Friday, 14 July 2017

Blood Bowl- Underworld Denizens

I had a few unfinished players left over from my new Underworld team, the Surrender Monkeys, and whilst I'm on a Blood Bowl high I thought I'd get them completed. So, here are a few more mutated goblins, a star player (and his biggest fan), and the team coach who is sharing his subtle strategies.








Lighting is a bit off today, they've got a funny hue.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Eucalyptus Bowl 2017

Euc Bowl was last weekend, and I had a great time with my new Underworld team, the Surrender Monkeys.

The Euc Bowl quick guide:  six games, two days, resurrection, Swiss pairing, ~125kgp, up to one non-double skill per player.

There were 54 coaches playing eighteen different teams. There were subtle incentives to take a variety of teams, which seemed to work- the most common team was goblins, and no-one took dwarves! Each round had a variety of unlucky prizes, such as the first coach to trip over on the touchdown line.

My roster was a Troll with Claw,  two Blitzers with Guard, two Linerats with Wrestle, one Thrower with Leader, one Thrower with Kick-off Return, seven Goblins (two with Two Heads), three Rerolls, and an Apothecary.
The Surrender Monkeys

Match 1


Chopper coached the Sin City Star Lords, a Pro Elf team. I got 2-0 up in the first half, and he tried valiantly to catch up but was unable to. Final result a 4-3 win with 2-1 casualties.
The Surrender Monkeys take it to the Star Lords


Match 2


I was relieved to face another elf team for my second match, as I knew I would struggle against a bashy team. George's Wood Elves, the University of Oregon, played a strong and unexpected stalling game to be leading 2-1 in the last turn. However, I pulled off a one-turn touchdown by throwing a goblin carrying the ball into the endzone for a 2-2 tie! It was really exciting watching every die roll, knowing that a failure would cost me the match. Casualties were 4-4 each.
The Surrender Monkeys barrel into the Wood Elf defences.

Match 3


Scott had an Undead team, Grabbed by the Ghoulies. He KO'd my Troll in the first half, and I was lucky to stop him from scoring leaving me 1-0 up at half time when my Troll recovered. He equalised in the second half, and with nothing to lose I pulled off a ridiculous dodging play to finish with a 2-1 win, although I was tailing badly 0-4 in the casualties.
The green ghoul has the ball- the Surrender Monkeys try to absorb the Undead drive

Match 4


I played JoeKano's Chaos Pact team, the Renegades of Skye. Joe won Euc Bowl last year with Amazons, and he had a slight edge over me for the first half. He played a really strong fluid cage play, swinging his offense easily from side to side. I luckily took out his Ogre early in the second half, which enabled me to win 2-1 by the end. I won the casualties 4-3.
The Renegades push down their left before swinging to the other wide zone.

Match 5


As yet undefeated, I was now on Table 2 and waiting for karma to catch up. Glen's orcs, the Eye Eaters, were happy to oblige, getting a Perfect Defence roll before the match had started. I loathe Perfect Defence more than I loathe Blitz on the kick-off table. This completely dislocated my offensive plans, and I spent the rest of the game trying to survive. I lost 2-0 with 1-3 casualties. Glen played very clinically, like a good dwarf coach, and there was little I could do. Glen ended up coming 4th overall.
The surviving Surrender Monkeys are helpless in front of the Eye Eaters

Match 6


I was relieved to face another elf team in the last match- Jason's Pro Elves, the Who's Town Rockets. He had an amazing thrower, and I was lucky to equalise in the first half 1-1. I got a few favourable armour rolls in the second half and took a leaf from George's playbook to stall for time. Jason put the pressure on, and I was lucky to dodge out of his grasp and score on the last turn for a 2-1 win.
The Surrender Monkeys smash through the elf front line.

