Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire – Ironskull’s Boyz

Had to decide that Warboss Grukk Face-rippa from Sanctus reach Stormclaw (now also known as Gitzog Wurldkilla in Kill Team) was going to be way too big for my fourth Black Orc. (I was going to attach some pictures of my attempt at make him fit for blood bowl but no luck at finding any pictures.

Here is the sprue. You can see the panel loin cloth that also appear on the black orcs so felt it must be meant to be but alas he's just too big, he makes big guys look small...

Anyhow I thought I give these guys a go.
I wanted to support Shadespire because the sets have all seemed to be really nice miniatures and neat little force for people to get started with.

I've seen they have released these boxes without the cards but they aren't really that much cheaper than with the cards...

Sideview not sure why I felt it necessary to include that but maybe I was trying to give an inclination to how big the box was but there isn't anything to show the scale how big it is anyway.

Comes in a little black tray that feels a bit unnecessary. There is the two decks as well but they could have been held in a cardboard strap if they didn't want them to rattle around. Might be different since this is directed more at the boardgames market.

The two sprues
Textured bases with the feet attached. No extra parts and no room for customisations since it's push fit.

Some mad photoshop skills. But I think this guy could work out as a blood bowl player. I just need to figure out the colour scheme.

Two card decks and instructions.
These are up for trade for anyone who is interested.



I've gotten hold of an unopened Cheerleaders blister pack. Sadly not for its original marked price.

Haven't seen this red foam for awhile. Feels bad to break it open being so well preserved so I will leave it until I'm ready to paint them.
Some lovely orc tassel action going on! Now I only need to track down the two goblin girls.
Slayer musician and banner bearer. I've been trying to get hold of this musican for some time and managed to find him with the standard bearer just before Christmas. He has an axe in his hand rather having it strapped on his back which is more suitable for a cheerleader but seems to be a more rare model.
Back. Will go along with the miner musician shown in the dwarf team post


Close, but no cigar

The weekend before Christmas I was pushing to try to get a draft of the time line finished to go up on the blog, for you, as a Christmas present to play with, but too many problems presented themselves on the way.

I thought I had some time over Christmas, surely I’ll manage then but alas again; I've made some progress but for every hurdle passed, a new one seems to be just beyond it. We have learned that no matter what you try, text wrapping isn’t supported in SVG 1.1, what I’ve been attempting is meant to be possible in SVG2.0 when that starts being implemented. As a workaround I’m introducing a new Html environment inside the SVG code at every text snippet.

It turns out z-indexing isn’t as simple as higher values are displayed on top. So I still need to figure out how this works.

As you can see I got a bit of a clogging on the left when there is more than two entries per year so I need to figure out how to lay these out.

I can't get the 'no repeat' on the background to work either, so need to figure that out.
Got plans for visual cues for things like the two tailed comment and end of the world in fantasy. The Gotrek and Felix books had more support in the world than games workshop allowed for...

To be continued...


Timeline II

Any spare time this month has been spent on furthering coding. It might not look like much but I had a breakthrough with the work on my timeline.

Might look like a mess but that black smudge means that the text is aligned height wise with the events.

You can also see that I've written and implemented some code so that the event lines don't overlap.

Next step is to repurpose the code for no colliding of the lines to work for the text. So it will make the snippets of text on the corresponding side of the line.

Collapsibles make things a bit more comprehensible. Still need to write up some css to make the entries look neater and contained. Was toying with the idea of scrolls.

You can also see me mapping out the split time line for blood bowl and fantasy. Written the code for the two new positions but haven't let it run through yet.

Short post this month but hopefully there will be some more content for next month.


Forge World

No Halloween special this year.
Before the price hike from forge world, I picked up, a bit more than I should, from them. Here are some of the spoils:

Legion of Azgorh Daemonsmith
Ork Mek Boss Buzzgob
Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard Command
Gretchin Crew
Grak and Crumbleberry
Grombrindal and The Black Gobbo Blood Bowl Star Player Duo

All in these really hard to open packaging. Think I spent equal amount of time trying to get in to the package as spent desprueing.
No protection for the models in there from rattling around but I guess there isn’t anything hard that would damage them?
Warhammer World exclusive.
Grak and Crumbleberry Blood Bowl Star Player Duo
They better give us some more halflings soon!

