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10th March 2016 - Can We Stomp Yet?
A few years back we were really into playing Blood Bowl, enough so that I even made my own board to play on called The Stompin' Ground. All these years have passed and that board has never even been used, as I was always really unhappy with it.
After three years away from the game, new interest has been forming, and preparations are now complete for the continuation of season 6. So that we do not have to use my old original Blood Bowl board, I have finally gone back to the Stompin' Ground to make it usable at last.
Firstly, I had to do something about the crappy and almost sandpaper-esque grass mat that I had used previously. Slapping a nice thick coat of static grass over the top of it has taken away its roughness. I'm not so scared about using painted minis on it any more.
After that, the grid needed re-painting, as it was really hard to see. I think I found the exact locations of most of the crosses, but I guessed for some of the more hidden ones, and they are probably slightly out of place. But never mind. It's still a lot better than it was.
I also had to remake the scoreboard areas, as a lot of the paint and glue had peeled off, making it look very untidy. I've contructed the new ones in a different way to minimize that problem in the future.
It's not that great, but I'm happy to use it at last. Hopefully, the little 6-team league we've arranged will begin soon, and some stompin' will finally happen on the Stompin' Ground.
Painting the new grid
The new scoreboard
Let the games begin
22nd April 2015 - Six-Limbed Freaks
After the monumental feat of finishing all my Marines, I wanted to keep that momentum going and pushed on to my Tyranid army. I could have gone for Eldar, Tau or Guard, but honestly I think it very unlikely I'll ever finish those armies. Painting so many troops all the same colour, especially for the Guard, would be too boring for me to handle these days. I chose the Nidz as I've always wanted to paint each unit a different colour, just like how I did my 6mm Tyranids many years ago, and thought it would keep me more interested.
For the most part it's helped, and when I've finished the Warriors I'm working on I should be about 50% done with the army. For me, in just a few weeks, that's pretty good going.
I've mostly wanted to continue painting each unit just to see how strange they will look when I'm done, especially the yellow Hive Tyrant which I let Scoob pick the colours for.
But I've had some issues. When washing the black Hive Tyrant, I noticed the wash had dried cloudy or milky in places, rather than black like it's supposed to. Turns out, the new GW washes don't like it when you thin them with water. Damn it GW, sort your shit out.
Another army started
The painting continues ever on
This is what you get when you let your friends pick your colour scheme
Stupid GW washes
3rd March 2015 - Real Landmark
So today I've managed to do something I've never done before in over 20 years of wargaming, and that is completely finish painting an entire army. It's no secret I hate painting, and I've had several large breaks from the hobby, but it's always bothered me that I'd never got at least one of my full armies done.
The only real things I can say I've finished over the years are several Blood Bowl teams, and two of the four forces that make up my 6mm Chaos army. But with the completion of these vehicles, my 28mm Space Marines are done, never to be added to again, hopefully.
I decided to alter the stupid drop pod tiger pattern I tried a few years back as it really sucked. I also rescued my old metal dreadnought from the loft, updated its paint and re-based it to make it more closely match the newer plastic one.
They're very simple, but overall I'm happy. It's just a shame that GW's rules have put us off the game so much, and we're struggling to find time or motivation to keep working on our own rules. I'm still hoping that will change sooner rather than later.
All Storm Tigers vehicles complete
15th January 2015 - Sort Of Landmark
I realised recently I only had to paint my Devastators and some characters to finish all the infantry in my Space Marine army. Other than five Scouts, I'd not painted any 40K for over 3 years, but this gave me the kick in the backside I needed. So pretty much for the last two weeks I've been working hard to get them done at last. Now if only I can keep this momentum and continue on to the vehicles.
Painting up the characters
Last few dudes ready to base
All Storm Tigers infantry complete
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