Showing posts with label citadel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label citadel. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Blood Bowl Hobgoblin

There were never hobgoblins in 2nd edition Blood Bowl so you would have to use something else if you wanted to use the chaos dwarfs from thar era. I went with 1st edition orcs back when I did my chaos dwarfs, but I was never satisfied with the faces. So I tried to sculpt my own face.

Citadel Blood Bowl hobgoblin
Hobgoblin

I was aiming for a more oriental look in line with the Citadel AD&D hobgoblins. I don't know whether I'll be doing more, but it was a fun little project.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Glart Smashrip

I've decided to play underworld denizens in an upcoming one day Blood Bowl tournament. Only problem is that I don't have a painted team. I have my skaven, but I don't have enough goblins and I also want to use a the star players Glart Smashrip and Skitter Stab-Stab. Who can say no to an obese Strength 4 monster with claw and a backstabbing gutter runner?

Glart Smashrip skaven blood bowl star player
Glart Smashrip

Forgeworld have released a version of Glart Smashrip, but it doesn't really fit with the oldschool miniatures that I collect so I decided to sculpt my own version. The result can be seen here.

Glart Smashrip front view

I used the hands and feet from a lineman and the head from a kicker since those are the hardest parts to sculpt.

Glart Smashrip side view

I don't have time to paint all the needed miniatures before the tournament so I will have to use what I have and the team will look somewhat eclectic. As long as there are no unpainted miniatures though I'm happy.

Glart Smashrip back view


I wanted to stay true to the original artwork, but I also wanted him to look a little more dynamic.

Glart Smashrip artwork
Glart Smashrip artwork

I studied images of sumo wrestlers and decided on a squatting pose. Below are some work in progress pictures.

work in progress
Work in progress

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer 2

In 2015 my son was born. 2015 was also the last time I updated this blog. There has not been much painting since then, but I'm starting to feel the urge to produce something again.

Until that happens here is a blitzer I never got around to post back then.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer
Dark Elf Blitzer
Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer
Dark Elf Blitzer

Monday, November 9, 2015

Blood Bowl Witch Elf

Witch elves are what makes dark elf teams so cool. They are expensive to hire and break easily, but the amount of damage they can do to your opponent's team more than makes up for this.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Witch Elf
Witch Elf

From a modelling point of view they are really interesting too. I've always fancied Jes Goodwin's Eldar harlequins and I wanted my witch elves to look something like that.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Witch Elf
Witch Elf

For a very long time I was struggling to find a combination of parts that I was satisfied with and I decided to scratch my first attempts. In the end I decided to use a Marauder witch elf combined with the legs of a female eldar harlequin. Since the face of the Marauder witch wasn't exactly up to Jes Goodwin standards I also used the face mask of the harlequin.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Witch Elf
Witch Elf

The result is a witch elf in an attacking position which suits this kind of player well, I think.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer

Latest addition to the team is a blitzer. I wanted him to resemble the old starplayer Tuern Redvenom so I used his face mask, copied his thigh guards and combined them with the torso of one of the original blitzers.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer
Dark Elf Blitzer

I used this technique to create the thigh guards and it worked really well. The head and legs were donated by old wood elf wardancers.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer
Dark Elf Blitzer

I think he looks both meaner and more dynamic than the original blitzer models which is the way I like my dark elves.

Next up is a witch elf I have been working on for some time now.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dark Elf Blood Bowl Assassin

Next player up for my dark elf team is an assassin. The fact that this player can run around stabbing his opponents in the back without risking getting caught by the referee is enough to include one, but overall I don't find this player very useful.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Assassin
Dark Elf Assassin

The assassin does provide for an interesting modelling project though and I had this idea in my head that I just had to try out. I ended up using the body of an elf wardancer called Eidyn because of the very cool fighting claw he has strapped to his right arm. The head was taken from an eldar scout wearing a scarf.

Detail
Dark Elf Assassin

I green stuffed the skull on the shoulder pad as well as the towel hanging from his waist. I chose to paint the base ring green. Green is normally reserved for blockers, but since dark elves don't have any I figured that it would work as well as any other color.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dark Elf Blood Bowl Players

I've finally managed to finish a couple of the dark elves that I started working on last year. My plan is to do a complete "Jes Goodwin" dark elf team and this is of course just the start.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Runner
Dark Elf Runner

I ended up painting the runner's mohawk in two tones to make him stand out on the board. After all he is the star of the team, sort of.

The lineman has had his head replaced with one of an eldar scout. The facial mask makes him look particularly sinister, I think.

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elf Blood Bowl Lineman
Dark Elf Lineman

The base rings were done using this technique.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Blood Bowl Goblins

I'm currently coaching a team of orcs in a local league which has inspired me to revisit my Blitzburgh Squealers orc team that I painted for the World Cup in Nottingham in 2007. Since I only painted up 12 players back then I quickly ran out of miniatures as the games went by in the league.

