycheck.  Just last year I was loudly proclaiming my independence from the crowd funding racket.  Alas, starting with Iron Golems it appears that the cycle has begun anew!   This time around instead of another potential mound of unpainted models, we have an offering that appeals to the spirit of Fantasy Football and maybe even lets the wallet off a bit easy this time.

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Death Zone: Season 2 – Review

 

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For most Blood Bowl players the release of Death Zone Season 2 is probably something most coaches have already gotten their hands on. Alas, being a wage-slave of the Government I was banished to a remote wilderness for the past two months and barely had enough internet connection to order up some of Games Workshop’s new releases.  Now that I have returned back to civilization I can finally sink my teeth into Season 2 and all the goodies it has to offer. Continue reading