Monday, 3 June 2019

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Blood Bowl" June 2019

"Blood Bowl" WIPs - These Greenfield Grasshuggers have been assembled and primed
This month's themed attempt to desperately diminish my mountain of unpainted metal, plastic and resin models will see hopefully me progressing a number of "Games Workshop" plastic figures from their fantasy football game "Blood Bowl" range. Currently I'm working on a number of partially-painted Chaos Chosen players for the Doom Lords, but in addition to finishing some of these Beastmen off, I am also determined to pigment a number of figures from the newly-released Greenfield Grasshuggers Halfling Team.

Indeed, my aim is to actually try and complete a half-dozen miniatures from the two opposing clubs, so as to start a small-scale league which will ultimately feature representatives from the Champions Of Death, Reikland Reavers, Nurgle's Rotters and Gouged Eye. To begin with though, I have merely assembled and primed a pint-sized Hopeful, a Catcher and a Hefty from "one of the most esteemed teams in the game", with the aspiration that an additional three more Hopefuls will join my painting queue once the initial trio are completed. 
"Bandai" WIP - The 'Z-GOK' has been assembled and had its feet primed with "Vallejo" Turquoise
An element of this hobby which has never really captured my imagination before has to the science fiction media franchise known as Gundam, and its almost fanatical obsession with giant robots. As a result, no-one was arguably more surprised than myself when I walked out of the latest "MCM London Comic Con" carrying a 1/144th scale "HG Universal Century" model kit of the MSM-07 'Z-GOK' amphibious mobile suit.

This Principality of Zeon mass produced robot by "Bandai" will potentially be one of a 'handful' of miniatures I would like to build and paint over the next few months, in the hope that I can eventually field a couple of small forces to battle across a 15mm scale tabletop. Astonishingly, considering the sheer number of components which the figure comes in, I have already assembled the brute and super-glued its feet on a plastic 120mm oval stand produced by "Games Workshop".
"Toon Realms" WIPs - Grunt the Boar, the Frog Prince and Grimm the Wolf have been under-coated
However, my problems have actually only really now started, as the 'Z-GOK' is clearly multi-pose toy with numerous points of articulation. So I am clearly going to have to permanently fix its joints together whilst I apply a brush to its numerous sub-assemblies; two things I have very little experience of at this present moment in time. Plus, it'll be interesting to see how its pre-coloured plastic will take to "Vallejo" and "Citadel" paints... 

Lastly, I have managed to prime a few more "Toon Realms" models by "Lucid Eye Publications" with the emphasis being on some of the range's large(ish) animal-based characters. Grunt the Boar, the Frog Prince and Grimm the Wolf are absolutely packed full of detail, with the formidably-sized Canis lupus potentially being the first of a Warg pack scouring Middle Earth.

16 comments:

  1. Not 6's. do 7's !!! They come with their own printable or purchasable pitches, or just cover up bits of the supplied one.

    https://www.thenaf.net/2018/06/learning-to-love-sevens/

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    1. Wow!!! What a fantastic website Phil, I never knew there was such love for the Sevens "Blood Bowl" game. I'll have to find the time to give all those links etc a thorough viewing. Marvellous stuff :-)

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    1. Thanks Fran. There's an updated version of the Z-GOK entitled the MSM-07S which I'm planning on purchasing in the future, along with a few other variants. Really getting caught with the "Gundam" bug currently.

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  3. Such a diverse bunch of figures and I'm happy to say I like them all. I recently checked out the new "Bloodbowl" halfling team on the GW website and I thought they were full of character.
    Like you, I'm not into the Japanese obsession for giant robots and/or Transformers but that model does look cool. I'd be wondering how I could use it in the "The Robot Wars" for judge Dredd.
    Finally, your "Toon Realms" figures continue to charm me.

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    1. Bryan, just a thought about the giant robot stompy goodness so with a bit of 2000ad Google searching, I trawled up this

      https://2000ad.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/mek-quake_the_siege_tower.jpg
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      https://www.brettfitzpatrick.com/2019/04/2000-ad-issue-101.html

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    2. Classic, Phil, classic! I remember both stories with fondness.

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    3. Cheers Bryan. There's lots in the hobby which are currently enthusing me, so hopefully I can get all these featured minis finished by the end of the month, plus a few more besides. Great idea for the "Gundam" too. I dare say a fair few of the robots I plan to get for this long-term project would make excellent Ro-Busters :-)

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  4. Good luck with these halflings 😁!

    Another batch of excellent looking toon figures. You're making it hard for me to resist and order some 😉.

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    1. Thanks Wouter. You need to get some of the "Toon Realms" stuff before it gets too large LOL!!

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    1. Me too Michal. One of my favourite "Blood Bowl" teams to date!

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  6. I am almost tempted by those Halflings myself - they look tremendous.

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    1. Indeed they are Michael... Plus their Treeman Star Player is enormous apparently and in the photos makes them look even cuter :-)

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  7. I do like bloodbowl, a lot and I'm looking forward to seeing your team(s) ; never heard here was a '7s' game either - that sounds very interesting.

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    1. Thanks Joe. Hopefully they'll be at least one "Blood Bowl" themed posting a week for the next few months as I work my way through the teams etc. I'd not heard of '7s' either, but may well expand my teams by an extra mini to incorporate it as its seems a popular way of playing with loads of background material etc.

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