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  1. Hi blog. Hi couple of you that read this from time to time. Long time no see. Hope things are going well for you in life. Things are going very well for me and I have been quite busy working on a fun little Goblin team for Blood Bowl. The Greenboyz! Those Blood Bowl fans out there may recognize The Greenboyz from their one appearance in White Dwarf issue #101 with this little snippet: Things weren't going so well for The Greenboyz back in that season but they turned it around for the 2487-2488 season when they managed to crush every team in their way to the championship. What happened you ask? Well nobody really knows... but most everyone is pretty sure it had to do with cheating. The Greenboyz roster from their winning season in 87-88 Earlier this year I was invited to participate in a special kind of Blood Bowl event that focused on the Teams of Legend from Death Zone Season 2. While I wasn't planning on creating and painting a Goblin team when the chance came up to take on the role of Head Coach for The Greenboyz I just couldn't say no! (and it wasn't even because of the copious amounts of ale I was bribed with I swear) And so the construction of this mighty team of legend began with... bunch of shopping and chopping. My goals for the team were: 1. Create a cohesive looking team of Goblins with various model ranges including GW. 2. Show each of the "skills" for the player in a visual way with conversions. 3. Have fun and embrace the Goblin aesthetic of The Greenboyz. I'm pretty sure I achieved all of these goals and more! Once the main body of the team was complete I began work on the pieces I wanted for the sidelines. One of these was very important... a way to represent The Greenboyz constant Fame +2. I chose to model stands full of drunk fans and also build an early Mark I version of "The Monstrous Mangler" - the most impressive secret weapon to ever exist, and ultimately the secret weapon which killed off the triumphant Greenboyz in the year 2492. In my version of this secret weapon the Goblins created a way to drive the actual stadium stands on to the pitch in the ultimate of pitch invasions! Still needed a few more sideline figures like Coaches, Cheerleaders, and the Apothecaries. I managed to get that done as well as the start of the team bus! My vision for the bus was simple and recognizable. A very famous goblin truck... With the added sideline complete it was time for a color scheme. Since The Greenboyz did not have official GW colors from the fluff (unlike most Teams of Legend) I worked up a color scheme that was really focused on both Goblins and the name Greenboyz. GREEN With my test model done I moved on to the massive painting project of all the fans in the stands, the sideline minis, and finally the team. I also managed to bodge up a couple more Goblins for when the stars of The Greenboyz want some back up (or get squashed by other Blood Bowl teams) and to fill up the roster. Next time... what happened at Legends Cup? Where else did The Greenboyz play (hint: it was Chaos Cup)? What is in store for the team moving forward? Check back here for more details Goblin fans!
  2. I'm slowly working on a list of Malal followers. I'm not sure how this one will be used... he might be a Hero?
  3. Those who lurk on this blog may have noticed my absence the past three weeks. It's been an eventful time but the majority of the past month was taken up with my best friend Udo who was in post cancer-surgery recovery. After coming through fine from the surgery we got the bad news... the cancer had moved to his lungs. He had just days to live. I spent as much time as I could with him before having to say goodbye. I miss him terribly. RIP my hairy buddy We're getting through each day but it has been tough. We knew Udo was getting old (he would have turned 11 this year) but we weren't expecting to go from healthy to dead in just a few short days. If you have a hairy loved on of your own be sure and give them some pets and love. You won't regret it. I began collecting and painting miniatures (and blogging here) just shortly after we got Udo as a puppy. It's the end of an era! And while I will be happy to not have his long hair stuck in each and every mini I paint or assemble I would gladly trade that it for some more time laying around the house together. Spent time after Udo's passing rearranging the house. Flip flopped our bedroom and studio space and moved all of the miniature and gaming things into the studio. It's not a massive space but it now has all of my art supplies, PC, and minis in one place. I'm hoping it will lead to massive bouts of creativity! So far it hasn't but I think that is to be expected. Here are a couple minis for this update. I didn't finish 3 and one of these was already mostly done (and not totally painted by me - ) but I wanted to get them posted here. First up we have another Chaos Warrior of Malal. Not in love with this paint job though it gets the job done. And then there is this thing. I'm not going to give away too much yet... but let's just say I have my work cut out for me in the coming months for a new Blood Bowl event coming up in September:
  4. First week without classes! Yah! Spent it doing some work around the yard, playing some games with folks, and playing music. Oh and I got these Preservers for This Is Not A Test painted up too. These are some grunts. They will likely get torn apart by mutants, cannibals, or other thrifty wasteland survivors. But at least they will do it in style!! Here we have the leaders of the warband - two of them in Power Armor. Getting things handled!
