The Case for the Perfect Case: Part 2 – Pick and Pluck your Battles

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Earlier this year I picked up some hardcover cases with pluck foam from Sam’s Club and did a little review-ish thing. I decided to return the cases to the store, because really they were much too big. I wanted something I could fit inside a backpack along with my rules manuals, dice, etc. Not feel like I was using carry-on luggage every time I went to play some games. In the end I decided to buy the Citadel Skirmish Case, which I’ve liked quite a bit. You can fit a lot of minis in there and it fits in a backpack. However with two Blood Bowl teams (with 4 big guys among them!) and then with my Middle-earth Strategy Battle Games minis, things started to get a bit crowded. I also didn’t feel like hauling around the bulk of my miniatures collection all the time, too many eggs in one basket.

I started researching the Kill Team Case Games Workshop produced when Kill Team was announced. It’s basically the one of the accordion foam trays in the Skirmish Case but in a zippered case. In a Facebook thread about the product, people mentioned they didn’t like how soft the foam exterior was, and one guy mentioned picked up a little case from Harbor Freight for $15. Fast forward a couple months and I’ve picked one up myself.

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Surprise September Paint Challenge Results

Another month has come and gone and with it another paint challenge. As a reminder, September’s painting challenge was as follows:

September got its name from being the 7th month of the original Roman calendar. January and February were added later making it 9th.

So…the challenge is to declare and paint 7 models. All 7 from the same faction/warband/team/whatever.
BUT…you also have to be ready to reveal 2 painted surprise models unrelated to the other 7 (different warband/army/game/whatnot).
9 models total.
7 stated up front. 2 spoilers.
Who finished first? I know you’re on the edge of your seat, short of breath, dying to know … it was me!
For my 7 models I painted up my posse for Dracula’s America. Dracula’s America is an Osprey skirmish game set in the Weird West, yep it’s got cowboys and vampires and all sorts of radness. My chosen posse is the Forsaken, they are members of Custer’s 7th Cavalry who survived the Battle of Little Big Horn, but have come back with a curse. Lycanthropy!

These are the official miniatures North Star Miniatures sells for Dracula’s America, but they are really licensed from Artizan Miniatures. While the miniatures are pretty simple as far as details go, the sculpts really impressed me and I enjoyed painting them quite a lot.

As an extra two I painted up the two werewolves while I was at it. I can’t count them as my surprise two because they go with the 7 painted.

So what were my surprise inclusions? How about some mutated goblins for my underworld Blood Bowl team. Remember them?

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Jeff also finished the challenge. His first completed mini was for a special event in the Age of Sigmar campaign he’s participating in. The event featured a jousting game, so you know he couldn’t resist whipping up something for his Stormcast wannabes Flesh Eater Courts army.

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Not satisfied with one big guy, Jeff also painted up a big guy for his ork Blood Bowl team. Again another conversion, this time on the controversial troll from Games Workshop. I think Jeff did a great job modifying the questionable pose of the GW model.

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And for his seven, Jeff got back to the grindstone and ground out seven more genestealers for Space Hulk. There are two more lurking in the background (aren’t there always? Those blip counters can be nasty … ) but Jeff had completed those previously.

And what about Jason? Well unfortunately life got the best of Jason and he couldn’t meet the deadline, coughing up the first $5 into the pot for failing to make the deadline.

Next up is October’s theme …

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Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Minimum Requirement: 1 Halloween themed model … could be any kind of creepy crawl ghostly ghastly creature … or the thing(s) that bump back ie witchhunter, zombie survivor, ghostbuster, etc.
Winner: Whoever paints the most models.
Each Halloween themed model is worth 3 points
As a nod to Orktober, ork/goblin/troll minis will be worth 2 points
Any other model is worth 1 point
This sets the bar low to avoid paying the $5 fee, but to win it’s paint as much as you can. There’s room to paint stuff that doesn’t fit for the theme, but themed models will count more.

Warhammer Fest Europe News Roundup Extravaganza!

Yesterday a ton of news dropped at Warhammer Fest Europe, a bit shocking considering how much news has been dropping lately for a variety of Games Workshop games, but it looks like GW was holding plenty of tasty nuggets in reserve for us. James, Jeff and I give our thoughts on the beans that were spilled on yesterday’s Warhammer Community post.

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June “Turn It Up To 11” Painting Challenge Results

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As I mentioned in my last Under the Brush post, the challenge for June was to paint 11 miniatures in honor of Jason’s birthday on June 11. Eleven just happens to be the starting number of a Blood Bowl team and I just so happened to be preparing a new team for my league’s summer season, so it was almost as if the stars aligned.

Read on to see our results.

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Under the Brush: Underworld Denizens

It’s hobby update time! I just realized I hadn’t shared anything about what I’m working on for our June Turn It Up to 11 miniatures painting challenge. Eleven miniatures that need to be painted … that coincidentally aligns with the starting roster for a Blood Bowl team. And it just so happens I’m starting up a new team for our league’s summer season. Some guys in the league were talking about playing goblins and vampires, so I decided to step off the beaten path and go for something a little different for me. Underworld denizens!

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What’s this? GW Dark Elves spotted in the wild

I’m not sure how this guy received the new Dark Elf Blood Bowl team from Games Workshop, but he’s got an unboxing up on YouTube. It’s in French, so I don’t know exactly what he’s saying put he shows the sprues and built minis for the 3x linemen, runner, blitzer and witch elf. He shows a Necromunda Van Saar box at the beginning of the video, maybe he’s trying to say he bought a Van Saar gang and the Dark Elves were inside? Perhaps he received a review copy but broke the street date?

Feel free to check it out, I’d like to note this is not an official Wyrd Stones & Tackle Zones unboxing and the work is not our own.

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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Warhammer Live Recap 5.31.2018

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I’d like to introduce a new feature on Wyrd Stones & Tackle Zones, the Warhammer Live Recap! I know not everyone has time to tune in to the free Warhammer Live streams or Twitch accounts to go back and watch after it airs, so I thought you all might enjoy a little recap of the interviews. I’ll be focusing on the streams where the focus is on Specialist Games or from the Middle-Earth team as those are what I’m particularly interested in. As I don’t play AoS or 40k I’m afraid my knowledge is rather limited to what’s going on so I’m not sure my recaps would be as beneficial.

To the recap!

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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