Citadel Miniatures Blood Bowl Goblin without helmet by Kev Adams
Goblin

I don't like to field unpainted miniatures and I really wanted to add some goblins to the squad so I painted up two of the old Citadel Miniatures Kev Adams goblins from the 2nd edition Blood Bowl range of miniatures. I really like these miniatures and they were a real joy to paint. So much that I'm actually considering painting up a full team at some point.

Citadel Miniatures Blood Bowl Goblin with helmet by Kev Adams
Goblin

The theme of the team is a mix of two worlds. They are of course heavily inspired by the original Orcland Raiders team, but as I wanted to add a helmet stripe I chose to paint the helmets to represent the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Not visible on these goblins).

I still need to paint up the second thrower and another lineman before this team is complete.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Converting Blood Bowl Dark Elves

I've always loved dark elves. I've played them in local leagues, tournaments and on fumbbl and I've always preferred them to their lawful wood elf and high elf cousins.

For some reason I've never painted a team of these evil elves though I've owned the miniatures for ages and it was only recently that I found out why. More on that later.

It's not that I didn't try in the past. In the early days of Blood Bowl 3rd edition I ran a dark elf squad named the Purple Reign. I painted a blitzer and that was it. I enjoyed playing the team, but I didn't enjoy painting the miniatures.

Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer
Dark Elf Blitzer

Years later I tried again. This time I wanted to recreate the 2nd edition team the Naggaroth Nightwings. Again I failed.

Dark Elf Blood Bowl Blitzer
Naggaroth Nightwings Blitzer

The years passed and I forgot all about my beloved dark elves, but then the dark elf roster was changed as it was too similar to the high elf roster. One of the changes was the introduction of runners and though they are comparable to conventional throwers I still wanted to convert a miniature that would catch the feel of a fast elf dumping off the ball.

Dark Elf Runner

The result was a converted 2nd edition dark elf thrower with his right hand repositioned and his legs removed and replaced by the legs of an old Warhammer wardancer. His head was kindly donated by a Marauder sea elf.

Still I didn't get around to paint the team and it was only when I discovered axiom's excellent dark elf Blood Bowl team that it became apparent to me that the reason was that I just didn't like the miniatures. Normally I'm a huge fan of everything 2nd edition, but the dark elf miniatures just have so short legs that they would be better suited as chaos dwarves...

I never considered Gary Morley's 3rd edition dark elf team as they are as ugly as everything else he sculpted and not in the same league as Jes Goodwin's elf minitures that I loved to paint. How I wish that Jes had done the dark elves as well and not just Tuern Redvenom.

Like axiom I decided to take the dark path and try to create my own Jes Goodwin dark elf team. While axiom decided to base his team on the Jes Goodwin Blood Bowl elves I decided to take a different route. I rather liked the look of the uniform on the original miniatures, I just didn't like the miniature's anatomy. What I really wanted was a full squad of Tuern Redvenoms so I figured I would use the torsos of the original miniatures and combine them with some slender elf legs, much like I did on the runner.

Dark Elf Lineman

What I'm planning to do is to create som static looking linemen and some positional players in more dynamic poses. The lineman above is based on a regular lineman with his legs replaced with ones of an old Warhammer wood elf champion. His head is from the same wardancer that donated legs to the runner. To finish him off I copied the thigh guards of Tuern Redvenom and glued them onto my new lineman. I'll cover how to do this in a future blog post.

Dark Elf Linewoman

The next model I completed was initially meant to be used as one of the witch elves, but in the end I decided that the miniature was too heavily armoured to represent an amour value 7 player. I removed Tuern's head and replaced it with that of an elf cheerleader which resulted in one mean looking female dark elf. As dark elves traditionally make use of both male and female warriors in the same units I decided that she would end up being used as a linewoman.

Blood Bowl Dark Elf Witch Elf
Witch Elf

I was now the owner of a headless cheerleader so it made sense to use the long sexy legs for one of the witch elves. Again I used the torso of a thrower, but this time I replaced the right hand with a fist of a Marauder witch elf who also donated her head to the good cause.

So that's four out of sixteen done. Of course they still need to painted and I've decided to paint them black and yellow to represent the Ulthuan Renegades.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blood Bowl Base Rings

Every Blood Bowl player will at some point have tried to play a match where it was hard to tell your opponent's miniatures apart. It can be very frustrating if there is no easy way to tell whether you are blocking a black orc or a goblin. "My blitzers are the ones with slightly more spikes than the others..." Really? Also, it's rather time consuming when you constantly have to ask your opponent what his playing pieces represent.

Blood Bowl Orc Blitzer with red base ring
Orc Blitzer
That's why I love base rings! Base rings were introduced in the 2nd edition of Blood Bowl (I think) and by using them you can make your players' positions immediate to your opponent.

