Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hack Enslash - Completed November 2012

Hi All,

Here's a recent conversion to make a suitably pint-sized Star Player for my ongoing Deadling Necromantic and Undead teams.
The model is a two-piece conversion, the Deadling skeleton is from Impact! and the Chansaw and hands was cut from an unfortunate goblin made by Neomics. Due to the size, gluing was a bit fiddly!

I may add a bit of blood spatter sometime later to the model, but at the moment I'm not sure how best to do this...

I've now managed to get 3 different uses out of the same miniature! :-)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Skaven Blitzer - Finished October 2012

I recently finished this model for the Talk Fantasy Football 2012 Legacy team, which this year is Underworld!

The team is shaping up nicely - here's a shot from the organiser of models received so far:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spiky's guide to stripping models

Hmm, I wonder with that title if I'll be getting a few extra hits on this blog... Anyway I thought I'd share a step by step guide for how to remove paint. This is especially handy as badly painted models always sell for less on Ebay and stripping the paint is very easy.

This method works equally well with plastic and metal models. I'm not sure if it would work on the Humbrol type enamel paints though, but definately sorts out acrylic paints. I've also used Nitro-Mors for stripping before, Dettol works just as well and is not carcinogenic - Bonus! :-)

You will need:
1) A bottle of Dettol - see the picture below, it's available from any supermarket
2) An old toothbrush
3) A glass jar with screw on lid
4) Rubber gloves (otherwise your hands will smell for a while)

Step 1
Pour enough Dettol into a clean jar to cover the model. Stick the model in and pop the lid back on. Leave the model at least 24 hours!

Step 2
You'll know that the model is ready to remove because the paint goes all baggy and starts to separate from the miniature. See below for an example:

Step 3
Put your gloves on and fish the model out of the jar. Dip the toothbrush in the jar and use it to scrub the paint from the model. The paint should come off very easily, but you may need to keep dipping the toothbrush in the Dettol to keep it lubricated.

It's important that you don't wash the model in water at this stage otherwise the paint will turn into a sticky mess! Use some more Dettol to rinse the paint from the model

Step 4
Once the paint is away from the model, it can be rinsed under running water, and dried in a bit of kitchen towel. It may be a bit smelly, but otherwise completely ready for painting!

There you go! Hopefully this was of use :-)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crumb-Bowl Saturday 21st July

This may be the only tournament I attend this year, so I thought I'd post about it. It started as a side event for our league (the Cakebowl League) but we went NAF sanctioned and opened it up to everybody! We had 32 attendees which for a 1 day tournament is pretty good, I think.

I decided to take my Necromantic Undead team, as I'd had some good experience with them in league play. With 1,100k to spend I went for 2 Golems, 2 Werewolves, 2 Wights, 1 Ghoul and 4 Zombies, giving me 11 players and 3 re-rolls plus a Cheerleader and Assistant Coach.

I only took the one Ghoul because I'd had trouble protecting 2 in league play, and with no regeneration and low armour they are big targets. The limited skill slots was also another reason for not taking the 2nd Ghoul, as we were allowed 5 skills to add to the roster, one of which could be a double, so I played it simple and went for block on both Werewolves, the Golems and the Ghoul. This meant everyone on the team was a reliable hitter except for the 4 Zombies.

First picture is the tournament organiser Glowworm telling everyone to play nicely:

Next picture is the lovely silverware on offer at the tourney - the Cups are for 1st to 3rd place, with smaller custom trophies for Most Touchdowns, Most Casualties, Stunty Cup and the International Glowworm Award (also known as 4th Place), plus the amazing SCHWING award and Wooden Spoon:

 Game 1

I got drawn against DDark, was part of the Exiles contingent who'd come up from Bournemouth. He was playing with Halflings and I was delighted to see that he was using the same models that I was using for my Necromantic team - the Deadlings produced by Impact Miniatures! I really love the team as the models are great and they're also able to be used to represent several of the Bloodbowl races, although in this particular game it was slightly confusing for me!

He'd taken 2 Treemen, Deeproot Strongbranch and 2 re-rolls along with a load of halflings and a Master Chef. For skills, he took Block on one Tree and Guard on the other, with Sidestep on 3 Halflings

Things got off to a good start when his Chef failed to steal a single reroll in the first half. I received the kick and blitzed upfield with a Werewolf, expecting that with all my Block skills and rerolls I should knock a few of the little fellas out of the game early before scoring.

Unfortunately my blocking dice were abysmal and I had failed to even knock down a single Halfling throughout the whole first half! DDark is a very experienced player and I went into the second half 0-1 down and defending - very aware that another good throw teammate score could seal the game.

The 2nd half started pretty badly too - although his Chef only stole one re-roll, and my kick went deep so I didn't need to worry about a quick score - but the 3 Trees on the Line of scrimmage sent all 3 of my defending Zombies for a nap in the KO box in his first turn.

He failed to pick up the ball, and then fumbled a throw which allowed me an opportunity to steal the ball from 3 tacklezones (needing to roll a 5 or more), dodging and then handing off to equalise.

In the last drive, I marked the trees with the Golems, who proved to be more resilient and caused a few problems. I managed to steal the ball and again ran upfield to finish my first game on a 2-1 score.

