I’m back again with the next installment of my wood elves for Tale of Painters’ Tale of Tuesdays Blood Bowl painting challenge. For my next three models I painted one each of the wood elf positionals. Catcher, thrower and wardancer.
While I started all three models at the same time, I really struggled with the flesh tones on the wardancer and the thrower’s face, so the catcher was finished first. Again here upon painting I realized I didn’t properly fill the crack on his butt (that sounds a bit awkward, doesn’t it?).
I gunked up the thrower’s face pretty good on my first attempt, so she ended up taking a bath in LA’s Totally Awesome to strip her again. Fortunately the new contrast paints and inks I used came off really quickly but left my zenithal prime intact. I did the face first this time, and once I got it looking humanoid enough, I finished her off.
The wardancer was the one who gave me the biggest struggle. This is the first model I’ve painted that has so much human (well elven, but you get the point) skin. He ended up taking two baths in the stripper. Once I had the thrower’s face done I felt confident enough to do the wardancer. The skin is still a little rough, but it’s at a point where I know if I try to smooth it out more I’ll end up screwing it up. So I’ll call it good enough.
That leaves me with half the team completed! Which also happens to be a Blitz Bowl squad, which in case you missed it, we came up with some house rules for. I’ll leave you at the end with shots of the team on my brand new board. I know the pics make the board look much darker than my standard Blood Bowl grass basing, but to the naked eye they look pretty good on the summer side.
The day after I wrote my unboxing for the new Games Workshop Atherlorn Avengers kit, I started painting some minis for the Blood Bowl painting challenge put on by Tale of Painters. If you’ve seen my post on the Blood Bowl Community over on Facebook, I’ve been playing around a lot with Photoshop trying to nail down my team colors. While my Arsenal and Codillion Clarions color schemes got lots of likes, in the end I decided to go with a Celtic inspired theme. I felt this was both sporty and fit with the nature aesthetic I felt most wood elf teams would go for. Continue reading →
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.
Having been around the game of Blood Bowl for 25+ years, it takes a special look to get me excited about a team. Well, it takes that 2nd edition ‘fantasy sports’ look to be precise. I’m not sure if that style was once called ‘cyber sports’, but in my circles we just call it the ‘2nd edition look’. I’ve sort of passed along teams from the 3rd edition ‘Warhammer Army’ era, and have yet to pick up a team with the current GW ‘Gladiator’ (for lack of a term) aesthetics. In the past 3 years the most recently produced team I’ve fielded in a game has been the plastics from the 3rd edition box…and this is the most prized Blood Bowl book on my shelf:
I think you see where I’m coming from.
So…with those leanings I am trying to make an effort to not just stick to Oldhammer minis, but to find, and support, companies that are currently producing content for the game, _but_ with that style that excites my nostalgic and creative juices.
I have to admit that I actually skipped the last round or Made to Order minis. The reason I did not pick anything up last time is that there was nothing in the releases that I needed really. I already have all the Undead/Necro minis, I am not a huge fan of the Lizardmen team, and I have never really had a desire to play High Elves. This round is a little different for me.