Thursday, 8 February 2018

From Anthony O - More Empire of Dust - 196 Points

My challenge within a challenge is to submit each week and so far so good. This week I have continued with my Empire of Dust using GW miniatures. It is a big one this time with a regiment of warriors and a regiment of cavalry.

These are my third and forth units of this army and it really seems to be gaining momentum.

All up there are 19 warriors and 10 cavalry giving me a total of 195 points.

I have really appreciated the feedback and nice comments about this army, it has really motivated me so thanks everyone.

Ah, yet more undead eye candy..... errrrr.... I can say that can't I?  Anyway, let's move on....

Very nice indeed, the colours still zing and there's something very satisfying about that last picture with the units all ranked up into the army.  Excellent work on getting a post in each and every week and that army shot really does show how quickly these things we leave languishing on the shelves can come together with regular painting time scheduled!

196 points in total, the extra pip coming for the blingin' banner on the horses.

From StephenS: Carthaginian Spearmen (50 points)

10 plastic Carthaginian/Libyan spearmen from Victrix based up for Impetus. As usual, I spent too long painting the trim on the cuirasses and highlighting all the flaps on their pteruges (the leather flappy skirts - yes, I had to look that up). Only to realise that you can't see any of it from the front when I was taking the photos...

The transfers on the shields are from Little Big Man Studios and were a nightmare to put on. All the sticky layers have fused together, probably from lying around in a spare bedroom for a couple of stinking hot summers here in the land Down Under. It took plenty of false starts to be able to wriggle the hobby knife between the sticker and the plastic covering on enough of them (I know Dux, this is what I get for not painting my shields...). A few of the shields will need to be touched up down the road.

10 x 28 mm figures is 50 points.



Wow, these are bloomin' lovely!  I'm very firmly in the "decals are good" side of the hobby schism that flares up from time to time - given the amount of time you spent on the ptu ptoo pti flappy skirts I reckon you were due a time saving technique.  It's a shame it didn't end up saving much time, but the end result is well worth it, very nicely done.

In any case, the tunics, metals and shields combine for a cracking effect, 50 points well earned indeed.

From DavidB - FOOTBALL TIME (325 points)

(Minion note: The international dateline did for us last week and whilst David posted this on Thursday in North American time, I didn't get the message until Friday UK time when I woke up.  Ever the gentleman, David was happy for me to post this week instead.  I only note this as he refer to some things that happened last weekend in the future tense but I didn't want to start changing all that or for you to wonder if you'd accidentally driven to work in the Delorian this morning!)

It's been a bit of a moment. I've been ripping through training as unexpected activities have erupted for military and civilian jobs. My girls are winding down basketball with the next few days involving tournaments. I've been either at work or in the land of no wifi(and no civilisation) Work has decided that blogger is a risk and my smart phone can no longer access it while at site, it is also blocked from calls and messages, so it only tells me the temperature, news, time, but I do get to read the emails.

I have been following there and will be soon visiting each entry and seeing more as I have vacation for the Superbowl. Besides Wrestling (not WWE) Football is a big sport and this is a holiday of sorts at my house. Ive been a fan of the Dolphins since I could walk while my wife is a die hard Chicago Bears fan. We don't talk about that New England team as a certain player took some time off to  enjoy recreational drugs and contributed somewhat to Dan Marino not getting a Superbowl ring. That player who will not be named did contribute to New England getting a Superbowl victory when he returned. Brady is the GOAT (greatest-of-all-time), but Marino just needed one Superbowl to clench his spot.

Because the NFL won't place an ad for American vets #pleasestand(divisive) they also allocated money for breast cancer and veterans to SJW issues. Since those who kneel cannot tell me anything about the 54th Massachusetts, the 369th Infantry Regiment, or the 332nd Fighter Group, I won't be watching.

Instead we are having a Blood bowl championship, with all the Superbowl munchies and the kid's new blood bowl game. My three girls are all born around Christmas, so Santa brought them the mini game as a birthday present. My son wasn't born near Christmas, so he will be using an older team reconditioned.

First though, I was going to enter the Bad Moon Terror cruiser and the Goff Kill cruiser in the flight round, but they were buried by orks and trucks and were not quite ready in time.
They were both assembled and primed after I seen the bonus round themes. The kill cruiser was missing a battery of guns which was replaced by a set from the plastic Imperial Cruisers...It looks very orky now.

The Terror ship is an assault carrier with the large ramp protruding from the prow. the kill cruiser has more guns than a battleship, but with orks gunning, it isn't too accurate!

They came out pretty close to the escorts I painted maybe 5 years ago? I found them in original packaging at Adepticon for a very good price. I'll be looking for more this year.

When the kids and I assembled the orcs, they seemed to be scary accurate to Oakland Raider tailgaters. We agreed pretty quick that they would be very appropriate for the Chicago Bears. So Here is Da Bears. They are an animate bunch of minis and probably my favourite out of all the teams to paint.

The blackorc blocker just oozes power. the detail does go wonky in some places, but there is so much detail, I can forgive GW for that.