  Game 2

 Still shaken a bit from my near defeat against the Halflings I was drawn against Hawk, who as Glowworm had pointed out to everybody was the only person not to gift-aid his paypal tournament entry. Hawk had come across from Essex to play, and had won his first game with 5 touchdowns. He was using Wood Elves and had 2 Wardancers, a Treeman, 2 Throwers, 1 Catcher and 5 Line Elves. He went with Strip Ball and Sidestep on the Wardancers, Kick on a Line Elf,  Leader and Hail Mary Pass on the Throwers.
I elected to receive and a high kick close to the line of scrimmage and caged, but was promptly turned over when the Wardancer leapt into the cage, stripped the ball and collected it up. Some more elves dodged through the defense to pin players and he scored in his 2nd turn.... and again in his 4th turn employing exactly the same method.

I was able to regain a small amount of dignity with a score before the end of the first half. During this time the Wardancer also had failed a leap so one of my Zombies wasted no time and badly hurt him with a foul, being sent off in the process.

In the next half, the remaining Wardancer scored easily, hugging the sidelines to make the blitz really awkward. I received and pushed forward, but lost the ball in my opponent's half and Hawk used his Thrower with Hail Mary Pass to hoof it upfield and outdistance my defenders. He really put the pressure on and was rewarded with his 5th touchdown before the game ended. Result was 1-5 loss to me, and Hawk went on to win the Most Touchdown award which was very well deserved.

The game went fast, so I was able to take a picture while most other people were still playing:

  Game 3

My last game was against Stu who is a local and a new member for our league. He took Dark Elves and had 2 Blitzers, 2 Witch Elves, an Assassin and 6 Line Elves. The Blitzers took Dodge and the Witches took Block, while the Assassin took Multiple Block.

Stu received and pushed down the sidelines, forgetting about the frenzy on my Werewolves. My kick had gone deep and I ran a Werewolf forward to intercept the ball carrier if possible. One of the blitzers fell victim to a crowd push and the fans obligingly injured him.

I managed to steal the ball for a score, and crowdpush another player before the 1st half ended

In the 2nd half, I collected the ball and caged up but then failed a handoff to a Wolf who was in scoring position so the Dark Elves were able to dodge through my line, pick up the ball and run off to score.

I received again and this time made myself a problem by frenzy pushing the Assassin next to my ball carrying Ghoul. The Assassin was knocked down, but stood up and stabbed the ball carrier for the blitz. Luckily he failed the armour roll and was also stood next to the sidelines so was shoved out and injured by the crowd in the next turn. I handed off to a Werewolf who galloped in for a second touchdown! Stu was running out of players by this time, and I had enough time to steal the ball and score again before the half ended, finishing the game 3-1

This gave me a 2-0-1 score for the day, but I'd not picked up many additional points which put me in 10th place out of 32 which I feel wasn't so bad!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Basing models

I've tried several basing methods over the past few years, and there always seems to be a balance between the length of time you spend on basing and how good the bases look...

Up until recently, most of my models have been based with sand over PVA glue, painted then drybrushed with 3-4 progressively lighter colours before flocking with some grass on top.

This has been somewhat time consuming so now I've found a corner to cut - pre-coloured sand! To be honest I saw this on Nazgob's blog, and picked up some brown coloured sand when I next saw a model railway shop.

My basing is now much easier and I only take 3 steps as shown below:

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bloodbowl Chaos Team - Work In Progress

Here's my Chaos team - they frst started getting painted back in around 2004 when I used them in a league at the local GW store. I've been using them in the Cakebowl League this season, and finally they're getting finished!

Here's the warriors - the 2 on the left were painted years ago, and the 2 on the right over the last couple of weeks... The main reason I delayed painting this team was because I was worried about whether I could get them to match.

And the Minotaur - I know he's not the most efficient use of TV, but the high ST and Mighty Blow do have their uses! I love the old 2nd Edition models as they fit nicely size wise. He's based on 30mm and was finished in the last couple of weeks

More pics to follow soon once I've got some more beastmen finished....

Prize for the 2012 Cakebowl Tournament - finished 20th May 2012

 Here's a model donated by Sann0638 as a prize for 4th Place at the Cakebowl this year. The model is Zorg by Impact Miniatures. For those that don't know, our fellow club member Glowworm has always complained about not having prizes for 4th place.

I was the lucky recipient of the very first 'Glowworm' award last year at the Cakebowl, and I understand that the NAF are now considering making a Glowworm award a requirement for any future tournaments to be sanctioned by them... you heard it here first.

Just for Glowworm, I stalked his facebook page for pics of his tatoos and did my best to replicated them on the model. I'd better also note that I don't believe Glow has a large red number 4 inked across his stomach...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Deadling Cheerleader - Finished 24th May 2011

Hello! Okay so it's been a few months since I last posted... this doesn't mean that I've not been painting, it's just that with upgrading to Windows 7 I lost my easy way of adjusting the colour balance of my photo's so I didn't have anything good to share...

Anyway, here's a Deadling Cheerleader that I've converted and just finished last night. The conversion was very easy, just bending the arms and adding bobs of greenstuff to make the pom-poms...