Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Go Jetz!

Some might say the Jetz! are a 1 man team. Does it really matter? 2 Games into the season and two wins says not.
Game 1 : Jetz vs Kassillan Wolves (Wood Elves)
The Elves won the toss and opted to receive. As expected a touchdown followed 2 turns later. The Jetz lined up and pushed forwards into a cage. The Orcs quickly learnt that loose cages are not a option as the wardancer kept leaping in for opportune blocks - eventually knocking down the Blitzer and freeing the ball. But a failed dodge (yes I was lucky) and the ball was back in Orc hands for a scrambled turn 8 touchdown.


Second half and we followed the same tactical plan. Cage the ball and slowly work our way down the pitch - using our fists to aide us. Still the wardancer tried leaping in...

So we eventually fell back on the trusty 9 man cage...

Whittled down their numbers and scored in turn 8. A 2-1 victory and a strength upgrade for the Blitzer who scored both touchdowns - and for his efforts won the MVP.

Next up we faced Mummies Curse. The strength 5 Tomb Guardians could out-punch my Black Orcs so I was a little worried. We kicked off and placed the ball perfectly in the opposing sides corner. They had a long slow shamble back to the line where we waited...

and waited - keeping safe distance from the guardians.

We needn't have worried. The first casualty of the evening went to Dustin Killa the black Orc who living up to his name dispatched a Guardian - forever. Can you kill the undead?

The Bun fight ensued...

With each team winning the ball but gaining no ground.

Until eventually the Orcs broke away and stalled for a turn 8 touchdown. Again the Blitzer putting the team ahead.

The second half went a bit more to plan. Get ball...

 Cage ball...

Walk to the line for a 2-0 win. Again my Blitzer got the MVP. Now a veteran player he thought his card would be marked - so he has strapped on some extra armour to be on the safe side.

2 wins in 2 games puts me safely in the top end of the table. It also meant I raised a few reddies and have been able to purchase a Troll... next up is painting the bugger...

In a previous post I mentioned 2 ideas for the troll...

Well 1 is obviously just a troll.

I'm going to strap a Jet to his back and replace the bone with a goblin ready to be hauled down the pitch. But then I still like my other idea... a Killa Kan... I didn't want just the killa kan though so again I want to mod - I have opened up the hatch. In it I'm going to place a troll like Orc... One of the arms will be robotic and have a Goblin in a Bazooka... the other will be a normal Orc/Troll arm poking out of the kan. I wanted the model to show how the Orcs are developing tech etc...

I've also got Varrag to paint up. Not that I will ever use him. My TV is already sky high with the purchase of a troll and a Blitzer with 2 stat increases.

Next up is Kev's Orcs. Can the winning streak continue?

Friday, 1 February 2013

Gang Green

Quite a suitable nick-name for my blood bowl team this year. Who'd have thought NFL names were so adaptable.

The Bite-em-all Ravens are safely packed away and it gives me great pleasure to introduce the Nu Ork Jetz a.k.a Gang Green (again - but this time finished - well almost):

As is now clear my secret centre piece is a 40k Dakka Jet. Not the original inspiration for the team but it certainly fits well. It didn't arrive till late last month so I still need to add some splashes of paint here and there - mainly a dull yellow to blend into the team. I was also going to attach a goblin hanging on for dear life from the back of a wing too.

Here are some obligatory close-ups...

I especially like my Goblin. It is a spare form the Stormboyz kit. A Gretchin really but with a few mods here and there with spare plastic blood bowl models (points for guessing what) he makes the perfect Gobbo. He has a jet pack on his pack which again fits the theme. Ok so it would be useful to have a troll to hurl him across the pitch but that's another project using a killa-can kindly donated by RichT.
It was really the stormboyz which ignited by imagination when constructing the team. Here they are:

The Jets are removable for normal play.
So with the Goblin, 4 Stormboyz there are 4 Black Orcs, 2 Throwers, 4 Linemen, 3 markers:

And 1 star player, Ripper - again a converted Nob from 40k (the guy with the massive chainsaw):

Not a bad months work. Time to kick some Elf butt. See you on the pitch.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Dakka dakka dakka

Just a quick update. Da Nu Ork Jetz are progressing well. I have completed 4 Blitzers, 2 throwers and 2 linemen. On course for completing the team for the 3rd Feb.

This is the look I'm going for (colours to match my avatar):

This is one of the Stormboyz with grafted hands form the Blood Bowl 3rd edition Orc Blitzer. I've still got the jet packs to complete but I'm trying to figure out a way to make them removable for the games as they might get in the way. 
Next up though are the Black Orcs. Here they are base-coated and inked. Just need a few highlights and then they are also complete.