  5. It's spring! I mean it has been spring for some time but it's warm and the sun is out and things are growing. Spent some time this week working on a few landscaping projects. They take a lot more physical labor than the terrain landscape projects littering my hobby room. Didn't manage to spend much time painting minis as I was working on my final projects for the semester. Here's a peak at a WIP multimedia drawing: And here is the one mini I did get painted for the week - my test paint job for my This Is Not A Test Preservers warband named after X Files characters. Maximum nerdage! Not sure which one this is yet. Went for the slightly Fallout look. Probably too shiny but I figured those with the tech type stuff try to keep it looking good (and working). I might muck them up a bit still.
  6. Finishing up my current school semester and work is keeping me pretty busy right now. This week I only managed a little bit of painting. Here is a mostly finished (not the base nor the scroll) Plague Monk test model for my Pestilens AoS force. Decided to go for the classic gross greens and browns for my rats. Partly so they will fit in with the Nurgle Daemons and Chaos force I am also building up. I might go for a brighter bruised purple look for the Plague Priest characters... I haven't given their backstory much of any thought.
  7. Another week... another mini! This was a busy one but I did manage to get in a bit of Nurgle painting and gaming both. First up I have a test mini for my Nurgle Chaos Warriors. This one doesn't have a name yet. I wanted a dirty look but not too over the top with gross. I also wanted to add a bit of lighter color to get the miniatures to pop out. Didn't take too long and looks pretty good I think. Happy to get input! Had the chance to put them on the table yesterday and got a couple quick AoS 500pt games in with Furry. Mostly just learning our units and the game for an upcoming escalation/narrative campaign to be held this summer at the FLGS. My list was: Lord of Plagues (General) Chaos Warriors w/ Mark of Nurgle and Greatblades/Greatweapons x 10 Plague Drones x 3 Going in to the game I wanted to see how the fast moving Drones would fare, how the Chaos Warriors would stack up against a unit of 5 Blightkings (same cost), and if the Lord was worth taking as my General over a magic using Hero. First game as a capture and hold objective scenario. I sent the Plague Drones up to claim the middle objective and they were quickly met and engaged by Furry's Lord on Dracoth. I didn't expect them to make it long or do much damage but they managed to hold out and eventually killed the Lord on turn 2 after only losing 1 model from the unit. Fly power! After taking out the Dracoth mounted enemy the remaining flies were met by the Lord of Plagues who decided to take the fight to the Sigmarites inbound on their position. Charging in the Lord of Plagues made short work of the followers of Sigmar. Even with just 3 attacks the Rend -1 and D3 damage made short work of them. He's a gross little Ogre! Leaving the terrain the same we set up for game 2 which was another objective capture and hold type scenario. This time I wanted to get the Chaos Warriors into combat to see what they were made of! Get ready boyeesss! We've got fliers incoming! Back in the middle a mighty scrum kicked up with the Plague Drones taking on the Lord of Dracoth again and this time it looked like they might die to the razor sharp claws of the beast... though a couple lucky saves kept them in the game. Meanwhile everyone else piled up below them to hit each other to death. Swinging a mighty 20 times with their Greatblades the Nurgle Warriors dealt 10 wound though the Sigmarites managed to save against almost all of them even with the Rend -1. The Lord of Plagues kicked the rest of them down and the game was won.
  8. I've been very busy with the work and school and homework and not really sleeping schedule though not so busy I can't update this here blog!! This time around you get two weeks in one! Last last week was a fun bit of time painting the Nurgle Slugbeasts. Here are they in their not quite done glory (still need to add some gloss to them): I had fun painting these squirmy old slug monsters. I hope they perform well on the table as they slime my enemies.... Speaking of performing well... it's that time again! Time for Dog Bowl! This is the 5th year I have run this event with Furry and if it's like every other year it will be a great time. I happy coaches seem to enjoy the "underdog" boosting rules for the tournament and I am happy to see them playing teams that often get no love in the "competitive" scene. This year we also decided to do a fun little thematic Bloodbowl 7s match set in the Realm of Chaos. Depending on how it is received we might expand upon this for next year. Hmm... I wonder what these two Chaos Warriors could be for? It seems they have something on their minds... Oops! Or should I say Rats!?
