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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
23rd May 2014 - Stuff's Happened
Wow, kind of a crazy entry for this blog after some years of inactivity. It seems finally that some motivation and desire to work on this hobby is again starting to flow through my veins.
The first thing I got around to was more terrain. After finishing the oil plant I felt determined to finish all the other terrain I had started in the past. In addition, I made some steps up in the style of the hilly rock things, and some bridges to also get an interesting two-level effect.
All the terrain that needed finishing
All the finished terrain
I've also 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
I also 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
And now to quite an interesing little update concerning actual gameplay. Last year sometime me and Scoob started bashing out some ideas for our own ruleset based on 5th edition 40K. This was mainly because nobody wanted to play either 6th or the WARGAME rules I was originally making, and 5th had gotten a bit stale. So we've done a fair bit of playtesting and even more sitting down and discussing rule ideas over the last 6 months or so, and we're nearly at a point where the rules are sorted. We're not quite sure how we're going to decide on points values, but in order to playtest the rules a bit more, and get an idea of points, we're hoping to do a small narrative campaign sometime soon. Should be interesting.
A playtest battle begins
The Orks close in
6th April 2014 - Black Gold
It's been a long long time since this page got any attention, but for some reason, over the last couple of weeks I've been motivated to complete the oil plant that I started about five years ago. That only leaves a couple of craters and the Aegis defence line to paint and all the terrain I've started will be done. I could probably do with making a brand new river, and I have some ideas for new hilly rock things to make the ones I've already made a bit more usable, but neither of those things are really that necessary. It's not like we're actually playing many games at the moment...
27th September 2012 - A Problem Of Space
So I managed to finish that Blood Bowl model I started last time, but other than that have done absolutely nothing. I did have a little discussion with Scoob and Mr. G. about testing our own rules, but nothing else has come of it. We really just are not into wargames right now at all. Shame.
Too much junk
Anyway, I realised recently that I had got way too much terrain taking up a lot of my space. Most of which we never really used anyway, and some of it is even stashed away in the loft. I have therefore taken it upon myself to get rid of (or at least store more efficiently) some of this terrain. My problem is choosing what to ditch, if any.
Here is a list of all the shite I got:
- 40K ruins
- Forests made mainly with fish tank plants
- Four feet of pretty crappy river, with three bridges
- Three "gorge" hills designed to fit around the river
- Cave entrance designed to fit on the largest gorge hill
- Crashed Imperial craft
- GW modular hills
- Four stepped hills
- Nine different rock-hill things
- Selection of large black rock things
- 3 large craters and 7 smaller ones
- Multi-sectioned refinery, work in progress
- Aegis defence line
- Two boxes filled with random crap and spares, mainly from old toys and such
- And a shit ton of Epic scale buildings and ruins
Some of the stuff, especially the river, is pretty crappy and could do with scrapping or updating. There's a lot of ideas I've not finished or even started, and I could just be rid of those. I dunno. Damn it why am I such a hoarder?
The daft thing is I've got way more models than terrain, but because they can be boxed up and stored easier they take up much less space. Hmm. What to do, what to do...
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