Saturday, 22 August 2009

Blood Bowl

What an awesome game.

Alan and I played our first three games of it today, the first two without the advanced rules or the four minute timer. I took the human team, and he took control of the Orks.
I won the first 3-0, and won the 2nd 2-1.
The 2nd game had an amusing moment where one of Alans Linemen had a clear run to the End Zone, but instead, he opted to block all my team to try and 'do em in'.
This, of course, in all accordance to Sod's Law, meant that one of his blokes would knock himself out, thereby giving me chance to stop his Lineman.
Still, it was fun game.

The last game we continued to play with just the normal rules, but this time we played with the four minute turn limit, which, is not as hard as I thought it first would be.
That game was another belter too.
Alan's Orks pushed forward for an early point, but before the half was out, I managed to peg one back by stealing away with the ball, and lobbing it to a flanking Catcher.
I used the same tactic for my second goal, but I needed two sixes. One to throw, and the other to catch. And with no re-rolls left, I was surprised, but happy, when they both came up.

So a good solid game I thought, and tough fight back to win 2-1.

So, my impressions on the game of Blood Bowl?
Its awesome.
Alan and I have seemed to have picked up the basic rules well enough. I think a few more basic games will be needed though, but as long as we keep playing it, we should be able to start with the more advanced rules soon enough.
Its such a fun and enjoyable game, and I have to admit, sometimes nail biting too.

So I look forward to playing more Blood Bowl games. :D

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Cheap as chips.

I went to Gateshead Gaming today, the place where I got all my other 2nd Ed 40k codexes from.
Took in a load of stuff to trade, and got a £50 credit. So I got 12 Dwarf Hammerers, 6 Foundation paints, and a copy of Blood Bowl, the most recent edition I believe.

But get this... the game has NEVER been used. Opened, aye, but never used. The models are all on the sprues still, and book is in mint condition, and the card counters aren't only still on the card sprue, but also still in the plastic covering!

Well worth the £25 it was priced at if you ask me.

Actually, thinking back over the year so far, I've picked up some damn good bargins.
  • ALL of the 40k 2nd Ed rules, and a 3k Chaos BFG Fleet - £10
  • 5 2nd Ed Codexes - £17
  • Liber Chaotica - £20
  • 2 Dwarf Bolt Throwers (Full crew) 16 Dwarf warriors unmade, 12 Dwarf Hammerers unpainted - £46
  • Great condition, never used Blood Bowl - £25

So, some damn good finds if I do say so myself. :D

Plus, I've gotten rid of a lot of stuff that I was never going to use again. I had thought about using eBay, but it is a lot of hassle. At least now, I have stuff I want, and plenty of space to store it.

Another good outcome of this, is that I haven't used any of my new model fund, which still sits at a humble £17.

Friday, 14 August 2009

ORKS: Warboss' Boyz WiP

So far I have most of the base colours down. I just need to finish off the silvers and bone work, before then moving on to the tidy up stage.

Since they are just going to be standard troops, I doubt I'll add much highlighting after the wash stage, but we'll see. At this point, I just want to get them completed to a acceptable table top standard, and extensive highlighting and layer work would only take more time. Time that could be better spent on getting the rest of the force up to 1000 points.

This way of painting though has reminded me that I do need to keep my skill levels up, so I do need to train myself. I think I will combat this by maybe pulling out one of the hidden models that I bought years ago and said to myself, "I'll save this for a project for when I'm better at painting!"

Well, I'm probably not better at painting, but one thing is certain, and that is, that it's okay to do standard work... but you do have to push the boat out from time to time, whether its to learn new things, or to make sure you keep your skill level up.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

General: New blog = New motivation?

So, I've decided, after viewing a lot of the other wargaming type blogs out there, that I would follow suit and make one of my own in the hopes that, twinned with my Deviant Art account, this will give me a load of new motivation to finish models and armies that have been gathering dust over the many years that I've been in the hobby. (14 years and still no finished armies to my name.)

In fact, I feel I need to give credit to this guy: Lone Pilgrim
His page, as well as his model point system and new model fund ideas have given me new found inspiration.

I have also recently changed the way I view to tackle my model making workloads. As of the start of this month, I have given up gaming with unpainted models. From now on, I will only play with finish minis. This sadly brought my 2k Ork army down to 500 points, but, I think it will only be better in the long run.
Also, my new plan of attack, is to paint 500 points a go of Army A, before moving on to 500 points of Army B, before moving on to 500 points of Army C etc.
This, I hope, will allow me to focus on small, easy bite sized goals, as well as keeping my painting fresh and enjoyable.

So, a little about myself and what I currently collect.
I'm a 25 year old lad from the sunny north east of England. I currently collect Orks and Dwarfs, but have plans for two Space Marine forces and a Chaos one. I also have a Chaos and Imperial BFG fleet. I want to get into Blood Bowl and Mordhiem, as well as a number of different gaming systems.
I also have a handful of mini model projects and dioramas that I want to do.
So, aye, heres to hoping this new plan of attack will work out.