  9. A stressful week! Spent most of it sick and very tired. After much rest I went back to work... or tried to before I got a flat tire on my car!! Argh! Needless to say I got very little done of the hobby front. But I did manage to get one Dwarf adventurer painted!! Here's Boozehammer 2.0 Drunk, angry, and ready to hit things with a hammer until they behave. Just the way a Dwarf warrior should be! Speaking of warriors I also spent some time building some Avatars of War "not Nurgle Chaos Warriors". The command - "musician", standard bearer, and champion Group with axes and blades And the ones with the bashy bits Overall I like the looks of them. I did add a few GW bits here and there to help tie them in more with the rest of my Nurgle forces. The kits were not easy to put together and have legs, torso, arms x 2, head, and then weapons. It was very challenging to get the two handed weapons lined up with the arms and much swearing was done in the process.
  10. This week was spring break. I had hoped to get lots of painting done but it turned out to be a very busy week of work and my evenings filled up with other activities. I managed to get a little bit of painting done but it was just finishing up some Nurgle models I had yet to complete. It's the first day of Spring and this lot is bringing things back to life... in the Nurgle way! The herald. Bringing back the funk with his collection of bells, guts, and mummified heads! His back up band leaders, aka the command group. Heads a plenty! Roadies. Can't they just clean up their act a bit? This puts my total at something like 20. And a group shot just for fun. They look gross, funny, and monstrous which is pretty much exactly what I wanted. The bases are not 100% finished and I have yet to add the final goo and gore which will come after I seal them up. Thinking about playing some form of Nurgle in a local escalation/narrative campaign in the works so I figured it was time to crank these guys out.
  11. Plague Hulk!

    Great! I was thinking the same thing (wanting a Soul grind for my Nurgle Daemons). I'll have to see what I can dig up
  12. Arcadia Ales - Mango Suprise IPA Beer Type: American IPA - 7.00% ABV Appearance: Classic Arcadia (new) art on the bottle with a tasty looking mango on it. Beer pours a light golden/straw color with a white lacy head. Smell: Soapy mango chutney? Does not smell like an IPA. First Drink: Initial taste is more like an IPA with hops but it is quickly followed by tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, and citrus. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Good carbonation. Last Drink: More sweet tropical flavors and a very bitter finish. Drinkability: I think these tropical flavored beers are the current trend. Kind of like sodas from the late 80's/early 90's. It's okay but gets old. Notes: Not a bad beer though I am not sure why they spell suprise without the additional "r" Verdict: 3.5 out of 5. Good for one or two but outlasts its welcome beyond that.
  13. Gotta have it. Gotta have more of that sweet, sweet, MALAL!! I haven't really finished any backstory or fluff for this particular Chaos Warrior of Malal. He was a weapon snip/ex-Blood Bowl mini I saved from the pewter graveyard and gave new life. Added his sword and shield and painted him up in a decidedly black and white style to honor his patron deity. I really like the hidden layers of character on his mask and behind the shield. Menacing! Here is the group shot as it stands in the current progress... but we have some new additions on the way! I picked this Chaos Chariot up in a trade some time ago and have struggled to find the right project for it (it doesn't look good with the newer Chaos minis). I slapped on a few extra bits and presto! We have some deadly wheeled reserves coming in for Malal. And what Malal force would be complete with out THE Daemon Prince. A mini I have been coveting for quite some time now... You know him, you love him, but we won't use his name... because this will be a Daemon Prince of Malal and I don't know his name yet! This was the first larger "finecast" GW mini I have built and it went together very smoothly. The details look good though there were a few areas I had to clean up (on the tail mostly). But it's not all Daemon Princes around here! I'm running a game of Pathfinder tomorrow and felt inspired to bang up a quick mini for one of the players in the group. Behold... Frodsak the Half-Orc Ranger! Still finding ways to use my pile of Bones minis from a few years back. Added a couple small touches to make him more WYSIWIG and add some toughness. I've slapped a bit of paint on him since this photo but I don't have a new image to share. You'll just have to come back next time to see it all finished! Til then...
  14. Stone Brewing - Ripper Pale Ale Beer Type: American Pale Ale - 5.70% ABV Appearance: Stone in a can! Got the stone devil with some bright surfer type colors on it. Beer poured a copper/amber color with a beige head. Smell: Dank hops aroma with pine, grapefruit, and resin. Doesn't smell like a pale really. First Drink: Something a bit soapy? Otherwise it's pretty much like it smells only with more malt. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a bite from the carbonation. Last Drink: A bit more tropical fruit flavors coming out of the hops and malt combo now. Drinkability: It's a bit odd for a pale ale and not what I was thinking it would be. Notes: Hard to follow up my last pale ale review with this one. Not even the same. Verdict: 3 out of 5. Too malty and dank for my pale ale needs.
  15. Plague Hulk!

    Very nice! Pardon my ignorance but is this a FW model or a conversion?
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