The original position colors were as follows:

Blitzer:Red
Blocker:Green
Thrower:White
Catcher:Yellow
Lineman:Grey

I always follow these guidelines when I paint my base rings, but the color is not really important as long as you can tell the miniatures apart.

I often get asked how I paint the base rings on my Blood Bowl miniatures. Up until now I have always done them in freehand, but in the future I will be doing them in the following way.

Step 1


Score the base
Score the base

Start by scoring the base with a sharp knife. The knife should be resting on the table allowing you to slowly turn the base around creating an even score in the base. When done flip the base around and repeat.

Take care not to cut yourself when trying this.

At this point you will want to glue your miniature to the base.

Step 2


White primer
White primer

When the miniature has been fixed to the base you can go ahead and prime the whole thing white (Or whatever color you prefer).

Step 3


Base ring color
Base ring color

Paint the positional color. You don't have to be neat at this step.

Step 4


Paint the border
Paint the border

Paint the borders in your preferred color. I use black as it contrasts well with everything. The scores should guide your brush leaving you with a perfect colored stripe with sharp borders.

I can tell you that this procedure is a hell of a lot easier to pull off than if you try to make the stripes in freehand and for me it is definitely the way to go looking forward.

Hope this is helpful.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Undead Tournament Roster Finished

It's been a couple of months since the Danish Open 2014 took place. The weather was very sunny for the whole weekend and as such perfect for sitting indoors and playing boardgames.

I ended up with a 3-1-2 record which was okay given the circumstances. My first match was against an orc team which totally destroyed my team giving me no chance at all and leaving me with a 0-2 loss in my opening match.

Next match was against wood elves. It ended with a 2-2 draw which was a little bit disappointing.

From that point it went a lot better though and the next three matches against orcs, norse and nurgle teams all ended with wins for the undead.

I ended up losing my last match to a very well coached chaos pact team, but it could have gone both ways really.

Overall it was a very fun weekend and a chance to touch base with old friends.

    Citadel Miniatures Undead Blood Bowl Mummy
    Undead Mummy

    I managed to finish the 12 man roster before the event and the latest batch includes the second mummy, the last two ghouls and another zombie.

    The mummy is a conversion. I green stuffed a shoulder pad, a helmet and a jersey (which is not really visible in the picture)

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Ghoul
    Undead Ghoul

    Both ghouls have had shoulder pads green stuffed onto them as well. Number 5 is an old AD&D ghoul while number 8 is from the Night Horrors range.

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Ghoul
    Undead Ghoul

    The skaven zombie is simply a 1st edition skaven painted in a sick fleshtone.

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Skaven Zombie
    Undead Skaven Zombie




    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Undead Reinforcements

    Danish Open 2014 is getting closer and I'm determined to play my undead team at the tournament so I have been painting a lot lately.

    Citadel Miniatures Undead Blood Bowl Halfling Zombie
    Undead Halfling Zombie

    The hafling zombie is a slightly modified Blood Bowl halfling. I know that technically you can't raise halflings, but the race makes no difference to the game since all zombies have the same stats.

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Elf Zombie
    Undead Elf Zombie

    The unlucky elf is a converted Blood Bowl elf lineman with his legs removed. I used the legs from an old ghoul/zombie instead.

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Human Zombie
    Undead Zombie

    The human zombie wasn't modified in any way.

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Ghoul
    Undead Ghoul

    The ghouls are both from the range of AD&D miniatures that Citadel produced for a short while. They have both received shoulder pads sculpted in Green Stuff.

    Citadel Miniatures undead Blood Bowl Ghoul
    Undead Ghoul

    Right now I'm working on a skaven zombie and another ghoul and hopefully they will all be ready in time for the tournament. Maybe I'll see you there?





    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Blood Bowl Orcs

    Citadel Miniatures 2nd edition Blood Bowl orcs painted as Pittsburgh Steelers. I took the Blitzburgh Squealers to the 2007 World Cup in Nottingham.

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Blitzer
    Orc Blitzer

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Blitzer
    Orc Blitzer

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Blitzer
    Orc Blitzer

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Blitzer
    Orc Blitzer

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Black Orc Blocker
    Orc Blocker

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Black Orc Blocker
    Orc Blocker

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Black Orc Blocker
    Orc Blocker

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Black Orc Blocker
    Orc Blocker

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Thrower
    Orc Thrower

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Lineman
    Orc Lineman

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Lineman
    Orc Lineman

    Citadel Miniatures Blood Bowl Goblin without helmet by Kev Adams
    Goblin

    Citadel Miniatures Blood Bowl Goblin with helmet by Kev Adams
    Goblin

    Citadel Miniatures Orcs Blood Bowl Troll
    Troll

    Designed by Kev Adams. Painted by Horekim