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19th March 2013 - Trying To Grease The Wheels
Wow. Just 4 blog updates all last year, and this first 2013 entry nearly 4 months in. I really suck at keeping up with all this stuff.
Anyway, I've been pushing a bit recently trying to get everyone back into the idea of wargames, and there's a little bit of interest again. We're not really liking the idea of 40K though. I doubt that it will ever become a popular game with us again. Where there is definite interest is in Blood Bowl. We've decided to definitely scrap the League Of Doom we were doing before, and instead just play random games with random teams whenever we feel like it, but keep the teams from the league and continue their development. Hopefully it won't just be me and the Scoob, as several others have expressed interest in learning the rules. So fingers crossed.
With this looking like it's gonna happen, I went hunting for that 8th and final team I'd always wanted. Back in the 90s, I sold my Skaven, Dwarf and Dark Elf teams to friends, and have always regretted it. I cobbled together Dwarf and Skaven teams over a year ago, so it made sense to go after Dark Elves, as I'd always wanted them back. However, as much as I like the GW Dark Elf models, I just was not gonna pay over £40 for a team and still need to go looking for assassins and star players. And then I came up against another stumbling block when I found out that Impact! minis had released their lizard team in plastic resin taking its price from £60ish down to £20ish. And this for a full team with big guy. Why GW's Failcast went up in price when many other company's restic prices come way down I've no idea.
So, with no real good Dark Elves out there I was gonna just go with the Lizards as the 8th. Then I had another plan. If I got the female Dark Elf team from Shadowforge I could sometimes use them as Dark Elves and sometimes use them as Amazons. As I couldn't choose between these two ideas, I went for both, and put in orders for my first wargaming minis in a very long time.
So just recently a whole host of minis, some new and some rescued from the loft, have been added to my Blood Bowl collection. These include the Shadowforge Wicked Elves, the Sarcos team by Impact & Roll Jordan, and a Reaper Bones minotaur to give my Chaos their big guy at last.
I may have saved some money, but these teams are definitely gonna give me more work to do. The Wicked Elves have quite few mold lines where the 2 halves were not lined up right. Got a few problems with my first ever resin purchase as well, with holes and such, but I guess that's what you get for buying a crappy resin £23 team which in metal costs around £60. Not that it should be an excuse mind.
Damn resin shite
Big guys getting ready to rumble
On another brighter note, finally getting around to working on the WARGAME rules I started months ago. There'll hopefully be a tabletop wargame and hex-based board game. The original plan to also do a 6mm ruleset has been shelved for the moment, as I've already done that with the old Epic-S rules which seem perfectly playable, if not 100% finished.
What's cool about the WARGAME idea is that I could take all the fantasy football big guys from the above pic (well, except the Deathroller) and make a unit of monsters out of them that I could use to beat the crap out of an opponent. I'm aiming for it to be quite flexible so you can make units out of lots of different 28mm models. I could always use the Deathroller as a biker model...