2021/03/31

Chaos Dwarf Team Part 3

 Chaos Dwarf team part 1 | Chaos Dwarf team part 2 
I've started a test model to try a paint scheme for my chaos dwarfs. I wanted them to pop and to break away from the traditional colour schemes for chaos dwarfs.
Test model. I always feel I like purple and orange together even though they don't quite fit in colour theory. You can get them together in triadic and tetradic schemes but not quite how I envisioned it. In a triadic scheme, green is the third so I went with a grass base which does balance things out a bit.
Test model for the hobgoblin- I went with yellow. Think the idea first germinated as a child when I saw a hobgoblin bottle in my brother's room. Think ever since then I have had a notion that hobgoblins should be yellow. It was also because I wanted to try yellow against the purple since they are complementary colours. Grey and yellow also work well and once I've layered the grey I'll add a bit of devlan mud to grime it up a bit and tie things together. 
I was getting a bit stuck but felt I had an idea so decided to just get started blocking colours out.
Quite a mess on my table as you can see! My excuse is that I have some other projects on the go but I'll say more about them in a bit. Things to spot in the picture, you can see my take on Zzharg Madeye in the far back, and a coach a bit further forward. More pictures of him once he's further along. The model is from the earthshaker cannon. To the left a bit there is also a musician to join the cheerleader squad. 
I decided that I wanted more variation between my bull centaurs. Also, if  I wanted to run the star player Hthark the Unstoppable (if he gets re-introduced) I wanted three different models. This would also allow me to rotate between models if they die, as you are only allowed to roster two bull centaurs. I ordered this guy from eBay, chopped off his sword, gave him knuckledusters and chopped off the standard hand and added the stylised glove. 
I did luck out with the legs though but there isn't that big a difference between the two sculpts of legs so I'll be alright. I do feel like there are a good spread of individual features for each model in the trio. 
The apothecary is coming along. He is a bit tall compared to the other dwarfs but it will be alright. 

Okay. I wanted to share the first of my side projects. I'm reworking the blog design. It has been on my to-do list for some years now. I've still got quite a bit to go but I've started. Thoughts and feedback on what you like, dislike and what you'd like to see would be very much appreciated.
My second project is that I'm working on splitting the name generator into three separate generators and adding a whole lot of 40k. I've been trawling the Necromunda books and made extensive name and gang name generators for all of the different factions. I'm happy to say that it's not that far from being finished.

2021/02/25

Coach Conversions and stuff

Getting some coaches made up for the argue the call rule and rounding off the teams a bit better. A bit of everything post this month.
On the left you can see where I've been trying out paints on some random models. These will work nicely as assorted fans to go in the stands. Some balls in the front and some chaos dwarfs to the right.
Sorted out the shoulder pad on one of the reposed black orcs, top down view.
Black orc seen from behind. Link to Black Orc Team
Dark elf coach before priming. She's from Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven Warhammer Underworlds. The scroll is form the empire flagellants set. I changed the emblem on her stomach to a broken heart after this picture.
Halfling and Lizardmen coach. Halfling is from adventurers box from back in 2000 for talisman or warhammer quest. You can see more about that box here. Again the scroll is from the empire flagellants set. The Lizardmen coach is from Tehenhauin Prophet of Sotek.
A slightly adjusted coin to fit better with the heartbreakers A rule book to step on from the empire flagellants set, very useful set for bits. An Akhorne extracted from the halfling head he was perched on and repositioned tail.
Chaos coach that seems quite displeased with a rule and or play not going according to plan along with two assistant coaches. Dug these guys out of the warhammer quest Silver Tower box.
Priest of sigmar seemed like a good choice for coach for the new Imperial Nobility team. Also out of the warhammer quest Silver Tower box.
Halfling coach still not finished but started to get the base colours down. Link to Halfling Team
Stepping on the rule book.
Chalice of coffee- a must for any coach. Link to the Dark Elves team
Size comparison.
I need to redo the base on this guy, not happy with how flat it looks. I will add some sand and repaint it. The coach is a bit odd as he has chameleon eyes but sort of a normal sail. I went with a red crest to give him a bit of sotek's fierceness.
I like the little lizard on the back. I tried doing a bit of patterning to both of them to give them some interest.
Here is more of what I hope to achieve with the base. 
Turnmarker/Score marker. Link to the Lizardmen team
The sun has more or less forsaken me at this point it seems. I need to arrange a better photo set-up. This Goblin in his fancy fur cloak and gold chain, will coach the elven union for now, don't have many good elf models. The model is from the Gnobblar trapper blister pack. Link to the Elven Union Team
Yeah I painted up the cloak as a wolf pelt with greys whites and yellows but it doesn't really show at all in the picture...
While painting up my elven union team I kept rubbing of paint from their hair so decided I would look in to getting a painting handle. I remembered our empty salt grinder. So both green and cheap.
I cut out the top of a tin of mushy peas and glued it down on top to let my magnets stick to something metal. The bluetac around the edge is just to have if a base hasn't been magnetized or not been based yet or if it spins too much.
Allows for easy spin too, ooo..

2021/01/28

Elven Union team finished

 The Elfheim Eagles in the box | Elven Union team part 1 | Elven Union team part 2
Pro Elf Blood bowl team
Finally managed to get these ready for the table. I really like the white and blue theme in the elven union art seen for both computer games. I had to simplify the colour scheme a bit. I tried originally applying more white borders on the armour pieces but it quickly became a bit too busy.

