Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Teams for the Kislev cup 2014 (2d edition)

Last year, some friends and I played a blood bowl league called the "kislev cup": I was the winner of that edition, but this year the league comes again, and nothing is assured, so let the ball fly and the best team take the Kislev cup!
Necrofilia: undead team
Coach; Oriol 

This team fought hard for the cup during all the league, after a pair of draws and a victory, it was becouse of it's superior team value that managed to pass to the final, where after managing to arrive at a draw at the end of the second part finally lost the cup by a last touchdown scored by my own team.

After consulting the rulebook wich told us the team value thing I wasn't entirely happy with the outcome so if this situation repeats in this new edition we will decide it by "golden touchdown", the one to score first after the endtime is the one to pass to the final, we will decide who recives the ball by throwing the coin of course.

The team is composed of  seven zombies (green skin+tombstone), four gouls (tan and red skin) and two wights

zombies (who knows to what teams they belonged before being killed and reanimated by the evil lich Oriol!)

 wights: le chevalier (coming from the coursed mousillon) and espectrus (coming from the also cursed sylvania)

 and flesh-eating ghouls
Pinxapinyes: lizardmen team
Coach: Albert

Reckless? intrepid? mad? hundreds of adjectives have been labelled to this team. Last season it was composed exclusively of skinks, althought their strenght 2 didn't prevent their coach from playing one of the more agressive hand to hand tactics of the league. He also refined his "long bomb" tactic, consisting in throwing the ball in the middle of the contrary field and hoping that the supperior speed and dodging abilities of his skinks allowed him to cath the ball and make quick touchdowns. Due to this intense play, when I confronted him the result was a 2-3, the most scored match in all the league.

This team started  well enough the league, with a resounding victory over the human team, after a defeat and a draw, ended up matched in points with the undeads to reach the final, but thanks to having less experience points (and hence less team value) was putted out of the final. Slann Mage-priest Xiclotacl the owner of the team, was severely dissapointed by such bad results and decided to send a cadre of his elite temple guard saurians this season to increase the smashing power of his team and open a way to the final by means of brute force.

Calçots boys: human team
Coach: Joan 

This team was coached by my father, but  he had really bad luck during all the season: in the two first  matches, which he lost,  his two recievers were killed (yes one of those was killed by a skink!) and after that, he wasn't able to win either the match against the undead. So he ended at the bottom of the classification, without doubt the most ill fated team of the entire league. Let's hope that after a good read of the rules he will perform better this season.

This team was one of the two original ones that came in the Blood bowl game box, it consists of six linemen, two recievers, two throwers and two blitzers.

 And finally my own team, the "xicots de Skarsnik", an orc team
Coach: myself, Francesc 

My team performed superbly well suring the season, classificating for the final without any problems and at a good distance from the other teams. I managed to win against the lizardmen and the humans, but I drawed against the undedad, in a match that was a prophecy of the final. Thruth is, that I had an indecent good luck in the advance tables for the experiece points, and my captain the blitzer "puny" Alparkt ended with strength 4 (after rolling a double 6) and a wide range of skills that allowed him to score the winning touchdown of the cup.

The only mistake that I think I made was contracting a troll big guy, that in adittion of doing nothing in the last classificatory match, ended expulsed from the field in the final, if I manage to collect some gold during the season I'll spend it in another blitzer rather than in a useless troll.

This team was the other one coming in the box: two blitzers, two black ork defenders, two throwers and six lineorcs. I followed most of the predesigned composition given in the starter game, but I changed five points of fan factor for an apothecary, a very popular improvement amongst the players in last season, which can heal even your dead players in a sort of messianic fashion.

So now it's time for my team to defend their hard earned cup and crush as many skulls as possible in the process!

Let the games begin!

"puny" Alparkt in the left painted his face red after killing a human reciever

After winning the cup my team has the privilege of being stored in the "honour box" of the league.

Chaos dwarfs constructs finished!

To paint the lava effect in the bases, I followed TommyH advices in the ezine word of Hashut #2 that can be found in the page I painted the constructs in a dark metallic colour mixing vallejo's "arte deco" pewter with a bit of black, painting the details in GW gehenna's gold. To make the volcanic sand I just painted black with a drybrush of neutral grey.