Was really glad to see that White Dwarf acknowledging Blood Bowl and adding a models and on top getting a official Black Gobbo! Has there been any previous official Black Gobbo models? I know there was a conversion guide but haven't seen anything about any actual models before.
When it comes to Gombrindal:
The age of sigmar White Dwarf model, (the repurposed leaping dwarf ) previously: Dwarf Dragon Slayer, can still be bought as Unforged in the disspossed faction) feels quite lacking in comparison to our Gombrindal. I really liked the different themed White dwarfs you could get from subscribing. I would like to pick up the vampire hunter one with the vampire goblin.
Team wizard for the chaos dwarfs. With the new race specific rules for wizards in the journals, it gives a reason to make up several different wizards rather than just making two (one for each side).
I thought I could use these for turn/score markers, cheerleaders and such.
Had trouble justifying this purchase but the goblin standing with the clipboard and a megaphone was just screaming blood bowl to me. He and the other goblin was a pain to desprue. Had to saw along the bottom since the wedge is so thick at the contact point. Was thinking if I could use the orc as a medic but think he’s a bit too much mechanic for that, he’ll go in bits box or trade.
Very expressive pondering confused faces. Probably will swap out what’s being held no current plan but will certainly come in use.
From left to right:
Maybe stretcher carrier
Have seen great referee conversion
Cameraman full model in next picture
Goblin just looks great when whining about being in pain.
Have had several different ideas for these two not sure what I’ll go with.
Weather mage maybe?
Full model if not camera crew would work well as spectator in the stands.
So much cut off resin, quite heavy as well. Won’t use it for terrain or similar due to the resin dust being unhealthy for you so trying to minimise any unnecessary work with it. Was doing all work desprueing out doors and with mask, might have been a bit overkill but no harm taking extra precautions.


Shop displays

Been accumulating a lot of pictures from popping in to shops and looking at the displays so about time I unload some.
I do really like these new industrial sets, I imagine they must be great for Necromunda.
The Brimstone Peninsula
With our poster boys Sigmarines I mean Stormcast vs Khorne who both need a bit more publicity because it's not at the point this is getting a bit dull now.
Necromunda girl in the background.
New boxset has changed out Chaos for some new undead at least, still loads of stormcast though.
Battle for Cadropolis
This first load of pictures is from Warhammer World
Slaanesh tainted
Sisters of Khaine
Even if I don't always agree with aesthetics and marketing decisions, I can't deny Games Workshop make amazing models.
Me still doing a blog on their products speaks for that I assume.
This is all the attention Blood Bowl get. I should be happy they get a place in the display, but it felt a bit lacking in effort and it being so barren around it doesn't help.

This load is from a Games-Workshop store in Bristol.
This guy seems to be a favourite to put in the window facing the streets in GW stores.
I think I've heard it nicknamed "the Cabbage" on some podcasts.

A picture where you actually can see something else than the reflections.
I like it, very compact though.
Here are some pictures from the Nottingham store.
It had several Golden Demon entries on display.
Not sure if the pin is due to this one winning a prize or just that it was competing in Golden Demon.
Eidolon of Mathlann – Aspect of the Storm,
Street window display for soul wars.
Awesome Vampire conversion
Too big for going on the Blood Bowl pitch sadly.
Think the pipe diorama is meant to take place onboard one of the sky ships hence cotton clouds.
Nice wolf diorama.
I like these objective markers but don't really have a reason to buy them.
Even though it's tempting to buy them, I know they would only end up on the pile with all the other unpainted terrain.
Blue bird.
It's very alluring to start collecting cute nurglings but think I have to restrict myself to snotlings, at least until I start converting up a nurgle team. Probably will pick up the newly released team but only for the balls, coins, marker and to support the new release of blood bowl, but think I'll convert up the players myself.
Sigmarite marauder queen.
Diffrent angle.
Don't know what the token is for? Feel free to leave a comment and enlighten me.
Was looking at these but found the full box cheaper online, so got the card as well so if someone is interested in them, they are up for trade since I don't think I will be getting into Shadespire. I should spend some time to put up my trades page with everything I have and the things I'm looking for, all in its time.