I was also wondering what I could use as turn, score and re-roll markers. I was thinking as using the removable jetz from the Stormboyz. But then Kieron's suggesting to use an Epic Gargant for a troll got me thinking... how about some Epic Dakka Jetz (We are THE JETZ after all)... so I hit ebay (picked up 6 Ork Bommers, 3 imperial wings and a massive flying fortress thingy for a cheaphammer price)... here they are undercoated and ready to paint. 

The base of each model will have "Strike/ On da targit", "Circalin" and "Bomming Runz" written on them to refect what they mark.

Friday, 4 January 2013


Did you miss me?....
maybe I should have realised a long time ago no-body actually reads this. Or do you? Anyway, I've decided to try and get back into wargamming. Yes it was a short break of months rather than years... so its more like finding the time again. Its been a rather busy time, new scanners at work, tutoring at home, kids running riot... but new year (happy one btw) and such means a new start... and it's blood bowl that has dragged me back. I purchased some models ages ago for the new season. They have been collecting dust... no more.

To keep inside standard naming convention, may I introduce:

Yep after my disastrous season with the vampires in 2012 I'm licking my wounds and choosing an easy team to roll with (that's condemned me to a second wooden spoon I guess). I have decided that my challenge for this season will instead be to make a rather fetching customised team... hence I'm mixing 40k and Fantasy in creating the Jetz.
It's all centred around my Blitzers... with Jetz sellotaped to their backs! Yes I'm using Stormboyz - with a few modifications (removing weapons, changing bases etc). 
The Black Orcs are heavily armoured fantasy mods (weaponless etc).
My throwers and linemen are modified Nobz. Lets face it the blood bowl Orcs have always been horrendous. Using more uptodate models can only be a plus. To keep that blood bowl feel I'll be splicing on arms from the plastic Blood Bowl 3rd edition miniatures. Ouch. You can just see the new throwers in the background here:
My initial team will be Troll-less... and I'd like to say I'm saving that model as a surprise but in reality I haven't actually got around to buying and making him! Any ideas? I'm currently torn between a few ideas.
The 2013 season starts on 3rd Feb. That gives me 1 month to make the team and paint them to my usual standard. It's 12 miniatures minimum so sounds possible at this point. I'll keep you posted...

Thursday, 30 August 2012


My final post for the month.This month my target was to paint the figurines from the Fantasy Flight game Mansions of Madness. These were a Birthday present for a friend. 10 models in all and all very different from Elves!

We are planning on playing Mansions of Madness tomorrow so expect some 'in action' photos early in September. Back to something for me [Warhammer]... I wanted to complete 3 more shadow warriors to take my High Elf skirmish unit to a unit strength of 10.

This left me with a little time to get some extras done. I did plan on painting an Eagle to use as a rare choice for my army. I never got around to stripping the eagle models (another EBay purchase with a horrific paint job). Instead I have started a project which has laid dormant for several years. I've been keeping it secret, keeping it safe (mainly until I was confident enough to do a decent paint job). But just like the eye of Sauron it has been ever present in my conscious forcing me to take up the challenge:

I want to take my time of these miniatures as I plan to display this in our ornament cupboard at home (the Memsaab doesn't know this yet). After several years of storage under the bed it has suffered some minor damage. The 'F' in Fellowship is chipped and so is Sting (Frodo's sword). So as my extra for August I've already started painting it but with the above points in mind I'm going to make this part of my goal for September to. For now I have just completed the base...

I fixed the F with a tiny bit of wood and glue. Lots of greys here (they are in the Mines of Moria after all).

And I am even taking up extra free marketing for Games Workshop.

I've also base-coated Legolas and Gandalf.

There is a lot more detail in the base than one might realise (once the fellowship is removed). Here are some obligatory close-ups.

With that I'm done. That leaves 7 members of the fellowship to paint and 2 to complete. Not much for September but I am on Holiday for 1 week, have a research collaboration which will swallow another week. And as if that wasn't enough to swallow my gaming.painting time I am also taking up private tuition. Well if all you (looking at Lee especially) can teach... how hard can it be. Let the insults fly.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Lle maa quel

I have now based and so finished the other 5 Mansions of Madness miniatures:

They are now ready to pass back to my friend and we are playing Mansions on the 31st so expect some nice pictures of the models in action early next month.

With just under 2 weeks of august painting time remaining I thought I would move back to the Elves. I'm still avoiding the other 15 Phoenix Guard. Instead I wanted to make my unit of shadow warriors larger. Another 3 warriors will give me a possible unit strength of 10. These are the older models but I think they still look great. Here they are undercoated:

and with the base coat and inks applied:

Not much left to do on them. Probably another 2 nights work then I might (just might) squeeze in an eagle.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Highlighted the final 5 Mansions of Madness miniatures. Just the bases to complete tonight and then I am done. Until I get passed some of the monsters! Gulp!