The Dark Elf Blood Bowl team is one that I’ve achieved great highs with, but also terrible lows. I’ve taken them undefeated to the championship of Orclahoma (the largest single day BB tourney in the US), but have also gone winless and been abused in a league. The lowest low though was simply assembling the new GW plastic team for Blitz Bowl…this squad almost had me quit the hobby again.Continue reading
Another entry in, Under the Brush. I guess last time I said I was all done with elves, well that’s partially untrue. I’m just done with elves for Lord of the Rings, clearly I have elves for other games to do. Like for Blood Bowl! Technically these were done well ahead of the Rivendell elves as I started the first six ahead of a trip to my brother’s so we could play some Blitz Bowl together. The rest of the team were finished in early April at the start of the lockdown in my area. But now I present to you the Lothern Archery!Continue reading
If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time, you’ll have noticed I’ve been working on a Rivendell army for the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game for about 3 years. I was a bit of a late comer to The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game as it was called back then. Though I’ve been a life-long Tolkien fan ever since I first saw The Hobbit cartoon by Rankin Bass. My mind was further blown open when I discovered the sequel The Return of the King. Eventually I read the books and loved the films when they came out. That time period was the Dark Age of Gaming for me, when I wasn’t playing anything. Shortly after The Return of the King came out I got back into board games and I remember seeing the Games Workshop minis in game stores. I kind of rolled my eyes at the time, a licensed version of Warhammer Fantasy, seriously?
Many years and several moves later, my wife and I moved our young family to Pittsburgh, where my wife is from. Having left my WSTZ buddies behind in Austin, I was looking for new people to push minis around with. I wasn’t interested in trying more mainstream games like Warhammer 40,000 or Age of Sigmar at the time, so when I saw a guy offering to run demos of the LotR game, I got in contact. I have long been fascinated by the old Games Workshop Historical game Legends of the Old West, and when I learned it was based on the LotR rules, I got even more interested.Continue reading
Wow. Was my last Under the Brush post really back in January? Sheesh. Just goes to show what kind of year 2020 has been. Even though I lost my blogging mojo for a while, that doesn’t mean I stopped painting. Well, okay, I did lose my painting mojo for a little while too. I started out great at the beginning of the covid19 lockdown, by getting lots of painting and projects done, then I had a big gap for a while when I wasn’t painting, but now I’m back again. I hope to share my projects with you all in the coming weeks.
At this point, I’ve played lots of Blitz Bowl. However, I’ve played very little with the actual humans and orcs. Being the standard default teams in every edition of Blood Bowl, I’ve painted plenty so I’ve sort of drug my feet on getting their BzB versions done. My minis rule is basically ‘Play it Painted’, so these teams have sat in their locker rooms for awhile. Now, they’re ready for the pitch.
The film Tremors has long been my favorite Creature Feature and ever since the tale Perfection, Nevada was told in 1990 I’ve attempted to incorporate giant worms or bugs into all of my post-apocalyptic gaming.
I recently knocked out three Order warbands for Warhammer Underworlds. The Farstriders, The Condemnors and The Chosen Axes. All three were a little on hold until I could replenish my green static grass supply. The grass came in, so the minis are done. Just in time to help build a little momentum here at the beginning of the New Year.
Happy New Year! I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to another year of hobbies! I had intended to get this model done to be my last model for 2019, but things didn’t pan out that way, so now it has the honor of being my first model for 2020!
Dark Future was one of the two Games Workshop titles that captured my imagination back in the late 80’s. My friend picked up a set while I bought Blood Bowl Second Edition from a small game shop in Kaiserslautern, (at the time ‘West’) Germany. If I remember correctly, the shop was called “Gerd’s” and we’d talk one of our parents to drive us there every couple months as both our father’s were stationed at a nearby US army base. Well before the internet, it was the only place we could find hobby games of this sort and the outfit from Great Britain quickly replaced TSR as our go-to company for gaming. I often wonder what become of that shop and it’s owner, but for now this tale is about how that middle school kid, now in his mid 40’s, found himself back out on the wasteland.
Along with Blood Bowl, Space Hulk is one of the classic Games Workshop board games that nailed their rules about 30 years go. Though neither of these two are the pillars that support Games Workshop they have been steady workhorses that have yet to be bettered by modern game designs. Jervis Johnson and Richard Halliwell created two foundational titles that I still enjoy tremendously. The trick with Space Hulk for me though is…I never really liked the Terminators or the Imperium. In fact, the 40K gothic aesthetic as a whole doesn’t really do it for me. Enter…The T’au.