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21st October 2014: Going On A Quest

Unfortunately we failed to continue our interest in developing the 40K-S ruleset, though to be honest it was nearly there the last time we had some games and probably won't take much more effort to finish when we get back into it.

Our interest these last few weeks has all been about an old game that nevertheless is fairly new to me - Warhammer Quest. I had only ever played once before, which must have been at least a decade ago, and our party was wiped after just four board sections. How hard it seemed, and how little I knew of the rules, always left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth and I never had much interest in trying it again or learning it properly. I was always much more motivated to play the games I already knew the rules to such as Blood Bowl or Epic.
Wanting to keep the gaming wheels turning I have however started to get into it as it seems it's the only game Scoob wants to play at the moment.

To try it out we did a series of four games, of which we only managed to complete the first one, and the fourth of which led to the deaths of two of our four characters. Again the difficulty and the surprisingly long time it takes to finish a game have annoyed me a little. But Scoob assures me once the characters are levelled up a bit it becomes much more fun. So rather than quit or start again, we have decided to keep the two survivors and ramp things up even more, by switching to a 6-man party. I've bought some new Reaper Bones models rather than use the old Warhammer models that I had been using, but they've proven a bit troublesome to both prep and paint. Due to the very flexible plastic they are made of, some of the models arrived badly bent, and I've had to try reshaping them using boiling water. But still some problems remain.

On the painting side, you can tell there's a lack of detail compared to the original metal versions, and at some points I'm having trouble knowing where one colour should end and another begin.
It seems the only thing I have managed to do with little trouble over these last few weeks is print off some new, larger rooms for the game, to allow for the bigger party and the extra monsters that will be needed. I actually made most of the rooms myself which was pretty cool to do.

One of the other things that annoys me with the game is the fact you have to roll the dice for the monsters, either rolling them against yourself or against your team mates. So along with the new models and dungeons we are preparing, another thing I wanted to do was make some random dice rollers. Now the computer will roll against us and I'll feel less of a dick for rolling all those sixes against Scoob.

The very bendy Reaper Bones models

The very bendy Reaper Bones models

Printing some bigger Warhammer Quest tiles

Printing some bigger Warhammer Quest tiles

In Blood Bowl news, I finally got around to trying to turn Tifa into Bertha with an old Warhammer model's cloak and a whole load of green stuff. She looks absolutely shite, but I'm no sculptor and I've done the best I can. Hopefully some paint will help her fit in with the other models somewhat.

I've also had a lot of trouble undercoating Impact's Amazon team. These ladies are made of the same Trollcast Resin that the Sarcos team are made of, which gave me no trouble at all. Though I prepped them exactly the same with the soap and toothbrush scrub recommended for such models, the white Halford's spray I tried just flaked off them almost immediately. So I had to scrub them all again, and assumed it was the spray that was at fault. However, I then bought some Army Painter white spray, after being very impressed with their blue a few months back. But still the same problem persisted. I would say that the Army Painter spray flaked off even easier that the Halford's spray, and once again they had a scrub to remove the paint. You can see on the picture below that very little of the spray managed to stick after a gentle scrub.

In the end I've had to paint Skull White onto them with a brush, which seems to have stuck fine. I have no idea what was going on there.
Overall very disappointed with that Army Painter white, as it has laid down a fairly rough texture on the new Reaper models as well, making it even harder to paint them.

Blood Bowl prep work

Blood Bowl prep work

8th July 2014: Weird Green Things

And so the wheels are still slowly turning. I actually managed to do some painting a few weeks back, finishing my Marine Scouts at last, as well as a few Guard characters.

I decided to try a new trick so I could use some of the other Battle Sister models I had in the loft. Poor girls had never had backpacks since I got the models second hand. So to get them up to speed I bought some Oyumaru compound to make some moulds, allowing me to make some crappy green stuff replacements. They look pretty lame, but painted up I might get away with it.

Actual painting and stuff

Actual painting and stuff

Making new backpacks

Making new backpacks

What are these weird green things on our backs?

What are these weird green things on our backs?

Though I wasn't planning on buying any more stuff, I couldn't help but round my Blood Bowl teams up to 10 (should not have made it 9 with those Lizardmen I tell ya) with the purchase of Impact's Amazon team and a Willy Ramtut star player, who looks freaking bad ass. I went looking for a good model for Bertha Bigfist, as I like the idea of a female Ogre star player, but all the ones I could find looked either too pathetic or were far too large. I'm wondering whether my old Tifa keyring can be converted up, but that would require skill which I don't have. But she is scaled quite perfectly for the task...

I wonder if Tifa wants to Bigfist someone

I wonder if Tifa wants to Bigfist someone

23rd May 2014: Stuff's Happened

I've spent many hours going through all my old and never used models that have been collecting dust in the loft, preparing them all for a spraying marathon. It's been very strange tidying up my old Space Crusade stuff, which me and my friends utterly destroyed with our crappy painting efforts back in the early 90s. I've also finally glued together my Orks and Gretchin which I've owned since the 2nd edition box set, so my warboss has got some Boyz to hang around with.
With all my terrain done and (hopefully) soon all my spraying done, all I'll have left is many hundreds of models to paint. I highly doubt I'll be as motivated to get stuck into all those though...

Lots of prep work

Lots of prep work

I lucked out recently when I had some models given to me, including some 6mm scale stuff and an original Varag Ghoul-Chewer and Horkon Heartripper. I used to have Varag back when I started playing Blood Bowl in 94, but for some reason I cut his hands off and glued them to a Black Orc to make my own version of the model in an attempt to make him more imposing. More recently I was actually planning on using a Black Scorpion model and an elf I got free with White Dwarf as these characters, but obviously these two new additions will take their rightful places on the pitch.

Gots me some originals

Gots me some originals

17th June 2013: All Stop

Yet again the wargaming wheels have come grinding to a halt. After finishing the first Blood Bowl Season 6 knockout tournament we only did one more game, this time in a little 4 team league. Hopefully we will get around to finishing that off soon, and then see where we are. Unfortunately Scoob and I were left to do the games on our own, and that hasn't helped.

I actually managed to do a little painting though, getting all the new teams undercoated and their base colours on. The Crocoviles are going red, the Grog Guzzlers are going brown and bronze, and the Ladies Of The Might are going dark grey and dark blue. I want the Undercity Cheese Thieves to have some kind of yellow as their team colours, but I reckon that it will be a biatch to paint.

Converting players

Converting players

My new teams must be Man Utd fans

My new teams must be Man Utd fans

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