28mm: Miniatures


Gotrek Gurnisson's Warscroll for Age of Sigmar Released

Gotrek Gurnisson's new miniature was recently released for Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  His Warscroll has also been revealed and he is a beast on the tabletop!  Alas, his BFF and chronicler Felix has not (yet?) joined him in the Mortal Realms....Many years ago Games Workshop released rules for Gotrek and Felix for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, in the Regiments of Renown supplement.  It is interesting to see Gotrek's stats from that time.

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Warhammer Underworlds - Mollog and Friends

I recently painted up Mollog's Mob for the Warhammer: Underworlds game.  We have played the game a few times and found it to be a good, light multi-player game.  As a warband, Mollog’s Mob is focused around Mollog - a single, brutally powerful troll.  His much weaker friends provide some fun abilities and offer various distractions for opponents.The miniatures were simple and fun to paint up - just I primed Mollog in purple with blue zenithal highlights.  I them just base-coated significant areas, then dipped each model, per my usual method.  I simply used metallic Sharpie pen for metal items.  I think they turned out well for a couple of hours of painting time in total.

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Painting Blood Bowl Imps Using Only Washes

One technique I haven't used much when painting is painting miniatures using only washes.  I tried the technique on some Imps from Impact Miniatures that I plan on using in a custom variant of Blitz Bowl.I first primed the Imps white.  I then shaded their skin with a yellow wash, then washed the skin with a green wash once that was dry.  The red and purple areas were first washed, then hit with a coat of Vallejo paint when the wash colors weren't saturated enough for my tastes.  I finally hit the silver parts with a metallic Sharpie marker.  So... it ended up that I did not only painting them with washes, but with a mixture of techniques instead.These are first miniatures that I haven't used a dipping media on in a long time.  They turned out fairly bright, and for the very minimal time I spent painting them, I'm happy with the results....

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Blitz Bowl - Five Player Dungeon Bowl

After successfully trying out a four player 'Crossroads' game for Blitz Bowl a few months back, we decided next to use some old Warhammer Quest tiles and some Frostgrave chests to play a five player Dungeon Bowl game.Dungeon Bowl is a variant of Blood Bowl that uses chests which either explode or contain a ball.  There are also twelve teleporters that can be used to randomly teleport players around the dungeon (using a roll of a D12).  As you can imagine, Dungeon Bowl using Blitz Bowl rules is even more chaotic and random than a normal game of Blitz Bowl....The first part of the game was each team searching for the ball hidden in one of the trapped chests scattered throughout the dungeon.  Unfortunately, we quickly realized that the game wasn't working well.  The high number of players we had selected and the small width of the corridors made movement difficult, even with the teleporters.So Dungeon Bowl using Blitz Bowl rules was a bust, but I'm still glad we tried it out.  It makes m

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"Painting" 40K Poxwalkers with Sharpie Pens

As we have been playing Warhammer 40,000: Killteam, I have been attempting to speed paint a number of small forces to try out with the game.  Before this latest attempt, I painted a squad of three Chaos Marines with some Sharpies a little while ago.One of my most recent attempts has been to paint some Poxwalkers, using Army Painter color primer and Sharpie pens.  After priming them green, (with a zenithal overprime of a lighter green primer), I used Sharpies before dipping them using Royal Walnut Satin Mixwax Polyshade.  I used normal acrylics to paint the the bases and added some flocked foliage to complete the models.  I used a silver Sharpie for the eyes which turned out looking great.In all, they turned out alright, and the approach did save some time over painting them with acrylics.  Because the model are Nurgle, the dipping method definitely worked better than it would have on other types of models, where a more clean look is appropriate.