The Blitzer is probably my favourite with the skull helmet and animation. Somebody is getting hit!
I love how the orcs have serious cankles!

I found an old human team that was painted black and yellow. They are now fresh in their new colours of Miami.... Dolph's Finns!

A blitzer and blocker from the first edition(1988) star players. They will both be blitzers as humans don't have blockers anymore.

They do have a couple of old school ogres to fill that role though. They sport dolphin colors in what uniform they were given.

I wanted to paint the new team as black and red Falcons, but my kids insisted the Eagles. They are their models, so the Imperial Eagles took Philadelphia's colors.

They are very fine sculpts with no soft detail areas, but the sculptor did not have as much fun with these as they did with Orks. the humans are rather rigid and not as animated.

The white is really a white blue(p-3 underbelly blue) it looks white with the grey and green. My white just wouldn't cover even over a pale grey.

The Skaven are "The Stealers"  who have stolen their colors from the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are just as dynamic as the orcs.

A skaven blitzer with a thrower and gutter runner behind him. They do have a lot of nice details and the tails are great, but the soft spots in detail are all over them, I ended up using the box they came in just to make sure what a particular area was supposed to be. They look fine from a distance but are really bad models if tipped over. I was constantly going back and hitting areas again as I realised I missed a patch of fur, armour, cloth....

I do like the thrower model, all the teams eyes are green from warpstone.

The current edition with some of the first edition models. Better sculpts this time and the new orks are molded in green!

I miss the old metal ratmen. Ratsa tailspike is my only rat left over. I gave the team to a brother who didn't want to paint, but liked the game. He was a big Dallas Cowboy fan and actually played for Tulane University. He went to Afghanistan a few years after 9-11 and will always be younger than I.

The newer orc and skaven surrounded by my old Chaos team. I couldn't find the wood elves in the man cave, but these poor painted models do show how far I've come!

51 28mm football players-255
2 space ships-10
and 30 counters-60
I figured the ships as 28mm and the counters at 15mm with a total of 325
cant have football without some angry rock!
Saliva- Ladies and Gentlemen

Fivefinger death punch....this one will get you in the feels and is entirely for those who fell for my flag and those who fell for YOUR flag no matter of country. I'll tip a glass on Sunday for them all.
Just wow.  Now then, where do I start...... I absolutely love the meander through the various eras of bloodbowl, some of those early figures were awesome and I remember reading the Whte Dwarf when they were introduced.  I always thought that Ogre had the right mix of menace and fun to encapsulate all that was right about Bloodbowl.  I'm also a huge fan of the two star players you press-gang in as blitzers, they've come a long way from their rules cards being printed on the back cover of White Dwarf so you could use them!
I like the way you've used real teams to inform your colours for all the new teams, it's a great way to get things done effectively and start a BB league under your own roof!  I do like the new human team, but I think you're right in that the new Orc one puts it in the shade somewhat as those figures absolutely fizz with life and personality.
The BFG ships are also very nice, so I agree with your points and 325 it is!

From NickJ: Brimstone Horrors - Part II (50 Pts)

Once upon a trip to Budapest...

If you're reading this then it means it's Thursday and I'm in Sunny/Rainy/Freezing Budapest. Sadly not a holiday but a work trip for a go live of a rather large project. So instead of painting I'll be pulling my hair out when computers decide to do something they haven't done all the way through testing...

Anyway I didn't want to leave Jamie twiddling his thumbs so here is part 2 of my Brimstone Horrors gang. The paint job is so straight forward that I feel like I'm stealing points but, erm, I'll take 'em :-)

First off then here are the 10 new bases of the little blighters!

Again I've opted to ignore the details such as eyes and teeth on the basis you just won't see them on the tabletop...

And just to prove these are 10 new ones here are the full 20...

The Floor is Lava Champions...

I'm really looking forward to seeing these on the tabletop. I don't even mind if they turn out to be rubbish as frankly they are going to look awesome charging towards the bad guys!!

I'll be back to the painting table sometime next week!

Based on the previous scoring I'm hoping for a nice 10 bases at 5 points each = 50. Please?

Good Lord, more of the little beggars!  Did nobody ever tell you not to play with fire young man?

Anyway, they're as nice as the last lot and arguably even nicer on the basis the mass ranks of them really do multiply up into something magnificent for you to watch..... and your opponent to dread!

50 points as you surmise to add to your total.

Thursday's Giants

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You know, my challenge has been going pretty slowly for a number of reasons, so it's really heartening to see the Thursday crew have been cracking on and getting things done.  I do feel like my part in the challenge is standing on the shoulders of these veritable painting giants, so thanks Thursday crew and let's get on with the brushwork!

Quite a few submissions so far, ranging from the arcane to the unquiet dead to the era of men with pointy sticks and shields (what do you mean "which one"?, you'll find out soon enough!) via the world of spaceships and fantasy football.

I'm also waiting to see if the usual suspects come up with submissions on the day even though they've said they won't...... you just never know with some of these Thursday kids ;)