Friday, 18 May 2018

Blood Bowl- Blue Dragon Cup 2018

I found myself in Sydney last week, and was pleasantly surprised to find there was a Blood Bowl tournament on in the heart of the CBD- the 2018 Blue Dragon Cup.

Details: One day, resurrection, 115kgp, 4 games.

At short notice, I was able to borrow a team from my old friend Vimes, his Japan-themed Bretonnians. I called them 'The Knights who say Nippon'*. I took four Knights, four Yeomen, and four Peasants with three rerolls.

Game 1- Vimes' Khorne

My first match was against Vimes himself, who was playing his 26th different team- a challenge I hope to meet myself soon. The Khorne Flakes beat me 2-1 and also 2-0 casualties.
Knights blunt the Flakes' offense

Game 2- Cullen's Dark Elves

I beat Cullen last year and this time he exacted his revenge. I couldn't get anything right against his  drow, and lost 3-0.
Knights push on the right wide zone

Game 3- Peakie's Nurgle

This was a great game against Peakie's Nurgle team, The Things That Should Not Be. He'd borrowed his team from Vimes as well. It was a real tussle, which I won 1-0. We both had great fun.
TTTSNB block the Knights' attack 

Game 4- James' Dwarves

This was a beautifully painted Dwarf team, the Kazak-a-Karak Krakens. I was one touchdown up at the end of the first half, but I had suffered badly with casualties and struggled to stay in the game in the second half. I was lucky to hold him off to a 1-1 draw, despite losing the casualties 6-1.
Knights smash into the Krakens' line

Overall, I came 7th of 12- better than I had anticipated. It was a great way to spend a damp Saturday, playing games and seeing old friends.

* And I was very chuffed to come up with this on the spot.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Genestealer Cult: Specialist Neophytes

I painted some more hybrids to go with my shotgunners for potential Necromunda shenanigans.

Nothing says 'Necromunda gang' like a heavy stubber, and I was really happy with this hybrid in his Bane mask. I added a few cartridges on the ground out of plastic rod.
Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrid with Heavy Stubber

This hybrid will be my leader. I have a weak spot for chainswords with hazard stripes, because health and safety.
Genestealer Cult Gang Leader

I love template weapons because I don’t have to roll to hit. This specialist with a flamer carries a spare orange fuel canister on his back.
Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrid with Flamer

I gave this guy a seismic cannon, which I like to think is a nod to the Rogue Trader/ Confrontation D-cannon. It jiggles you to death at a subatomic level.
Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrid with Seismic Cannon

Friday, 4 May 2018

Mansions of Madness: Sanctum of Twilight

I picked up another expansion for MoM recently- it came with four figures that were quick and fun to paint.

Charlie Kane is the avuncular, charismatic, and helpful politician.  Modern popular culture teaches you not to trust politicians, but he is the exception and decidedly a Good Guy. He's is a very useful figure for all sorts of games.
Charlie Kane

Lily Chen is ready to crane-kick those eldritch horrors right between their squamous rugosities. She gets bonuses for being unarmed. Her traditional dress ended up being more orange than I had intended. Reds, yellows, and oranges are the hardest colours- I think I'm getting better at yellow.
Lily Chen

The Wraiths can shift through walls. I rebased them on Renedra 40mm rounds.

I've had a few games of MoM recently, which have been fun. We actually won!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Anzac Day 2018- WW2 digger

This is one of my old OzMade 54mm figures I painted 15-20 years ago. He's carrying the Australian-designed 9mm Owen submachine-gun, and is kitted out for jungle warfare.

I added the helmet netting myself. I'm happy with the skin tones, but it could do with an overall wash to build depth and contrast, as well as better basing and foliage. (Not to mention fixing the chip on his collar...)

These evocative paintings by George Browning are of the 25th Infantry Brigade in the 1942 Kokoda Track campaign. I had the privilege of walking the Track in 2007- very hard to imagine doing it whilst being opposed.

That's me in the red.

Lest we forget.
All other pictures via the Australian War Memorial.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Genestealer Cult: Hybrids with shotguns

I've felt the pull of nĂ¼-Necromunda, particularly with Genestealer Cult rules becoming official. I've had a box of lovely neophyte hybrids sitting around, and I made some up with shotguns. My distant Necro-memories are that shotguns have a variety of useful ammo types and were my gun of choice back in the day.

Neophyte hybrids

Love the goggles

The stick of dynamite is awesome

This visor has a great '80s vibe

For the All-Father!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Warriors of Middle Earth

I acquired Warriors of Middle Earth, the most recent expansion for the excellent epic boardgame War of the Ring. These were a quick paint job that I'm happy with.

Dead Men of Dunharrow

Giant Eagles


Corsairs of Umbar

Giant Spiders


I've been neglecting the blog recently due to Life™ plus post-Painting Challenge slump. Coming soon- some crowd-pleasing favourites.

Friday, 23 March 2018

A Game of Thrones

I had my first game of the Game of Thrones boardgame, with five other players. It is a nice little design based on The War of the Five Kings, with armies and fleets plodding about the board. The first player to get seven castles wins, or else whoever has the most at the end of ten rounds. As soon as someone gets close to winning, his (or her!) rivals tear them down. There's some additional friction with unpredictable end of round events, and the intrigue is abstracted by blind bidding to decide turn order, tie-breakers, and other hierarchy. You cannot lose characters, which detracts from GRRM's vision somewhat!
I was House Greyjoy (black), and I can't say things went well. I was hit by a surprise attack from the Lannisters (red) led by Gregor Clegane and Tywin Lannister, their most powerful generals, which took Pyke and left me permanently reeling for the rest of the game and struggling to stay alive.
Game start- Westeros from the northwest

There was a continuous back-and-forth between Houses Martell (sand), Baratheon (yellow), and Tyrell (green), whilst Stark (white) built up their force and inexorably marched south. I threw myself behind House Stark lest they crush me alive, but wasn't surprised when they eventually stabbed me in the back! Curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal!

The overall winner was House Tyrell, with six castles, in a tie-breaker with House Stark. I felt somewhat vindicated that, since the Lannisters had expended so much energy attacking me, they ended up coming second last.

Game end- Greyjoy slinks away on their sole remaining ship!
I enjoyed myself (since the pressure to compete and win was off)! It's a nicely presented game that works well with six players, that captures many (but not all) of the saga of AGoT. Where were my dragons?!

This is as good a time as any to show some figures I painted in the just-finished Analogue Winter Challenge:

First, some crows. These are for the board game Zombicide, but are available separately, and I thought they would complement my SAGA revenants nicely. They could work as fatigue markers, and generally look good en masse.

Next, a boy and his wolf. The boy is from Elladan, and I worry about the join between his wrist and his sword-hand. The wolf is from Reaper and is my first figure from their Bones range.

Finally, my first figure from Annie at Bad Squiddo was her 'Little Lady Warmonger', which comes with a mounted and dismounted version. A cracking little sculpt!

So, I'll be keeping a close eye on Fireforge's upcoming figure ranges...