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Blitz Bowl - Four Player Crossroads

I completed a custom four player "Crossroads" pitch for Blitz Bowl games before the holidays.  It was made from some felt from JOANN Fabrics and Crafts and a black Sharpie pen, (I tried to use a white fabric marker, but it went dry much too easily and had to switch to the Sharpie early on).Over the holidays we played a few four-player games on it and have had a great time each time we have played.The rules are a little different - the first team to score ten points wins....  You get five points for a touchdown and one point for causing an injury.  We use two balls at all times and the only rule we changed (in addition to no cards) is that if a player starts your turn prone, you can attempt to injure that player by using a Block action; if you roll a result that forces an armor roll, there is a -2 penalty to the armor roll. It is a benefit to crunchy teams....In the center, we placed a single statue of Nuffle, which also throws out the balls at the start of the game (and whenever a touchdown is

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Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team - Session Report

Over the recent break we had a chance to play a small, three-player, fifty-point game of Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.  There was a Nurgle force, a Chaos Space Marine force, and I played a Necron force.  The Nurgle force was comprised of all Nurgle Marines, the Chaos Space Marines included three Chaos Marines and two cultists (one with a Heavy Stubber who stayed back all game), and the Necrons included just three Immortals.The game featured a high-elevation objective, which awarded ten points per turn that it was held unchallenged. There were a number of avenues to approach the objective, and Nurgle made a mad dash to the objective, while the Necrons and Chaos Marines tried to shoot them from afar (with little effect).By mid-game, every force had all assembled near the center objective, and the game turned into a massive, multi-team melee.In the end, the massive melee turned into a boring roll-fest.  The three forces were so strong on defense and so weak on offense that the rolling went on

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Industrial Kill Team

I am getting to the point where my MDF industrial terrain is just about what I had in mind when I started, multiple towers, linked by walkways. This game had three towers for the Elucidian Starstriders and the Deathwatch to do battle over, five objectives to hold for as long as possible. The Deathwatch are an elite unit of veterans, each armed with specialist weapons and skills. The Deathwatch Marine below has a Voidsman in his laser sights… Joken’s entire Space Marine collection was on the table, that right, five Deathwatch models, very nicely painted. Space Marine armour is hard to crack, sometimes even hard to hit when they are over half range and obscured. The Starstider medic must be in the right place at the right time to be able to take a flesh wound off a friendly model, it worked once… Finally worked out how to do melee combat correctly, Ms Vhane is a tough cookie. Not so tough is Knosso Prond the Assassin, she took plenty of flesh wounds before getting into combat. Only one

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Games Workshop's Blitz Bowl - A Review

Over the last few weeks we have been been painting up models for Blitz Bowl, while also getting more than a few plays of it in.  We have all found Blitz Bowl to be a great two-player game - very different from Blood Bowl, but enjoyable in a very unique way.It is fast to play, provides a ton of strategy and choices, and the game provides additional team cards (apart from the Humans and Orcs) that allow you to use additional teams.  This was a great choice by Games Workshop and makes the game extensible with additional models, providing much more variety in match-ups.The Challenge Cards are what make the game shine; they provide randomness and enhance the flavor of the game by taking some of the focus off of just scoring touchdowns.We have models for most of the teams now and it seems that they are all mostly balanced for our style of play.  If we had to pick a weaker team, it would appear to be the Elves.  Although good at passing, they have a really poor armor stat and are not as fast as t

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"Painting" 40K Chaos Space Marines (Black Legion) with Sharpie Pens

Three 40K Black Legion models have been my latest experiment in speed painting miniatures using Sharpie pens and a limited number of acrylic paints.  After painting some Space Marines (Ultramarines) with this method, I decided I would try again with some Chaos Space Marines.  The Black Legion worked great with this method as their colors are black and metallic colors.After priming them black, (with a zenithal overprime of dark grey), I used metallic Sharpies to hit their boltguns and armor.  Then I dipped them using Tudor Mixwax Polyshade.  I used normal acrylics to paint the eyes and the bases, and added some flocked foliage to complete the models.I think the models turned out well for the level of effort involved, and I may be able to use them in smaller skirmish games, like Kill Team, in the future.

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Dark Elf Player Cards for Blitz Bowl in September 2018 White Dwarf

In the September issue of White Dwarf Magazine, Games Workshop has included a free gift - Dark Elf Player Cards for Blitz Bowl:  This is a great move by Games Workshop that will both encourage people to buy the Blitz Bowl game (available now at Barnes & Noble) while offering another reason for current owners to expand into another team.This release also provides hope that Blitz Bowl player cards for Nurgle will show up soon....

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