For a while now, Games Workshop has been teasing us with images of the Elven Union team, and a new pitch to match. Andy Hoare even said several times that the team would be out by Christmas, so I was not surprised a few weeks ago when I heard that Blood Bowl pre-orders were about to be released. Once I saw the list, however, I was actually surprised by several things. I didn’t expect the Human and Orc team card packs, the hard backed Blood Bowl Almanac, nor the new Goblin pitch. Honestly, I had even forgotten about the reports that the Blood on the Snow pitch would be available again this Holiday Season. Once I saw the full list, I simply sighed and started rounding up things to put on Craigslist and eBay so that I could pay for them… Being a completionist is never easy, or cheap.
I’ve been working on painting up my Chaos Renegades team off and on over the past couple of months and I’m slowly reaching the finish line. For the color choice I wanted some Tzeentch-y as he’s my favorite of the chaos gods (although I was really tempted by the 5th god Malaal but figured the reference was too obscure). I wanted to avoid yellow and blue as I didn’t want the team to look like the Reikland Reavers color scheme, but I did end up going with a pale gold, blue and turquoise look. I hope the Changer of Ways approves.
About 150 years ago, sometime around 1996 or 1997, some friends introduced me to a couple of games that would have a big impact on how I viewed gaming. The first was a little game called Blood Bowl. The second was Necromunda. I remember being blown away by the concept, the setting, the minis, and all the cardboard terrain that they managed to cram into the box. Blood Bowl may have prompted my first attempt at painting minis using real painting techniques, but Necromunda inspired me to my first attempts at building terrain, and that quickly became my favorite part of the hobby. Not long after, I moved to another city and lost touch with any groups that were actively playing Necromunda. The game got put on the back burner for me, but I held on to my Delaque gang knowing that I would paint them and play the game again one day.
I read it once that “Faces and Bases make minis look Aces”. I believe this is certainly true. A decent base can ground the model and give it that finished polish. The eye is naturally drawn to a model’s head and anything off there is the first thing noticed…and it’s easy to go wrong. Luckily for me then, I have a long history of favoring characters with covered faces.
With Games Workshop’s recently release of their competitive arena battle game, Shadespire, many players have looked for ideas on how to add a bit of flair to their adventures in the Mirrored City. We still have a large back catalog of proper minis to paint, so in the meantime, we’ve opted to go back about 15 years for a product that fits our current gaming needs.
A few months ago, I wrote about a Kickstarter campaign that had caught my eye. The campaign was run by Word Forge Games, and it was for an Ogre team for their game, Gore Ball. At the time I was unfamiliar with Word Forge Games and Gore Ball, but I really liked their Ogre minis as their aesthetic fit in with the new Games Workshop Blood Bowl Ogre almost perfectly. After my initial post about the Kickstarter campaign I reached out to Word Forge Games and they very graciously agreed to send me a copy of the Ogre team for review. Now, several months later, a box from the UK has shown up at my door, and it’s time for another unboxing!
James often claims that he is the world’s slowest mini painter, but I think I might have him beat… only because it takes me months to get the motivation to finish painting minis, even if I am writing a series of posts about painting minis to try and keep myself motivated… I all seriousness, with the surgery that I had a few weeks ago, it was hard to concentrate on much else in the weeks leading up to it, so I really didn’t get much of anything hobby or site related done during that period of time. Now that my recovery is well underway, I was able to finally get some painting time in, and I was able to actually finish my Delaque gang.
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.
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.
Well, you might have noticed that things have been a little slow on the site lately. There are a few reasons for that such as the fact that there haven’t really been any new releases for Blood Bowl, or any new information about the upcoming Necromunda release(until the last day or so, more to come on that). Another big reason is that I recently had surgery and that has really put me on the side lines for the last couple of weeks. With all of that in mind, I have decided to write about something that makes an appearance in almost every post I write, though I have never really talked about it directly before… my miniature painting stand. Over the last couple of years, I have received a number of questions and comments about the stand, so I thought it was finally time to write a little about it.