Pro Elf Blood bowl team
I also came to the realisation that even though I've put quite some thought into making sure all the positionals have identifying features, it is not easy to distinguish between the positions. So I implemented NAF colour coding into the colour scheme. The straps and ribbons are colour coded red for blitzers, yellow for catchers, white for throwers and grey for linemen. 

Pro Elf Blitzers
Nr 1 and Nr 2 
Position: Blitzers
The team's youngster 30 year old Meilhil Starbow and Caethronlos Whitelock

Pro Elf Catchers
Nr 3 and Nr 4
Position: Catchers
Arrathil Palewand and Eralflys Surehand

Pro Elf Catchers
Nr 5 and Nr 6
Position: Catchers
Riabbornael Fleetwing and Mortrintos Fleetfoot

Pro Elf Throwers
Nr 7 and Nr 8
Position: Throwers
Indsalbhir Sharpspear and Tabraflys Strongtower

Pro Elf Linemen
Nr 10 and Nr 11
Position: Linemen
Menirior Whitereed being the teams most senior player at 120 and Aeleslil Fellblade

Pro Elf Linemen
Nr 13 and Nr 12
Position: Linemen
Elthserea Silverleaf and Tethfenshir Youngstar

Pro Elf Linemen
Nr 14 and Nr 15
Position: Linemen
Istranbaine Seagleam and Mortasthea Soaringsun

Pro Elf Linemen
Nr 16 and Nr 9
Position: Linemen
Marchryir Youngleaf and Lothalsith Brightwand arriving late for the photoshoot and causing the confusion in the lineup.

2020/12/23

Black Orc Team

Part 2
I have a lot of team projects on the go with grandiose plans and ideas for how I want them. Some that I have finished converting but worry my painting isn't up to scratch to fit my expectation for the emotional investment in the team, and some where my imagination has dreamed up more than my sculpting experience knows how to deliver. This team drop from nowhere I feel like, please comment below if you know of an all black orc team (with goblin and troll) that has been mentioned in the Blood Bowl lore or in the Fumble secret league or something. So my thinking was the team seems to be more or less complete in the box so don't need to get any additional models. I haven't had a chance to dream up any big plans. Let's just assemble them, paint them in a quick and easy colour scheme and have another team ready for the table. 
You might have noticed in the picture I couldn't actually stick to my plan and leave things alone. I assembled the first sprue then realised I couldn't just do the same model but with a different head, I had to alter some poses as well.
So the bonesaw came out... and after a bit of chopping I was satisfied with the difference between them. 
I haven't gotten around to the troll yet, but I hope I can keep the ball rolling. 
I will do a bit of cutting to get him to stop salsa dancing. 
Varag Ghoul-Chewer. He's not part of the team but got included since he was on a green sprue.
I won't be attaching the ghoul spike I don't believe.
First pair of goblins. Left is un-modified. The right has the base of the normal shoulder pad cut off and got a new one curtesy of a Saurus Warrior from the Lizardmen fantasy range or Seraphon as they are called now. 
I also cut off the squigish bug thing that he was holding. I didn't see the need for it and was a bit of an eyesore I thought.
Here I introduced a new head from the Squig Hopper pack, since both these heads are noticeably similar. New head also conveys more of the thick skull trait. Cut off the hand of the old head and rotated it slightly. Shaved off the skull motif from the armour just to have a different look.
Cut off the arm and took the arm from the upcoming pair. And assembled it all in a striking power ballad pose. I probably should sculpt on some larger ears to fit in as who ever sculpted these guys did go all in with the size on goblin ears.
I seem to have shifted over from untouched on the left to on the right now.
My least favourite pose. It's all dynamic and stuff but looks a bit odd and only has one contact point for glueing. I lowered the toes down to give two contact points so he'll be less likely to break off when being dropped and knocked over. I'm not overly fussed about either of the heads but kept the full helmet one but got rid of the weird beaky one. But still went with a beaky but more of a vulture looking one from the squig set. 
So to try to convince anyone that this isn't the same model with a different head I needed to go a bit extreme. I cut both arms off. Put him down on the foot that was in the air originally and then went for the footballer/soccer player just scored and pretending he's a plane routine. Sort of goes with the avian head theme...
The smallest of the modifications- I cut the left arm just below the shoulder pad and rotated it and altered the angle slightly on the right one as well.
Easier to see from behind the difference in angle on the right/now the left arm.
Here we've got a full arm swap with the next pair since the glove/mitten is so recognisable I was going to take it out entirely first but since the muscle bulk isn't quite to scale with any other orc bits I had at hand I decided to go with just a swap and I think the poses are different enough to not be to eye catching.
I also rotated the right hand to be more of scooping motion. This is probably the modification that bothers me the most since the muscles in his lower arm do not align with that hand position but I'm trying to look the other way since I doubt it will be seen since it's shadowed by the massive bulk of his torso.
And we're back to modified on the right. Sawed off the left arm and rotated it in towards the body. 
Some filling needing to be done for the hole in the shoulder or  I could extend the shoulder pad to cover it but that in turn wouldn't be great for mobility, so I'll see what looks best.
As seen from above it's easily overlooked that these are the same model. 


Put this post together after a request from a reddit user to clarify what reposing I've done. Hope this helps and please do let me know in comments below if I should add some more pictures with red cutting lines where the cuts have been made.