Painting metal over the white of the foambord can be a demanding situation, so it is always better to apply a base layer of some dark colour before, I do not recommend the use of sprays since most of them will tend to melt the foam of your foamboard, so an acrylic paint and a brush it's always a better option. Also despite taking more time you will spend les money since the sprays tend to run out very quickly.

A closeup of the bases before glueing the models: the Hashut rune in the left one disappeared after painting the black! so i had to improvise and paint some magma in the empty spaces left by the sand

 A good thing of combining metal and fire is that the red glow of the lava is automatically reflected by the metalic paint as can be observed in the foot of the left model.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Chaos Dwarf Constructs

Here I present my first models of my nascent chaos dwarf army, two daemonic constructs forged mixing the mastery of steel of the dwarfs with the bonding of a foul denizen of the realm of chaos.
Here you have the fisrs model, created in last holy monday

And here is the second, created in the next day: non so holy thursday, I wasn't happy with the legs so I added a layer of cardboard to the sides of it and a round plate to act a a kind of gear around wich would turn the leg, at the foots I added another layer to make it look more like a hoof.

And shot of the bases, with Hashut runes scrathed in them that will be painted like lava.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Man'o War project

I've been thinking of making navies for all my warhammer fantasy armies, those armies will sum up around 500pts and the idea is to combine them in 1000pts battles to make the game more interesting with two different races and fighting styles for player.

The fantasy armies that I have or are in the porcess of making are: Dark elves, Empire, Dwarves, Chaos Dwarves, Orcs and Goblins and skaven.

Down you can see all the fleet lists for each race.

Empire: Done
A squadron of three wolfships
A greatship
A wargalley

Dark Elves: Done
A black ark
A deathfortess
A squadron of doomreavers

Dwarf fleet:
A dwarf ironclad
A squadron of two dwarf monitors
A squadron of two dwarf monitors
A dwarf nautilus
A dwarf nautilus

Skaven fleet:
A doombringer
A squadron of warp raiders
A squadron of warp raiders
A squadron of warp raiders
A squadron of warp raiders

Orc fleet:
An orc hulk
A squadron of drillakillas
A squadron of drillakillas
A squadron of two bugchukkas

Chaos dwarves fleet:
A great leveller battlebarge
A squadron of hull destroyers
A squadron of two hull destroyers
A squadron of two hull destroyers

And finally the "sartosan pirtes" fleet (Bretonnia)
A bretonnian galleon
A squadron of  bretonnian corsairs
A squadron of two buccaneers

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Two Warlords

There's a Legio Metalica battlegroup of two Adeptus Titanicus era warlords. They coste4d me around 14 euros in e bay, althought i had to add the legs and three weapons were missing.

My first interest in Epic originated afeter readin a short story by Dan Abnett in which nine warlords of the Legio Metalica alongside with Yarrick, imperial guard and the Salamanders lead an attack against an ork rock landed on Armageddon in front of an Hades hive destroyed by asteroid bombardment. The Titans had the decisive role in the destruction of the ork fortress, but only three titan names appear in the tale: Imperius Quintus, Imperius Galgamech and  Imperius Tenebrus. So in this post I present you Quintus and Tenebrus, Galgamech still to come.

Imperius Quintus was the engine of Princeps Danferus the commander of the Legio Metallica that day, Danferus attacked the ork gargant lines, after destroying one of the machines he was the first to ascend the ramp that lead him directly into the rock, there he blew up the ammunition silos causing severe damage to the fighting asteroid, but was prevented from causing further damage by a gargant wich fought Quintus at close range until their mutual destruction. 

In the story, Abnett tolds us that the titan is equipped with shoulder missiles, I obtained recently a cyclone missile launcher from a friend and i thought that it would look great in top of the titan so I separeted and mounted it upon its shoulders.
The iron skull, the emblem of the legio can be clearly seen in one of the dorsal banners, alongside with the titan's name.

 The second engine is Imperius Tenebrus, of which we do not know the princep's name. 
In the story this titan is the first to die after destroying a gargant and severely damaging two more, it breaks by it's hip, remaining it's legs sanding during all the war as a remainder of the legio's power and sacrifices.
 As with Quintus the titan's name is depicted in the left side dorsal banner

 Top view of both titans
 Note that Quintus is standing upon the charred remains of a bad moon mega gargant, one of the engines destroyed during it's charge against the rock.