Blood Bowl Athelorn Avengers Unboxing

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Something is about to happen which has not happened for an age … a WS&TZ unboxing! Yesterday I picked up the new Blood Bowl wood elves release, the Athelorn Avengers and thought I’d do a little unboxing for you all.

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This is Armored Combat

Recently, Catalyst Games released two new introductory box-sets for the battle-hardened BattleTech line. Despite gaming longer than BattleTech’s 35 years in existence, I’ve never actually gamed anything in this IP. Not even the ever popular video-games. But here I am…in my mid-40s and it looks like I’m becoming a Mechwarrior.

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New Citadel Metallics

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In all the hubbub about the new Contrast paints, some new colors added to the classic Citadel range have kind of been forgotten about. Some of these are colors that used to be part of the Forge World paint range but have been brought into the Citadel fold. I picked up two (Grey Knight Steel and Iron Warriors) and gave them a shot.

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I received some half-painted Last Alliance elves a while back in a big ebay lot. I figured it would be a good opportunity to see what these new paints look like. From left: Grey Knight Steel, Iron Warriors, Leadbelcher and the original paint job, not sure what silver was used. Looks a bit lighter than Leadbelcher, but not by much.

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Then I shaded and dry brushed them with Necron Compound. I shaded the Grey Knight Steel with Drakenhof Nightshade, the other three with Nuln Oil. I find the difference between Iron Warrios and Leadbelcher to be barely imperceptible. Iron Warriors looks a smidge darker, but again it’s not much a difference. I did think it went on the mini a bit smoother than Leadbelcher. Still, I guess I’ll use it for my Angmar/Mordor orcs for Lord of the Rings. I plan on using the Grey Knights Steel for my new Fiefdoms army.

Here’s a couple more shots of the paints in the bottle. Again, it’s really hard to see the difference between the Iron Warriors and Leadbelcher.

Halflings hit Blood Bowl and Blitz Bowl!?!

GAMAReveals-Mar11-BBHalflingsMinis5scfThe GAMA trade show has finally brought us some much anticipated Blood Bowl news, and boy was it a surprise to some!  Speculation had run the gambit on the next team to see the light of day and personally I will admit that I was surprised.  The crew of WSTZ discusses the design of the new diminutive team and Jeff works his wizardry to translate this team onto the Blitz Bowl circuit!

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Celebrating Blood Bowl Through Blitz Bowl

Anyone I know fortunate enough to have a go at GW’s Blood Bowl Universe intro game, Blitz Bowl, has had a grand time. Released only in select markets its availability is limited which is a shame as this is a fantastic refinement of the Blood Bowl concepts by designer James Hewitt. This isn’t a review of the game or its mechanics, there are plenty of those to be found online, but how this limited release title enabled this hobbyist to finally be able to build a little Blood Bowl themed terrain.

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Oi! Dat’s my leg! Unboxing and Build of Blood Bowl Armored Troll and Killer Kontrapions

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Better late than never, Games Workshop has finally gotten around to giving us the last of the goblin secret weapons and a troll with two feet on the ground! I take the time to unboxing and assemble these fantastic new models, so follow along below and see how these new models come together.

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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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Middle-earth SBG: An Extended Elven Family

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Originally I was going to post this as a question to the Great British Hobbit League Facebook group, but it got rather lengthy so I decided to just write a post about it.

As you may know from previous posts I’ve been working on a Rivendell army for the newly rebranded Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game that hit shelves a couple of weeks ago. The new rules and profiles are brilliant and the game features army bonuses and a new ally matrix. There are now three levels of allies, historical (or green) allies retain their army bonuses when playing them together. Rivendell has three green allies: The Fellowship, Numenor and Lothlorien.

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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.