So, I did much better than I had expected with a team I had never played before, with 4-1-1 record. This was enough to give me an overall placing of 6th! I don't think I've finished that high up the ladder before. I had a lot of lucky plays, which helped me pull draws from losses and wins from draws. The winning team was Bojo's Undead.
The prize table

I was impressed with the Underworld- the Skaven are really quick and the goblins are fairly flexible. The Claws on the Troll weren't great, but I didn't play too many high armour teams. I would have been better off with a Keg than the Apothecary. I could probably have dropped a Goblin and taken a few more skills like Diving Tackle or Side Step.
Loot

I've now played tournaments with 21 of the 24 official teams!

Best painted team: Jonno's Halflings on their display base!
Additional photos from the Euc Bowl Facebook page.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Blood Bowl Underworld

It's Eucalyptus Bowl this weekend, and I'm taking the Underworld. This team is an unholy alliance between goblins and Skaven, and they are both affected by mutating warpstone.
Blood Bowl Underworld- The Surrender Monkeys

My team is the Surrender Monkeys, and they are by Goblin Guild Miniatures. I struggled a bit with colours, but was really happy with the goblin skin. I would have liked the purple warpstone to have a bit more of a glow to it, but I ran out of time and energy.

There are two Skaven linerats- one is quite unaffected by mutations, the other is a bit vitally challenged!
Underworld Skaven Linerat

Underworld Skaven Linerat
I really like both the throwers. They're great poses, and the blind one sees more than you may think!
Underworld Skaven Thrower

Underworld Skaven Thrower
The two Skaven Blitzers are great sculpts as well. I like their eye guards.
Underworld Skaven Blitzer

Underworld Skaven Blitzer
The goblins are affected by a variety of mutations... I got a pot of Army Painter Warlock Purple just for the tentacle suckers!






The troll is half-rat, and has a big chunk of ingrown warpstone. It is made from some plastic resin and is really light.

I received a resin turn counter which I based and painted in team colours.
I have a few more figures to go, which I don't need for Eucalyptus Bowl so I'll put them on the back burner for now. You can see a few mutations and the team coach.
Next week I'll put up my tournament report. I'll see if I can get these little suckers working for me!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Deathwatch Blood Angel

The Blood Angel Antor Delassio with his jump pack, chainsword and hand flamer. Again, this is a lovely pose with an annoying excess of bling. I am quite happy with the hair, but am thinking of adding some scorch marks to the flamer muzzle.




I think I could have gone a bit brighter on the engine glow.


My technique for the black armour is to carefully paint edge highlights in medium and light grey, then to use black to tidy up and make them sharper. It's laborious, but I cannot find a faster way to get this result.

Skull count: 10
Squad Total Skullz: 20

Next weekend is Eucalyptus Bowl, I need to pull my finger out and get a team together!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Deathwatch Space Wolf

My next Deathwatch is the Space Wolf, Drenn Redblade. He's a great, dynamic pose, but still a challenge to get looking good as it is such a busy sculpt.


How does he fit his hair into his helmet?

The runic writing on the chainsword was a pain to highlight.

Skullometer: 3
Squad Total Skullz: 10

Friday, 9 June 2017

Deathwatch Dark Angel

Since I finished my Genestealer Cult from Deathwatch: Overkill, I eventually had to get around to the Space Marines. I have put these off for a while- they are technically challenging to paint, with black armour, lots and lots of grimdark bling, and an incoherent colour palette. As I struggle through them, I'll put them up on the blog.

The Deathwatch concept is that they are a collection of Space Marines from different chapters who are selected to be ultraviolent xenophobes by the Inquisition. At entry, their armour is recoloured black, except for the left arm which is silver plated, and the right pauldron which is left in its original colour. The squad I have are all bloody individuals, who have re-blinged their armour such that they have chapter specific bitz all over the shop. It's an aesthetic nightmare.

The first is the Dark Angel, Zameon Gydrael. I chose him because his robes meant there was less black to paint! Also, I didn't have to struggle with the eyes...




I wanted the predominant colour on the Deathwatch to be black, so I have tried to keep the amount of extraneous colours down. It's still a struggle given the sheer amount of crap they've got.

Skullometer: 7
Squad Skullz Total: 7